Serial entrepreneur, Jon Sharun, has traveled to 38 different countries and has accumulated more than 20 years of experience as a strategic connector and ﬁnancial architect. As a result, he not only developed the ability to identify industry disruption, but to also utilize his unique perspective to create proﬁtable business solutions. Today, Jon is the founder and managing partner of Venexo Capital, one of the world’s leading boutique private equity and brand disruption ﬁrms. With a $90 million value-add portfolio, Venexo serves clients by offering an international entrepreneurial ﬁnancial platform to build catalyst brands.
Since Jon founded Venexo in 2011, his mission has been to interconnect real estate, hospitality, and healthcare. Therefore, he was inspired by the Spanish words, “nexo,” which means “link/relationship” and “ven” for “ventures.” He named the company “Venexo” to mean “linking ventures.” Since that time, Jon has gone on to create catalyst brands for each of the three primary divisions of his ﬁrm.
In the hospitality division is Venexo’s catalyst, The Pint Group, which includes a national portfolio of 16 brand-operating entities and over 500 employees. Within this group are the Pint Public House, Hip-O Pods, and a new company Jon co-founded called, Crash Hotels. With two Crash locations, the brand targets millennials as a hip, budget friendly, hostel-meets-hotel experience.
Consisting of over 30 mixed-use properties and restoration projects, Venexo Properties LP is the real estate division of the company. “In real estate, we ﬁnd under-performing buildings in up-and-coming neighborhoods. Then, we create entertainment zones that also add value to our real estate assets,” says Jon. He and his team then do property management, construction, and a lot of their own renovations (Jon has painted many of them).
The company’s healthcare division is made up of Medical Investment LP, of which Jon is general partner, and Top Strike Resources, for which he serves as executive chairman. They currently hold over 45 investments in fertility, medical technology, orphan drug solutions, alcohol alternatives, and mental health treatments.
Prior to starting his career, Jon earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alberta and a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of British Columbia. He also became a certiﬁed professional accountant (CPA-CMA), a leader in energy and environmental design (LEED AP), a certiﬁed sales professional (CSP), and is completing his Directors Education Program (ICD.D).
In addition to his designations, Jon has obtained numerous honors and achievements. For instance, he won $1.7 billion in projects at Colliers International, received a global nomination and was named a Top Performer at Anheuser Busch/Inbev, and relaunched the Kokanee brand at Ethos Projects. Jon is also a Business in Vancouver 40 under 40 Award winner, Peter Lougheed Scholar, Wayne Gretzky Award winner, and a Young Presidents’ Organization member.
Jon currently serves as vice chairman of the Honorary Governor’s Council of the Vancouver Foundation, as the director of the Stollery Charitable Foundation, and as an active member of the University of Alberta Alumni Association. He is also a former chairman of Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association.
“In real estate, we ﬁnd under-performing buildings in up and coming neighborhoods. Then, we create entertainment zones that also add value to our real estate assets.”
Jon Sharun, Founder and Managing Partner, Venexo Capital
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