John A. Hinson, American Businessman and US Marine

John A. Hinson, a resident of Key Biscayne, Florida, died in a single car accident on September 18, 2021.

Born in Whiteville, North Carolina on December 31, 1947, John Hinson led a truly remarkable life and rose to the heights of the American business world. The son of L.A. and Maxine, Hinson grew up with his parents and his 7 siblings in a small home in the rural community of Whiteville near Wilmington, North Carolina.

During his high school years, Hinson was a member of the football team and exhibited the extraordinary intelligence, focus and determination that would become his hallmark traits later in life. Following his graduation in 1966, Hinson went on to study at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Hinson joined the Marine Corp and subsequently attended the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School.

Following his training in Rhode Island, Hinson was deployed to Vietnam where he managed logistics and loaded ordinance onto combat aircraft. While reluctant to discuss his tour in Vietnam, Hinson readily credited his time in the military for helping him develop the discipline and sense of mission that would serve him so well later in life.

Returning from Vietnam in the mid-1970s, Hinson began searching for a career path and became interested in the business of real estate. Sensing that the city of Atlanta was poised to grow dramatically, Hinson moved there to search for opportunities in the market. In Atlanta, Hinson began to work with Jim Baker, who became one of his closest friends and business partners. Hinson and Baker were young real estate brokers who shared a single desk in a small office in Atlanta. Learning the real estate business from this modest foundation, Hinson went on to create a vastly successful business in Atlanta. Through the many years since, Hinson and Baker remained close friends and business partners and spoke to each other nearly every day.

Following a motorcycle accident that Hinson readily admits he was lucky to survive, Hinson retired in his 30s, purchased a sailboat, and sailed the Caribbean for nearly two years. Growing restless, Hinson decided to re-enter the real estate business and moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Once more, sensing that South Florida was poised for major growth, Hinson began investing in properties and projects in Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Having again created a very successful business and amassed a considerable portfolio of properties, Hinson moved to Miami Beach and was a pioneer in the Miami South Beach area.

It was in Miami that Hinson created and developed one of his most successful real estate projects, The Ocean Club on Key Biscayne, Florida. While finishing the Ocean Club project Hinson met and married his wife of nineteen years, Jeanine Sagebien Hinson. His closest friends Jim Baker and Harold Wright happily declared at Jeanine and John’s wedding that ‘He got it right.’ John wholeheartedly agreed.

After completion of The Ocean Club, Hinson remained involved in real estate and philanthropic ventures, including accepting a leadership role with the Vizcayans, a charity dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, where John served as Co-Chairman of the Special Preservation Committee.

While he never boasted and rarely spoke of his past successes in business, Hinson would tell the most extraordinary stories about his experiences if one just asked. Hinson had a voracious appetite for learning and read several books on many topics every week. He was a thoughtful, generous, and respected man with many friends throughout the United States and the world. Entirely self-built, Hinson loved his country, recognizing that the United States was perhaps the only country that afforded him the opportunity to achieve such great success through his hard work, fierce determination, and grit.

Hinson is survived by his wife Jeanine and 6 of his 7 siblings, in-laws, and 19 nieces and nephews.

Donations can made to the following charities near to John's heart:

Friends of Miami Animals Foundation:

2665 South Bayshore Drive

Suite 1200

Miami, FL 33133


telephone: (305) 854-2800

Click here to visit the organization online.  

Dr. Dobson Family Talk

Family Talk

540 Elkton Drive, Suite 201

Colorado Springs, CO 80907

telephone: (877) 732-6825

Click here to visit the organization online.  


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