About Gerald D. Mann
Gerald D. Mann
was born in modest surroundings, December 22, 1929, on a small
farm near the town of Newport, near the coast of Eastern North
Carolina. He grew up during the great depression, which ended
only after the beginning of World War II. He graduated in a
class of 24 students from Newport High School in 1948.
North Carolina State University, and graduated with honors in
1952 with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and a 2nd
Lt. Commission in the U.S. Air Force.
He served in
the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1954, during the Korean War, and
was stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, in Dayton,
Ohio, and was involved in Aircraft research and development.
While in Dayton he met and Married Edna E. Jenkins, born and
raised in Barburville, KY.
University from 1954 to 1956 and graduated with a Master of
Science degree in Civil Engineering. While at Purdue, his first
child Teresa Lynn was born.
a small Civil Engineering Consulting firm for the Mobile
Drilling Company, in Indianapolis, Indiana, he and Edna
purchased the start up firm in 1956 and founded American Testing
and Engineering Corporation, trade named ATEC Associates, Inc.
There they performed civil engineering, testing and
environmental services to the construction industry. The firm
rapidly grew to be nation wide, with over 50 offices and 1500
employees. After 40 years of successful operation, the firm was
sold in 1996.
In 1972 Gerald
and Edna founded Mann Realty Company, now doing business under
the name of
Properties, LLP, a Land Development and facilities
Construction Company, presently owned by the family, Dave, Terri
and Brian, as well as Gerald and Edna. Brian is currently the
managing partner of the company. As of 2007, the company owns
and manages over 1 ˝ million square feet of office, warehouse
and retail lease spaces, and owns over 20 residential
subdivisions in different stages of development.
Gerald and Edna
have been active over the years in many communities,
professional, civic and political organizations, and have served
on many committees and boards. They are currently active in
United Methodist Church, the Republican Party, Purdue
University Presidents Council and others. Edna is active in
Union College Board of Trustees, Past Board of Trustees for
LaRue Carter Hospital, and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. She
was also Precinct Committee Woman and delegate to Republican
National Conventions 3 times, and Gerald as an alternate. Gerald
is active in Rotary International since 1960 and was President of
Indianapolis Club from 1980-1981. Other past activities include,
American Society of Civil Engineers, National Association of
Independent Test Laboratories, Board of Directors of Indiana
Classic Car Club of America, and other business and social
organizations, such as Meridian Hills Country Club of
Indianapolis, Royal Poinciana Country Club, Naples, FL, Naples
Yacht Club, American Business Men’s Club, Indianapolis, IN, and
Junto Business Men’s Club of Indianapolis, Indiana; Health and
Education Financing Authority Board.
recognitions include; Purdue University’s most prestigious
award, the Penicle Award in 2006; 1975 Purdue’s outstanding
alumnus award; North Carolina States 2003 Outstanding Alumnus
award; 1991 Master Entrepreneur of the year award by “Inc.
Magazine; Indianapolis Business Journals Enterprise Award in
1988 and Freemason 33rd Degree Nomination in 2007.
Gerald and Edna
are semi-retired, and spend most of their winters in Naples,
Florida. Their hobbies include collecting and showing antique
classic cars, traveling, boating and spending time with their
four grandchildren, Jordan, Dylan, Ben and Nicholas.