Marr Holdings – a private single-family office.
Marr Holdings is a real estate focused family office. We have a flexible and entrepreneurial approach to investments, and embrace all opportunities with a solution driven mindset.
As a family office, our priority is capital preservation requiring the appropriate levels of governance and due diligence on all transactions. We employ a hands-on approach to all our investments with the objective of adding value to both ourselves and our investment partners, where applicable. We are pro-active, responsive and act expeditiously.
Currently, our real estate interests are predominantly located in South Africa. We now actively seek global opportunities to expand and diversify. The markets we are focusing on are North America, the UK and Europe. The location of the future investments will be relationship and opportunity dependent. We welcome both outright acquisitions and joint venture opportunities.
Marr Holdings operates across two key pillars:
Our property portfolio is diverse covering all sectors. The directors of the family office have over 30 years collective real estate investment experience.
With respect to private equity investments we adopt a passive role and generally only invest with and behind experts in this sector.
Jaysen Golding : Managing Director
Jaysen is a CA(SA) and has over 14 years of experience in real estate, tax and finance.
Jaysen is the Managing Director of Marr Holdings, having joined the company in 2016.
Jaysen previously worked at the Collins Group where he was involved in all aspects of asset management, due diligence, acquisitions and financing of properties. Prior to that at Investec Bank he was involved in the funding of commercial real estate for the bank’s private clients.
Jaysen also lectured taxation at the University of KwaZulu-Natal after completing his articles at PWC.
Carolyn Kristal: Financial Director
Carolyn is a qualified CA(SA) and completed her articles at BakerTilly Greenwoods.
She joined the HCI Group in 2010 and during her tenure she served on various executive committees. Most notably she held positions as Financial Manager of Formex Industries, a leading Automotive Manufacturer and Chief Financial Officer of Galaxy Bingo, the largest and fastest growing Bingo operator in South Africa. She was appointed as Financial Director of JSE listed Niveus Investments in 2017.
In 2018, Carolyn joined Balfour Investments, an ed-tech / fin-tech start-up Group as CFO, where she spent 2.5 years prior to joining the Marr Holdings team as Financial Director in February 2021.
Sheri-Lee Witz : Manager
Sheri-Lee was admitted as an attorney to the High Court of South Africa in May 2017 and has a B.Comm LLB degree with Finance Honours in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management (FAPM).
Sheri-Lee completed her articles and whilst doing so gained experience across a range of law specialities including Commercial Law, Civil Litigation, Family Law, Personal Injury Law, Medical Malpractice and Labour Law.
Before joining Marr Holdings in 2020, Sheri-Lee worked at Newmark Hotels for 3 years as a Financial Manager and in-house legal consultant, managing the finances of specific properties as well as assisting across the board with legal requirements and contracts.
Kevin Van Straaten: Investment Manager
Kevin has Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree and after working as a candidate architect for 2 years went on to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Property Development and Management at the University of the Witwatersrand.
He is currently working towards his master’s degree in property development and management.
Before joining Marr Holdings in 2021, Kevin worked as a property investment analyst at Novare Real Estate South Africa, a private equity advisory firm with a focus toward real estate investment in South Africa. Here he was involved in market research, project due diligence, and the development of the fund’s impact investment policy.
Jason Green: Investment Manager
Jason holds B.Comm Financial Management and B.Sc (Hons) Property Studies degrees.
Before joining Marr Holdings in 2021, Jason worked at FWJK Developments in a project and development management capacity where he gained experience in various sectors of the property industry.
He was involved in all aspects of the property development process from scheme initiation, due diligence and feasibility analysis to the management and successful delivery of development projects.
Prior to joining FWJK, Jason was involved in small businesses operating in the financial services and fresh produce industries.
Daniel Nel: Investment Manager
Daniel has a Bachelor of Science degree in Property Studies, from the University of Cape Town.
Prior to joining Marr Holdings in 2021, Daniel gained valuable work experience in the Property Management sector. Most recently, he founded a boutique residential development, where he gained hands-on experience in sourcing opportunities, project inception, feasibility analysis, design, financial analysis, and project management.