was a 1954 graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he earned his
Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering in 1955. He received the top academic
award in the Industrial Engineering Department in his Sophomore and Junior years, and
graduated as the Most Outstanding Senior in his class. Prior to entering Georgia
Tech, he was a high school All-State, All-Southern and Honorable Mention, All American
Fullback at Brown
High School in Atlanta. He was the Atlanta Touchdown Club's selection as the
most Valuable Back for the State of Georgia in 1949. Entering Georgia Tech in 1950,
he was a member of the undefeated Freshman Football Team. He played on the
undefeated Varsity Football Team of 1952, which was declared National Football Champion by
I.N.S. after their Sugar Bowl victory. He also played as a starter on the successful
bowl bound teams of 1953 and 1954, in which Georgia Tech won another Sugar Bowl and Cotton Bowl game. During this span,
Georgia Tech won 43, lost 5 and tied 2. Mr. Hunsinger was selected to the Academic
and SAE All-American teams in 1954. His other honors included Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa
Phi, President of Omicron Delta
Kappa (ODK) and ANAK. He was a member of Sigma
Alpha Epsilon (SAE) Fraternity while maintaining top academic grades and the Dean's
list all four years.
After working for several years
following his graduation as an Industrial Engineer and completing a two year stint as an
officer in the U.S. Army, he joined Pope and Carter
Company of Atlanta as a real estate salesman in 1961. During his third year with the
company, he won the Atlanta Board of Realtor's Million
Dollar Club Award for selling a million dollars worth of property in one calendar year.
After winning the award for three straight years, he became a lifetime Member of
the Million Dollar Club. In 1966, he was promoted to secretary of the firm and rose
to Vice-President in 1967. The same year, he became President of the firm's
development, construction, leasing and management of industrial warehouses and office
parks in the southeast for the partnership, including Trammell Crow of Dallas, TX, and
Ewell Pope and Frank Carter of Atlanta.
In 1970, he formed his own real
estate brokerage and development firm, John Hunsinger and Company. Bennett and
Kahnweiler Associates, the nation's leading developer of industrial parks, immediately
named Hunsinger as co-developer of the Atlanta Gateway Park, the largest industrial park
east of the Mississippi.
This park (Atlanta Gateway Park) had
lain dormant for half a year due to the financial problems of the owner. It was
quickly rescued and, after the first year, Hunsinger announced sales of over $1 million.
The second year showed sales of $15 million and the final year of the contract
showed sales of over $30 million. Next followed the establishing of
Hunsinger-Sonenberg Inc. Mr. Hunsinger continued
to be involved with brokerage, management,
development and investment in real estate and in the growth of the brokerage company that
bears his name.
In 1980, Mr. Hunsinger was elected
as a charter member of the Atlanta Board of Realtor's prestigious Phoenix Million Dollar
Club, which signifies ten years as a million dollar producer. In 1985 he was elected
Silver Phoenix. He was elected President of the Atlanta Board of Realtors in 1982.
to view a summary list of Mr. Hunsinger's real estate organizations and honors, as well as
social and civic organizations he belonged to.