Iron Bridge Capital Partners

Creativity – Vision – Leadership - Capital

At Iron Bridge, we want to do good deals
with good people  quotes-close

Since our inception in 2001, Iron Bridge has completed more than $400 million of investment and development projects.

We excel in developing unique financing structures to minimize risk and the overall cost of capital. The strategic deftness of the organization has proven invaluable in completing a number of private/public partnerships that forge private-sector efficiencies with public-sector needs. Iron Bridge thrives when it can bring private sector efficiencies to public sector issues.

Institutional Partners

Iron Bridge Capital Partners, LLC has worked with many institutional partners
Wells Fargo
Richman Group
Raymond James
R4 Capital
Goldman Sachs
Citi Bank
Bank of Guam


  • tickPublic/Private Partnerships
  • tickComplex Legal and
    Financial Structuring
  • tickFederal and State Tax Credits
    and Grant Programs
  • tickTax Exempt and Taxable Bonds and
    Certificates of Participation
  • tickInstitutional Debt and
    Equity Investment
  • tickVenture Capital and Private
    Investment Structures
  • tickInvestor Downside Protection
  • tickOperational Efficiency
    and Procurement
  • tickCommunity Transformation
Mission Statement:

To deliver superior value to stakeholders in developing transformative real estate projects and investing in high-growth potential middle market companies.

Vision Statement:

We create a positive societal impact by developing transformative projects and helping high growth lower middle market companies achieve their full potential.

Core Values:

People Matter

We believe that our team working with our community partners can have a positive impact on the daily lives of those impacted by our companies and investments.

Partners Matter

We believe that transformative change only happens in partnership with our stakeholders, financing partners, operators, and clients.

Communities Matter

We believe that people were meant to live in community and that our transformative projects and innovative companies and initiatives help strengthen them.

Leadership Team

John Hand

Founder and Managing Principal

John Hand co-founded Iron Bridge Capital in 2001 in Atlanta, GA with a focus on real estate investments in the Southeast.  Prior to starting Iron Bridge,

Mr. Hand worked in various roles with companies in the technology/real estate arena in Atlanta and San Francisco.  Prior to that, he worked as an associate in acquisitions for Westbrook Partners in New York, a multi-billion dollar real estate opportunity fund.   Mr. Hand started his career with the commercial real estate group of King and Spalding in Atlanta.

Mr. Hand holds a JD/MBA from Vanderbilt University and a B.S. in Business Administration from U.N.C. Chapel Hill where he graduated with distinction.   Mr. Hand serves or has served on the Vanderbilt Law School Board of Advisors, and the UNC Chapel Hill Board of Visitors.


 Martin Willoughby


During the past 25 years, Martin Willoughby has been an equal-parts business advisor, attorney and entrepreneur with a passion for helping individuals and organizations achieve their full potential.  He has been recognized for his professional contributions by a number of publications, including the Mississippi Business Journal (Top 10 Leadership in the Law and Top 40 Under 40) and Metro Business Chronicle (Top 40 Under 45).

Martin is an accomplished professional who has owned and operated successful businesses over the years, including a law firm, Willoughby Law Group, PLLC.  He has strategically advised companies as in-house counsel and effectively represented clients ranging from individuals to publicly traded entities.

Martin is an accomplished public speaker and author, frequently sharing his expertise on a variety of topics, including leadership, faith and entrepreneurship.  His books include Unlock the Growth Potential of Your Organization (High Impact Publishing 2015), Intentional Faith (Main Street Press 2014), and Zoom Entrepreneur (Barringer Publishing 2011), and he has been a regular columnist in the Mississippi Business JournalMississippi Christian Living, and Pointe Innovation.

Martin is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Millsaps College and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Mississippi College School of law.  He has also received advanced entrepreneurial training with FastTrac, an affiliate of the internationally recognized Kauffman Foundation.