John "Jack" E.
Haley was born in Valley, Nebraska, on March 13, 1936. Here Jack
worked with his father for the Union Pacific Railroad until he
graduated from Valley High School in 1953.
Jack earned a degree in electrical engineering from the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln before joining the United States Air Force in
1958. He flew a variety of multi-engine jet aircraft, including the
B-47 "Stratojet" and the C-141 "Starlifter." He flew over 100
combat missions during the Vietnam conflict.
After completing his combat tour, Jack was transferred to the Air
Force's elite Special Air Mission aircrews, where he served as a
command pilot on Air Force One for Presidents Nixon and Ford as
well as for the First Families and key White House personnel.
Jack retired in 1978 after 20 years of service in the Air Force.
During his career, he formed a real estate venture with a fellow
pilot in 1970, which was sold in 1983. Jack also owned and operated
the Chicago Central and Pacific Railroad Co. and Cedar Valley
Railroad Co. from 1984 until 1991 when he transferred the
In 1992, Jack returned to Omaha, Nebraska, to found Dial Equities,
Inc. with Omaha native Don Day. By June of 1998, Dial had
multi-family holdings of $65 million.
Jack also founded an affiliated group of real estate operating and
investment entities including Haley Associates, LP; the Haley
Communities LP Funds, Haley Securities, and Haley Real Estate
Group, which collectively own and operate multi-family holdings
valued at more than $750 million.
In 2010, Jack was inducted into the Commercial Real Estate Workshop
Hall of Fame by real estate professionals across the Midwest,
recognizing his success with the Haley group of companies and DEI
Active in the affairs of the firm into his 75th year,
his outside interests included flying his Piper Aerostar, model
railroading, rooting for the Houston Astros, and travelling the
Though Jack passed away on July 2, 2011, his vision continues today
as his companies pursue his primary goals: to take care of
investors and to manage a $1 billion real estate