Tomas Cabrerizo is the founder and CEO of CFH Group, a privately-held Miami-based real estate corporation that acquires under-valued, under-managed, and/or physically distressed apartment communities and commercial properties in superior locations at highly competitive prices. Since 1995, CFH Group has been responsible for the acquisition and operation of more than 18,000 residential units and over two million square feet of commercial property throughout the Southeast.
Cabrerizo began working at the age of 14 at a Miami-area flea market selling t-shirts and apparel. By age 17, the young entrepreneur had 20 employees and operated six market spaces. Seizing on an opportunity when the market closed in l982, he founded Shoreline Sales, a clothing distributor that sold locally manufactured apparel to small, independent retail stores throughout Florida. By 1989, with Shoreline’s annual sales topping $20 Million, Cabrerizo embarked on a strategy to broaden the scope of the company by manufacturing the clothing independently and vertically integrating the production line. Trends Clothing was formed and within three years enjoyed annual revenues in excess of $40 million and counted leading national retailers like Walmart, Target, Sears, and JC Penny among its loyal customers.
In order to compete with manufacturers from Asia who enjoyed lower labor and production costs, Cabrerizo opened sewing factories and screen printing facilities in the Dominican Republic and Haiti where he employed a work force of 2,500. He began licensing brand name labels like Ocean Pacific, BUM Equipment, Jimmy Z, Ecko and Blue Marlin. With its wholly owned knitting and spinning mills, dye houses, screen-printing, embroidery and sewing factories, Trends Clothing quickly catapulted to the top of the clothing industry becoming one of Target Stores leading suppliers in the US, consistently winning its prestigious “Vendor of the Year” Award. By 2004, Trends Clothing employed more than 900 workers domestically and over 3,000 worldwide with annual sales in excess of $140 Million.
Cabrerizo began his foray into real estate in the late 1980’s quietly acquiring under-valued, under-managed and physically distressed properties in choice locations throughout South Florida and the Southeastern United States. In 2005, with his real estate portfolio expanding, he sold Trends Clothing to focus exclusively on multifamily and commercial real estate acquisitions.
Today, CFH Group provides a turn-key approach to property management serving investors, tenants and lenders with value-added services that capitalize on the company’s breadth of expertise in development, management, and marketing while utilizing the same vertical integration that made Trends Clothing one of the most successful clothing companies in the country. CFH enjoys a competitive advantage through its in-house renovation program and its affiliates, Paramount Depot and Paramount Nursery, major suppliers of quality building materials, plants and trees, which enable the company to seamlessly remodel, re-brand and reposition the distressed properties, maximizing value for the assets.
Cabrerizo is active in numerous professional and civic organizations. He is a major supporter of the Lotus House Women’s Shelter, a facility in Miami’s historic Overtown African American neighborhood that provides women and infants with transitional housing and an array of support services. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Vivian, sons Tomas and Christian, and daughter Elizabeth. His hobbies include traveling and deep sea fishing in the Bahamian waters.
Tomas Cabrerizo is the founder and CEO of CFH Group, a privately-held Miami-based real estate corporation that acquires under-valued, under-managed, and/or physically distressed apartment communities and commercial properties. Since 1995, CFH Group has been responsible for the acquisition and operation of more than 18,000 residential units and over two million square feet of commercial property throughout the Southeast. (more…)
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Otto grew up calling Miami Beach home. Spent High School and College in the northeast graduating from Hobart College in 2006. Played lacrosse at Hobart, managed the college radio station, and enjoyed photography while studying abroad. Extra curricular activities have always been a passion. (more…)
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John was born and raised in Coral Gables, Florida. He attended Gulliver Academy, followed by Coral Gables High School and Auburn University. After various successful business ventures, in 1989, John returned to academia as the Director of Operations for all of Gulliver’s campuses, eventually becoming Director and Head of School. He and his wife of 33 years, Dottie, have two beautiful children, Brittany and John, and two grandchildren. (more…)
David Mills’ resume reads like that of a seasoned philanthropist and fundraiser, yet he’s “just” a student at the University of Alabama. Among his many accomplishments, one that clearly stands out is creating and organizing one of the Woody Foundation’s largest fundraising events, the Lionfish Bash, now in its sixth year. (more…)
Caryn has called Miami home since she graduated from University of Central Florida (UCF) in 1979 and married Rob (a Miami native). A proud mother of two and successful professional, she has developed a career in private accounting since 1980, heading her own accounting firm since 1993. Her community service includes Junior League of Miami, numerous PTSA Boards, Girl Scout leader and she is also an active member of St. Thomas Episcopal Parish. (more…)
Elvis Anderson attended McCook College in McCook, Nebraska on a full golf scholarship and would go onto graduate with an English and Communications degree from Florida State University in December 2003. He then accepted an internship at the Levine Communications Office in Los Angeles and worked directly for industry legend, Michael Levine. (more…)
Anthony Poppe grew up in Miami after his family moved to the city in 1987. Anthony graduated from the University of Florida with a BBA in economics and received a MSc in finance from the University of Groningen, a Dutch university in partnership with the University of Florida. After finishing school in 2006, Anthony moved back to Miami, and began his career working for Aon Risk Services. (more…)
Rick Tonkinson started giving back to the community as a Peace Corp volunteer 40 years ago and now financially supports 40 charities. Rick is married to Margarita and they have one son, Steven, who played rugby in college. He believes in the mission of the Woody Foundation and serves on the Woodystock committee.
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