Wasim J. Shomar
CEO and Chairman of The Lynx Companies
Dr. Wasim J. Shomar is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Lynx Companies, a portfolio of companies operating in various sectors of the U.S. economy. They use their expertise to help talented management teams and entrepreneurs build private companies of significant value. The main focus of LYNX is to work closely with its affiliate companies in providing capital, operating and strategic expertise, as well as a network of strategic industry contacts, that ultimately enhance each affiliate’s market share and financial performance.
Dr. Shomar’s professional and academic background – earned in both the private and public sectors – reflect his passion for education and development. As an academic, educator, engineer and entrepreneur, Dr. Shomar believes in constantly attending to the details of development, both professional and personal. He brings his passion for education and management to his role as CEO of Lynx, where he strives to create a culture of excellence that permeates affiliate companies’ performance, client business, workplace development, employee performance and community development.
Prior to transitioning to the private business sector and leadership of Lynx, Dr. Shomar served for four years as the President of the Kendall Campus of Miami-Dade College (MDC), a four-year nationally accredited institution of Higher Education. Dr. Shomar presided over a campus that employed close to 8,000 individuals, served over 70,000 students a year, and offered undergraduate degrees in 128 various majors. Prior to his appointment to the Kendall Campus, Dr. Shomar served at MDC as the President of the College’s Wolfson campus for a period of two years, the college-wide Dean of the School of Design and Technology for three years, and as a member of the engineering faculty for three years.
Before his tenure at MDC, Dr. Shomar worked at IBM Corporation’s Department of Custom Adapter Products as a Development Staff Engineer, and later as a Lead Engineering Supervisor. During that time he attained four United States patents and a European patent on Methods for Performing Intelligent Network Services with ISDN Network Terminators Located at a Subscriber’s Premise. Dr. Shomar is the author/editor of twelve publications including books, journals, and conference proceedings in the areas of Telecommunications, Robotic Vision, Artificial Intelligence, and Computer Architecture. He is also the developer of the initial concept of the LoJack® car recovery system.
Dr. Shomar received his Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where he specialized in Neural Networks, Computational and Robotic Vision. He received a Post-Doctorate in Physics specializing in Underwater Acoustical Imaging from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Dr. Shomar also holds various graduate certificates from the University of Harvard’s School of Education as well as John F. Kennedy’s School of Government at the University of Harvard.
Finally, a resident of Miami-Dade County for more than 30 years, Dr. Shomar is a family man of 19 years, married to Virginia Shomar, whom is originally from Venzuela, since 1996. Together, they have raised two sons, Joseph and Alfred Shomar.
Chris Moran, President, has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of Building Construction, Construction Program Management and Facilities Operations. This work includes over $5 billion of planning, design and construction of commercial facilities, hotels, multi-family housing, institutions of higher education, and K-12 facilities. His projects include underground infrastructure to high-rise buildings and small special purpose building to large-scale site development and multi-site master planning. He specializes in representing the owner or Property Manager in interactions with contractors, designers, program and project management consultants and attorneys.
He has re-engineered major organizations and implemented change resulting in more cost effective and productive construction management, facilities operations and successful construction programs. Mr. Moran has led work groups of over 1,000 employees and annual facilities operations budgets exceeding $160 million. He headed the construction, maintenance and operations of over 40 million square feet of buildings. His experience has provided him with the ability to anticipate problems before they occur.
The following is a partial list of institutions and corporations to whom he has provided services. •Florida Department of Transportation •National Housing Trust/Enterprise Preservation Corporation •Alamo Community College District •Assurant •Guildford House Condominium •Town of Surfside, Florida •Miami Dade County Public Schools •University of Florida •Southern Bell Telephone Co •Florida A&M University •Miami Dade College •Honeywell Corp. •National Council on Compensation Insurance •Council of Great City Schools/ Orleans Parish Schools •Divi Hotel, Apts and Time share St. Maarten •Megco Contractors, Cairo, Egypt •GE Real Estate •Africa Israel (AFI Group) •White Eagle Property Group
VP of Operations
Brian Shirley is the VP of Operations at Lynx Construction; he is responsible for the management of all phases of construction for multiple projects including pre-construction, scheduling, cost control, evaluating change orders, reviewing and approving all subcontractor payment requests and supervising all awards of subcontracts and equipment purchasing.
Prior to joining Lynx, Mr. Shirley managed start-up accounts with various projects for Florida International College, Miami Dade College and estimated all work for school board projects. He has managed all construction phases for projects such as Surgery Center and multiple nursing homes, (AHCA). Mr. Shirley managed the deepest underground parking garage in SE Florida along with a six story, zero lot line, Assisted Living Facility (HUD & AHCA). He has also been involved in the Preconstruction work for Historic Coral Gables Museum (prepared bid packages, restoration research, prepared estimates, budgeting, and bid openings for public financed project) in addition to working on the high-end residential mid-rise buildings, Hidden Bay Trump International Group project.
Mr. Shirley graduated from the University of Florida. He later pursued a Master’s of Science in Construction Management from Florida International University and graduated with honors. He is a Licensed General Contractor.
Felipe Corona has over 20 years’ of extensive experience as a key member of firms undertaking variety of Architectural, Construction and Civil Engineering projects in the United States, South America, the Caribbean, South East Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. He is well-versed in federal and state building USA codes, local ordinances, OSHA regulations and other safety guidelines.
He was the founder and project manager for Corona’s Consultant Engineering/Century 21 Real Estate in Venezuela. He was also responsible for tourism project that enabled Venezuelan Government to secure significant USA loan from the Inter-American Development Bank. In the United States, he was the Director of International Operations for Wing Zone International where he was responsible for developing new business guiding investors in all tasks, starting from strategic planning to project development (design/construction). He has overseen project management life cycle from design concepts through new construction ranging from shopping malls, office complexes, through educational and commercial projects.
Tyson DiPetrillo obtained his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Construction Management from Florida International University. He is a dedicated, hands-on construction professional with 15 years of expertise in the industry.
He has a verifiable track record for the successful completion of multi-million dollar projects through coordinating trades, developing partnerships, and building positive rapport with architects, engineers, local officials, vendors, and clients while maintaining costs and schedule requirements. He is versed in building code and regulations, jobsite safety, subcontractor coordination, and overall site management through certificate of occupancy.
Liliana Narciso has more than 12 years of financial and management experience including but not limited to budgeting, accounting, mutual funds, and investment analysis. She attended the Colorado Technical University where she obtained her Master’s degree of Science in Management.
Prior to joining the Lynx Construction Management team, Liliana lived in Houston Texas where she worked for Premier Global International Brokers as a Branch Manager. She was responsible for coordinating international real estate investments and for managing the branch’s finances. She also has experience as Senior Executive Assistant providing administrative support to the company president of IACEX USA, Inc. She was in charge of product distribution, processing invoices, and served as liaison between all factors involved in the shipment of products. As Controller in Lynx Construction Management, she is responsible for issuing of financial statements, ensuring that accounts receivables are collected promptly and that accounts payables are paid in a timely manner.
Daniela Carrera graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish Literature, as well as a minor in Business Management from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. Daniela has over seven years of experience in both the business and marketing field and is adept in consumer’s support, organizational skills, administrative support, rapport building, sales expertise and training.
She has worked in environments that much like ours demands excellence, attention to detail, strong organizational and interpersonal skills and requires someone who is comfortable working in a fast paced environment.
At Lynx Construction Management, Daniela is responsible for maintaining and managing office operations and providing administrative support to the executives. She oversees database management and maintenance, and serves as the go-to person for office inquires.
Vice President of Marketing
Chad Bumb is the Vice President of Marketing of Lynx Companies. Chad overseas all strategic marketing strategies of the company and its affiliates. Prior to Lynx Companies, Mr. Bumb held several positions at the Miami Herald and the Toledo Blade. Chad attended the University of Toledo and studied business communications.