Wasim J. Shomar
CEO and Chairman of The Lynx Companies
Wasim J. Shomar, Ph.D. is the Chairman and CEO of the Lynx Companies, operating in various sectors of business to help a select group of talented management teams and entrepreneurs build successful private companies that become market leaders. By providing operating and strategic expertise along with capital management, Dr. Shomar has been instrumental in the growth and success of the select companies he participates in, maximizing the returns of the private, select group of investors fortunate enough to be invited into the Lynx portfolio of companies.
Prior to moving to the private sector, Dr. Shomar served for several years as the President of the Kendall Campus of Miami Dade College (MDC), which is a four-year nationally accredited institution of Higher Education. Dr. Shomar presided over a campus that employed close to 3,000 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 joining MDC, Dr. Shomar worked at IBM Corporation’s Department of Custom Adapter Products as a Development Staff Engineer and then as a Lead Engineering Supervisor. During that time he attained four different United States patents 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 Telecommunication, 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 Doctorate of Philosophy (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.
Since moving to the private sector, Dr. Shomar has developed and grown the Lynx Companies into a multi-faceted powerhouse that specializes in services provided to the real estate, construction, technology, telecommunication, healthcare, financial and equity management industries. His sterling reputation and vast network of resources, along with his experience and expertise enables Dr. Shomar to help his partners and clients achieve a level of success not commonly achieved in today’s economic environment. His unique investment opportunities and companies are closed to participation by the public. Only selected qualified individuals that share his vision for successful relationships are invited to join him and the Lynx Companies.
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
David Harder has been involved in the construction industry for over 30 years. David is a certified general contractor and licensed real estate agent. David is also certified as a restoration contractor, specializing in water, fire, and mold restoration. Before coming to Lynx, David ran his own construction company, building and rehabbing a variety of residential and commercial projects. One of the most enjoyable projects David has built was a 27 home subdivision for first time homebuyers.
In addition to building and rehabbing, David has provided project management and project development training services through the US.
Maria Elena Carias
As an office manager, Maria Elena Carias is responsible for ensuring the smooth and efficient management of the office on a day-to-day basis, and support the team at Lynx Construction Management. Outside of the office, Maria has a passion for cooking and has had over 20 years of experience in the food industry. She also enjoys participating in outdoor sports such as cycling and hiking.
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.