Founder & CEO of CGI Merchant Group, Raoul Thomas and The Gabriel Miami Receive Deal of The Year Award by National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers
Miami - Raoul Thomas, Founder and CEO of CGI Merchant Group (CGI), a real estate focused private equity firm, and The Gabriel Miami, Curio Collection by Hilton was awarded the Deal of the Year Award by the National Association of Black Hotel Owners (NABHOOD). Andrew “Andy” Ingraham, President and Founder of NABHOOD presented the award last week in Miami alongside Hilton CEO, Christopher Nassetta and Sr. Managing Director and Co-Head of Strategic Partners at Blackstone, Verdun Perry.
During a three-day summit in Miami, Thomas was recognized for his vast knowledge and experience, recently demonstrated through the success of opening The Gabriel Miami, a newly opened Downtown Miami property having recently undergone the transition to become part of Hilton’s Curio Collection, a global portfolio of one-of-a-kind hotels. “Raoul had the good fortune to partner with a star brand to turn that hotel around,” said Andy Ingram, President of NABHOOD.
"It is a great honor to be recognized with such an award," Thomas said. "This award is a testament to CGI’s growth and our passionate team who delivers outstanding solutions to a base of loyal customers. It is an absolute pleasure to be a part of the 2019 NABHOOD Summit on behalf of CGI Merchant Group and The Gabriel Miami.”
On Wednesday, July 24, The Gabriel Miami’s newest upscale, Latin-inspired dining concept, CVLTVRA hosted the NABHOOD opening reception, where members of the Black Hoteliers Association were present, as well as former Mayor of Miami, Manny “Manuel” Diaz.
The 23rd Annual International African American Hotel Ownership & Investment Summit & Trade Show took place on July 24-26, 2019 and is designed to educate professionals on becoming a hotel owner or investor. The annual NABHOOD Summit also shares minority investment trends, explores supplier opportunities, and touches on diversity issues affecting the industry. The summit features several executive level professionals from the world’s leading hotel brands.
About CGI Merchant Group
CGI Merchant Group (“CGI”) is a private equity, alternative investment management that focuses on real estate value-added investment opportunities in the South Florida region. Through strategic and effective management and financing, CGI increases the value of its assets on commercial real estate and infrastructure investments and transforms them into Class A, fully-operational assets. Within the past six months, the firm has deployed more than $400 million of capital in multiple assets classes including executive offices and retail space. The Firm has a wealth of knowledge on capital markets – which combined with their ingenuity and experience – distinguishes them from other alternative investment managers.
About The Gabriel Miami
The Gabriel Miami, located in the heart of downtown, is a recent addition to Curio Collection by Hilton, global portfolio of more than 65 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts. The property has 129 guest rooms and suites, with numerous on-site amenities including a rooftop pool, third-floor library and lounge, and full-service spa & salon, Dermanova Spa. The hotel also houses CVLTVRA, a Latin-American inspired dining concept located on the ground floor of the property. The Gabriel Miami’s location and features make it an ideal selection for travelers looking to experience the entertainment of Downtown Miami, as well as business travelers looking to maintain their routine while still enjoying nearby attractions.
The Gabriel Miami, Curio Collection by Hilton is located at 1100 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132. For more information or to make a reservation, visit The Gabriel Miami, Curio Collection by Hilton or call (786) 577-9700.
About Curio Collection by Hilton
Curio Collection by Hilton is an upper-upscale, global portfolio of more than 90 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts. Curio Collection properties offer travelers authentic, curated experiences through distinctly local offerings and elevated amenities, while providing the benefits of Hilton and its award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors. Read the latest brand and hotel stories at newsroom.hilton.com/curio, and connect with Curio Collection on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.