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

Style Magazine Newswire | 8/1/2019, 6:16 p.m.
Raoul Thomas, Founder and CEO of CGI Merchant Group (CGI), a real estate focused private equity firm, and The Gabriel ...
NABHOOD Award Recipient

MIAMI – August 1, 2019 – 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 underwent 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", said Raoul Thomas, Founder and CEO of CGI, "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.