Eduardo A. Cardounel is the majority owner of CLDG, has served as its President and CEO since 2000, and is a member of the company’s Board of Directors.
He not only conceptualized the Monte Christo Resort project back in 2006, but has been the primary driving force behind the destination resort’s design and development – a vision that he remains committed to seeing transformed into reality.
Mr. Cardounel is also Chairman of The CLDG Foundation (“TCLDGF”), a nonprofit organization he founded in 2011 to benefit and support those in need through a variety of humanitarian relief projects and initiatives, such as providing social interest housing, infrastructure and other services to help foster a better quality of life. Future funding for The CLDG Foundation will be derived, in large part, from a fixed percentage of the net profits derived from the Monte Christo Resort operations which CLDG has committed to donate annually to TCLDGF.
His vast experience in business and politics include the following noteworthy positions held and political appointments: Vice President Casino Association, Dominican Republic; Operator, Dominican Concorde Hotel (Fiesta Dominicana Hotel) Casino, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Opened and operated the Grand Hotel Lina & Casino, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Sole Owner-Operator, Junket License, State of New Jersey Casino Control Commission; Advisory Board Member to U.S. Office of Government of The Canary Island, Spain; Co-Founder, Executive Vice-President and Chairman International Affairs for the Developers-Builders Alliance USA; Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Florida Builders Association; First Cuban–American nominated as a Democratic Candidate to Florida House of Representatives; Reappointed Florida State Commissioner (4-year term) by State Governor, Bob Graham; Founder and Co-Editor, EI Hispano Newspaper, Hialeah, FL; Board Member,Barnett Bank of Florida; Appointed Special Ambassador by the U.S. Department of State and Institute of International Relations; Appointed Member, South Florida Import & Export Commission by President Carter and U.S. Secretary of Commerce; Appointed Florida State Commissioner by State Governor Rubin Askew; and Nominated as a Member of “Who’s Who in the Dominican Republic” for his outstanding civic, business, and humanitarian contributions.
Mr. Cardounel’s professional and civic affiliations have been many and include: Member, American Hotel and Lodging Association; Executive Vice-President, Developers–Builders Alliance (DBA); Board Member, Miami Christian Chamber of Commerce; Member, National Association of Real Estate Board; Member, Civic Affairs Committee, Florida Association of Realtors; Vice-Chairman of Legislation Committee, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Area Board of Realtors; Member, Miami, FL Board of Realtors; Member, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Chamber of Commerce; Cámara de Comercio Latina (CAMACOL), Miami, FL; Member, Florida Bankers Association; Chairman of Legislative Committee, Plantation, FL Chamber of Commerce; Director, Inter-American Foundation (IAF); Chairman, Homeless Overcoming Poverty Effectively (HOPE), Miami Beach, FL; Member, Broward County Latin American Chamber of Commerce; Member, Latin Builder Association, Dade County, FL; Member, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Casino Commission Association; Public Relations Director, Appraisal Solutions, Inc.; Executive Director, Horizons Realty Group International Inc., and Charter Member, Fort Lauderdale, FL Tower Club.
Included among the list of Mr. Cardounel’s political affiliations are: Founder, Latin American Political Action Committee of Florida; Florida Chairman, Spanish Committee to elect President Jimmy Carter; Charter Member, SAMP Spanish American Manpower Program (SAMP), Broward County, Florida; and National Association of Cuban Americans Foundation.
Mr. Cardounel earned a degree in Civil Engineering, Land Surveyor & Appraisal from Louisiana State University’s College of Engineering, Baton Rouge, LA. He also attended the University of Havana, Cuba, where he studied Banking.
Mr. Cardounel and his wife reside in Florida.