Jad Lehoud, president/ CEO, L&H Partners, hales from Beirut, Lebanon. A self-made businessman with a long history of community service in South Florida, Jad and his partners, Nazih Hardan and Mary Kayal, started L&H Partners in 1991.
The following year, Jad came to the United States and became involved in community service events at his church, Our Lady of Lebanon Catholic Church. A friendship with philanthropist and close friend Anthony Abraham exposed Jad to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, where he served on the board for several years and was on its building committee raising funds so that children with life-threatening illnesses would receive critical medical care at no cost.
During the past 20-plus years Jad’s firm, L & H Partners, has become a leading general contracting, construction management and real estate firm gaining anoutstanding reputation in the South Florida market. Its clients have included such notables as Pat Riley, president of the Miami Heat; Nick Buoniconti, entrepreneur and football legend, and Charles J. Zwick, former director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in the Lyndon Johnson administration.
A compassionate man who is committed to alleviating poverty, Jad has served as a member of the Knights of Malta for 14 years. In that role, he not only has raised money, but also provided leadership and service to the Catholic Church and Catholic-related causes by providing professional expertise and hands-on volunteer service to the poor. Among his many charitable pursuits include support for the Knights of Columbus and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
With a strong appreciation for his family, business success and his close relationship with his partners and employees, Jad feels strongly about giving back to the community. He believes that everything you have on Earth is on a “loaner basis” and blessings should be shared with those less fortunate.
When Jad is not volunteering or working, he enjoys time with his wife and daughter, playing tennis, boating and hunting. He believes the Lord has blessed him greatly and he is paying it forward with his good works and generous spirit.