Jad Lahoud very involved in church and community

Jad Lahoud very involved in church and community

Jad Lahoud

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.

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Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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