Mr. John E. Abdo serves as Vice Chairman of BBX Capital Corporation (OTCQB: BBXT; BBXTB), formally BFC Financial. He is also the Chairman of Bluegreen Corporation, a vacation ownership business with more than 200,000 club owners and 66 owned or managed resorts nationwide. Mr. Abdo is also President of Abdo Companies, a construction, development and property management firm continuously building in Florida since 1967. He formerly served as Vice Chairman of both Benihana, Inc. (formerly listed on NASDAQ: BNHN) and Woodbridge Holdings Corporation (formerly NYSE: WDG).
Through his executive roles with several publicly traded companies and his own business, Mr. Abdo has spearheaded real estate acquisitions, development and construction ventures totaling more than $10 billion. His company has built more than 5,500 residences throughout South Florida, which for a time made it the largest residential builder in Florida’s Broward County. Other notable successes include the acquisition and development of Cypress Creek Station, Center Port and a major twin-tower condominium project with 350 units in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Mr. Abdo has significant private investment experience, having managed or played an integral role in transactions totaling more than $5 billion over the course of his career.
Mr. Abdo is an active member of the Board of Directors of the Broward Performing Arts Center Authority (PACA). He previously served as President, and currently serves as director and chairman of the Finance Committee of the Broward Performing Arts Foundation. Mr. Abdo serves on the board of the BBX Capital Foundation (formerly BankAtlantic Foundation), which has contributed over $15 million to the South Florida community. He is inducted in Nova Southeastern University’s Huizenga School of Business Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, and has received the Spirit of 100 Award from the Broward Economic Development Council. Mr. Abdo was appointed to and served on the South Florida Super Bowl XXIX Host Committee in 1993.