Raoul Thomas
Raoul Thomas
Founder & CEO
CGI merchant group
Bio

Raoul Thomas has overseen the firm since its creation in 2006. He leads the firm in applying strategic and effective management and financing to increase the value of its commercial real estate and infrastructure investments and turn assets into Class-A, fully operational ones. With over 25 years of investment and banking experience, Mr. Thomas knows the industry is about more than meets the eye. His approach to alternative investments is finding value where others cannot and putting capital back into the source of his success: the community.

Mr. Thomas started his professional career as a U.S. bank regulator. Subsequently, Mr. Thomas worked as a senior investment banker at Barclays Capital for eight years, executing over $8 billion of transactions in infrastructure, real estate, and hospitality sectors. Royal Bank of Canada then recruited Mr. Thomas to run its debt capital markets origination and syndication group for the entire English and Spanish speaking Caribbean, where he was involved in originating, structuring, and placing credit instruments on behalf of large regional conglomerates, quasi-government, and government entities in infrastructure, hotels, real estate, and oil & gas sectors.

After roughly four years in this capacity, he was recruited by the Jamaican-born Canadian billionaire, Michael Lee-Chin, as a Senior Managing Director in investment banking. Mr. Thomas used his experience as a catalyst to start his own investment firm, where he has pioneered CGI’s remarkable growth over the last 15 years.

Mr. Thomas sits on the Advisor Board of a U.S. bank and is an active member of the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, New America Alliance, and Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Thomas founded the Isabella Alycia Foundation (AI Foundation), an organization run by his daughter, Isabella Alycia Thomas. The AI Foundation makes a social impact in underprivileged neighborhoods and individuals through the provision of tools and capital resources.

Speaking at International Hospitality Investment Forum

Taking Responsibility for the Future: ESG Goals for Hospitality

This session will look at how to integrate ESG goals within the

Speaking at IHIF Virtual

Taking Responsibility for the Future: ESG Goals for Hospitality