“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Wasim J. Shomar, PhD.
CEO & Chairman of The Lynx Companies
Dr. Wasim J. Shomar is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Lynx Companies, a portfolio of companies operating in various sectors of the U.S. economy. They use their expertise to help talented management teams and entrepreneurs build private companies of significant value. The main focus of LYNX is to work closely with its affiliate companies in providing capital, operating and strategic expertise, as well as a network of strategic industry contacts, that ultimately enhance each affiliate’s market share and financial performance.
Dr. Shomar’s professional and academic background – earned in both the private and public sectors – reflect his passion for education and development. As an academic, educator, engineer and entrepreneur, Dr. Shomar believes in constantly attending to the details of development, both professional and personal. He brings his passion for education and management to his role as CEO of Lynx, where he strives to create a culture of excellence that permeates affiliate companies’ performance, client business, workplace development, employee performance and community development.
Prior to transitioning to the private business sector and leadership of Lynx, Dr. Shomar served for four years as the President of the Kendall Campus of Miami-Dade College (MDC), a four-year nationally accredited institution of Higher Education. Dr. Shomar presided over a campus that employed close to 8,000 individuals, served over 70,000 students a year, and offered undergraduate degrees in 128 various majors. Prior to his appointment to the Kendall Campus, Dr. Shomar served at MDC as the President of the College’s Wolfson campus for a period of two years, the college-wide Dean of the School of Design and Technology for three years, and as a member of the engineering faculty for three years.
Before his tenure at MDC, Dr. Shomar worked at IBM Corporation’s Department of Custom Adapter Products as a Development Staff Engineer, and later as a Lead Engineering Supervisor. During that time he attained four United States patents and a European patent on Methods for Performing Intelligent Network Services with ISDN Network Terminators Located at a Subscriber’s Premise. Dr. Shomar is the author/editor of twelve publications including books, journals, and conference proceedings in the areas of Telecommunications, Robotic Vision, Artificial Intelligence, and Computer Architecture. He is also the developer of the initial concept of the LoJack® car recovery system.
Dr. Shomar received his Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where he specialized in Neural Networks, Computational and Robotic Vision. He received a Post-Doctorate in Physics specializing in Underwater Acoustical Imaging from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Dr. Shomar also holds various graduate certificates from the University of Harvard’s School of Education as well as John F. Kennedy’s School of Government at the University of Harvard.
Finally, a resident of Miami-Dade County for more than 30 years, Dr. Shomar is a family man of 19 years, married to Virginia Shomar, whom is originally from Venzuela, since 1996. Together, they have raised two sons, Joseph and Alfred Shomar.
Shadi Shomar, CPA
Shadi Shomar, CPA, earned his Bachelor and Master degrees in Accounting with a concentration in the Science of Taxation from Florida International University. A Florida licensed CPA, Mr. Shomar is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
With more than 15 years of experience in the accounting industry, Mr. Shomar’s expertise transcends many areas of taxation, auditing, and accounting, including due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, preparation of financial statements and SEC rules and guidelines. He is the proprietor of a public accounting firm with over 1,000 tax and audit clients, mostly middle-market companies, SEC registrants, high growth and emerging companies, high net worth families, private equity and acquisitive companies, and corporate executives. His practice focuses on providing professional services to businesses and individuals in the areas of auditing, accounting, business consulting and tax matters.
To Lynx Companies, Mr. Shomar brings his wealth of knowledge and expertise in the fields of real estate and construction, financial services, professional services, and technology. These, combined with his extensive understanding of our industry-specific accounting needs, make Mr. Shomar a valuable asset to the company.
Chief Innovation Officer
Richard Chance is the Chief Innovation Officer of the Lynx Companies. In his role Richard provides leadership to evaluate, test and adopt technology-driven innovation across the Lynx Companies’ portfolio of companies. This will include a focus on both the companies’ internal infrastructure, as well as on external, customer-facing technology solutions to directly address the challenges of clients’ business operations.
Chance is a serial entrepreneur cofounding 11 companies in the last 25 years to include web development and interactive marketing firms. He has served as a technology consultant for a private equity firm evaluating the feasibility and marketability of technology and business opportunities for investment consideration. Chance is also a frequent lecturer and instructor at various colleges and universities on subjects ranging from information systems, project management, entrepreneurship, web development, interactive marketing, and cyber security. He has served as Chair for the Bachelor of Applied Science Information Management program at Palm Beach State College, Chair for Engineering, Technology, and Business programs, and Campus Chief Information Officer at Miami Dade College where he provided strategic and tactical IT governance and support for over 64,000 students annually. Chance has been awarded several million dollars of grants ranging in areas of learning outcomes, process improvements, and most recently, the development of cyber programs to include a state-of-the-art immersive cyber skills training facility.
Prior to his service in academia, Chance was responsible for interactive marketing at Norwegian Cruise Line and served in the United States Marine Corps.
Vice President of Marketing
Chad Bumb is the Vice President of Marketing of Lynx Companies. Chad overseas all strategic marketing strategies of the company and its affiliates. Prior to Lynx Companies, Mr. Bumb held several positions at the Miami Herald and the Toledo Blade. Chad attended the University of Toledo and studied business communications.
Andrew M. Korge
Vice President of Real Estate Development and Strategic Development
Andrew M. Korge is the Vice President of Real Estate Development and Strategic Development for the Lynx Companies, which has portfolio companies in construction management, real estate development, property management, cyber security, and financial services. In his role, Korge is responsible for analyzing, acquiring, and developing horizontal and vertical multi-family communities, office, retail, and mixed use properties. Additionally, he oversees business development for Lynx’s portfolio companies with a focus construction management and cyber security.