Top Newsmakers 2021, part I: Jabbour, Boyer & the Sorensens | Jax Daily Record | Jacksonville Daily Record


Anthony Jabbour

Black Knight Inc. and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet

Anthony Jabbour’s profile in Jacksonville grows every year.

He joined mortgage technology company Black Knight Inc. as CEO in April 2018. Less than a year later, after Black Knight was part of an investment group that bought the trade data company Dun & Bradstreet Holdings Inc., Jabbour assumed the additional role of CEO. by Dun & Bradstreet in February 2019.

In June 2020, the investment group launched an initial public offering of Dun & Bradstreet, which was then headquartered in New Jersey.

In May 2021, Dun & Bradstreet announced the relocation of its corporate headquarters to Jacksonville.

This makes Jabbour the CEO of two large Jacksonville companies that are major employers.

Dun & Bradstreet will receive $ 25 million in incentives from the city and state to relocate to Jacksonville, with the pledge to hire 500 people.

Black Knight is one of Jacksonville’s largest employers with over 2,000 workers.

Jabbour has been in Jacksonville since 2004, when he joined Fidelity National Information Services Inc., or FIS.

Black Knight and FIS were both detached from Fidelity National Financial Inc.

By Mark Basch

Lori Boyer

CEO of the Downtown Investment Authority

Downtown Investment Authority CEO Lori Boyer crafted a full set of deals in 2021.

In January, the DIA board advanced the first deal with the historic revamped incentive program led by Boyer.

Lori Boyer

He approved an $ 8.6 million loan for JWB Real Estate Capital’s plan to transform the Florida Baptist Convention and former Federal Reserve Bank buildings into a restaurant and apartment.

This pilot project led to city council approval in May of a $ 26.67 million loan to SouthEast Development Group for its hotel and restaurant proposal for the Laura Street Trio.

Boyer’s second full year at the helm of DIA ended with more than $ 850 million in downtown projects either being inaugurated or under approval.

She has negotiated over $ 220 million in city-backed incentives for these projects.

Boyer and his team examined the Four Seasons hotel offered by Jacksonville Jaguar owner Shad Khan, valued at $ 321 million, and the office building along the downtown riverside. authorized the council to pass a $ 114 million incentive deal in October.

Also in 2021, DIA brought forward a project to redevelop the former Florida-Times Union property, renovate the Union Terminal warehouse, and advocate for the development of the Emerald Trail.

Boyer also spent 2021 coordinating city purchasing, the parks office, the Jaguars, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and the public to expand plans for downtown waterfront parks.

She is negotiating with the State Department of Environmental Protection for a land swap for the former Kids Kampus as part of the Four Seasons deal to build a 10-acre park at the shipyards.

Plans are underway for the parks at Old Jacksonville Landing, McCoys Creek in Brooklyn and for the Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing Park in LaVilla.

City crews also began construction in 2021 to rehabilitate the Friendship Fountain on the South Rim.

The DIA has approved plans to increase the prices of downtown parking meters and is negotiating a contractual dispute with parking garage operator Metropolitan Parking Solutions.

His work prompted the DIA’s board of directors to vote 7-0 in May to increase Boyer’s annual salary from $ 20,000 to $ 200,000.

“His knowledge is immense, but his ability to communicate the details of a transaction or the issues the board faces in a transaction… is extremely valuable,” said Jim Citrano Jr.

By Mike Mendenhall


Robin and Christ Sorensen

Robin and Chris Sorensen

Founders of Firehouse Subs

After opening their first sandwich shop in Jacksonville 27 years ago, brothers and former firefighters Robin and Chris Sorensen sold their business for $ 1 billion.

Restaurant Brands International Inc. agreed in November and made a deal in December to buy Firehouse Restaurant Group Inc. The Sorensen-founded company with one store on San Jose Boulevard now has 1,206 restaurants in 46 states, Puerto Rico and in Canada.

RBI, the parent company of Burger King, Popeyes and Tim Hortons, plans to further develop the chain with expansion into more international markets.

However, the Sorensens made sure to sell Firehouse to a company that would keep the business intact, based in Jacksonville with the same management.

The Sorensens have not been so active in day-to-day management, with Don Fox leading the company as CEO since 2009. The sale of the company will allow them to focus more on philanthropy.

They will continue the mission of the nonprofit Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which supports public safety organizations. They will also explore other philanthropic initiatives.

The Sorensens held the majority of shares in Firehouse, a private company, but they did not say how much of the billion dollars they will receive.

Robin Sorensen, 53, told the Daily Record that he and his 61-year-old brother will continue to seek investments, including possible restoration opportunities. But they don’t expect to develop another big chain.

Although the ownership of Firehouse has changed hands, the Sorensen will continue to be active in the community.

By Mark Basch

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