March 20, 2014

Joseph Kavana

Executive Bio


Co-Founder and

The Trillist Companies, Inc.

Joseph Kavana is the co-founder and Chairman of Trillist. Mr. Kavana is also the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of KGH International Development, LLC. As an active developer and investor in the real estate industry for more than 20 years, Mr. Kavana’s experience spans across different asset classes including land development, commercial/retail, multi-family and industrial. As the driving force and vision of what today has come to be known as Metropica – a premier mixed-use development in the heart of Sunrise – Mr. Kavana has from inception been fully involved with the project, which will encompass 2,800 residential units, 650,000 square feet of office spaces, and 485,000 square feet of retail space. Mr. Kavana is also involved in several other international real estate development projects including a condominium tower in Hollywood Beach, Florida, YOO Punta del Este, Uruguay and YOO Nordelta in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In the early 1990s, Mr. Kavana was one of the managing partners of Equinvest Marymont Ltd., a multi-family entity that, together with the Ibex Group – representing interests of the Bacardi family, acquired over 2,500 multifamily units in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Kavana also bought and sold several industrial buildings. In 1980, Mr. Kavana founded Sagaz Industries, Inc., a manufacturing company with operations throughout the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Mexico, the Far East and Italy. Sagaz was sold to Pennzoil in March 2000.

Mr. Kavana was born in Uruguay in 1949 and has permanently lived in Miami, Florida since 1980. He studied Medicine in Montevideo’s School of Medicine. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and its Executive Committee. As the previous Chairman for AIPAC in Dade County, Florida, Mr. Kavana actively recruited members for this prestigious organization based in Washington, DC. He is also a member of the AIPAC’s Executive National Council in Washington D.C.