We work with the most talented individuals, brought together to move and transform ideas and visions to fruition. Our teams have decades of combined experiences in architecture and construction with diverse backgrounds in art, construction, project management, specifications, and interior design, . Project Managers are industry skilled and accredited. All team members, including our production staff, are trained in the latest computer aided drafting and building information management (BIM) software.
Leadership at Prime Group strives to impact the communities we serve with opportunity, purpose, and a passion for innovative excellence. With more than four decades of development, design and construction experience, our leadership team hosts an impressive record and poised to meet the challenges and opportunities of the decades to come.
Fred Abbo founded the first of his companies in 1974 and the first of the Prime Group companies in 1987. His years of experience span every aspect of the construction industry and its successful performance in multiple markets.
As President and Chairman, Mr. Abbo guides and directs policy for Prime Group as well as national and international finance, marketing and sales programs. Mr. Abbo has received numerous awards for his professional and philanthropic achievements including Builder of the Year from both the Builders Association of South Florida and the LBA Builders Association, over 200 Florida’s BEST and Treasure Coast Medallion Awards as well as numerous charitable and civic recognitions.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Abbo oversees a growing portfolio and successful construction of thousands of homes built and commercial, professional medical, office, multi-family, hotels and retail spaces completed. Under Mr. Abbo’s direction, Prime Group has expanded services and influence to become a recognized leader in Real Estate development, building and management. Additionally, Mr. Abbo has outfitted the company with a progressive array of management, service and financial products while expanding their commercial, mixed-use, hotel and restaurant construction and development. A licensed Florida Real Estate Broker and Building Contractor, Mr. Abbo is currently a member of SBCCI, Florida National Association of Realtors, Builders Association of South Florida, LBA Builders Association, National Association of Home Builders and the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale.
Director of Acquisitions
Since 2004, Jim Dupre has been a leader in land acquisitions for Prime Group. He serves as government liaison and is active in national and international sales and marketing outreach through a network of brokers, conferences, and expositions. Prior to joining Prime Group, Mr. Dupre served as Managing Director of Land Sales for Coral Ridge Properties, a subsidiary of Westinghouse Communities, Inc., where he was involved in land sales in excess of $300 million. Mr. Dupre has a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University and a Master of International Management degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He has been a Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker since 1989 and serves on the Affordable Housing Committee of the Builders Association of South Florida.
Geoffrey C. Bennett, P.A.
Geoffrey C. Bennett, P.A. is Corporate Counsel with more than 25 years of experience dealing with an array of business-related matters including both transactions and litigation. Mr. Bennett’s knowledge, experience and insight help Prime Group successfully navigate the ever-changing business landscape.
Hotel Asset Manager
Heather Strauss’ 25 years of luxury brand, hotel management experience include Blackstone, Hilton Corporation, Marriott International and Thayer Lodging Group. Her operational experience included new construction, new and existing asset purchases, renovations, and brand repositioning.
In 2008, Mrs. Strauss founded Strauss Hospitality which successfully managed a portfolio of hotels and completed, development feasibility projects. She holds a Master of Science Degree in International Management from The University of Maryland, Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel Management from Rochester Institute of Technology. Ms. Strauss is also an alumnus of the overseas Hong Kong International School, has taught college level hotel management courses and has been an active director on multiple Development and Convention and Visitor Bureau Boards.
Director of Marketing
Keith A. Thompson started with Prime Group in 2006 helping to successfully navigated the many economic cycles since. His marketing career began with a passion for branding and telling the story of the construction and real estate industry. Many of his initial customers included Trammell Crow Residential, Fort Properties, Leasing Jacksonville, The Development Group, Progressive Property Group, ContraVest, Altman Management Company, and the original Apartment Guide and For Rent Magazines.
In 1998 Mr. Thompson became the first eCommerce Director of the American Welding Society. He was among the first to utilize the internet to market to the welding community domestically and internationally. Keith studied at Florida State College at Jacksonville and the University of North Florida and has over 30 years of branding and marketing experience.