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Tom DiGiorgio - Development, Architect & Designer, Partner & Co-Founder
As co-creator, designer and partner behind Marlow’s Tavern, Aqua Blue in Roswell, GA, and Hi Life Kitchen and Cocktails in Norcross, GA, Thomas DiGiorgio, along with John C. Metz Jr., has made a mark in the Atlanta restaurant scene. As a well-respected and award-winning entrepreneur with an impressive18-year history in real estate and restaurant development, architecture, and large construction oversight, Thomas “Tommy” DiGiorgio, Jr.,
possesses a true vision that drives success. Presently, Tommy is Founder, Co-Owner, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of a three-pronged restaurant company with 19 locations, which are continually expanding, where he works closely with senior staff and the Board of Directors to increase sales across the entire organization.
He is charged with spearheading real estate development initiatives, from site selection and architectural design to initial pro forma statements and comprehensive financial analysis. His involvement with the steadily-expanding Marlow’s Tavern in the Atlanta market, with projected plans to reach 25 restaurants by 2015 across two additional markets, Sterling Spoon Culinary Management, Inc. is a high-end corporate restaurant management company, providing upscale dining options and cafeterias for giants like Coca-Cola, Avon, and Global Payments Inc. Finally, Aqua blue Restaurant, an institution in fine sea food and sushi dining since 2001 and frequent award-winner, earns recent distinction with the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and Wall Street Journal ranking as a top suburban restaurant.
As Owner and Managing Member of the D Cay Group, LLC since 2007 and as Director of DK Architects since 1990, Tommy oversees all aspects of these diversified design/build and architectural firms, which includes a State Licensed Contractor division. Leveraging the latest technology and innovations, the companies are dedicated to creating high-quality and environmentally-responsible structures. Tommy serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of DK Architects, developing and implementing growth strategies on a national level, specializing in hospitality and residential home building. Rapidly earning trust and a solid reputation in the industry, he cultivated and maintained valuable long term relationships. Tommy’s keen business sense has resulted in much public recognition over his career thus far, including the Carlson Restaurants World Wide Consultant of the Year in 2002 (recognizing topnotch work with T.G.I. Friday’s) and Contractor of the Year in 2001, The South Florida Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” Award in 2000, and the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Business Man of the Year in 1999.
Tommy’s achievements are highlighted by the extraordinary customer service he provides, easily outperforming similar companies. He diligently works to ensure that all key stakeholders – inclusive of investors, clients, vendors, and employees – are treated equally and given superior levels of attention. Tommy has an exceptional educational foundation in the principles of finance, which he obtained during five years of concentrated coursework at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He offers his time and energies to several civic and government agencies, including a Board of Directors membership on the Tiger Trail Festival Committee, as Director of the Research for the Cure Cancer Foundation, and as Chairman of the Pompano Beach Economic Development Council. Due to the numerous locations nationwide in which Tommy conducts business, his architectural firm is licensed in 43 states and his construction firm is licensed in 26 states, focusing on the Southeastern states.
DiGiorgio is the president of the award winning DK Group, a diversified holding company with current interests in construction, architecture, real estate development and film production. Based in Pompano Beach, FL the DK Group’s current client list includes Brinker International, Darden, Marriot and McDonald’s.