Our Leadership

Validus Group Partners believes in hiring the best people, giving them the tools they need to succeed, and then letting them drive the growth of our firm.


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Mario Garcia, Jr. - Founder, CEO and Managing Partner

Mario Garcia, Jr. was born and raised in Tampa, FL and he continues to maintain his residence and operate his businesses in Hillsborough County. In 2004, Mr. Garcia, Jr., as CEO and Managing Partner, formed Validus Group Partners Ltd. (“Validus Group”), an investment firm based in Tampa, Florida that develops, owns and manages real estate and real estate related businesses. Validus Group and its affiliates employ over 1,400 people and since inception have formed, acquired or managed companies with assets that have grown to more than $4.5 billion. Mr. Garcia, Jr. is also Chairman and Founder of EMSI, a national medical device company, which he helped establish in 1995 as a start-up business. Presently, EMSI services over 90,000 patients and employs over 400 people.

Mr. Garcia, Jr. a member of the Investment Management Committees of Carter Validus Advisor, LLC and Carter Validus Advisors II, LLC. Mr. Garcia, Jr. helped found Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT, Inc. (“CVMCR”) and Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT II, Inc, (“CVMCR II”), and serves on the Board of Directors for CVMCR. He helped found and serves on the Board of Managers of Validus/Strategic Capital, LLC, a broker / dealer specializing in alternative investment solutions and advisory services. Mr. Garcia, Jr. served as the founding Chairman of GulfShore Bank, a Tampa Bay area community bank focused on serving small to medium sized companies that he helped start in 2007. He served as a board member at both the Bank and the Bank's holding company from 2007 until April 2017, when he helped successfully negotiate the company's sale to publicly traded Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (NASDAQ: SBCF). In 2013, Mr. Garcia, Jr. helped found Validus Senior Living, a rapidly growing senior lifestyle company that owns and operates a complete continuum of leading-edge senior living communities. The company also provides property development, acquisition and management expertise.

Mr. Garcia, Jr. is active in the Tampa Bay community. He serves on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Foundation Board. He also currently serves as a founding board member of the Neurostimulation Device Alliance Board. Mr. Garcia, Jr. is a member of Vistage International, a networking group of Chief Executive Officers managing business throughout the world. Mr. Garcia, Jr. and his businesses support Metropolitan Ministries, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay and a variety of other charitable foundations.

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Yorlan Alfonso - Chief Operating Officer

Yorlan Alfonso was born in Cuba, but has been in Tampa, Florida for over 30 years. Yorlan received his Bachelors of Science in Finance from the University of South Florida and his Masters of Business Administration from St. Leo University. Yorlan has been with Validus Group since it's inception in 2004 and has an extensive financial background prior to his time with Validus.

Yorlan is responsible for the development, maintenance, and implementation of the company's operations and procedures. Yorlan provides superior leadership and management in the company's day-to-day operations including hiring professional and technical staff, implementing budget reductions, developing and executing company business plans, and installing effective management information systems.