SOURCE: Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Michael Caridi

November 01, 2013 08:00 ET

Michael Caridi Named Member of the Lumen Institute

Steve Forbes Addresses Members and Gives His Support

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Nov 1, 2013) - Today Michael Caridi is proud to announce to be a member of the prestigious Lumen Institute. When asked about his membership at the Lumen Institute Michael Caridi said, "Being spiritually grounded is as important as being business grounded, I'm proud to be a member and contributor to an organization with such honorable core values. Steve Forbes speech was simply profound and a reminder that business needs spiritual balance, like people do."

Michael Caridi's outreach and interpersonal growth goes far beyond just the Lumen Institute but he said it's one of the most important organizations he's involved with and for his business and his family culture.

About Lumen Institute
Lumen Institute is an organization that provides highly personalized formation for leaders. Formation involves guiding, training and educating each member in an integral way. This guidance has four dimensions: human formation (as it pertains to character development), spiritual formation (rearing of the soul), intellectual formation (to grasp reason and revelation) and apostolic formation (to put one's talents at the service of others). Lumen has identified three specific areas where it seeks to form and strengthen its members: Character - Faith - Leadership. The primary goal of formation is to help each member know what is truly best for him/her. This would include acquiring the habits of truth (in business and personal life), goodness (in thought and action), beauty (in respecting created things) and unity (by being one person of character inside and out).

About Michael Caridi Michael Caridi was born in Brooklyn and raised in Catskill, NY. He currently resides in Greenwich, Connecticut and has offices in Mid-town Manhattan, NY. He is married and has four children. Michael Caridi, a graduate of St. John's University, obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Administration. Michael Caridi's business endeavors span various industries. He is currently Managing Director of Seahawk Capital Partners, which specializes in business development & consulting, mainly in the BioTech Industry. Michael Caridi is Chairman of MAJIC Development Group LLC, and has been involved in several significant development projects, as well as construction for many Fortune 500 clients and retailers. Among Michael Caridi's most notable achievements are: lease acquisition, obtaining the air rights, and negotiation of the sale of Harlem Park, a mixed use project in Harlem, NYC; the lease acquisition, financing, gutting and full scale rehab of the 600 room Holiday Inn Hotel on West 57th Street in Manhattan; the acquisition, financing and construction of a 204 unit, $70 million condominium and rental complex in Palisades Park, New Jersey; and the acquisition, renovation and sale of 96 co op apartments in Long Beach, NY. Other Michael Caridi's recent projects include involvement in an Italian Cosmetic Wipe company, an eco friendly plastics and electronics company that had products in 70,000 retail stores, and a diverse mix of independent business ventures including residential and commercial property ownership, restaurant owner, mortgage banking, ship salvaging and dismantling, hotel ownership and development, security services, magazine publishing, and alcohol/non alcoholic import and export. Michael Caridi's philanthropic efforts have rivaled those of his business successes. In the past he has served on the Board of Directors of the Coalition of Italian American Associations; the Republican Leadership Council; The Forum Club; The National Ethnic and Charitable Organization; and The Italo American Foundation. Michael Caridi is a proud member of the Lumen Institute, and supporter of the New York City Police Foundation and C.O.R. E. (Congress of Racial Equality).

Michael Caridi's Awards and Honors:

Knighted by Knights of Malta
Honorary Doctorate from New York College of Podiatric Medicine
Named Community Mayor of Harlem
Community Mayors of New York State
Winner of the Distinguished Achievement Award
Member of the New York Black Republican Counsel
Member of the NYPD Honor Legion
NYPD "Business Man of the Year
Member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
Italo American
Man of the Year
Winner of the prestigious Humanitarian Affairs Award

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About Harlem
The renaissance of Harlem into one of the most sought after neighborhoods in NYC is a true success story. With a focus on the redevelopment of Frederick Douglass Boulevard, the Gateway to Harlem, it caps a decade of collaboration between public & private entities and has produced over 800 units of quality affordable housing and scores of new retail spaces. Today, Harlem maintains its distinctive character with traditional soul food and African restaurants, bodegas, and acclaimed jazz clubs, alongside newer arrivals such as French-themed restaurant Chocolat, Starbucks, an assortment of bakeries, beer gardens, and more.

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