George Saoud joins DIA Board of Directors

George Saoud joins DIA Board of Directors
George Saoud

Lawyer, real estate entrepreneur and small business owner George Saoud is the newest appointment to Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority (DIA) Board of Directors.

Appointed by Mayor Lenny Curry, Saoud is set to replace Todd Froats. Saoud’s first full term will expire June 30, 2026. He has served as the in-house legal counsel for Fidelity National Financial for 13 years, where he is currently state underwriting counsel and vice president. He owns and manages The George Management Company and is the creator of The Lark, “an upscale urban loft that displays and promotes fine art by local and regional artists.”

“As a Jacksonville native, Downtown has always held a special place in my heart. From childhood memories exploring with my father to now as a new father, I’m excited to play a role in shaping its future. The momentum building in Downtown over the past few years is truly inspiring, and I’m honored to contribute to that progress through my appointment to the Downtown Investment Authority,” Saoud said in a March press release announcing his appointment. “I look forward to working with fellow community members to create a vibrant and thriving Downtown for generations to come.”

The DIA’s nine-person board of directors consists of members who “serve as leaders in their respective fields, including real estate, finance and Downtown business ownership” and “guide the DIA’s projects and initiatives on an unpaid, volunteer basis.” Of those nine, five are mayoral appointments; the city council president appoints the remaining four. All are then confirmed by the city council.

“On behalf of the DIA Board, staff, collaborators and the constituents we serve, I am honored to welcome George as the newest member of our Board of Directors,” said DIA Board Chair Carol Worsham in the release. “George brings a unique combination of real estate, legal, financial and Downtown business ownership expertise to the board. We welcome his talent, perspective, time, and most importantly, eagerness to serve Jacksonville.”

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