Founder & CEO
Yamal Yidios is the Founder and CEO of Ytech International.
Under his leadership, Ytech has invested in, developed and redeveloped more than 7,000 apartments over the last decade, an effort involving more than $1 billion in capital. His company currently owns a real estate portfolio that makes it one of the largest privately held companies in Miami in terms of net asset value.
Born in Cartagena, Colombia, Yamal learned about real estate investment and development from his family at a young age. His ambition to build his own real estate investment and development firm in the United States can be traced back to his childhood.
Yidios attended Stetson University for two years on a full academic scholarship and played NCAA tennis. He then transferred to the University of Florida and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in engineering and real estate development. Yidios was presented the University of Florida Engineering Scholar of the Year award in 2004 from among several thousand engineering students. He was the first Hispanic student to receive this award in the school’s history. By the time he graduated, he already had five years of experience in engineering and real estate development, as he had balanced a full-time academic schedule with working for multinational engineering companies, such as Kimley Horn and Associates, on its major projects, such as The Villages, one of the largest Community Development Districts (CDD) in the country spanning three counties, more than 20,000 acres and consisting of 57,000 homes.
When he moved to Miami, he worked for several engineering firms. As a project manager on projects such as Everglades on the Bay, a 49-story residential skyscraper and one of the tallest buildings in South Florida, Yidios gained experience in project management and finance.
Yidios went on to continue his education at Harvard Business School, enrolling in its Owner/President Management master’s program. This program focuses on furthering the skills and strengths of top executives and investing the knowledge into their companies.
Yidios has a value-oriented, risk-conscious approach to real estate investment and development and focuses his company’s efforts on cash flow, rather than appreciation-driven investments. This institutional philosophy generates robust value while limiting downside risk. His firm stands out in the real estate industry for its uniquely successful track record. Managed by astute professionals with strong business skills, his company has pursued a successful business strategy, driven by the reinvestment of earnings in the company’s growth.
Yidios has several key responsibilities in his role of CEO. First and foremost, he determines the company’s strategic direction. He is also responsible for the pursuit of new development opportunities and acquisitions and providing Ytech the proper resources, including all capital requirements and activities across all business platforms. Yidios is responsible for creating the company’s culture – shared attitudes, goals and values – that ensures Ytech is on a clear path to success. Lastly, Yidios oversees the overall management of the firm and drives the company’s performance by taking an active role in Ytech’s core business functions and maintaining a keen awareness of the real estate industry.
Yidios and his company have received numerous awards for accomplishments in the real estate industry, including the following:
- In October 2017, Mr. Yidios won the Multi-Housing Executive of the Year Award.
- In January 2017, Yidios was named one of ENR US Southeast’s Top Young Professionals.
- In November 2016, Yidios was named a finalist in the Dealmaker of the Year category of South Florida Business Journal’s inaugural Structures Award.
- In November 2016, Yidios was named The US Top Hispanic Entrepreneur of 2016 from Negocios Magazine.
- In October 2016, Ytech International was named South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Company of the Year.
In November 2015, Ytech International voted Best Multi-Family Developer of 2015 by Daily Business Review readers.
- In June 2015, the South Florida Business & Wealth Magazine recognized Yidios as the top real estate leader in Miami-Dade County.
In May 2015, Yidios was listed as one of the Top 100 Power Leaders in South Florida by the South Florida Business Journal.
In October 2014, Yidios was named one of 22 up-and-coming national real estate leaders in “Tomorrow’s Leaders – Southeast” by Real Estate Forum Magazine.
In June 2014, Yidios was named one of South Florida Business Journal’s 40 under 40, which recognizes South Florida’s best and brightest young professionals for their success and community involvement.
In May 2014, Yidios was named a Power Leader in Commercial Real Estate in the South Florida Business Journal, a yearly review of movers and shakers in commercial real estate in South Florida.
In the May 2014 issue of Florida Trend Magazine, Yidios was named an All-Star under the age of 40, acknowledging the growth of his business, career achievements and entrepreneurial spirit.
In March 2014, Yidios received the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce HYPE Award in the Entrepreneur category, which honors rising stars in Miami-Dade County who have individually demonstrated outstanding achievement and innovation.
Under Yidios’ leadership, Ytech was voted the 2013 Best Real Estate Developer by readers of the Daily Business Review, South Florida’s premier legal and real estate publication.
In June 2013, Yidios was named the “Best New Face” in the real estate industry by Miami Today in its annual Best of Miami issue.
Yidios is active in the community in a variety of professional and charitable organizations. He is a member of the Young President’s Organization, the premier leadership organization of chief executives in the world. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Yidios is a Board member of the Coral Gables Museum, which has become a beacon of cultural excellence in South Florida. As a Director of the Board of Trustees, he promotes the civic arts of architecture and urban and environmental design, including fostering an appreciation for the history, vision and cultural landscape of Coral Gables.
Yidios is also involved with Miami’s Chapman Partnership, which provides shelter, food and clothing for the homeless and moves people and families from homelessness to self-sufficiency. At Chapman Partnership, Yidios and his team have hosted dinner services for more than 500 homeless people in the Miami area.
He has implemented several charitable initiatives at Ytech. In 2013, Yidios initiated a program at all of Ytech’s multifamily properties in South Florida and Texas, where annually three under-served, deserving families at each property are given free rent for one year. At an average monthly rent of $1,000, this commitment to the community totals approximately $540,000 annually.
Yidios began his career in Miami with one project a decade ago. Today, Ytech International has grown into one of the largest owners of multifamily properties in South Florida.