Former First Lady of Florida, Carole Crist, is the Founder & CEO of CLC Global Advisors, which specializes in “impact” and offers strategic consulting, business development and marketing services with a focus on off-market commercial real estate, disruptive technologies and healthcare innovation. Leveraging Carole’s vast global network, Crist and her team of experts in these sectors work with a select group of clients, offering a highly-personalized approach to effective marketing, branding and consulting in order to help companies and firms achieve their goals.
Crist was married to U.S. Representative and former Florida Governor Charlie Crist from December 2008 to February 2017, and during her husband’s 2016 campaign for Congress, she served as Campaign Director. Crist oversaw all aspects of the winning campaign and played a significant role in fundraising and led the transition efforts into the Congressional office.
Carole is the daughter of Robert Oumano, the former president of Franco-American Novelty Company, a global family-owned wholesale distribution business founded in 1910 in New York City. Crist joined the company in 1993 and took over the company in 2000 after her father’s death, directing all aspects of the business including sales, marketing, design, manufacturing and wholesale distribution to retailers in the US and internationally.
Crist also works with one of the top real estate firms in the United States, Douglas Elliman, and holds real estate licenses in both New York and Florida. Carole actively participates in many philanthropic endeavors, with a focus on healthcare and the environment. Crist serves on the Board of Advisors for The Coalition of Hope, Palm Beach, as Co-Chair of The Angel Ball in New York and as Co-Chair of the SOFO Gala in Bridgehampton.