Carole Crist is an accomplished businesswoman, senior advisor and experienced private investor. She is the former First Lady of Florida, and the Founder and CEO of CLC Global Advisors, a global executive advisory firm dedicated to innovation and impact across multiple business sectors.
With her dynamic approach to business leadership, Carole identifies opportunities to advance “Capital with a Conscience” through her work with a select group of clients and philanthropic organizations. She connects individuals and companies with the resources needed to generate action and optimize results.
Carole has organized and hosted numerous finance and technology summits in recent years, focusing on the future of business and industry. These gatherings have brought together a global audience of business leaders and entrepreneurs to examine trends and predict future growth areas across a wide range of industries.
For 25 years, Carole led the Franco-American Novelty Company, a global wholesale distribution business founded by her grandfather Sam Oumano in 1910. In addition, Carole co-founded Blue Star Jets in 2001, a pioneer of global aviation and private jet charter service. She has also worked in New York’s financial sector with Arthur Andersen and currently holds a brokerage license with the prestigious Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
Active in philanthropy, Carole is an advisory board member for the Coalition of Hope Foundation (COH), a US-based organization that provides international humanitarian assistance and disaster-relief support. She also co-chairs the annual Gala for the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton, which supports critical Wildlife Conservation. Previous philanthropic activities include supporting the American Red Cross, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and co-chairing the Angel Ball cancer research benefit in New York City.
During her time as Florida’s First Lady, Carole founded and hosted the CASA Gala, to raise funds for victims of domestic violence and abuse. In addition, she helped organize “ARTrageous,” an art auction that benefited foster children in New York City through the Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families.
Carole graduated magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Business School with a degree in accounting. She has appeared in The New York Times, New York Post, the Miami Herald, the Tampa Bay Times, Politico and MarketWatch, along with being a featured speaker at The United Nations and the University of Miami.
She currently resides on Fisher Island, Florida, where she has been a member for 20 years.