CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Darryl has a passion for seeing the Ybor City historic district revitalize back into one of America’s great neighborhoods.
He is the driving force behind Ybor City’s Gas Worx development – a five million square feet mixed-use project that will link downtown Tampa, the Channel District and the Latin Quarter.
Darryl was Co-founder and former Chief Executive Officer of BluePearl Specialty & Emergency Hospital for Pets. He led the company starting in 1996 when he and his brother Neil, a board-certified veterinary internist, opened their first hospital in Tampa. Eventually the pair took BluePearl national, with more than 100 locations. In 2022 Darryl stepped down as CEO to focus solely on Ybor City.
Darryl received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the State of Florida, and was named to the Florida 500, as well the Tampa Bay Power 100 by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
Born in South Africa, Darryl is a graduate of Brown University with a degree in international commerce. He also has an MBA in both finance and marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and is a retired Certified Public Accountant.