OUR STORY

Casa Ybor is proud to be one of the driving forces behind the exciting revitalization of the Ybor City National Historic Landmark District of Tampa, Florida.

For decades, Ybor City has enjoyed a reputation as a nationally renowned entertainment district. Casa Ybor is focused on contributing to “The Renaissance of Ybor City” as a diverse, vibrant and sustainable business and residential community.

Our properties include a former cigar factory, 7th Avenue storefronts, new mixed-useproperties, historic office and retail spaces, warehouse spaces, and contemporary apartment homes for rent and lease in ideal, walkable locations throughout the District.

HISTORY

Vicente Martinez-Ybor
(1818 – 1896)
Founder of Ybor City


Casa Ybor also pays tribute to heroes of the Cuban War of Independence from Spain (1895-1898), including the legendary Jose’ Marti who sparked his quest to liberate Cuba from Spanish colonial rule with a speech on the steps of an Ybor City cigar factory.
Honoring a Rich History and Culture

Celebrating the history and culture of Ybor City includes naming numerous Casa Ybor properties in honor of the District’s early founders, merchants and cigar industry pioneers such as Vicente Martinez-Ybor for whom the District is named.
Honoring Leaders

We also honor the memories of rebel leaders such as the generals Antonio Maceo (1845-1896) and Máximo Gómez (1836 –1905), revolutionary leader and journalist, Juan Gualberto Gómez (1854-1933), and local legend, Paulina Pedroso (1845-1925), a compatriot of Jose’ Marti and daughter of slaves who also worked to end segregation in Tampa.
History, Heritage, Diversity

Casa Ybor proudly embraces and showcases the history, heritage and diversity of Ybor City, including its connections to its Afro-Cuban, Caribbean, Latin American, Italian, German, Spanish and Jewish people and cultures.
Restoring The District's Landmarks & Residential Life Courtesy of WEDU, Tampa (PBS TV)
Featuring Ariel Quintela of Casa Ybor
Restoring The District's Landmarks & Residential Life
Courtesy of WEDU, Tampa (PBS TV)
Featuring Ariel Quintela of Casa Ybor

LEADERSHIP

Darryl Shaw

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.

Tee Ann Bailey

VICE PRESIDENT

Tee Ann Bailey manages operations for Casa Ybor’s commercial and residential properties.

Before joining Casa Ybor, Tee Ann was COO/President for two divisions of Inland Homes, a Tampa-based homebuilding company where she was responsible for overall operations, land acquisitions and strategic management. Prior to that she was the Vice President – Residential of The Wilson Company where she successfully managed a portfolio of over 9400 multi-family units.

Tee Ann graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Marketing. She holds a Florida Real Estate license, has served on the board of the Tampa Bay Builders Association, and as past Chair of the Board of the Children’s Cancer Center of Tampa where she presently serves as an Executive Board member. A Tampa native, she is passionate about the preservation of the city’s history and culture.

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