THE FIRM

The CLADD Group is an American multinational conglomerate holding company headquartered in Miami, Florida, United States. The company is known for its diverse range of businesses including the manufacture and distribution of medical equipment and supplies, innovative infrastructure products and services as well as its long history and experience of real estate holdings.

 

CLADD traces its roots to a textile manufacturing company established by its current Chairman and Chief Executive, Marcelo J. Kochen, in 1974.  With its novel men’s clothing designs, IncInc, our first apparel brand, attracted immediate attention from then-major retail chains, including Federated Department Stores, JC Penney, Kmart, and Sears, to name a few.  Throughout the late 1970’s and 1980’s, via new brands such as Designs by Cappuccino, we set national fashion trends for men’s and boy’s clothing.

 

Manufacturing sales grew exponentially through 1995, when CLADD transitioned to the retail clothing arena.  Using the combined industry knowledge of over 30 years of the executives of the company, CLADD quickly grew to a chain of several stores in the South Florida area. 

 

Throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, CLADD acquired commercial property in the Miami Fashion District and Wynwood areas.

 

In 1999, CLADD expanded internationally and into a new industry.  Odontocentro, CLADD’s first healthcare venture, opened to great fervor in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Our vision was to revolutionize the dentist office experience by creating mass scale dentistry at reasonable prices.  The concept later took off in the United States and across the world represented by several different brands.

 

In 2001, CLADD continued its growth in the healthcare sector by opening a chain of retail pharmacies in Argentina.  Using the latest technology in inventory management and a state-of-the-art compounding laboratory, CitiFarmacy, quickly grew to serve small clinics as well as hundreds of thousands of walk-ins and repeat customers annually.

 

Because of CLADD’s success in healthcare abroad, in 2006, CLADD acquired a medical supply company in Florida.  Servicing only a few patients at first with diabetic supplies, disposables and other medical equipment, Excel Medical, grew to service tens of thousands of patients across all 50 states.  In 2011, CLADD expanded its product offerings to patients who suffer from a variety of ailments and conditions. 

 

By 2012, CLADD began an international expansion, servicing several governments in Latin America and the Caribbean with a myriad of products.  From furnishing full hospitals with equipment such as magnetic resonance imaging machinery, CT Scan machines and hospital beds to creating, introducing, and conducting the novel model of managed care at a national level for the prevention and control of diabetes to help curb the rapidly growing global epidemic the ailment. These prevention and control programs assisted in the education of citizens of several countries on good eating, exercise habits, and overall health so they may prosper as healthy nations. 

 

Throughout the rest of 2010’s CLADD continued to focus on healthcare and opened a new investment arm of the company.  Through this vehicle, CLADD partners with savvy management teams and visionary entrepreneurs to build great companies and create sustainable equity value.  Our interests range from early-stage venture investments to public and private equity value investing, acquisitions, and startup incubation.  Our investment mission is to produce superior returns over the long term across a diversified brand portfolio.  CLADD makes investments for targeting sustainable equity appreciation, either through control ownership or strategic minority investments.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2019 and 2020 has allowed CLADD to assist in the global effort of procuring personal protective equipment through our vast relationships within the healthcare industry.

 

CLADD's remarkable success stems from the importance that it attaches to the working relationship nurtured with its business partners, suppliers, and customers.  These enable the firm to meet challenges in a rapidly changing market.