Glass industrialist, real estate developer, entrepreneur
|📆 Years active||1983 - Present|
|Co-Founder of Glasswall Inc., Continental Glass Systems LLC.|
|Notable work||Amalie Arena (glass), Porsche Design Tower (glass), Aqua Azure (real estate)|
Samir G. Moussa (born 1961), better known professionally as Sam Moussa, is a Lebanese-American businessman, glass industrialist, and real estate developer based in Miami, Florida. He is the co-founder of Glasswall Inc. and Continental Glass Systems. Moussa is known for specializing in prominent high-rise glass installation and residential development projects in the United States, Caribbean, and Middle East.
Moussa was born in Amman, Jordan in 1961. During his early childhood his family moved to neighboring Lebanon, where he was subsequently raised and retains dual Lebanese-American citizenship. After graduating high school he attended specialized trade schooling where he learned various construction design methods and developed an interest in glass and doors. In 1983 he moved to the United States at the age of 22 and settled in Miami, Florida where he began working in glass installation and specialized in windows. After nine years in the South Florida glass installation market, Moussa launched Alsir Inc., one of his first firms, in 1992.
Following the widespread destruction of Hurricane Andrew in South Florida, glass installation was in high-demand throughout the region as many buildings suffered extensive window damage. One long-term effect of Hurricane Andrew was the rewriting of building safety codes across South Florida. Following sharp increase in demand for hurricane-resistant high-impact glass, Moussa grew his business substantially and in 1994 he closed Alsir and founded a larger firm, Glasswall Inc., and served as its president for 12 years. Throughout the 1990s Glasswall grew to be among the leading firms for hurricane-resistant glass production, lamination, and installation in Florida. The firm found success beyond Florida by focusing on high-rise commercial projects that budgeted for superior quality impact glass, and built their clientele in that market over the next decade. As the firm became more successful it expanded and reorganized, eventually changing its name to Glasswall LLC in 2001 following a period of mergers.
By 2003, the firm was earning multimillion-dollar sales with a clientbase across both coasts of the United States as well as internationally (including China, Ecuador and Colombia) and had drawn the attention of Miami-based Italian luxury real estate developer Ugo Colombo. That year Colombo bought shares in the firm, becoming Moussa’s business partner and would later serve as Glasswall’s vice president the following year while Moussa remained as president. Glasswall had subsequently become the preferred glass installation and glazing firm for Colombo’s high-profile developments across South Florida (in partnership with his CMC Group) and received increased media attention with coverage in various outlets including the Miami Herald, Miami Today, Sun Sentinel, Haute Living, and Florida Trend.
Moussa also remained active in other business ventures as the firm continued to grow, leading Moussa to eventually sell Colombo his shares in 2006, therefore making Colombo president of Glasswall while Moussa continued reinvesting in and expanding his other enterprises. Prominent Glasswall projects during Moussa's tenure of 1994-2006 include BayView Condominium VIII on Fisher Island, the 22-story The Bath Club on Miami Beach's Collins Avenue, the Gables Park Tower in Coral Gables, and Porto Vita in Aventura (with CMC Group).
Continental Glass Systems
Moussa co-founded Continental Glass Systems in 2005. Building off his recognition and reputation within the specialty glass industry, Continental Glass Systems would follow Glasswall’s trajectory of rapid growth and pivot to establish a stronger focus on prominent luxury clients, such as the Ritz Carlton, Armani, Porsche, and Ferrari-Maserati. The firm’s focus on high-end projects would also develop an international clientele that included the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos, and Abu Dhabi.
As with Glasswall, Continental Glass Systems attracted the attention of investors and in 2015 Moussa and his partners sold majority shares to Graham Architectural Products of the multibillion-dollar industrial conglomerate The Graham Group. Following the merger and acquisition (which retained the firm’s name and general structure), Moussa’s became Continental Glass System’s COO and would also serve Continental’s board as a consultant. Key Continental Glass Systems projects from Moussa's tenure include the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, Dadeland Mall in Miami, Armani Casa Residences, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, and the Porsche Design Tower, the last three of which rank among the top 10 tallest buildings in Sunny Isles Beach.
Real estate development
Following the acquisition of Continental Glass Systems, Moussa also become active as a South Florida real estate developer with a focus on residential projects including condominiums and triplex developments. In 2017 he founded the firm PH2 Management & Development LLC. and serves as its president and director. In 2020 Moussa announced the development of his private residence, Aqua Azure, in Pinecrest. The estate, designed by the prominent Coral Gables architecture firm Permuy Architecture, was notable for unveiling a new architecture design style called “ZenLux” and utilized a significant amount of glass in reference to his background in the impact glass industry. The residence drew comparisons to Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and was also notable for featuring a commissioned original sculpture by Cuban artist Rafael Consuegra. In press coverage of Aqua Azure, Moussa described his general real estate development philosophy as “premium safety paired with peak luxury.”
- Glass production
- Architectural glass
- Laminated glass
- Ugo Colombo
- Permuy Architecture
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