Founder & Managing Partner
David F. Alfonso
Alfonso is a self-made American entrepreneur, investor, operator and producer. For over twenty years, Alfonso’s career has been focused on private equity investing in complex situations. The investment strategy is acquiring attractively valued and under managed non-core business units from global corporations that can benefit from a hands-on operational approach. Alfonso has successfully completed over 50 global transactions, employing his specialized approach to detailed diligence required in acquiring corporate divestitures and to unlocking and growing value post-close. Alfonso has consummated deals in excess of $2 billion in overall enterprise value. Alfonso has been responsible for a diversified group of global companies, generating aggregate revenues of over $5 billion annually, with over 15,000 associates throughout the world. Alfonso’s experience includes significant international exposure to dealings in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
+ Founder and managing partner with EIH Capital Partners from 2014 to present
+ Founder, chairman and CEO of Empire Investment Holdings, a family office from 2004 to 2014
+ Portfolio manager and senior operating partner with Platinum Equity from 1999 to 2003
+ Managing director with Hartford Life International from 1996 to 1999
+ Earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and an M.B.A. from the University of Miami
+ 2011, Alfonso was awarded FIU’s College of Business Administration (Landon Undergraduate School of Business) Medallion – Outstanding Alumnus.
+ Alfonso serves as a board member of the WWII Foundation National Advisory Board, served as a board member of the WWII Foundation from 2012 to 2018 and a board member of the FIU Foundation from 2008 to 2011.
Alfonso was born in West Hartford, Connecticut and at the age of fourteen moved to South Florida with his family. Alfonso’s parents, Francisco and Ana Maria Alfonso, fled socialist Cuba in 1961 to escape the government control and immigrated to the United States to pursue the American dream.
Philanthropy & Outside Activities
While serving as a board member of the FIU Foundation, Alfonso was a member of the Finance and Audit Committee. In 2009, FIU recognized Alfonso as the first ever double Living Scholar donor, which provided scholarships to four FIU student athletes (2 men and 2 women). Additionally, in 2011, FIU’s Athletic Department announced the exclusive 5-year naming rights for the Panther Football team’s home field called “Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.”
Alfonso was the executive producer and instrumental partner with the World War II Foundation in the establishment of the “Major Dick Winters Monument” located at St. Marie du Mont, France. The Richard D. Winters Leadership Monument was dedicated and unveiled on June 6, 2012.
Alfonso has been an executive producer with 9 films:
+ Elvis and The USS Arizona (Narrated by Jim Nantz with Kyle Chandler) – 2021
+ Rommel: The Soldier and The Son (Narrated by Greg Kinnear) – 2020
+ D-Day at Pointe-du-Hoc, (Narrated by David McCallum) – 2019
+ Afraid, (Written & Directed by Jason Goldberg) – 2018
+ Over Normandy on D-Day, (Narrated by Bill Belichick) – 2017
+ Remember Pearl Harbor, (Narrated by Tom Selleck) – 2016
+ Above and Beyond, (Narrated by Kara Sundlun) – 2014
+ Cinemability, (Written and Director by Jenni Gold & Narrated by Jane Seymour) – 2013
+ Dick Winters: Hang Tough, (Narrated by Damian Lewis) – 2012
Alfonso has been a judge for the Normandie International World War II Film Festival held at Saint Come du Mont, France. 2020 & 2021
Alfonso was the executive producer of 2 music festivals:
+ Alfonso partnered with Stephen Marley to produce the inaugural successful and sold-out Kaya Fest at Bayfront Park, Miami, FL – April 22, 2017.
+ Alfonso and Stephen Marley partnered again to produce the second annual successful and sold-out Kaya Fest at the NOS Events Center, Los Angeles, CA – April 28 & 29, 2018.