Mr. Rochon co-founded Royal Palm Capital Partners, a private equity investment and management firm in February 2002 and has been its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since that time. Mr. Rochon has extensive experience as an investor, shareholder, director and officer of various public and private companies throughout his career and has been involved in numerous acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, initial public offerings, secondary offerings and other corporate financings and transactions.
Prior to forming RPCP, Mr. Rochon served for 14 years (1987-2002) as President of Huizenga Holdings, Inc., a management and holding company owned by H. Wayne Huizenga.
Mr. Rochon’s 20+ years of experience working with public companies has contributed to his significant background with corporate governance, reporting and Sarbanes-Oxley requirements. During this time, he has served on various Audit, Compensation and Nominating Committees and is qualified as a financial expert.
Mr. Rochon’s responsibilities during his career have included the following: Director, Century Business Services (NYSE: CBZ; 1996 - 2014); Director (Chairman), Sunair Services Corporation (AMEX: SNR; 2004 – 2009); Director (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer), Devcon International Corporation (2004 – 2009); Director (Chairman) Equity Media Holdings Corporation (2008 – 2009); Director (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer) – Coconut Palm Acquisition Corporation (2005-2007); Director, Bancshares of Florida (NASDAQ: BOFL - 2002-2006), a full-service commercial bank; Director (Vice Chairman) (November 1996 to December 2004) and President (March 1998 to January 2002) of Boca Resorts, Inc. Director, Miami Dolphins (National Football League) (1994-2002); Director AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN; September 1995-May 1997); Director, Florida Marlins (Major League Baseball) (September 1990 to January 1999); Director, Florida Panthers (National Hockey League) (December 1992 to November 1996); Director, Barnett Bank of Broward County (6 Years); Director, SportsChannel Florida (March 1996 to January 2000). Mr. Rochon has also served as a director of the following privately held operating companies, including: Lord Colony Cleaners, Tru-Green Lawn Spray, R.W. Collins Pest Control Inc., Aqua Pure Bottled Water, Inc., Leisure Management International, Classic Sports Network, SunCoast Helicopters, Inc., Sparkle and Life General Security.
In addition, Mr. Rochon has been involved in real estate investments of hotels, land and marinas as well as professional sports stadiums (Joe Robbie Stadium) and new stadium construction (National Car Rental Center). Specifically, he has served as a director of Pier 66 Hotel and Marina (Fort Lauderdale), Bahia Mar Hotel and Marina (Fort Lauderdale), Las Olas Land Corporation, Sunrise Land Corporation and Homestead Motorsports Complex.
Prior to joining the Huizenga Holdings organization in 1985 (where he served as Treasurer from 1985-1987 prior to being named President), Mr. Rochon was employed as a certified public accountant by the public accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand from 1979 to 1985.
Mr. Rochon has also been active in several charitable organizations. He served as Chairman of the 2006 Jeb Bush Florida Classic to Benefit Cystic Fibrosis. He has previously served as a director of the Boca Raton Community Hospital Foundation, and has been involved with the Humane Society of Broward County, Broward Community Foundation, Broward County Homeless Shelter and Binghamton University Alumni Club.
Mr. Rochon received his B.S. in Accounting from Binghamton University in 1979 and CPA designation in 1981.