Shirin Kanji
Age: 35
Birthplace: Gainesville, FL

This Gainesville native handles all investment activity for Impact Properties, which is a family business based in the area for more than 30 years. Impact develops hotels, restaurants and retail businesses across the Southeast United States. Shirin recently became the president of the retail division, which now owns and operates 40 outlets across eight southeastern states.

Philanthropic Efforts
Shirin’s family’s BurgerFi Post Soho was one of the top fundraisers for the South Tampa Relay for Life event this summer. His family has also supported the Ryan Nece Foundation, Wounded Warriors, March of Dimes, Pediatric Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Teaching Tools and Haiti Relief.

What do you like to do for fun when not in the office?
Spend time with family and friends, travel and read business/world history literature

What is your motto in life?
“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” —Winston Churchill

Who has been your mentor or role model?
My father has always been a great role model for me. Anyone who can come to this country with nothing to their name and build up a long-standing business that supports the entire family and gives back to the local community has plenty of great wisdom and life experiences to share along the way. I’ve been very fortunate to learn from him in my life.

What is your dream vacation?
The one that never ends

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
J.P. Morgan

If you could nominate someone else to be in the Top 10 Under 40, who would it be?
I will leave that up to the great people at South Tampa Magazine as they seem to do a good job with it!

Where is your favorite place to visit in the Tampa Bay area?
Anywhere along the water, Tampa is a beautiful city.