Our Story



"It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it." 
- Albert Einstein

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About Impact

Impact's humble beginnings started off with a focus in the 1980s on independent and limited-service hotels in growing suburban and rural markets across the state of Florida. Since then, Impact has built an extensive track record spanning over 40 years in real estate development specializing in hotels, restaurants, and medical offices with over $350 million invested in its property acquisitions and development activity.

Over the past seven years Impact has embarked on a new program to diversify its portfolio by making strategic investments in other industries that leverage its track record of operational excellence. These efforts have resulted in the company entering into new industries like auto collision, homes services, retail, and residential real estate.

Impact currently owns and operates 80 business locations with an additional 5 new locations under development. It is this experience and diversification that has allowed Impact to create a unique culture of inclusion and success that invites innovation and growth in today's rapidly changing world.

Our Story

1978
Dilip Kanji emigrates to the United States from the United Kingdom with only a few dollars in his pocket and the spirit of the American Dream in his heart.
1980
First investment for the family was made into the Bambi Motel in Gainesville, FL. Small mom and pop motel near the University of Florida and Shands Hospital.
1981
As part of the growing family business, Pride Enterprises is created with the purposes of owning and operating hotel properties.
1985
First franchise deal for hotel development signed with Days Inn for the creation of a new build hotel in the growing I-75/Brandon corridor of Tampa, FL.
1988
Second franchise deal for hotel development signed with Best Western for the creation of a new hotel in the state capitol of Tallahassee, FL.
1988
Third franchise deal for hotel development signed with Choice Hotels for the creation of a new hotel in the vacation hub of St. Augustine Beach, FL.
1991
Creation of Impact’s first management company to operate all of the hotel assets acquired and developed but also to grow via acquisition of hotel management contracts from other owners.
1992
Acquired the Days Inn Rocky Point Island out of bankruptcy during the S&L crisis. This six acre property would be turned around and later redeveloped into a mixed use destination featuring a Westin hotel, a Hampton hotel, a Holiday Inn Express hotel, a conference center, restaurant outlets, and residences.
1993
Redeveloped waterfront property in Punta Gorda, FL with a marina and restaurant.
1994
Launched Impact Marine, the families first international import/export shipping venture with partners in Singapore
1996
First partnership with Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) for the developed of a new Holiday Inn Express in Jacksonville, FL.
1997
First partnership with Hilton Hotels for the development of a new Hampton Inn on Rocky Point Island. We also developed the first hotel to be built in the historic Ybor City district of Tampa in over 100 years by delivering a new Hilton Garden Inn while partnering with the Historic Preservation Committee.
2000
Developed a new international restaurant and bar concept (one of the first gastropubs) with the first location opening in the historic Ybor City district of Tampa. Concept was recognized by Chain Store magazine for Retail Store of the Year and featured in the Nations Restaurant News magazine.
2002
First partnership with a national QSR sandwich chain Firehouse Subs to develop new locations in the growing Tampa Bay area.
2004
First partnership with Marriott Hotels for the development of the Marriott Springhill Suites in the growing Tampa-Brandon suburban corridor.
2005
First commercial real estate development with the delivery and sale of 94,000 square feet of professional office and medical space in the growing Tampa suburb of Wesley Chapel.
2006
Developed a mixed-use hotel with retail, restaurants, and residences in the Historic Gaslamp District by delivering a new high rise Marriott Residence Inn.
2009
Developed a trophy mixed use project by delivering the Westin Tampa Bay and Conference Center along the waterfront of Rocky Point Island in the Westshore Business District of Tampa.
2009
Partnered with Starbucks for a full service, licensed location on site at the Westin Tampa Bay property. We were also recognized by Associated Builders and Contractors Association for the National Award of Excellence for our development and construction of the Westin Tampa Bay project.
2012
Acquired boutique, beachfront hotel in St. Augustine Beach, FL.
2013
Partnered with emerging Fast Casual burger concept, BurgerFi, for the development of new locations in the Tampa Bay area.
2015
First retail partnership with national specialty retailer chain Rent a Center to acquire and grow a store network across the southeast region.
2016
First automotive partnership with national collision repair brand CARSTAR to acquire and develop branded collision centers in the Florida market.
2018
Became the largest franchisee of the 2,000+ store network of Rent a Center with growth to 75 store locations, capturing two Franchisee of the Year Awards along the way.
2021
First home services partnership with the largest national home services company Neighborly Brands with the acquisition of the Mr. Rooter and Mr. Electric locations in the Atlanta market.
2022
Launch of the Kanji Family Foundation to better serve our charitable mission of giving back to the communities we live and work in each day across the southeast region. This year was the beginning of a series of residential development projects with the acquisition of land parcels in Apollo Beach and Hernando County, two fast growing areas of the Tampa Bay region.
Sealy Mattress Company worked with Impact RTO Holdings to have them create our company’s first ever RTO product line offering for RAC franchisees. With the help of Impact, they created a customer centric, dual branded approach in the rental bedding category by specific product placement and... Sealy Mattress Company worked with Impact RTO Holdings to have them create our company’s first ever RTO product line offering for RAC franchisees. With the help of Impact, they created a customer centric, dual branded approach in the rental bedding category by specific product placement and in store marketing. Impact RTO’s efforts resulted in a 37% year over year increase in average unit price and a 180 index year over year in total sales.

Darren Peterson

Tempur+Sealy | National Account Manager

Brown & Brown, Inc (NYSE: BRO) has been hired as a trusted insurance advisor on behalf of Impact RTO Holdings, LLC., for 6 years. Over the course of this time, the partnership has grown immensely as we have navigated (together) through various times, COVID being one example. In my tenure... Brown & Brown, Inc (NYSE: BRO) has been hired as a trusted insurance advisor on behalf of Impact RTO Holdings, LLC., for 6 years. Over the course of this time, the partnership has grown immensely as we have navigated (together) through various times, COVID being one example. In my tenure working with the Impact RTO team, I have found their organization to be professional, charismatic, responsive, and true to their word. It is evident that management holds themselves and its staff to an ultra-high standard of excellence. In my position as an insurance advisor, I have the pleasure of working with a variety of different corporations, and personalities for that matter. I have found that the culture at Impact RTO is focused on teamwork, integrity, and ALWAYS doing what is best for the customer on each occasion. I have also had the ability to visit several of the Impact RTO store locations myself. The employees are energetic, happy, and from what noticed, knew most of their customers by name. Another highlight I have noticed over the years is that Impact RTO is not afraid of “change”. Impact RTO is consistently upgrading/ enhancing their inventory schedule, buying process, technology, and customer experience. I am fortunate to have been able to witness and grow along side a group like Impact RTO Holdings.

Devin Hernandez

Vice President

Shirin and his team are consistently working for ways to improve service to their many customers. Always looking to improve products, delivery, and support, they are the epidemy of ‘Continuous Improvement’ for the betterment of their customers and their businesses. Working close with their... Shirin and his team are consistently working for ways to improve service to their many customers. Always looking to improve products, delivery, and support, they are the epidemy of ‘Continuous Improvement’ for the betterment of their customers and their businesses. Working close with their team, we have successfully grown the business and look forward to breaching new sales goals.

Michael Kays

Vice President of Rental Sales Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.

Marriott International has a very strong relationship with Impact Properties and are pleased with the high quality of standards that you’ve maintained in developing and operating our hotel brands.

Tom Sponsler

VICPRESIDENT, LODGING DEVELOPMENT | SELECT BRANDS MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL

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Awards & Recognition

Impact has earned national recognition for their achievements in design and construction.
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IHG'S RENOVATION OF THE YEAR

Awarded IHG’s Renovation of the Year for the Holiday Inn Express Jacksonville Blount Island project in 2014
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BEST CUSTOM  DESIGN AWARD

Awarded Marriott’s Design of Excellence and Best Custom Design Awards for the Marriott Residence Inn Gaslamp San Diego project in 2010
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KEY TO THE CITY

Awarded the “Key to the City” by Mayor Dick Greco for Impact’s development of the Hilton Garden Inn in the historic district of Ybor City, the first hotel to be constructed there in over a century

ABC AWARD EXCELLENCE

Awarded State and National ABC Award for Construction Excellence for the development of the Westin Tampa Bay in 2009
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Residence Inn 2019 Performance Award 

The Residence Inn by Marriott won the 2019 Residence Inn Performance Awards based on the team's hard work and dedication that keeps the Residence Inn the leader in extended stay.
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2021 MSB AWARD WINNER 

This award celebrates the exceptional dedication of hotels, general managers, and the team members who ensure every guest has a great experience.

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