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The National Parkinson Foundation Welcomes New Board Member

MIAMI, FL — The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) announced the election of Ricardo Caporal to its Board of Directors. 

"We are delighted to welcome Ricardo to NPF’s Board. We are excited about using his entrepreneurial leadership and diverse skill set to make a difference in the lives of the more than one million Americans living with Parkinson’s," stated John W. Kozyak, Esq., NPF Chairman of the Board. “Ricardo has been successful with non-profits, real estate and a wide array of businesses, including music, fashion and technology. You can literally feel Ricardo’s energy and drive and I cannot wait for him to start serving.”

Ricardo Caporal is the Founder & President of Mattoni Group. The Brazil-born property developer has over 10+ years of real estate experience with a history of zest for entrepreneurship in an array of industries including music, fashion, design and technology. Additionally, he has worked in private equity. Caporal’s Mattoni Group real estate investment company includes partnership interests in a diverse portfolio of assets across the Southern part of the United States comprised of rental apartment communities and commercial properties.

Caporal established Mattoni Group in December 2009 with an aim to locate and create unique real estate investment opportunities. With a play on the word Mattoni which means “bricks” in Italian, Caporal’s vision has been to create building blocks by effectively developing and managing the properties under his portfolio so that they revitalize their surrounding communities, attract quality tenants and/or buyers, and produce long-term value. Currently, Mattoni Group handles 1,000+ units in South Florida.

Ricardo is active in local and national organizations and philanthropic causes, including the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) of Miami, where he has served as a member of the board’s Executive Committee.  Caporal graduated Magna Cum Laude and with honors from Babson College with degrees in both entrepreneurship and finance. Caporal was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and currently lives in Miami, Florida with his wife and two children.

View a complete list of the NPF Board of Directors.

About Parkinson's Disease (PD)
Affecting an estimated one million Americans and four to six million worldwide, PD is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's and is the 14th leading cause of death in the United States. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression) as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression A mood disorder whose symptoms can include a persistent sad or empty mood, feelings of hopelessness or pessimism, irritability and loss of interest or pleasure in previously enjoyable activities. and anxiety A feeling of nervousness, worried thoughts and physical distress.). There is no cure for PD and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.

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