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Development team for land for sale in costa rica  
 Finca Las Brisas development team 

 

Wayne McDonald - Finca Las Brisas

 

Wayne McDonald has over 20 years of construction and design engineering experience. His background includes construction of custom homes in the Bucks County, Pennsylvania and Princeton, New Jersey areas. In addition to his hands-on experience, Wayne became an expert in fire protection systems after working as a designer for Grinnell Fire Protection. At Grinnell, he designed and laid out fire protection systems, sized fire pumps and designed underground water supply lines.

Wayne also worked as a Design Engineer for Professional Systems Engineering, a life  safety and security engineering firm. At PSE, Wayne designed, specified, and managed many large scope projects, including:

- Commercial Fire protection and alarm systems for high rise buildings.

- Access systems for universities. Information network infrastructures for university dorm rooms.

- Emergency power systems for high rise dormitories.

- Security systems and touch screen control centers for maximum security prisons.

- Water storage tank design and placement.

Wayne also performed acoustic evaluations and designed reverberation control and sound attenuation systems for schools, gymnasiums, auditoriums, television/radio stations, and commercial manufacturing facilities. His experience also includes ADA code evaluations for community buildings and government facilities. 

 

As Project Manager for such extensive projects, Wayne's responsibilities included assessment of client needs, surveying projects, preparation of schematic design, development of specifications and construction plans, cost analysis, preparation, and review of bids as well as recommendation for contractor selection.  He also surveyed projects and conducted team meetings during the construction phase and conducted client training for new systems.  Wayne currently refurbishes residential real estate and manages a portfolio of rental properties.

 

 

Keith Jeffrey - Finca Las Brisas

 

Keith grew up in central Pennsylvania Keith and work during his teen years in his family's Country General Store, then worked as an intern for IBM during college. For the past 20+ years Keith has lived in Philadelphia, working in the software industry. Keith has worked primarily for two Fortune 500 firms in his career, with dozens of brand name clients, many in the Fortune 500, in management, sales and operations capacities.

In the early 90's Keith took a break from corporate life to run his own custom software company for 3 years, designing and building over 25 custom systems. The system designed for the local Philadelphia PBS station, Channel 12, continued in continuous use until 2006, with virtually no maintenance.
 
Keith's career profiles a competitive agility along with a capacity to understand and integrate clients' systems, while maintaining the integrity of the client's culture and business process. This has resulted in numerous strong client relationships, and many successes over the years. For his most prominent employer, Keith designed a methodology and tool kit for accelerating project completion that became a national standard. Recently, Keith led the sales team for the northeastern US, coaching them and sometimes taking lead in winning brand name deals like Xerox, IBM, Comcast, GE, Nestle, Sony and many others. Along the way, Keith has created new sales collateral, new presentation material and has changed established business practices that has improved competitive viability and expanded market share.
 
With strong individual performances and tenured corporate team leadership in sales and project management as a backdrop, Keith delivers results through strategic relationships, analytic agility, and culturally sensitized innovation. Relative to the FLB project, Keith is a lead member on the construction team, and was in charge of the road project. Using planning and negotiating skills learned in his side interest of restoring old homes, and in his cultural experiences gained in overseas charity work, he guided the project gently, but firmly to completion. Check out the progression of the road, from open field, gullies and cow path to outline, and then a finished product. When you travel to the site on the local roads, you will appreciate the results of the road project.
  
In his rare but cherished leisure time Keith loves to travel, fly fish and spend time with his daughter, Sarah. Keith has traveled to 17 countries so far, and strives to take one destination trip each year. The fly fishing trips to Alaska and Jackson Hole are the most memorable to date. The sights and sounds of Africa and Indonesia are the most exotic so far.  Sarah is an energetic, happy, thoughtful little girl. She has provided Keith a reason to slow down a bit, and really enjoy life. Keith is energized by the project - spend a few minutes talking with him about it, and you'll get a clear sense of his role and his vision for this property over the next 20 to 30 years.

 

 

Ray Coker - Finca Las Brisas

 

Ray is from Seattle and during college worked for one of the first private nature developments in the country at the foot of Mt. Pilchuck in Washington State. The concept was to put in a private state park-like development with the difference being that people purchased lots for their permanent camp sites. It was a new idea at the right time. When the first gas crisis hit in the 70s and people could no longer afford to drive their Winnebagos all over the Northwest state and the federal park systems so they flocked to this development. In a few years the concept turned into one of the largest (in acres) development companies in the country.

 

Over the years Ray has dreamed of working on a project like this again and when the Finca Las Brisas opportunity (real estate for sale in Costa Rica) came up he didn't need to think twice.

 

Over the last 20 years Ray has owned three project management consulting/training firms. Currently his company (PSSI) deploys Microsoft's Enterprise Project Management system.

 

Ray's company has taught project management tools, techniques, and project management software to thousands of people throughout North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. They have worked as both business and technical consultants with a wide range of fortune 500 companies such as IBM, AT&T, GE and Lockheed Martin, along with government agencies such as the FDA, USDA, Secret Service, and NASA. 

 

As a management consultant Ray has been able to do what he enjoys more than anything else - travel to interesting places and working with all kinds of people across a wide range of industries. If he isn't at Sears corporate or down in the middle of Hoover Dam or at the US Naval Academy helping them with their 10 year strategic plan, you might just as likely find him in Ozark Alabama working with a group of guys that refurbish UH-1H/V/N helicopters, or in upstate New York at a  research lab with people doing research on hepatitis in the middle of a Hassidic village.  This project, working in the rural hills of Costa Rica with a property that has US State Park qualities, is something he really enjoys.

 

Before being employed as a project management consultant at Symantec, Ray taught at several colleges and universities including Portland State University, University of Arizona, The Wharton School of Business, and Temple University.

 

 

 

 

 

Darlene Coker - Finca Las Brisas

 

Darlene has over 20 years experience in human performance training, communication and sales. She has always focused her efforts on the continued pursuit of new and innovative learning methods. Darlene currently works as a designer/consultant/developer of cutting edge training. Previously she served as Vice President of Marketing and Product Development at a Tampa-based training games and simulations provider. She led the development and launch of cutting-edge programs while also leading the marketing department.

 

Darlene's career experience includes extensive professional program design, development and marketing. As Portfolio Manager for one of the industry's largest sales training provider, she was responsible for the development, customization and life-cycle management of the entire suite of award winning sales training programs. She also co-authored the popular "High Performance Sales Organizations" book for McGraw Hill, and consulted extensively with Fortune 500 organizations. For Kepner-Tregoe, Inc., she worked as a management consultant with expertise in the areas of project management and analytic trouble shooting.

 

Darlene holds a Master's degree in Organizational Communication from Temple University in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. When she is not creating learning experiences, she is traveling and spending time with her husband and son. She enjoys distance running, sailing,  and exploring their home city of Tampa and the family finca in Costa Rica.

 

 

Development team for land for sale in costa rica Al Benner - Finca Las Brisas

 

Al Benner brings a wide array of skills and experience.

 

Al's background is quite diverse, but the pattern suggests a strong acumen for sales and marketing, long-term vision, combined with skills associated with motivating and empowering others. Al currently owns and operates four specialty mail order/web businesses, employs fifteen people, and has been in business for himself for fifteen years. Al's educational background consists of a BS degree in horticulture (thus the interest in the on site community organic farm), and an MBA with a specialization in marketing.

 

He recently conducted a survey of some friends and employees for a self-enlightenment research project. The goal of the exercise was to uncover ones' true "unique ability". The surveys that came back were consistent in their feedback. Al was repeatedly described as someone who is "relentless in his pursuit of goals", "inspirational and motivational for others", and "incredibly trustworthy and dependable".

 

When Al was asked what his greatest strength was, his answer was "anticipating what people will want in the future".  Al's long-term vision, creativity, and intense desire for aesthetically pleasing surroundings, will align with his business skills to produce a one of a kind community that will attract buyers want to be part of something truly unique and special.  

 

 

 

 


 

Development team for real estate for sale in Costa RicaChristoph Hubmann - Costa Rica Land Reforestation Expert and Project Manager

 

Originally from Switzerland, Christoph has resided in nearby Nosara for over nine years.  Married to a tica, Magda, Christoph is the father of three children.  His passion is the land and trees, and as a Swiss Forester, he believes in a more sustainable way of managing natural forests. 

 

Christoph has been involved with many reforestation efforts throughout Costa Rica for several years, and he is currently acting as a reforestation consultant and site management supervisor for the Las Brisas project. His enthusiasm, vast knowledge of the local flora, experience with construction, as well as his willingness to help out on a wide range of projects, brings real value to the team. Plus he's a great tour guide if you really want to learn about the natural world around you in detail. It also doesn't hurt that this highly intelligent man speaks four languages.

 

Working under Christoph are 4-5 hardworking and highly skilled men from the surrounding mountain communities.  Christoph has selected the most dependable guys from a ready and willing local labor force, and provided them with good paying jobs as independent contractors on the FLB site. These jobs come complete with liability insurance in place paid by our contract with Christoph. This protects workers in the event of injury while on site. 

 

It is the vision of the team to promote these men to higher levels of responsibility and compensation as the project expands, making them more responsible and instilling in them a sense of ownership for the project and making them feel a part of the community.  Once the construction begins, some of these workers will most likely transition to a construction team, while some will remain doing site work, including reforestation, and helping to establish organic gardens, landscaping, hiking trails, etc.

 

DEPPAT -  Costa Rica Real Estate and Land Engineering Environmental Firm

 

Eugenio Bermudez and his father Alfredo are owners and managing partners

for the engineering firm, Deppat, from San Jose.  Deppat is a full service engineering firm with vast experience throughout Costa Rica for over 20 years.

 

DEPPAT was founded by Mr. Alfredo Bermudez, along with three other partners in 1985, as a response to key frustrations of clients with development projects. Those frustrations were centered in a lack of clarity as to how to manage the planning, proposal and approval processes for projects in the physical and environmental planning fields.

Mr. Alfredo Bermudez has more than 30 years of experience in land use planning, architecture and environmental planning. He has been involved in many projects as the leader/planner with a creative solution to our clients and the communities needs throughout the country.

 

Eugenio Bermudez, Master in Project Management and General Manager

Mr. Eugenio Bermudez is the son of Alfredo Bermudez and was incorporated to the firm in 1990. His experience is managing the firm's projects and developing administrative and marketing activities.

 

His degree in project management, allows him to incorporate many tools and keys to improve the development of the projects, such as scope, timing, cost, and risks management.  

 

Deppat has been selected for provide all site engineering work, including Master Plan, individual plot (lot) plans, and all necessary environmental studies, surveys, and permits necessary for the development process.

 

Several firms were thoroughly profiled before the FLB team decided upon Deppat for this very critical stage of the project. It was Deppat's attention to detail, follow through, and responsiveness, as well as their ability to clearly define the scope and flow for the various stages of the process that ultimately won them the contract.  More information about the firm and their services can be found at:  www.Deppat.com 

 

Vanessa Calvo -   Legal Counsel, Costa Rica Real Estate and Land Development

 

Vanessa Calvo, lawyer, with a masters degree in international trade and political science. She is a native Costa Rican specializing in real estate law, corporate and tax structures, and the director of real estate projects in the Northern Pacific, Central Pacific and Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. For over 10 years she has been representing investors from the US, Canada and Europe, and is an active member of the Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce and Board member of the Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce. Her law firm is one of nine in Costa Rica that can set up escrow accounts for real estate transactions. Ms. Calvo lived in the US for almost 10 years working in real estate in Florida and California.  

 

 

Development Crew

 

Many of the workers that come in for special jobs are from the neighboring village of Naranjalor, such as Bernardo Modesto (the son of the man we purchased most of the finca). Alberto the school teacher works for us from time to time as do a dozen other locals.

 
 


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Located (near Playa Samara, Playa Carrillo, Playa Garza, Playa Buenavista, Playa Guiones, Playa Nosara, Playa Ostional, and Playa San Juanilla) on the Nicoya Peninsula overlooking  the Pacific coast of Costa Rica

 

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