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Get to Know Us.

Sotavento Ocean Resort & Villas  is being developed by Sotavento Luxury Residences S De RL De CV (SLR), a Company organized and existing under the laws of Mexico.

The SLR team has a portfolio of over 140 successful acquisitions and development projects throughout North America and Mexico.

The team’s unique combination of experienced real estate investment executives, seasoned developers, hospitality and recreational real estate experts, asset managers, and award-winning marketers have delivered consistent results on a wide range of projects, totalling in excess of $1B.

Executive Leadership

Michael Drever
President & CEO
Mike is an experienced hospitality and travel executive. He founded CruiseShipCenters International, North America’s largest chain of cruise specialty travel agencies, with over 160 retail locations and 4,500 travel advisors. The company was named Franchisor of the Year numerous times by the Canadian Franchise Association and Mike was inducted into the Canadian Franchise Hall of Fame in 2009. He was also inducted into the Cruise Lines International Association Hall of Fame for Innovation in 2013. Mike sold CruiseShipCenters to Expedia in 2007. Mike is a past chapter president of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO). Mike’s passion for real estate, the travel industry and Zihuatanejo led to his purchase of Sotavento in 2018. Mike is also the founder of Branch-Up Technologies, a tech start-up that supports the travel industry with leading edge marketing systems.
JON ZWICKEL
COO
Jon is a 3rd generation hotelier. His experience encompasses corporate growth, public and private finance, social enterprise, hotel operations, environmental initiatives, real estate visioning/planning/development, fractional/timeshare/whole ownership offerings and developments on First Nations lands. He has negotiated numerous hotel acquisitions, management contracts and franchise agreements and has managed dozens of hotel repositioning and turn-arounds. As a principal of Bellstar Hotels & Resorts, he was responsible for corporate growth. Prior to that, he was co-founder of Canada’s first hotel REIT. In 2016, Jon was awarded the Canadian Prime Minister’s Business Leader Award for Volunteerism. In 2018, he was named the Vacation Ownership Industry Leader of the Year. After 6 years serving as President & CEO of the Canadian Vacation Ownership Assn. (formerly CRDA), he is currently the association’s Chair. Jon is a former member of TEC/Vistage.
PETER STEELE
Peter is the founder and CEO of Revenue Automation, a dynamic digital marketing agency. It specializes in IBM Watson Customer Engagement solutions providing services to major brands across North America. He is a member of Entrepreneurs Organization where he served as Chapter President and a Director on the International Board. He is also an active member of ACETECH, a leadership and networking forum for CEOs in the technology sector. As Branch-Up Technologies COO, Peter is overseeing strategic partnerships that will drive Sotavento sales and operating revenues.
PAUL GREHAN
After completing his Bachelor of Commerce degree (Finance and Economics), Paul went on to join the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of KPMG (formerly Peat Marwick and Partners) where he received his Chartered Accountant designation. In 1987, Paul left KPMG and since that time he has developed an extensive background in finance, mergers and acquisitions in both public and private companies throughout North America and Europe. Through his Private Equity firm, Ryebridge Capital Corp., he has founded or acquired several privately held companies within a variety of industries and built an extensive real estate portfolio. Ryebridge has also been very active in alternative investments including DIP financing, China seed capital investments, real estate syndicates and a variety of venture investments. Paul is a past Councillor for the Institute of Chartered Accountant as well as a variety of business associations and supports several philanthropic causes.

Management Team

JOHN MURPHY
VP, FINANCE
John’s background includes building substantial enterprises in hospitality, publishing and real estate. He began acquiring large multifamily and resort projects in 1992. In 2000, he founded 20|20 Group, which developed over $1.2B CDN in multifamily condominium and resort properties across Canada and the U.S. John is a past chapter president and international board member of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO).
DARRYL INGLIS
DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Darryl has over 20 years of experience in design, construction and management of real estate developments, including analysis, negotiations, rezoning, entitlement, and project administration. Since joining the company in 2002, he has been involved in 23 projects, ranging from condominium conversions to master planned community development. Darryl and his family reside in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
ANGELICA POLANCO
MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Angelica is an accomplished bilingual professional who holds a Marketing Master’s Degree and brings sixteen years of strategic marketing experience in a variety of industries, including hospitality, recreational real estate, advertising, entertainment, and consumer products. She has worked with some of the world’s most recognized brands, including Ritz-Carlton/Marriott, Marlboro, IMAX, The Coca Cola Co., HSBC, Nestlé, Corona, Walmart, Kellogg’s, and Disney. Angélica joined the Sotavento team in 2020 and lives in Mexico.
DON GARNER
CONSTRUCTION MANAGER
Dale has over 40 years of senior management and entrepreneurial experience as both a principal and owner’s representative in recreational, residential, commercial, and industrial projects. His past successes included three resort projects in Mexico. Dale recently completed municipal masterplans on behalf of local governments and a major private/public development project that included a hotel, district amenities and commercial space.

Sales Team

PAT HEATHFIELD
SALES DIRECTOR
Pat has more than 35 years’ experience in advertising, vacation travel and tourism. He worked closely with Mike Drever to expand CruiseShipCenters nationally and internationally, while working closely with potential and existing franchise operators to ensure their success. Pat is a "relationship first" sales executive who was semi-retired before falling in love with Zihuatanejo and Sotavento and making the decision to join our team in 2020. For much of the year, Pat lives in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
AKOS MAGYAR
SALES MANAGER
Akos has been working in real estate development and finance for 18 years and joined our team in 2005. His experience includes sales, project financing, deal structuring, and institutional liaisons. His love of Mexico, and his understanding of the recreational and international real estate markets make him a valuable member of our team.
JOSE SOTELO
SALES REPRESENTATIVE
Jose has lived in Zihuatanejo and worked in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. He started his career in customer service, working for destination marketing companies. Then Jose worked as a Sales Representative for Apple Vacations, and Sunwing Vacations. His experience promoting Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo as a world-class destination also includes working as a tour operator for Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Lines and Westjet Vacation Canada. Jose joined the Sotavento sales team in 2017.

Corporate Support Team

ENN OUN
FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR
Enn has over thirty years of experience as an executive in commercial and corporate finance, banking and business development. He has an MBA and is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers. Enn has worked for both international and domestic financial institutions in senior management positions and has worked on real estate projects with John Murphy since 1994.
JEREMY BALL
HUMAN RESOURCES
Jeremy is an experienced human resources executive who has held hospitality HR, training and opening roles in with Fairmont, CP Hotels and Keg Restaurants. Jeremy consults to organisations in several countries and recently co-developed and completed a service excellence program for three thousand Quantas airlines employees. He is passionate about working closely with local professionals to ensure Sotavento is the most desirable place to work in the region.
PROJECT ADVISORS
ARCHITECTS ANDRES M. SAAVEDRA BANDA ARQUITECTOS ENRIQUE ZOZAYA ARQUITECTOS SPROULE & ASSOCIATES
FEASIBILITY & VALUATION
HVS
LEGAL & ACCOUNTING
MOGAN DANIELS SLAGER DMT TORY JARVIS & CO.
CARLOS LAU
DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR
Carlos has over 30 years of experience dealing with Latin American jurisdictions, public and private companies and real estate development. He is instrumental in negotiating fair and equitable solutions for all stakeholders and ensuring projects are developed successfully.
MARIE JANG
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT & OFFICE MANAGER
With more than 20 years of experience in the Tourism and Hospitality, Project Management and Marketing industries, Marie has a proven track record of executive support, management and training. She has a strong ability to streamline processes, maximize efficiency and foster professional relationships within organizations. Marie’s philosophy centers around what role she can play in helping others find solutions.
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