Marc E. Harris* Principal/Owner/Sole Administrator
DESTINAY S.A. de C.V.
Mr. Harris holds the controlling interest in DESTINAY, S.A. de C.V., the Mexican corporation which holds fee simple title to the 675 gross acres (272 has.) of land which comprises the most of the proposed Las Islitas resort project. The acquisition took four years to complete, as Mr. Harris assembled and acquired 78 parcels of ejido class land. The entire process took over four years, from 1994 to 1998, as the individual parcels had no formal surveys, maps, or title documents, which had to be created in order to pass title to DESTINAY.
Mr. Harris is also the General Manager of Bliss Resorts International LLC, an international real estate development, investment, and project management company. BRI is a multi-disciplinary firm with diverse expertise in public policy, land planning, real estate development, environmental engineering, and international relations and trade. Mr. Harris possesses over 40 years of hands-on, real-world business and real estate development experience.
After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in Environmental Engineering, he joined the San Francisco Bay Area real estate development firm of Parnas Corporation as a Project Analyst and Environmental Impacts Specialist, and later served as a Project & Development Analyst for Toll Brothers USA.
*Please note that Mr. Marc Edward Harris is NOT the same person who shows up in google searches as "Marc Matthew Harris", the Florida individual convicted in numerous investment and tax fraud scams in Panama.
The 15-acre Brea Plaza Shopping Center in California
Mr. Harris is perhaps best known as the developer of the 147,500 sq ft, $75 million 15-acre Brea Plaza Shopping Center in Brea, California; where he achieved the first ever lease of a County flood channel; obtaining all environmental permitting to convert a contaminated drainage slough into a parking structure with an engineered bioswale filtration and treatment facility that improved the channel's flow and water quality by 400%.
Bioswale water runoff filtration
Mr. Harris pictured above in one of the Panel's meetings in 1994 with then President Ernesto Zedillo (in blue)
Fluent in Spanish and Mexican culture, Mr. Harris was appointed as a Delegate to Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo’s 1994 Presidential Panel on Agrarian Reform and Foreign Investment, a policy advocacy group seeking to open land development in Mexico for foreign investment. The Panel developed the protocols which were subsequently incorporated into the landmark legislation which allowed agrarian societies which were given land grants--known as "ejidos"--to vote to disincorporate their society and "sell" the aggregate of their members' parcels to foreign investors. As the ejido society only held "usofructo" or beneficial-use rights to the land, the Mexican government, as the underlying legal owner and per the provisions of the law, would process and provide the fee title to 100% of the disincorporated society's land to the foreign purchaser. In 1998, the LAS ISLITAS ISLAND RESORT property became one of the first properties in Mexico to transact under the new legislation.
Besides his Environmental Engineering Degree from Stanford, Mr. Harris also holds a Civil & Environmental Engineering degree from California State University Long Beach, as well as holding several certificate programs in Business, Economics, Real Estate Law, a Securities & Exchange Commission Series 7 License, and he is an NYSE Registered Representative and Registered Investment Advisor.
MEXICO LEADERSHIP - DESTINAY OPERATIONS
PUERTO VALLARTA, SAN BLAS & TEPIC, NAYARIT
Lic. Jose Faro Lopez
Partner/Chief Operating Officer
Lic. Jose Faro Lopez ("Faro") has been a long time resident of the town of San Blas, and is very well connected to the townspeople as well as the leadership of this warm and inviting community. He has owned and operated businesses in San Blas, and has been involved in Public Relations & tourism promotion throughout Mexico his entire life. For the past 25 years, Faro has been a trusted friend and partner in the pursuit of Mr. Harris' vision for the Las Islitas Island Resort. Faro oversees all day-to-day operations of the DESTINAY Mexico Team, including community relations, advance activities, and overall property management, including farming operations. Faro has lived in the US, and speaks perfect English. He was also a professional baseball player and pitcher in Mexico. He married with four children, resides in Puerto Vallarta and San Blas. He loves deep sea fishing and is an excellent chef.
Lica. Lupita Lopez Lazaro
Executive Vice President-Administration
Lica. M. Lupita Lopez Lazaro ("Lupita") was born and raised in San Blas, and now runs the DESTINAY offices in Puerto Vallarta. Lupita is also very well connected to the people and leadership of the town of San Blas, including having grown up and gone to school with the current Mayor, Hon. Lica. Candi Yescas. Lupita attended the University of Nayarit (UAN) in the capital city of Tepic, where she earned her degree in Business Administration, as well as an advanced degree in Education from the Nayarit State Educational Institute. Lupita has worked for the past ten years for the Secretary of Education, overseeing the Nayarit state's public education system. Lupita is married and has two children.
One would hardpressed to find an individual as interesting and as hardworking as our illustrious PM and Farming Operations Foreman, Ignacio Céjas ("Nacho"). Nacho has travelled the world, and worked in faraway places such as Paris, Canada, China and has even served in the military in Africa. He is fluent in English, and can keep you mesmerized with his constant recounting of his exploits, adventures and narrow escapes from certain dangers on land and at sea. An expert fisherman, farmhand, and horseman, Nacho is revered by all of our farm and forest workers. Whether digging ditches, felling trees, building fences, breaking horses, building farm structures, scaring off crocodiles, or tending and harvesting all 290 acres of the tropical fruits grown on the LAS ISLITAS island, Nacho is the first one on the job before dawn, works all day alongside the crews, and is the last man to leave after dark. He is someone absolutely perfectly suited to our environment and the demands of this vast property. He is also quite entertaining to work along side, or to relax and have a cold Pacifico with. Thanks for all you do, Nacho!
José Lorencio Rodriguez
Director General of Transportation
José Lorencio Rodriguez has been involved in automotive transportation nearly his entire life, starting out at age ten driving a tractor on his family's Mango farm in Nayarit, and then moving up to driving the family's semi trucks hauling and distributing mangoes all over Mexico. He has driven tourism buses, and has run his own taxi and private car company for the past 20 years. He is also an excellent mechanic. José's duties include fleet maintenance as well as providing safe transportation for US and Mexico company executives, partners, consultants, and investors.
Ignacio Renteria Céjas
Foreman, Property Management and Farming Operations
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