Principals

Christopher S. Merson

Principal / Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Merson, director of Meridian Development Group, has been active in the real-estate development, investment business in Latin America for over forty-seven years. He has been involved in all phases of development projects from residential, commercial, destination resort hotels and resort condominium development in several countries.

Mr. Merson was instrumental in forming one of the first real estate trusts in Mexico with Banco Nacional de Mexico (Banamex) as a presidential decree in 1970. In turn a thirty year trust was used in 1971 with one of the first resort projects sold through this vehicle to foreigners. During the 1970's, Mr. Merson developed numerous resort properties in Mexico financed through the Group's strong international marketing organization and its offshore financial operation in Bermuda. In the early 70's he was appointed as a principal part of the presidential commission CODIBAC to study and master plan the Baja California Peninsula for future marina and resort development.

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Charles W. Dunn

Principal / Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Dunn has over 30 years experience as an international management consultant, investment fund manager and investment-banking principal. He often serves as CFO and/or Board member of client companies, including a recent experience in these positions with a NASDAQ-traded company. He was a senior consultant on financial strategy with McKinsey & Company in New York City and Paris and later became the Managing Director of a substantial private investment fund based in London. Formerly, he was the Managing Director, Financial & Operations Officer, and Compliance Officer, of Sutter Securities, Inc., a San Francisco-based broker/dealer firm with offices in New York City.

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Miguel Angel Sanchez, Architect

Principal / Chief Operations Officer – Mexico

Mr. Sanchez has built his career around the fast growing construction industry in Mexico with an emphasis on Resort Hotel and Housing construction management. He received his architectural degree from the UNAM, University of Mexico in 1969, and studied for two years in Japan from 1972 to 1974, receiving a Post Graduate Degree in Urban Design from the University of Kyushu.

In the late seventies, and during the hotel and resort boom in Mexico, he was the General Director of the largest project management Group in Mexico, integrated by Rual, S.A. de C.V. and Planteo, S.A. de C.V. and dedicated to professional management of the development and construction of hotels and resort projects.

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Douglas W. Bowers

Principal / Marketing Director

Mr. Bowers has more than 17 years of experience in the development and execution of international sales, marketing and business development strategies. He has extensive experience in the development and management of multi-national marketing campaigns for Latin American resort and real estate development.

Mr. Bowers has served as the Director of Business Development for the international consulting firm Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC, #276 on Forbes Fortune 500 list).

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Robert L. Anderson

Principal / Legal Counsel

Robert L. Anderson represents clients in general corporate and corporate finance matters. His expertise includes public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, shareholder and financial relationships, as well as real estate acquisition, syndication and development.

Mr. Anderson received his Juris Doctor Degree from the UCLA School of Law, where he graduated second in his class, was Order of the Coif and Editor-in-Chief of The Law Review. Mr. Anderson started his legal career at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City where he practiced for eight years. Thereafter, he represented a prominent Middle Eastern investor for several years. Mr. Anderson joined the law firm of Lanahan & Reilley to lead the business group in 1998.

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Brian Chiswell

Principal / CFO Mexico

Mr Chiswell has over twelve years banking and financial experience in London, Buenos Aires and Mexico City. After completing his honours degree in Financial Economics at University of London, Mr Chiswell joined Bankers Trust in London where he worked in structuring and distributing fixed income & derivative products to European pension and investment funds.

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Brian Dennard

Principal / International Finance

Mr. Dennard has more than 25 years of international business and project development experience in Mexico, Polynesia, and Eastern Europe. He has also advised several countries on the successful formation and implementation of Foreign Investment Incentive laws. Mr. Dennard studied International Business at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Thomas Ashley

Principal / Director of Planning

Thomas J. Ashley, founder of Ashley Economics Services, Inc. and president of The Ashley Company, has been centrally involved in the development and programming of more than 15,000 houses, more than 5,000,000 square feet of retail space, over 11,000,000 sq. feet of office space, some 30 hotels, 40 restaurants, two medical plazas and more than 1,000,000 sq ft of industrial space. In addition, Mr. Ashley has been a principal in the development of three entertainment parks, cinemas, two auto malls, marinas, and communities built around golf and tennis amenities. Selected by Walt Disney, Ashley played a pivotal role in the market research, economic planning and development programming for Walt Disney's Epcot Center in Florida.

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