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 Speaker Roster Set for The Second Annual Mexico Resort Development Conference, 
December 4-6, 2006, La Jolla, California
San Diego, CA, October 25, 2006 The Second Annual Mexico Resort Development Conference: Opportunites for Foreign Investment, has announced its complete speaker roster. 

This year's conference will be held December 4-6 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, located just north of San Diego. The Conference is expected to attract 300+ commercial real estate investors and resort developers. 

The speaker roster for this year's Conference includes some 40-plus experts in real estate, finance, law and marketing as applied to resort development within Mexico. These experts include most of the recognized names in the business, all of whom are associated with properties in Mexico, including: 

Kevin Bauer, Partner, East West Utilities 
Chuck Bedsole, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal Real Estate Advisory Services LLC
Adam Bernier, Director Latin America Real Estate, Cargill Value Investors 
Carl Berry, CEO, Star Resort Group
Jorge Castañeda, Author, Visiting Professor and Former Foreign Minister Mexico 
Greg Cory, Senior Vice President, Economics Research Associates
Mitch Creekmore, Senior Vice President, Stewart International
Bob Chickering, Principal, Economic Research Associates
Bruce Davidson, Executive Director, Head of Hospitality Finance, West LB
Roberto Delgato, Chairman & CEO, Eiffel Construction 
Greg Doman, Vice President, Fairmont Heritage Place 
Brett Ellsworth, President, Contact Development Corporation 
Jaime Gonzalez-Bendiksen, Partner, Baker & McKenzie Abogados, S.C.
Alain Grange, Chief Executive, Sol Melia Vacation Club 
Bruce Greenberg, President, Bruce D. Greenberg Inc.
Jim Grogan, President & CEO, Loreto Bay Company
Bruce Greenburg, President, Bruce D. Greenburg Inc.
Harold Hoekstra, Director of Tourism Development, Deloitte Mexico
Charlie Lande, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Marco Larrea, Partner, EDSA
José M. Larroque, Principal Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Warren Markwart, Vice President Hotel Development, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts 
Jim Marmorstone, President, Tenstar Global Services 
Jaime Martinez, Managing Partner, Environmental Resources Management, Mexico
Mauricio Monroy, Managing Partner, Deloitte Mexico
John Newcomb, Partner, KMD Architects
Rick Norton, President, Norton Consulting
Santiago Ortiz Monasterio, Director General, Punta Mita
René X. Pérez, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Juan Diego Perez Vargas, Principal, KMD Architects
Richard Ragatz, President, Ragatz Associates 
Kevin Roberts, Vice President and Counsel, Contact Development Corporation
Federico Ruanova, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Rodolfo Sanchez Arellano, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Judy Singer, Co-Owner, Health Fitness Dynamics
Chris Snell, President, Snell Real Estate 
Gerardo Treviño, Deloitte Mexico
David Young, Vice President, AIG Global Real Estate Investment Corp.
Dr. Jorge Castañeda will present
the opening keynote address

Dr. Castañeda is the former-Foreign Minister of Mexico and a renowned public intellectual, political scientist, as well as a prolific writer, with an interest in Latin American politics, comparative politics and U.S.-Latin American relations. 

Born in Mexico City in 1953, Dr. Castañeda received B.A. degrees from both Princeton University and the Universite de Paris-I (Pantheon-Sorbonne), as well as an M.A. from Ecole Pratique de Hautes Etudes, Paris I, and Ph. D. in Economics History from the University of Paris. 

He has taught at Mexico's National Autonomous University (UNAM) Princeton, Berkeley and (since 1997) at NYU. Dr. Castañeda was a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (1985-87) and was a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Grant Recipient (1989-1991). Among his many books are Utopia Unarmed: The Latin American Left after the Cold War (Knopf, 1993), The Mexican Shock (New Press, 1995), Compañero: The Life and Death of Che Guevara (Knopf, 1997), and Perpetuating Power: How Mexican Presidents Were Chosen (New Press, 2000). Dr. Castañeda is also a regular columnist for the Mexican daily Reforma, and Newsweek International.

The Mexico Resort Development Conference is being presented by Baker & McKenzie, the world's largest international law firm; Contact Development Corporation, a leader in resort real estate development and investment in Mexico and Latin America; and Deloitte, the world's second largest provider of professional services and strategic advice. All three companies have substantial presence and tenure in Mexico's booming resort/residential/hospitality industries. 

Fonatur, the Mexico government agency responsible for promoting tourism growth and resort development within the country, has endorsed the conference. 


Brian Sullivan
Phone: 203.375.6371

Also See: Former Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow, Author of Controversial Book on U.S./Mexico Relations, To Keynote Conference on Resort Development in Mexico / November 2005
Nation's Leading Resort Development Specialists to Present Educational Conference on Resort Investment in Mexico / October 2005


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