Author of “Life as a Vacation®, The Ultimate Buyers Guide to Vacation Rental Property”.
Mr. Williamson has been involved in the Vacation Home Industry since 2003 and has over 20 years of experience in the field of Branded Investment Luxury Property. In his successful career, he has worked with Four Seasons, Hard Rock, Fairfield, AECOM, Nicklaus, and most recently Encore Capital Management.
Mr. Williamson brings over 30 years of successful experience in International Real Estate Development, Acquisition and Sales/ Marketing. He has developed over 6000 condominiums and apartments, several hotels, built teams and trained and managed thousands of sales and Marketing members, and has executed transactions spanning the US and 10 other countries. A former Executive in the Real Estate division of the Four Seasons, he has acted as the International Real Estate Investment Adviser for many Institutional Real Estate Investment firms, foreign and domestic governmental agencies, major corporations and high net worth private investors from all over the world.
Mr. Williamson is a US Army Veteran and served as an Intelligence and Operations specialist. A military trained strategist, he served in Western Europe. Assigned to the 1st Armored Division Intelligence and Security unit in Germany,. His team was tasked with the protection of the area closest to the then, East/West German border. While in the military. Mr. Williamson attended University of Maryland USAREUR with an emphasis on Finance and Behavioral Psychology. After his military duty, he entered the field of Commercial Real Estate Development in 1988.
An avid golfer and athlete, Mr, Williamson devotes much of his spare time working with various humanitarian and environmental initiatives. An advocate for the environment, he is a Founding Board Member of the Costa Rica Green Building Council(https://www.gbccr.org/acerca-de-nosotros) and has worked closely with the World Green Building Council.
The perfect blend of British personality and American drive!
Originating from Hampshire in the United Kingdom, Garry spent the majority of his early life living in the Home Counties, with countless hours spent upon the fairways and greens as a youngster during the holidays. With a passion for Sports and Golf in particular, he went on to build a successful playing career in National Amateur and European Professional ranks, while also recognizing his competency and curiosity for the business of golf. This lead to a comprehensive and noteworthy Sales and Marketing career alongside governing bodies and leading brands, in retail with on-course and off-course providers and later through global wholesale brands. Garry was fortunate to have built a well-rounded career in the game and business he loves, which now affords him an extensive background in all aspects of the Golf Industry.
Upon relocating to the United States in 2000, Garry undertook a new challenge to create and build a specialized Telecommunications Retail Chain, with principles based upon education, quality of service and technology during a era of change in the Mobile Communications, already experienced from forward-thinking European counterparts
During this time, he was introduced to the world of Vacation Real Estate, with Golf once again playing a large part in the decision to create a niché opportunity in the World’s #1 Vacation Destination of Orlando, Florida. As a student of his industry, Garry learnt his craft quickly and has become a global recognized Advisor, sought out by many companies, real estate brokerages and financial platforms to provide representation for their clients.
Passionate about everything Real Estate, Garry delivers a genuine, detailed and competitive approach, while striving to provide a personalized and superior “white-glove” level of service to all clients, through knowledge and expertise, combined with a high-level network of business relationships that have been developed, which ultimately provides his clients with access to proven and recognized professionals in banking, funding, taxation and management.
Known for his ability to listen and understand clients’ needs, this allows him to continuously deliver above and beyond goals and expectations. A personable and professional character who builds and maintains solid relationships, which explains why business continues to grow from referrals and repeat clients. Through his relationship with Sotheby’s International Realty, Garry to this date represents clients in the buying and selling of Golf, Investment, Resort and Vacation style opportunities throughout the United States and around the world.
FORBES LILFORD | Development, Construction and Brand Standard QC
Forbes Lilford’s depth of experience in luxury and ultra luxury homebuilding, general construction, architecture and design, coupled with his tenacious attention detail are what created the success for his company Head Strong Homes. He has been designing and consulting on custom home building for over 10 years in homes that are at the top of the marketplace.
Forbes is the President and Founder of Headstrong Homes, a professional custom home design and construction company focused on luxury and custom homebuilding in the $1,000,000 to $10,000,000 USD plus price range. He combines several disciplines (architectural design, interior design, renters and member needs, fun/entertainment and construction management) and couples it with (property management).
As the driven leader of his industry, Forbes primary goal is to provide renters and members with an overall positive experience that will last beyond there stay and create a lifetime of memories. Additionally, his specific knowledge of construction serves ResClubs® in its requirements of the highest standards of quality throughout its portfolio of membership offerings.
Todays sophisticated vacationers not only deserve to be treated in a truly luxurious and professional manner, they demand it. As a family man, Forbes is sensitive to family interaction, safety, converging lifestyles, emerging technologies and environmental responsibility.
Chester Rodeheaver, CFA is a Miami-based expert on investment funds, real estate, entrepreneurial strategy, and finance who has provided guidance and professional advice to family offices, real estate investors, startups, private equity firms, investment companies, and closely-held businesses for 18 years.
Chester is both an avid entrepreneur and advisor to other companies. He is currently, a founding partner in a quantitative, algorithmic, long-short equity hedge fund, a co-founder of a film fund in partnership with a leading Hollywood-based management and production company, and a former CFO and ongoing shareholder and advisor to a Dubai-based sporting platform that has grown to over 100,000 members since it began in 2007.
His recent advisory work includes:
Acting as financial advisor to a $280 million real estate development in Palm Beach County, Florida, helping to restructure their financial strategy in planning following the outbreak of the Covid-19 crisis
Serving as financial advisor and part-time CFO to a Dallas-based home builder and developer, as well as chief financial advisor to an affiliated trust managing the wealth of 29 families
Advising two startup real estate and private equity fund managers with fund formation, deal sourcing and screening, fundraising strategy, legal setup, and transaction execution
Providing financial advice, including monthly cash flow forecasts and negotiation support, for a pre-Series A online retailer evaluating a $10 million investment proposal at a $50 million valuation and a similar exercise for a biotechnology firm deciding between a convertible note and a Series A offering of $3 million
Overseeing all US investments and operations of a Dubai-based family office, including investments in alternative energy, a trading platform, and real estate
Chester began his career with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC. In 2003, he was recruited to join a Cisco- and Corning-led consortium in Dubai that was investing in the deregulating Middle Eastern telecommunications space.
In 2004, Chester formed a strategy and financial consulting boutique with two partners. Based in Dubai, the company focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, start-up financing, real estate, and entertainment. The firm represented the Saudi seller in a $400 million buyout of the regional presence of a globally-recognized German software enterprise, advised a regional government on the formation of its flagship sovereign wealth fund, participated in the strategic and financial planning for the Ferrari World Theme Park in Abu Dhabi, led the capital raise of $200 million for a regional chain of primary and secondary schools, and subsequently led a $100 million buyout of a competitor. The firm dissolved in 2009 after its senior partner was appointed CEO of Dubai’s second-largest property developer.
After forming Pont Capital, Chester worked with dozens of start-up companies on strategic planning, budgeting, and capital raising. He also served as the founding CFO of a social sports platform that has grown to over 100,000 members, a role in which he helped raise two rounds of capital. He also worked extensively with family offices, negotiating cross-border joint ventures and investments, as well as helping execute growth strategies domestically.
In addition to helping dozens of other companies during their start-up phase, Chester has founded or co-founded three firms, and has served on multiple boards of directors and executive committees.
Chester holds An MBA (with honors) from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, an MPA from Harvard, a BA in economics from the University of Virginia, certificates in financial modeling and entrepreneurship from Wharton, and a CFA designation (Chartered Financial Analyst). He studied abroad in Germany (math and physics) and at the Sorbonne in Paris, France and lived abroad for a total of 12 years.