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Executive Biographies


FEATURED ARTICLE
Source: Perspective Magazine
October 2009
"Pioneers of Timesharing"
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BACK TO TOPRobert M. Taylor
Founder & Chairman

Bob Taylor has been a leading figure in Florida resort real estate development and related business activities for 40 years. In 1971, he founded The Mariner Group, a company which developed and operated condominium resorts, timeshare and fractional ownership resorts, golf course communities, and a host of other real estate properties in Florida and, later, The Bahamas.

Mr. Taylor has served on the boards of a number of corporate, banking and community organizations, including the Miami branch of the Federal Reserve Bank. He is a member of the prestigious Florida Council of 100.

Before founding The Mariner Group, Mr. Taylor worked for McKinsey & Company, a worldwide management consulting company. Prior to that, he served in the US Army for two years. Before his military service, he worked with the Long Lines Department of AT&T.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Taylor graduated from Ohio State University in 1965 with a Masters of Business Administration – and was selected as the university’s outstanding graduate that year.



BACK TO TOPAllen G. Ten Broek
President & CEO

Allen G. Ten Broek is President & CEO of The Mariner Group, Inc., an asset management, business development, and real estate development company headquartered in Fort Myers, Florida. Founded in 1971, Mariner and its affiliates grew to be one of the largest and most respected companies in Florida.

Mariner organized three principal business operations:

  1. Mariner Properties – Southwest Florida’s largest recreational real estate developer specializing in beachfront condominiums, golf course communities, and boutique shopping centers.
  2. Mariner Properties – Timeshare & Fractional Ownership – one of the oldest and largest timeshare and fractional ownership development companies in the United States having developed 20 resorts with over 30,000 interval weeks sold to over 23,000 families. Mariner pioneered many of the development and management practices used throughout the industry today. This company was sold to Hilton Hotels in 1996.
  3. Mariner Advisory Group – a consulting, restructuring, marketing and sales, and development management company focused on recreational real estate projects including condo-hotels, fractional ownership condominiums, marinas, and resorts in Florida and the Bahamas.

Mariner’s business operations are characterized by the quality and value of the products and services offered to its customers. Its management and staff are trained professionals who take pride in being “the best that they can be”. The company has developed a reputation for honesty and integrity in all its business operations, and is known for its focus on fiscal stability and responsibility.

In addition to his role with Mariner for the last 38 years, Mr. Ten Broek has been involved in a variety of civic and business activities. He is former director of the Bank of the Islands and Florida National Bank of Lee County, and was a founding director of Community Bank of the Islands. He has held a variety of director and officer positions with local community organizations. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Florida Shore & Beach Preservation Association, past Chairman of the American Coastal Coalition, and has served as chairman of two statewide task forces appointed by the Governor.

Mr. Ten Broek is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. He worked for ten years with the Long Lines Department of the American Telephone & Telegraph Company prior to joining Mariner. He also served as President of Hilton Grand Vacations Company (HGVC) from 1992 to 1996. HGVC was a joint venture between Mariner and Hilton Hotels corporation organized to develop and operate a nationwide system of Hilton branded timeshare resorts.



BACK TO TOPThomas O. Matthews
Finance

A senior executive with 35 years of financial and administrative experience in both the start up and ongoing operation of rapidly growing and highly leveraged businesses. Tom began with Mariner in 1980 as Vice President of Finance directing accounting, budgeting, cash management, MIS, tax and various administrative aspects of the company.

In 1992, Tom was an integral part of forming Hilton Grand Vacations Company (HGVC) in Orlando, FL. The company was formed as a joint venture between The Mariner Group and Hilton Hotels Corporation to develop, market, sell and manage timeshare resorts on an international basis. Hilton acquired 100% ownership in 1996. As Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Partner, Tom was the business advisor to the HGVC partners and was a member of the senior management team. He was an integral participant in the development of the strategic business plan and negotiations during the formation stage of the venture. Once established, he directed planning, implementation and continuous monitoring of new accounting, cash management, computer and administrative systems to integrate multiple locations with diverse operations.

Tom continues to be involved with all aspects of Mariner and its management consulting and services engagements. His computer modeling of business plans and project proformas bring a clear perspective to the strategic direction necessary for success of the engagement.

Tom’s outside interests include Church Council and his working ranch in North Florida.



BACK TO TOPTeresa L Zagaria
Real Estate & Investment Offerings

Terry joined the Mariner Group in 1981. Following three years of resort sales, Terry joined Mariner’s corporate team to expand and manage its SEC registered securities broker-dealer company, Mariner Capital Investment Corporation. Over a sixteen year period as Vice President of Sales & Marketing and holding multiple securities licenses, Terry led the effort to develop and solicit 18 debt and equity securities offerings throughout over 30 states. She raised over $100 million for Mariner and its affiliates. Additionally, Terry has also managed the sale of two condo-hotel securities offerings.

Upon Mariner Capital’s dissolution in 1998, Terry transitioned to Mariner’s first international endeavor, Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour on Grand Bahama Island, where for seven years as Director of Real Estate Sales, she sold over $35 million of developer property. To date, Terry has handled over $11 million in sales of existing owned property at Old Bahama Bay and continues to specialize in facilitating the sale of property held by existing owners and investors.

Prior to joining The Mariner Group, Terry sold real estate in St Paul & Minneapolis, MN. She attended The College of Saint Catherine in St. Paul as a piano major. Terry currently sits on the board of several condominium and homeowner associations where she has investor interests.



BACK TO TOPMitchell Moore
Real Estate Sales

Mitchell R. Moore, (Mitch), has been involved in real estate sales and marketing (including management of sales teams) since 1980. He has been responsible for the successful sellout of numerous real estate projects including Resort Condominium, Condo Hotel, and Vacation Ownership properties in South Florida.

During his tenure with The Mariner Group he established one of the most successful timeshare resale programs in the country. After the sale of this group to Hilton he continued as Vice President and Broker of Hilton’s Grand Vacations Realty, assisting in the overall development of Hilton Grand Vacations. He and his team won a prestigious ARDY award from the American Resort Development Association, (ARDA).

He served as Managing Director of Real Estate for South Seas Sanibel and Captiva Properties, owned by MeriStar and later acquired by the Blackstone Group, which produced in excess of $120,000,000 annually in combined sales of shared use, resort, and general real estate properties on Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida.

As President of MRM Group Consulting he specializes in shared use resort property sales and marketing consulting, including planning the product types, sales launch, and ongoing sales and marketing strategies for these types of properties. His expertise includes understanding deal structures from the development, financial, and sales and marketing perspectives.

Mitch has written articles for ARDA's Development Magazine, various other trade publications and local newspapers, and has served on numerous industry committees. He has also been a speaker and panelist at the ARDA National Convention and the Vacation Ownership Investment Conference.



BACK TO TOPScott Siler
Hospitality Asset Management

Scott was an original staff member of The Mariner Group, involved in the growth of the company from a single asset operation to a multi-faceted corporation. He was an integral part of the company’s core businesses; resort hotel activities, condominium and vacation ownership sales and management, general real estate, and other related businesses. Scott started in 1972 as Food and Beverage Director at South Seas Plantation, later moving to become General Manager of Sundial Resort, a 408-room full service condominium resort located on Sanibel Island.

Scott subsequently became Vice President Operations for Mariner, overseeing the daily operations of up to 12 hospitality properties ranging from a 500 room full service resort to smaller, limited service facilities and including two stand-alone golf courses. Finally, as Vice President Development, Scott was responsible for the acquisition (and disposition) of hospitality assets.

Upon the sale of Mariner’s hotel company in 1998, Scott became President of the Ocean Reef Club, a prestigious, member-owned club, and worked to transition it from its historic growth mode to a stable, high quality service organization. Scott currently performs all Hospitality Asset Management services for Mariner including a current assignment at the Grand View Lodge in Brainerd, Minnesota.



BACK TO TOPJennifer (Ehrman) Bohmann
Marketing

Jennifer has over 20 years experience in resort, real estate and tourism marketing in the U.S., Europe and Asia. In 1994, Jennifer moved to Jakarta, Indonesia to take over the management of the country's second largest PR and Marketing company. More recently, Jennifer was overseeing sales and marketing activities for a Vietnamese property development firm, including Sanctuary, a residential resort in Ho Tram and for CentrePoint, the first green office building in Vietnam. She currently resides in Florida managing numerous tourism and real estate related sales and marketing campaigns.

She began work for Old Bahama Bay, a resort and residential community in West End, Bahamas, in 1999 after earning a Masters degree in Tourism Planning and Development in the U.K. As a member of the Old Bahama Bay team, she held a number of positions including VP of Sales and Marketing, VP of Business Development, VP of Administration, and Owner’ Relations Director. Jennifer officially became part of the Mariner team in 2002 when Mariner took over management and operations of Old Bahama Bay. She continues to play an active role in the marketing of Mariner's various endevours.



BACK TO TOPRay Pavelka
Development

Ray Pavelka is President of Mariner Properties’ Development, Inc., a Florida-based real estate entitlement and development company with special expertise in mitigation banking. The company’s Little Pine Island Mitigation Bank is a flagship for environmental restoration in the State of Florida.

From 1974 to 1998 Ray served as Vice President of Development for The Mariner Group and oversaw the planning and implementation of its wide variety of real estate projects in Florida.

Ray is a graduate of Cornell University and has served on numerous local boards and community organizations. He gained special recognition from state and local governments for his services to environmental land preservation initiatives being undertaken by these governments.



BACK TO TOPLary Mahoney
Development

Lary Mahoney is currently president of Mahoney & Company, Inc., a real estate development and consulting company specializing in hotels & resorts and residential resort developments, with projects in the Southeastern United States, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia and India. Mahoney & Company’s work has involved all aspects of real estate development including: project feasibility studies & financial analysis; project financing; zoning & governmental approvals; overall budgeting & financial management; all phases of project planning & architectural design; construction management; and project management.

From 2004 to 2007, Lary acted as Vice President of Development for The Mariner Group and the Old Bahama Bay project. Earlier in his career, Lary was Vice President of Development with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, where he was responsible for developing new Ritz-Carlton hotels in Asia, Australia, the South Pacific and India.

From 1984 through 1993 Lary was involved with a number of partnerships in the Atlanta metropolitan area that developed high-rise & mid-rise office buildings, commercial developments, multi-family & single family housing projects, business parks, industrial buildings and raw land developments. From 1974 to 1983, Lary practiced architecture in California and Georgia where he was (and still is) a licensed Architect. Lary earned a five year Bachelor of Architecture degree from Georgia Tech; a Graduate Diploma (Post Graduate Studies) in architecture from the Architectural Association in London, England; and was a World Student Fund Scholar at the Eidgenoessishe Technishe Hochschule, Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland) where he did graduate and doctorate studies in architecture.



BACK TO TOPRene Miville
Investment Banking Consultant

Rene Miville is Chief Marketing Officer for the planned Florida / Bahamas Resort and Residential Real Estate Opportunity Fund. Rene will have marketing responsibility for capital raising and investor relations for the fund.

Rene joined Mariner in January of 2008. He continues as Managing General Partner of The Captiva Partnership, a private equity fund based on Captiva Island, Florida. In 2006, Captiva Partners LTD was formed in London to act in concert with The Capitva Partnership for all trading & investment opportunities overseas, with Goldman Sachs London as its custodian Banking Partner. Rene conceived the creation of the Florida / Bahamas Real Estate Opportunity Fund and its planned IPO on the Norwegian stock exchange for the purposes of more broad-based participation and enhanced liquidity for its global investors.



BACK TO TOPRobert L. Kramm
Hospitality Operations

In 2004 Bob was named SVP of Mariner Advisory Group and COO for Old Bahama Bay, a real estate, resort, and marina community in The Bahamas. In this capacity, Bob was actively involved in civic and charitable organizations on Grand Bahama Island. In 2004 and 2005, he was nominated for “Hotelier of the Year” for the annual Bahama Islands Cacique Awards and was actively engaged in resort service upgrades and skill training including music and entertainment productions. Bob served as a member of the Bahamas Hotel Association and the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board.

Following the sale of Old Bahama Bay, Bob immediately reinitiated “Compass Consulting Group”, a Florida-based strategic and tactical consulting team, and launched seven Florida and Caribbean consulting projects specializing in destination development and organizational re-structuring.

Following his service in the United States Air Force and graduation from the University of Wisconsin Hotel Management School, Bob’s career includes 15 years of progressive responsibilities with Marriott and Sheraton. He became a senior executive for 13 years with the Huizenga Sports and Entertainment Group. His accomplishments during his years with the Huizenga organization include leading the “renaissance” of the famed Pier 66 Resort and Marina in Ft. Lauderdale.

Bob continued with Huizenga to be named Director of Special Projects and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the new Florida Marlins Baseball Club in 1992. In 1996 he was promoted to President of Pro Player Stadium and achieved significant financial success for the stadium through a restructuring of its sales and marketing organization and a “value-added” upgrading of the total “fan experience” for its 700 annual events.

In March 2008 The Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour named Bob COO/GM to lead the re-positioning of the resort and to re-activate the development, construction, and sale of the real estate offerings at this resort destination in the Abacos, Bahamas.