Mayan Plantation, Limited will work to be a respected community leader and driving force for the economic and social development of Belize by supporting the Country's mission to strengthen alliances and partnerships between regional public, academic, and private sectors and to work with local and global leaders to strategically foster high growth potential, high value technology and business development in synergy with the eco- and agri-tourism economy.
Our managing partners include:
Gerhart W. Walch is the Chairman of the Board, the Chief Executive Officer and with his family a twenty seven point five percent (27.5%) shareholder of Mayan Plantation Limited; a Hong Kong based Land Holding Company, founded in 1971. Mr. Walch, born 1948 in Graz, Austria, received his education in Austria, Switzerland and USA.
Mr. Walch served as Chief Financial Officer in Switzerland 1972 – 1978, and as Chairman and CEO and/or Director of private and public companies in the United States since 1979.
For the past 15 years, Mr. Walch’s efforts were focused on gaining free and clear title to the Mayan Plantation property and the necessary entitlements to position the property as a significant economic engine for the benefit of all stakeholders including the people and Nation of Belize. His goal is to list Mayan Plantation’s stock on the Hong Kong and / or on an American Stock Exchange.
Mr. Walch earned an Advanced Degree in Economics from the Institute für Kaderschulung (IKS) in Switzerland; a Degree in Business Administration, HBS in Switzerland; and a B.Sc., Technology, Austrian College of Technology. Mr. Walch is a Candidate for an AMDP - Real Estate Development (Class IX), Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Boston, Massachusetts. His continuing education includes a Certificate of Completion - Real Estate Strategies for Project Development, Capital Market Access and Regulatory Compliance from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design.
James M. Boersema is a Member of the Board of Directors and President of Mayan Plantation, Limited. Mr. Boersema brings significant marketing experience to the Company. He has served as Director of Corporate Communication s for Bank of Hawaii, as Director of Communications for a former Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii and for two decades as a Partner in Starr Seigle Communications, Hawaii’s largest full-service marketing firm. In that last capacity, he personally represented many of Hawaii’s largest corporations, labor unions and non-profit organizations. In addition, Mr. Boersema has been Managing Partner in several hospitality related businesses in the islands and has served on many non-profit Boards, including that of the Arizona Memorial.
Mr. Boersema is a three time winner of the Silver Anvil, the nation’s highest public relations award and has also received Hawaii’s highest recognition award for public relations work. Finally, he spent more than 35 years as a member of the United States Army (partially active duty and partially Reserve duty) and is a retired full Colonel. His education includes a BA Journalism degree from Michigan State University, an MA in Asian Studies from Sophia University in Tokyo, and an MBA from the University of Michigan, in addition to graduating from the Army’s Command & General Staff College.
Richard Bahar is the Vice President, Economic Development of Mayan Plantation, Limited. He is the Leader of the Company’s Business Development Team, focused on building our current operations and assets into a powerful economic engine for all stakeholders including the People and Nation of Belize. From 1992 to 2007, Mr. Bahar headed the State of Hawaii DBEDT’s Investment and Business Analysis Branch, charged with attracting new investment and business relocation/expansion to Hawaii from Asia and the U.S. Mainland, as well as developing new export markets for Hawaii’s firms. .Mr. Bahar holds a BA, Economics (Development Economics and International Trade), University of Hawaii at Manoa and an MBA, University of Hawaii at Manoa, specializing in international business.
Gordon E. Rapozo is a Member of the Board of Directors, the Treasurer, and Chief Financial Officer of Mayan Plantation, Limited. Mr. Rapozo is an accountant in private practice. Mr. Rapozo previously served as Senior Loan Officer and Treasurer of GECC Financial, GE Capital (Hawaii), a General Electric Company. He is affiliated with Mayan Plantation, Limited since 1986. Mr. Rapozo holds a B.Sc. in Accounting.
Frederick Henry Coward, Jr. is the Vice President, and the Director of Security Operations of Mayan Plantation, Limited. Mr. Coward brings 44 years of investigative, managerial and administrative law enforcement experience. Mr. Coward has owned and operated his own investigative agency entitled Investigative Services International (ISI) Corporation. Previously, he was the Deputy Legal Attaché with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and operated out of the US Embassy in Tokyo. He was also the Senior Resident FBI Agent in Guam & the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI). He has conducted investigations throughout Japan, Korea, and Taiwan and acted as key liaison representative to Micronesia, Palau, and Polynesia. In addition, he has operated special assignments in Melanesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Mexico. Mr. Coward was a former police officer in Long Beach, CA. and is fluent in Japanese..
David B. Rosen, Esq., Robertha Magnus-Usher, Esq., Kyong-su Im, Esq. are legal advisors to Mayan Plantation, Limited on an as needed basis. They are principals in their respective law firms with significant experience in real estate, corporate, and finance matters. Mr. Rosen serves as outside general counsel for Mayan Plantation, Limited. Ms. Usher is the companies’ local counsel in Belize. Mr. Im has represented the owner of the Hualalei Four Seasons resort on the Big Island of Hawaii since inception and has been involved in numerous transactions involving resort hotels. Mr. Im was retained specifically because of his expertise in resort development and is a member of the State of Hawaii Land Use Commission.
David V. Gibson, Ph.D., is Senior Advisor to Mayan Plantation, Limited and the President and of the Belize Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt organization. Dr. Gibson is the Associate Director and The Nadya Kozmetsky Scott Centennial Fellow, IC² (Innovation, Creativity, Capital) Institute, The University of Texas at Austin. In 1983, he earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University in organizational behavior and communication theory. His dissertation was on the management of innovation. He teaches Knowledge/Technology Transfer and Adoption in IC²’s MSSTC degree program. During 2000-2001, Dr. Gibson served as a Fulbright Scholar at Insituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal.
Dr. Gibson’s research and publications focus on the management of technology/knowledge; cross-cultural communications and management, and the growth and impact of technopoleis or regional technology centers worldwide. He most recent technical reports are: Cameron County/Matamoros At The Crossroads: Assets and Challenges for Accelerated Regional and Binational Development (2003) and Toward Sustainable Global Security: The International Science and Technology Center, Moscow, Russia(2003). He is a consultant to businesses and governments worldwide and has made professional and keynote presentations in the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia. His papers have been translated into Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Finnish, and Portuguese.
Dr. Gibson is Co-Chair of the International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation and Program Vice-Chairman for the World Conference on Integrated Design and Process Technology. He has published in the Journal of Business Communications, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management, Research Technology Management, International Social Sciences Journal, Journal of Urban Technology, Journal of Technology Transfer, Journal of Organizational Computing, Journal of Technology Management, The Journal of Technological Forecasting and Social Change, International Journal of Technology, Policy, and Management, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, and the International Handbook on Innovation.
Dr. Gibson is co-editor of Creating the Technopolis: Linking Technology Commercialization and Economic Development (Ballinger, 1988), Technology Companies and Global Markets: Programs, Policies, and Strategies to Accelerate Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Rowman and Littlefield, 1991), Technology Transfer: A Communication Perspective (Sage, 1990), University Spin-Off Companies: Economic Development, Faculty Entrepreneurs, and Technology Transfer (Rowman and Littlefield, 1992), The Technolpolis Phenomenon: Smart Cities, Fast Systems, and Global Networks (Rowman and Littlefield, 1992), IMPACT: How IC² Institute Research Affects Public Policy and Business Practice (Quorum, 1997), Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy: Opportunities and Challenges for the Knowledge Economy (Quorum, 2000); Knowledge for Inclusive Development, (Quorum, 2002); and Systems and Policies for the Global Learning Economy, (Quorum 2003). Dr. Gibson is co-author of R&D Collaboration of Trial: The Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (Harvard Business School Press, 1994).
Ruben Munoz is an Advisor and outside Consultant to Mayan Plantation, Limited. Mr. Munoz is a native Belizean and started his professional career as an accountant for Price Waterhouse in Belize. For the past ten years, Mr. Munoz has been in the hospitality management field and has worked for several of the major resorts on Ambergris Caye in Belize, including the Belize Yacht Club (as manager), Victoria House (as accountant), and Journey’s End (general manager), and is the now also the owner of the “2009 Excellence Award Winning” Treasure ……… restaurant at Ambergris Caye in Belize.
Nigel Miguel is a Senior Advisor of Mayan Plantation, Limited. Ambassador Miguel is the Film Commissioner of Belize. He is a UCLA graduate, a former NBA player, and movie producer and actor (the Air Up There, White Men Can’t Jump, etc.). He is a dual citizen of the United States and Belize and is an Ambassador at Large for the Government of Belize.
Robert A. Keller is a Senior Advisor to Mayan Plantation, Limited. Born in Ruth, Nevada in 1939, educated at various colleges and universities in California and Arizona. He worked in management as Chief Engineer for several large mechanical contracting companies, designing and supervising the construction of many large apartment complexes, hospitals, commercial high rise buildings, schools and various manufacturing facilities. The last decade of his professional career he worked as Facilities Engineer for Hawaiian Electric Company. After retirement in 2000 he worked as a consultant in project management for contractors in marble installations in hotels, security systems for Tesoro refining plant and other projects. Robert served as Senior Vice President of Operations of WSF / Mayan Plantation, Limited. from 2000 thru 2002 and has been instrumental in much of the design of development programs for the property. Robert Keller is active as a volunteer in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and is a long-time Freemason, a Past Master of his Lodge and active in the management of several various bodies. Robert Keller was knighted into the Hungarian Chivalric Order of the Blue Cross of St. Michael by HRM George I Regis of Hungary on 27 May 2007. Mr. Keller received a BA in Secondary Education and Technology and MA in Educational Psychology and completed coursework for PhD in Community Education Administration from Arizona State University. Then received a BS in Psychology from Boise State University where he also taught courses in Crisis Intervention.