Robert Burnett has more than 30 years’ experience in real estate development, marketing, and sales, has overseen more than $5 billion in new projects, worked throughout the world, and has held senior executive positions with major real estate organizations.

As an early executive of Sotheby’s International Realty in New York he co-founded its Projects Marketing Division, and represented the company throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe. As Executive Vice President of M.J. Raynes, Inc., which grew during his tenure to New York’s largest full service real estate organization, he was responsible for all marketing and sales, founded its New Construction Sales Division, oversaw the marketing of the firm’s own $2 billion portfolio of properties, and managed its joint ventures in Asia. As head of real estate for Hawaii’s Princeville Resort he oversaw master planning, development and marketing for the 11,000 acre resort. As President of ResidenSea (USA) he was the senior-most American member of a European team that raised $320 million to successfully develop the world’s first residential ocean liner.

In 2000 he co-founded Synthesis Realty Group and served as its CEO until 2012, when he left to found BURNETT PARTNERS. Synthesis grew under his leadership to a highly respected development advisor for premier resort and hotel properties, with offices in Charleston, Santa Fe and Santa Barbara. He is a full member of the Urban Land Institute, where he serves on its Recreational Development Council. He is regarded as a thought leader in his specialty, and has been cited as an industry authority by The New York Times, Forbes Magazine,, and other national media outlets.

He holds a BA from Bowdoin College and an MBA from Columbia University School of Business.


Consulting Partner Matt Shanaberger co-founded Synthesis Realty Group with Robert Burnett, and played a pivotal role in the company’s projects and growth. Prior to Synthesis he served as Executive Vice President at Robert Charles Lesser & Co., (RCLCo), a leading real estate advisory services firm. As RCLCo’s partner-in-charge of luxury resort developments, he provided strategic marketing guidance for many of the nation’s largest developers including AEW Capital Management, The Lyle Anderson Companies, The Bishop Estate, Crescent Real Estate Equities, DMB Properties, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, The Howard Hughes Corporation, Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund, Walt Disney Imagineering, and many others.

He received a B.S. (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in International Marketing from California State University Long Beach and a Masters Degree in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California.

Francesco Noseda, based in Switzerland, has distinguished credentials in real estate, hotel development, and finance. He is a Director of Financière Eos, a leading French investment firm specializing in luxury hotel acquisitions and redevelopment. Until early 2012, Mr. Noseda was Chief Executive Officer of Unione Alberghi Italiani SpA, a publicly traded company, created to assemble unconsolidated hotel assets across Italy. He was formerly a partner of Twice & Partners, a financial company participated by Banca Intesa, Group De Agostini Holding, Investitori Associati and Telecom Italia, where he lead the real estate and hospitality activities. He has also served as Chairman of Swiss International Hotels and Resorts, as a Special Advisor to the United Nations, and as Head of Diplomatic Mission for the Red Cross in the Middle East. A native of Switzerland, Mr. Noseda holds both BA and MA degrees from the University of Geneva and an MBA degree from INSEAD.

Marguerite Krikhaar, based in London, has led the residential marketing and sales for the world’s most iconic luxury brands, including Bulgari, Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Trump, Phillipe Starck, and Amanresorts, among others. She has served as Partner and Group Creative Director for The 7th Art in New York, Vice President of Business Development for Yoo by Starck, Founded Stylla in London to provide real estate sales advisory services to the international resort sector, and most recently served as Director, Development Project Marketing of Christies International Real Estate. In addition to her extensive real estate credentials, she has held management positions with Price Waterhouse and ESPN ABC Sports. Ms. Krikhaar is a graduate of the University of Westminster from which she holds a BA (Hons) in International Business.