Robert Burnett has more than 35 years’ experience in real estate development, marketing, and sales, has overseen more than $6 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 founded its New Construction Sales Division, oversaw marketing and sales 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. Under his leadership the firm grew 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. Regarded as a thought leader in his specialty, he has been cited as an industry authority by The New York Times, Forbes Magazine, ABC News, and other national media outlets.
He holds a BA from Bowdoin College and an MBA from Columbia University School of Business.