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 SOTHEBYS 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 from 1984-1990, 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 from 1990-1993 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, the first residential ocean liner. His team presold more than $160 million in residences prior to the start of construction.
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.
Randy Burgess is an award-winning sales and marketing leader with a 30+ year track record of success hiring, training and supervising teams that have successfully sold-out luxury resort and urban communities throughout the United States and overseas.
His many successful projects have included the iconic Four Seasons Palazzo Tornabuoni in Florence, Tucker’s Point Club and The Reefs Hotel & Residences in Bermuda, Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley, The Phillips Club in New York, and The Deer Valley Club in Utah, among many others.
In 2014 Randy was recruited by SEA ISLAND RESORT to resurrect and complete the sales of its premier oceanfront condominium community. His team exceeded sales goals by 85%, sold-out the project ahead of schedule, and brought sales and marketing costs 30% under budget…while achieving the highest sales-prices-per-square foot to date.
From 2012-2014 he served as Sr. Vice President/ Sales & Marketing of THE WORLD, the ocean-going residential community of multi-million dollar residences. All remaining residences were sold at record prices within an accelerated timeframe.
From 2009-2012 he was Executive Vice President of PETER KEMPF INTERNATIONAL, where he hired, trained and supervised real estate sales teams for projects in Bermuda, Costa Rica, the Caribbean, Europe and the United States.
From 2003-2009 he was Executive Vice President of Sales for DCP INTERNATIONAL, where he led teams of 60 sales managers and agents marketing and selling luxury communities throughout the United States, Bermuda, the Caribbean and Europe, generating more than $500 million in sales.
From 1997-2003 he was Principal and Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing of MOSAIC DEVELOPMENT, a San Francisco-based group providing marketing and sales expertise to resort and mixed-use projects including luxury brands such as Regent, Rosewood and Mandarin Oriental.
Randy has a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. He holds brokerage licenses in multiple states, has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences, and is active in industry trade groups.
Bill Houghton is a highly experienced, senior Marketing professional with a 20 year track record of conceiving, executing, and leading successful marketing strategies for major destination projects.
As Chief Marketing Officer for REYNOLDS MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT GROUP from 2001-2009 he directed all marketing for multiple communities in the southeast, including the 14,000 acre REYNOLDS PLANTATION.
From 2010 to 2013 he served as President of THE LANDINGS COMPANY, a Savannah-based resort marketing and sales company. Under his leadership buyer volume grew 172%, gross income increased 129%, and profit reached a 15-year high.
As Senior Vice President, Marketing for KIAWAH RESORT from 2013-2018 he led the strategic marketing and organization for this 4,000 unit residential and club community that generated over $300 million in annual sales.
From 2017-2019 he served as Vice President, Marketing for Utah’s RED LEDGES, where he spearheaded the successful turnaround of this Rocky Mountain private community. Record sales and revenue were achieved during his tenure.
Bill is active in industry groups, serving as the Chairman of the American Association of Retirement Communities, on the Steering Committee for the American Express Study of Affluence and Wealth in America, and was named one of “40 under 40″ most influential professionals by Golfweek Magazine.
He holds a B.A. from Syracuse University, magna cum laude, and an MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.