Our Team 2014-07-25T23:37:25+00:00

Our Team

The Cerros Sands planned community derives from an extremely competent and experienced development team of a powerful group of professionals, all in possession of the requisite credentials necessary for our development, including planning, environmental, engineering, architectural, residential and commercial construction, security, management, legal, marketing and sales. All members of the development team reside full time in Belize with the exception of Chris who in living in Southern California at this time.

Paradise Found Belize Ltd & Paradise Development Ltd

President & CEO– Mark Leonard

Cerros Sands first full time resident!

Founded in 2004 by Mark Leonard, these entities are the project management, construction company and marketing companies concentrating on Cerros Sands. Mark brings over 30 years of real estate, financial management and development experience to this project.

Many leaders from state, county and city government and civic organizations in his former California home honored Mark with his recognition as Business Person of the Year, 2001 for the city of Pittsburg, California.

Paradise Development Ltd now has built the K’inich Ahau, The Mariner and and The Sueno Caribe at Cerros Sands. The Cerros Royal Maya Resort which includes luxury rooms, casitas, and a swimming pool is under construction.  Francesca’s Beach Bar which originally opened in 2014 as Blackbeard’s Beach Bar has been expanded as part of this project to support the facility.

We have developed relationships with numerous architects and engineers here in Belize who assists in our designs, plans and permits.

Belize Tourism Industry Association of Corozal – Board Member since 2015

We continue to strive in sourcing the finest materials at the best price, purchasing inside and outside of Belize. Once again we have developed relationships with suppliers.
Paradise Development Ltd hires experienced local labor as well as having an internal training program. We will build to suit or you can utilize and modify plans we have in our inventory. Our experience in Belize will afford you cost benefits. Our goal is to incorporate the finest products for longevity and low maintenance, at a cost below other builders in the area.

Director of Marketing – Chris Leonard

Chris Leonard brings 17 years of online and real estate marketing.  With backgrounds in many other fields including banking and risk management his experience gives us a wide range of marketing plans and ideas.

Marine Contractor – Robert Twitchell
Robert “Bob” Twitchell has joined our development team at Cerros Sands.
Bob is a Contractor specializing in Marina and Water-Oriented Construction, his expertise is an added benefit for our Community. He has completed our dock for our Restaurant.
He is also a resident of Cerros Sands, his home is the 1st construction of The Mariner.

He is also responsible for reviewing our Marina Plans, including slips, and a full service repair facility, dry storage, marine sales and supplies, including fuel.

Consulting Engineers, Ltd. Philip C. Freytag, P.E.

Phil joined our development team from its outset in order to assist with the design of our community’s roads, drainage and construction specifications. He brings an extensive applied engineering background from numerous substantial development projects, in both the United States and Belize, to bear for the benefit of the Cerros Sands.
Off Grid Technologies

This is a subsidiary of Paradise Development Ltd working with technicians locally and abroad to design our solar, wind and water systems. We are sourcing materials from manufacturers and suppliers worldwide for these systems.

Wilderness Group Consulting – Environmental Engineer – Evaristo Avella
Wilderness Group Consulting has performed ongoing work with us as we moved forward with various ecological and environmental components. Evaristo has acquired all necessary permits required for dredging, mining, excavation and dock work. His firm prepared our Environmental Impact Assessment and spearheaded it through the approval process. Working along with his group was an independent consultant that reviewed and ensured compliance on our site for the archaeological components existing on La Playa de Cerros. Mr. Avella is a Belizean citizen and resident.
Mitchell-Moody Associates – Architectural and Engineering
Established in 1982, Mitchell-Moody Associates (MMA) provides a wide range of professional architectural and engineering services for both public and private sector clients. Their impressive, seasoned and highly trained staff has many years of experience which in turn enables the company to provide broad ranging expertise and consultative benefits for our project. MMA has worked in close association with many international firms from throughout the Caribbean Basin, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and it has been retained by international funding agencies in both the public and private sectors in order to ensure adherence to and compliance with generally accepted professional practices. They have designed five homes plans which are available to owners of property at Cerros Sands at La Playa de Cerros.

Team Two Associates – Architectural Design, Cost Estimations, and Project Management
Team Two Associates is a corporate member of the Association of Professional Architects of Belize. We are a fully registered, certified architectural and project management firm dedicated to providing aesthetics solutions to issues of the construction environment.

Over the past 20 years, our experience ranges from Tropical to European architecture in residential, commercial, public and the private sector. Our functioning designs incorporate local Belize local building codes and standards as well as international standards.

Our team includes George Ezewudo, (corporate member APAB) architect with Bachelors and Masters degrees in Architecture from United States, and Irving Thimbriel, (member of APEB) a structural engineer with Masters degree in building structures.

Other professionals we would like to thank

Magali Marin Young – Attorney at Law
Formerly of the Law Firm of Barrow & Williams and Belize Escrow Company. This firm handled all the legal work for the land acquisition for Cerros Sands at La Playa de Cerros and performed all the work necessary for our Master Title Policy. This company is very well recognized in Belize. The Hon. Dean Barrow, former senior partner of the law firm is now the Prime Minister of Belize.

First American Title of Florida
Issued the Master Title Insurance Policy for Cerros Sands at La Playa de Cerros and may be used for title insurance.