Guacalito Team Feature: John Pippett, Director of Construction and Design
John Pippett, Director of Construction and Design at Guacalito de la Isla, shares his thoughts about the project and becoming part of the Guacalito team.
From Costa Rica I heard that there was a project in Nicaragua that would set the new standard as a progressive, exciting, frontier development but never thought it was a possibility. I arrived early one morning to visit the project and Carlos Hernandez and was truly amazed at what I was seeing, not only by the multiple projects that were clearly in full construction, but by the passion and drive that he displayed as he explained each of the components of the project as we were visiting them on site. Shortly after that I clearly understood where that passion and drive came from as I had the great pleasure of meeting Don Carlos Pellas. As he described his vision of what he wanted Guacalito to become it was clear to me that this is the team and project family that it would be an honor to be a part of.
Coming onto the project with infrastructure and major projects already under construction, it is exciting and challenging, as we are creating a world-class resort with top of the line infrastructure and design standards – something that has never been done before in Nicaragua. The Mukul Family Home, Guacalito’s centerpiece hospitality component, provides more of a residential feeling than that of a typical 5 star resort. The rooms are spacious, with high vaulted ceilings and individual pools, and are all anchored by “Casa Don Carlos,” the Owner’s Lodge, to give you a true feeling of a family home.
Having worked in the region for several years it has been a truly unique opportunity experiencing how the Guacalito team wants to provide such a spectacular level of quality and finishes… and they will go that extra mile to make sure that the vision becomes a reality. Our team has worked long hours to make sure that Guacalito de la Isla presents a real, authentic Nicaraguan hospitality experience, while at the same time providing the future guests of Mukul and the La Reserva home owners a level of hospitality and customized services that are far beyond what one might expect from similar developments in the U.S and Costa Rica.
Now, we are simultaneously building Mukul, finishing the infrastructure of the La Reserva Residential Lots, and refining the finishes and spaces of Verdemar Villas to make sure that they provide the ultimate experience for our future owners. We are all very excited by this project.
John Pippett, Director of Construction and Design at Guacalito de la Isla, started his career as a Project Manager with Trump Construction as a project manager for the tower portion of the Trump Taja Mahal Resort and Casino in the early 1990’s. From there he joined Marriott International as a project manager in the Latin America to spearhead their Development of the J.W brand. He managed such projects as the J.W Marriott Quito J.W Marriott Lima, J.W Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa as well as several others in the region. After 8 years with Marriott he transitioned from hotel operators to Real Estate Development as part of the Peninsula Papagayo Project where he was Project Director for the development and construction of the Four Seasons Papagayo, Exclusive Resorts, as well as many other residential and condominium projects. In conjunction he was Project Manager of the Molasses Reef Project in the Turks and Caicos Islands, which included the Molasses Reef Ritz Carlton and residential units as well as development of the master plan.
After 7 years, John joined the Cacique Costa Rica Project where he was Project Director for the master planned community. Cacique Costa Rica included The One and Only, The Agassi tennis Center, various residential communities and the Tom Doak Golf Course. Before he joined Pellas Development Group he was managing the Westin Playa Conchal conversion.