Meet the Principals and Team at Milagro del Mar
Carolyn and Roger Keeling, the founders and managing principals of Milagro del Mar Beach & Golf Resort, made a permanent move to Nicaragua in 2007 with their daughter, Claire, three dogs, three cats and a bird.
Roger and Carolyn Keeling
Roger and Carolyn Keeling have extensive individual and combined experiences that now are devoted to the vision and development of Milagro del Mar. Roger serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, while Carolyn is Vice-President of Operations.
Roger has more than 25 years of financial and business experience, having served as controller of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta-Scottish Rite, executive vice president of Hillard Development Corporation, and chief financial officer of Vencor-Atlanta. In these capacities, he was responsible for fiscal operations, including construction and renovation projects. Roger attended the University of Kentucky, where he studied architecture and accounting, and was co-captain of his varsity baseball team. He holds a B.S. in accounting and an M.B.A. from the University of Louisville.
An Atlanta native, Carolyn received a B.A. degree, cum laude, from Wake Forest University and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to moving to Nicaragua, she held management positions in various businesses, including serving as director of Piedmont Craftsmen, one of the Southeast's largest galleries.
Together, Roger and Carolyn founded Hunter Blair Homes in Atlanta in 1995, which produced custom homes that combined distinctive architecture and unparalleled craftsmanship. The highly successful company was recognized throughout the region for its customer service and ability to offer a range of services, from initial design to interior styling to complete construction. In recognition of its success, Hunter Blair Homes was included on Southern Living Magazine’s Annual List of Top 100 Custom Builders in the U.S., and among Builder Magazine’s Top 100 U.S. Homebuilders.
Since relocating to Nicaragua in 2007, Roger has been active on the board of directors of the Association of Nicaraguan Investors and Developers (ANID), an organization founded for the purpose of instilling ethics and professionalism in the Nicaraguan development profession through communication, organization and education of its members. He also is involved with the Hope & Development Foundation, Community REfund and SCORE International, and is a founding sponsor of the International Baseball Academy of Central America.
Carolyn is a founding partner of NicaBella, an interior design company based in Nicaragua, serves as executive director of the Hope & Development Foundation and is actively involved in the International Baseball Academy of Central America.
Roger and Carolyn have actively sought financial partners and proven professionals who now comprise the team that with them is driving the future of Milagro del Mar and other related activities.
Patrick Hiebert is a principal in the MIlagro del Mar holding company, TKG International, and, in addition to the overall effort, is focused individually on the development of Milagro Verde, an eco-community within Milagro del Mar.
A native of Canada, Patrick is a successful entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in building corporations from the ground up, including two successful software companies that he subsequently sold. During a family vacation to Nicaragua in 2007, Patrick recognized the country’s beauty and opportunity, and immediately took steps to become involved in its sustainable development. He acquired considerable land holdings and, as part of that process, became acquainted with Carolyn and Roger Keeling. Their shared visions encompassed creating a world-class resort while giving back to the local community and having as low an impact on the environment as possible, which led to a working relationship. In addition to his development activities, Patrick has also worked to put numerous individuals through post-secondary education, build homes for those in need, and assist budding entrepreneurs to start or grow their own companies in Nicaragua.
Patrick believes strongly in sustainable living and is focused on the Milagro Verde eco-friendly community where he foresees all the components of self-sustainable, low-impact living will come together.
The Milagro del Mar Development Team
Sales and Marketing
As Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Phil is responsible for overseeing the development and delivery of all marketing and sales activities for Milagro del Mar.
Roberto serves as Director of Sales and oversees all sales activities, sales team management, broker and referral agent development and relationships, and coordination of all Destination: Nicaragua tours and events.
Co-Manager, La Vida Nica
Angela first came to Nicaragua as a Peace Corps volunteer, fresh from college in Colorado. She spent two years in a small village co-teaching an entrepreneurship training course to high school youth, while training four local instructors in teaching a new business curriculum. This experience gave her a special appreciation for Nicaragua and its people that led her to stay. A native of Idaho, Angela serves as co-manager of La Vida Nica, the on-site concierge and rental management service at Milagro del Mar. Her constant objective, as she puts it, is to provide exceptional service to both owners and guests, and build ongoing relationships in the process.
Co-Manager, La Vida Nica
Born in Leon, Nicaragua, Gloria studied architecture at the National University of Engineering in Managua, and has worked with international non-governmental organizations on such diverse projects as SOS Childrens Villages Kinderdorf International and Habitat for Humanity, as well as architectural preservation of historic landmarks in Leon. Her ability to work with diverse individuals and groups, and develop hands-on knowledge of projects are valuable assets in the operation of La Vida Nica where Gloria has worked since November 2009.
On-Site Information and Marketing Director
Hailing originally from Manitoba, Canada, Jo-Anne is a veteran of the casino and travel industry. Seeking a change, she returned to California State University for a degree in business administration, with a concentration on global management and Spanish. She came to Nicaragua and is now the On-Site Information and Marketing Director where her stated objective is “introducing visitors to beautiful Nicaragua and the property and amenities of Milagro del Mar to all of our guests.”
Property Management and Residential Construction Supervisor
Better known around Milagro del Mar as "Big Bob,” Robert has been in construction for over 30 years, concentrating his skills on high-end residential construction. A long-time resident of Conyers, Georgia, he was a key component of the Hunter Blair-Atlanta team, which later led to his joining forces with HB International in Nicaragua. At Milagro del Mar, Robert oversees all residential construction and property management.
Superintendent of Golf Course Development
Robert currently concentrates his efforts on the improvement, beautification and maintenance of the first nine holes of the course at Milagro del Mar, and will oversee the upcoming construction of the second nine holes. Born in Ontario, Robert has over 25 years of experience in golf course management, including working at two premier golf courses in North America--Thunder Hill Golf Course in Ohio and Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club in Canada—that both received awards from Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. He spent the last nine years at Nejapa Country Club in Managua, Nicaragua.
Superintendent of Golf Course Operations
Joe has been involved with the golf course project at Milagro del Mar since the early days of construction in 2008. Prior to that, he worked in Southern California and the Midwestern states as a golf course superintendent for 25 years. He has a formal education in turfgrass management and is a graduate of the San Diego Golf Academy.
General Manager, Establo del Mar
A native of Managua, Martín has worked since he was 13 years old with some of the finest breeders and trainers of pure Spanish horses (Andalusian) in Central America. In addition to managing the equestrian center at Milagro del Mar, he participates in dressage and conformation events with other top trainers in Nicaragua.
Osman Magdiel Martinez Picado
Osman serves as Milagro del Mar's on-site naturalist and field guide, leading birdwatching, shore-fishing and surfing tours. A native of Ticuantepe, he has over seven years of experience as a guide at a number of eco-reserves throughout the country, as well as assisting in identifying and banding local and migrating birds. Since moving to Milagro del Mar two years ago, Osman has developed extensive knowledge of the diverse flora and fauna found in and around the resort, and the various creatures, fish and natural objects found on the beach and in the ocean.