About Harvey Champlin

HARVEY CHAMPLIN is an international real estate executive with extensive experience in development, marketing, finance and regulation of large-scale real estate projects and resort communities in emerging markets. Mr. Champlin combines his investment banking, development and legal background with strong leadership, communication and analytical skills to effectively design and implement real estate investment and marketing strategies. He is currently advising a $2 billion Chinese investment fund on the creation of a new luxury resort brand and management company in China. He has organized, financed and developed major international real estate projects including the $500 million Marriott Los Sueños Resort in Costa Rica; a $350 million mixed-use hotel, office building and center for the performing arts in Moscow; and the $132 million privatization and recapitalization of Divi Resorts (NYSE) with properties throughout the Caribbean. As Senior Vice President of VMS Realty Partners in Chicago, he was the US representative to the first modern US-Soviet real estate joint venture sponsored by the US and Soviet Governments to demonstrate a new era of openness following the first Reagan-Gorbachev summit meeting.

Harvey began his real estate career as a land use and environmental consultant in Southern California, and became a recognized authority on the California Environmental Quality Act. After becoming an attorney, he founded and managed his own law firm in Orange County, California, specializing in land use and entitlement law. He subsequently started his own development company and completed several projects in Orange County before joining Associated Inns and Restaurant Company of America (AIRCOA) in Denver, Colorado where he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of a $750 million portfolio of hotels and resorts including a publicly-traded Master Limited Partnership.

Mr. Champlin is a Vietnam Veteran and former Naval Aviator. After the Navy, he gained valuable marketing experience as an Assistant Brand Manager at Proctor and Gamble in Cincinnati. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and received his Law Degree from Pepperdine University. He is active in the non-profit community in Ventura, California, including the Board of Commissioners of the Ventura Housing Authority; Board of Directors of the Gold Coast Veteran’s Foundation; and Board of Directors of Turning Point Foundation.

“The impression I got the first time I met him was he was invested, emotionally and financially, in the community,” said Josh Addison, the founder of the Bell Arts Factory on the Avenue and a Community Council member.

“I get the feel of a local developer from him, not a big out-of-town guy. He’s sensitive to the needs of the community in which he’s developing.”

– Excerpt from Ventura County Star article, “Developer Looks Skyward” by Tony Biasotti

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