I grew up in Puerto Rico, then went to Wharton, where I studied accounting and finance. Against my Father’s advice (who is an attorney), I attended law school and went to work at Latham & Watkins in New York City. There, I focused on project development and finance deals in South America and the US.
After Latham, I had my first child, moved back to Puerto Rico, and started working at McConnell Valdes. I started to represent Tishman on some of their deals and began working closely with Dan Tishman, John Vickers, David Rothenberg and Dan Unger. After providing day-to-day coverage for Tishman, I eventually moved back to New York to come in-house, managing our projects in Puerto Rico and providing support for our US properties. Over time, I became more hands-on with transactions. I worked on the exit of Rio Mar and engineered a workout of the Sheraton Old San Juan. Eventually, I started to get integrated into our assets in Florida and focused on the WDW Swan Reserve, which was deeply fulfilling as I got to work with the Disney and MetLife teams from deal conception to design through opening.