Name : Douglas Shipman
Industry Type : Real Estate Developers
City & State : San Diegoc, Cal
Job Title General Manager
Relocation Preferences : Europe, Asia, USA

ProjectsLocationYearsHomesTotal AcresGolf HolesTennis Courts
Resort Amenities
$400MPalm Desert1978-19821,2063752719
27,000 sq.ft. Clubhouse
The Lakes &Marriot
$550MPalm Desert1982-1988902316181538,000 sq.ft. Clubhouse, 25 acres of lakes, streams and waterfalls
Palm Valley
$500MPalm Desert1984-19911,274433361985,000 sq.ft. Clubhouse, sports center and health spa
PGA West
La Quinta1985-19911,5743167223Three clubhouses totaling 120,000 sq.ft
$950MScottsdale1995-19981,2601,100181232,000 sq.ft. Clubhouse, sports center and health spa
Indian Ridge
1.2BPalm Desert1992-20011,068640361422,000 sq.ft. Health spa & sports club, 42,000 sq.ft. Clubhouse
$650MLas Vegas19971,0501,011181044,000 sq.ft. Clubhouse, sports center and health spa
Red Rock
$800MLas Vegas1998-20021,11673836944,000 sq.ft. Golf clubhouse, 8,000 sq.ft. Sports club
$450MLas Vegas1999-20021,90066718471,000 sq. ft. Community center, 13,500 sq.ft. Golf clubhouse
Royal Oaks
$600MHouston1999-200293049018745,000 sq.ft. Golf clubhouse, 11,600 sq.ft. Sports club
Manele Bay


$4.5BLanai Hawaii

Lanai Hawaii2003-2005

2005 480




4Manele Bay Hotel and Spa 5 star 250 rooms beachfront, dining
Lodge at Koele 5 star resort 150 rooms, Conde Nast 2003 rated #1 golf resort in the world
Bakersbay Golf Ocean Club & Resort
$500M Great Guana Cay, Abaco, The Bahamas 2005-
2009378520188280 Slip Marina, Beach Club and Spa, Golf Clubhouse, Marina Village Restaurant,
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Cell: 858.705.4120 Home:
Optimize Bottom-line Profit Analyze and Implement Quality Systems Deliver High-quality Resort Projects

More than 20 years of executive-level resort development and operations experience specializing in upscale, large and highly complex projects. A proven track record of meeting project milestones, managing budgets and achieving record-breaking project profit of more than 25%. Dedication to streamline procedures and lead operations with an expertise in developing and implementing quality systems. Global resort, country club development and construction experience with willingness to travel or relocate. Analytical problem solving, planning, developing, constructing, and providing financial oversight, with the ability to diplomatically communicate with stakeholders.

Core competencies:
Development Leadership
Infrastructure and Engineering
Construction Systems and Processes
Strategic Development Planning
Financial Management and Controls
Risk Management

Conception to Delivery of Projects
Architectural Land Planning and Product
Environmental Impact Assessments (Terrestrial and Marine)
Quality Systems and Procedures
Primary communicator with operator or owner
Resort and club projects include:

14 Resorts and Country Clubs
$12 Billion Total Value
Custom and Luxury Homes
Golf Courses and Clubhouses
Sports Centers and Health Clubs
Restaurants, Spas and Amenities
Marinas, Docks and Piers
Water Treatment Plants
Wastewater Treatment Plants
Power Generation Plants

Vice President of Land Development / General Manager, Bakers Bay Golf & Ocean Club 2005 to 2009

Discovery Land Company / Guana Bay Builders Island of Great Guana Cay, Bahamas

Discovery Land Company is a privately owned development company specializing in the creation of world-class golf resorts and residential communities. Bakers Bay Golf & Ocean Club is a $500M 520 acre project that includes 378 custom luxury homes, 180-slip marina, service pier, beach guest club, resort and spa, marketing center, plant nursery and Tom Fazio-designed golf course. Project can be referenced at:

Oversee 140+ onsite contractors and construction personnel to monitor and direct development and construction activities; lead team of up to 175 development personnel, accounting, and development managers
Led design of development including, engineering and construction teams to implement all civil improvements and completed $70M infrastructure including water and wastewater treatment and power generating plants operational by 2009.
Coordinated the completion of the Environmental Impact Assessment; managed design development and construction of all infrastructure, residences, resort plans. Recovered rare and valuable native plants and species.
Obtained government entitlements and all project approvals in only 11 months; by 2009 the marina, the marketing center, the Inn, the plant nursery and all infrastructure projects were operational.
Primary communication with ownership/partners to ensure that the design, budgets and execution of delivery were completed and exceeded expectations

Cell: 858.705.4120 Home: 858.759.1214

Executive Vice President of Real Estate and Island Operations 2003 to 2005

Castle and Cooke / Dole Foods Island of Lanai, Hawaii

Castle and Cooke is one of the premier developers in Hawaii and is the successor to the real estate and resort business of Dole Foods. The island of Lanai is the most exclusive and remote island in the Pacific and is the only privately held Hawaiian Island. There are two resorts on Lanai. Manele Bay, an 1,800 acre resort, has 480 custom homes, a 250-room beachfront resort and spa and an 18-hole golf course. Koele, an 1,200 acre resort has 410 private residences, a 5-star resort with 150 rooms and Cond Nasts 2003 rated #1 golf course in the world. Projects can be referenced at

Oversaw all aspects of islands development and operations which included utilities, domestic water, water wells, wastewater treatment plants, irrigation brackish and R-1 water as well as all resort and island operations staff.
Directed the development planning, site development, home and resort construction and residential facilities including hotel additions and remodel, staff living facilities, apartments and plantation homes.
Coordinated the development entitlements and approvals during the development planning process.
Implemented future development planning processes to expand the revenue stream with hundreds of millions of dollars in potential revenue; created sustainability plans and processes for the island.
Allocated, budgeted, managed and forecasted $110M annual operating budget.

Chief Executive Officer 2002 to 2003 San Diego, California

Quality Built provides third-party quality assurance services to the nations builders. Quality Built has been the primary building science defense consultant in 2,000+ litigation cases, provided quality assurance for 90,000+ units and reduced builder risk by $1.5B dollars. More information available at

Recruited to increase the companys capability and data acquisition capacity in order to obtain national contracts with the top 100 homebuilders. Increased the companys potential data capacity more than 5,000% by converting the company from Access systems to SQL servers.
Implemented assertive recruiting and training programs which doubled the size of the team and resulted in an increase in billings and client projects by more than 30%

Division President / Corporate Senior Vice President 1998 to 2002
Vice President of Operations 1979 to 1996

Sunrise Company California, Texas and Nevada

Sunrise Company is one of the nations most respected resort and country club developers. Lead the development, homebuilding and sales as well as design studio and country club and resort operations at Royal Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas and Indian Ridge Country Club in Palm Desert, and Marriot Resorts, Monterey, Palm Valley, the Lakes and PGA West in La Quinta, Palm Desert California, more information available at

Cell: 858.705.4120 Home: 858.759.1214

In charge of all aspects of 640 acre Indian Ridge Country Club from development, resort operations, to HOA set-up; this project included 36 holes of golf, a 22Ks.f. health spa and sports complex and 44K s.f. clubhouse; this project received the National Housing Quality Silver Award in 2000 awarded to less than 1%
Created, developed and implemented companys quality systems and TQM processes; ensured standards and documentation were in compliance with ISO9000.
Developed quarterly construction quality and defect measurement system to improve project quality, manage liability and control risk; improved standards led to $8M savings in insurance premiums over a 6-year period.
Led team to achieve $1.1M sales per employee ratio at Indian Ridge with realized profits of 25%+.
Established streamlined development operational procedures such as integrated scheduling systems, auto-pay, hand-held status updating, design studio catalogs, sales and start reports, project summaries and business tracking and delivery systems to owners.
Lead the corporate operations to include quality systems management, risk management, liability limitation, insurance claims and legal case management; led team of more than 500+ personnel

Vice President of Construction Operations 1996 to 1998

Del Webb Corporation, Country Club Division Arizona and Nevada

Played key role in the development, planning and construction of Terravita in Scottsdale, Arizona a 1,100 acre country club which included 1,260 homes, an 18-hole golf course, 12 tennis courts, a 32K s.f. clubhouse, sports center and health spa. Additionally, recruited and hired deployment team for Bellasara and Anthem in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mapped out all development and met all start-up project milestones and schedules. Project can be referenced at

Developed the companys Quality Systems Review (QSR) for trades contractor qualification which was based on ISO9000 standards; ensured all divisions and subcontractors managed quality systems.
Achieved an annual pre-tax profit of $24M at Terravita the highest achieved profit to-date for a single project.
Conceived and organized in-house products trade show exclusively for Del Webb, this expo held at the Phoenix Convention Center served as a large-scale focus group to measure customer needs and wants versus trends.

Urban Land Institute American Society of Quality National Association
Association of Quality and Participation Member, Board of Directors for Building Horizons
Desert Chapter Building Industry Association

Articles: A Quality Journey (10/2000) and Community Focus (10/1999) Professional Builder Magazine, Sunrise Company, Quality, Stability and Teamwork (3/1999) and Build Your Own Labor (5/2002), Builder/Architect Magazine
Awards: National Housing Quality Award, Gold Nugget, Star Award, Mame Award, National Sales and Marketing Council, Quality Built Leadership Award, American Concrete Institute Award of Merit for best practices in residential concrete. Hosted Bob Hope Classic at Indian Ridge Country Club (2000).

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