Graeme Grant, one of the leading forces behind the growth of the international property market in the UK, has discarded retirement and returned to the industry as managing director of Resort Group International, a company he founded in February 2007, along with former colleagues Mike Coyle, sales director and Ian Ganney, chairman, of the new firm.
One of the company’s first projects is Grupo Sanchez’s latest resort, Grand Natal Golf, Natal, Brazil, which will be launching later this month.
La Manga Club golf resort in Spain was just one of the many successful projects Graeme has promoted, since his start as a resort property marketing consultant in 1984.
A respected authority on resort design and planning as well as sales and marketing strategies, Graeme has worked with developers in Barbados, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Cyprus, Florida, France, Portugal, Spain and St Kitts.
Graeme and the Resort Group sales team have been responsible for the sale of over 4,000 second homes throughout the world, a figure they expect to increase exponentially with the continuing UK interest in overseas property.
Mike Coyle, sales director, who has worked with Graeme since 1995, has qualifications in surveying, and finance. Mike has worked with numerous resort groups, both large and small, including La Manga, Soto Grande, Quinta do Lago and Aphrodite Hills.
Ian Ganney, chairman of Resort Group International, is a qualified solicitor who went on to found the LSI Group, Europe’s most successful timeshare company, which had nine resorts and a turnover exceeding £25mn by the time it was sold to an American partner in 1997.
Since 1999, Ian has been involved in a number of commercial and residential property deals, notably the purchase out of receivership of the UK assets of Residence International. These properties, Edinburgh Residence and the 5* One Devonshire Gardens hotel in Glasgow, were successfully managed and sold profitably in 2003 and 2006 respectively.
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