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Developer: Julio Bautista

A native of the Dominican Republic based in Florida, Julio has over 15 years experience working as a professional civil engineer, construction manager and project director.

Driven to succeed, Julio has managed hospitality developments throughout the Caribbean and when he finally stops to unwind you will find him dining at home lulled by the sounds of the sea.

What are you working on at present??

JB: Currently my company EVCON LTD. is building the Zemi Beach Resort and Residences in Anguilla, BWI.

RL: What is your proudest achievement?

JB: Cap Maison Resort and Residences in St Lucia the winner of 2010 Condé Nast Traveller Award for ‘Most Excellent Small Resort’ in the Caribbean which was also featured in the 2010 season of ABC's –The Bachelor.

RL: What inspires you today?

JB: The drive to succeed.

RL: Why did you choose your profession?

JB: Because I get an opportunity to create exceptional things from scratch and watch them progressively materialise.

RL: Which moment changed your career?

JB: The ending of my tenure as Project Director for the construction of a multiuse all-inclusive resort chain in Jamaica in 2005. After that, I was driven to start my business and be my own boss.

Julio has been involved in a variety of projects throughout the Caribbean that include; renovating the Palacio Nacional (Dominican Republic); restoring the sixteenth century building that houses Hotel Sofitel Frances (Dominican Republic); constructing the Hotel Grand Bahia Principe (Jamaica), Club Med Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), Cap Maison Resort and Residences (St Lucia), Villa Paradiso (St Kitts and Nevis); and currently under construction Zemi Beach Resort and Residences (Anguilla).

RL: Where can we find you on a Friday night?

JB: You will find me relaxing at home to the sounds of the ocean with a home cooked dinner and a movie. Friday nights are my time to unwind from a hectic week and a chance to get ready for an interesting weekend.

RL: What are the five things you cannot live without?

JB: Gas range, espresso, cellphone, a good book and the Gym.

Julio's Top Ten

1. Designer:

Albert Ledner.

2. Furniture:

Noguchi Coffee Table.

3. Tool:

Tape Measure.

4. Sustainable Gizmo:

Solar Cells.

5. Appliance:

De’Longhi Perfecta Espresso Machine.

6. Artist:

Lenny Kravitz.

7. Car:

BMW 7 Series.

8. Hotel:

Nicolas de Ovando — Santo Domingo.

9. Book:

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff by Richard Carlson.

10. Holiday:

Thanksgiving in Boston, MA.


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