Shawn B. Pearson
President and Chief Executive Officer
Shawn B. Pearson was appointed our Chief Executive Officer and President in February 2017 and as a member of our board of directors in August 2017.
Since 2015, Mr. Pearson has also served as Chairman of Renin, and he served as Renin's Chief Executive Officer from 2015 until August 2017. Renin, indirectly through its subsidiaries, manufactures interior closet doors, wall décor, hardware and fabricated glass products for the home improvement industry. Renin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of our ultimate parent company, BBX Capital.
From 2002 to 2015, Mr. Pearson held various leadership roles in sales, marketing and global supply chain with Danby, a privately-owned group of small appliance companies servicing the hospitality, retail, government and other distribution channels, most recently serving as President of Danby Products Ltd. and Chairman of Danby Asia. Prior to entering the corporate world, Mr. Pearson played professional baseball within the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Mr. Pearson holds an M.B.A.
Anthony M. Puleo
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer; President, Bluegreen Treasury Services
Anthony M. Puleo joined us in 1997 as Chief Accounting Officer. Mr. Puleo was appointed Vice President in 1998 and Senior Vice President in 2004. Mr. Puleo served as our Interim Chief Financial Officer from April 2005 through August 2005. In August 2005, he was appointed our Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.
In January 2010, he was appointed President of Bluegreen Treasury Services. From May 2015 through February 2017, Mr. Puleo served in the interim role of Chairman of our executive committee.
From December 1990 through October 1997, Mr. Puleo held various positions with Ernst & Young LLP, including Senior Manager in the Assurance and Advisory Business Services group. Mr. Puleo holds a B.B.A. in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Famous P. Rhodes
Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
Famous P. Rhodes joined us in August 2017 as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Mr. Rhodes previously served as Vice President of Digital Marketing and Customer Experience for AutoNation from 2015 to 2017 and as Vice President of eCommerce for AutoNation from 2012 to 2015.
Prior to joining AutoNation, Mr. Rhodes served as Senior Director of Yahoo! Autos in 2012 and in several leadership roles for eBay Motors from 2007 to 2012, including Senior Director from 2011 to 2012.
Mr. Rhodes' experience prior to 2007 includes serving as Executive Vice President of DXS Financial Services, LP, Vice President of Car.com, and Manager at KPMG LLP.
Mr. Rhodes holds a B.B.A. in Management and an M.B.A.
Ahmad M. Wardak
Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Innovation
Ahmad M. Wardak joined us in 2003 as Corporate Controller. Since joining us, Mr. Wardak has held several prominent roles, including Vice President of Business Administration, Senior Vice President of Business Operations of Bluegreen Resorts, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing and, currently, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Innovation.
As Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Innovation, Mr. Wardak is responsible for identifying new strategic opportunities, process transformation and enterprise-wide business planning and forecasting.
Prior to joining us, Mr. Wardak held various positions with Ernst & Young LLP, including as a management member of the firm's Assurance and Advisory Business Services group, where his area of focus was principally in the real estate and vacation ownership industries. Mr. Wardak holds a B.S. in Accounting.
Chanse W. Rivera
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Chanse W. Rivera joined us in August 2012. In December 2012, Mr. Rivera was appointed Chief Information Officer. In 2018, Chanse was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer.
Prior to joining us, Mr. Rivera held positions as Chief Information Officer of Russell Hobbs, Inc., Global Service Manager of CITCO, Vice President, Managed Services of Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. and IT Director of Blue Martini Software. Mr. Rivera holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems.
Jorge de la Osa
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer
As Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, Jorge serves as chief counsel and advisor to the company’s Board of Directors and executive leadership team as well as oversees the company’s day-to-day legal operations and compliance program. Jorge started his legal career at Baker Hostetler LLP where he counseled clients in the Real Estate and Hospitality practice areas. Prior to joining Bluegreen, Jorge served in various senior in-house counsel roles at leading vacation ownership companies. Jorge is an active member of the Florida Bar Association. Jorge received his J.D. in Law from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and B.S. in Business Administration, Finance from the University of Florida.
Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
As Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Justin is responsible for overseeing all aspects of HR for Bluegreen Vacations.
Prior to joining Bluegreen, Justin served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Charming Charlie, a specialty women’s fashion retailer based in Houston, where he was instrumental in helping lead a cultural change program and was responsible for all aspects of Human Resources for their corporate office and the field including talent acquisition, learning and development, rewards and talent management. Prior to Charming Charlie, Justin was the International HR Director for the Body Shop in London England where he enjoyed a lengthy career in various executive HR positions in Canada, the US, and the United Kingdom. Justin began his career in Toronto with HMV Canada as their Director of Training and Organization Design and Cineplex Odeon Theatres Canada as their Manager of Training and Development where he was involved in developing their European operations working in both Istanbul Turkey and Vienna Austria.
Justin is a certified LSI Practitioner with Human Synergistics and is DDI certified as a program facilitator. He studied to be a middle school teacher at York University.
Senior Vice President of Business Development and Innovation
Kathy Foster joined us in 2000 as the Vice President of Financial Services, and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Innovation. Throughout her career here, she has held several leadership roles including Vice President of Product Development in 2005, Vice President of Client and Program Management in 2013, Senior Vice President of Operational Services in 2017 and Senior Vice President of Business Services later that same year.
Since being named Senior Vice President of Business Development and Innovation in November 2018, Ms. Foster oversees construction and development, fee-based services client management, program development, inventory and project management, business process improvement, secondary market programs (including owner exit and charitable donation), HOA billing and receivables, and serves as Bluegreen Vacations Club Manager.
Prior to joining Bluegreen, Ms. Foster served as the Regional Controller for Sunterra Resorts, Inc. managing the accounting departments and loyalty program fulfillment groups for the company's South Florida locations. She's also held various accounting positions with Trammell Crow Residential Services; ATC Long Distance (LDDS WorldCom); Sunburst Farms, and its subsidiary SunPetals. She studied accounting at Florida State University earning a Bachelor of Science degree.
Senior Vice President, Customer Acquisition and Alliances
Peter Menges joined Bluegreen Corporation in 2013 as Senior Vice President of Bluegreen Ventures. As Senior Vice President, Customer Acquisition and Alliances, Mr. Menges is responsible for customer engagement, vacation package sales and referrals, and leads partner relationship management with Bass Pro Shops®, Choice Hotels® and other key alliances.
Prior to joining Bluegreen, Peter was Vice President of Business Development and Alliances at Orange Lake Resorts and Senior Vice President of Global Marketing/Branding at RCI. Peter has an extensive background in marketing, promotions, strategic alliances, communications and public relations. Peter received a B.A. from Hamilton College in Utica, NY, and has also completed certificate programs on Marketing and Creative Thinking at Stanford University as well as Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at Harvard University.
Senior Vice President of Resorts Management
Ada Grzywna joined Bluegreen Vacations in 2013, and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Resorts Management. In her role, Ms. Grzywna leads a team of 2,200 associates with a shared mission of delivering amazing vacations to our valued owners. Additionally, she is responsible for the management and financial oversight of Bluegreen’s HOA’s, the annual budget and the renovation budget for the company's resort portfolio. She has been instrumental in reinforcing Bluegreen’s commitment to environmental sustainability and social responsibility through the development of formalized metrics, targeted goals and meaningful partnerships with organizations like Alaffia.
With over 25 years of experience in vacation ownership and hospitality, Ms. Grzywna has a proven track record of building successful service teams. Prior to joining Bluegreen, she spent 8 years at the Golden Strand in Miami Beach, served as Regional Director in charge of 18 timeshare resorts for Hilton Grand Vacations, and was the Vice President of Wyndham Vacation Ownership for the Southeast & Caribbean Region.