ÂMike's Gringo LifeÂ airs every Tuesday at 2:00pm EST, this week from Ambergris Caye, Belize in the fun, sunny town of San Pedro. Â Long known as a diving and fishing mecca, San Pedro is now roaring to the forefront of banking and offshore services.
Listeners tuning in to the online radio program can get fresh ideas and commentary fromÂ ECI DevelopmentÂsÂ CEOÂ & Chairman, Mike Cobb, and his guests about life in Latin America. Â Topics and guests range from expat entrepreneurs to expat moms and school topics. CobbÂs daughter Amanda even has a segment where she interviews other kids and talks with them about living in the region. Cobb will also frequently have guests such as bankers and other service providers to explain options and details about living life abroad. Â The interviews are unscripted and listeners get toÂ learn what it's really like to have an expat lifestyle.
Since last week's Hemispheres Asset Protection and Investment Symposium was such a huge success (selling out with 40 attendees and providing a close, intimate environment for attendees and presenters to mix and mingle over 5 days of seminars, cocktail parties, meals, and special events like the pool party at Grand Baymen and a snorkel trip to the reef) Cobb wanted to give listeners additional insight on why living the expat lifestyle is such a great idea.
On tomorrow's show, Cobb interviews Josh Van Dyke and Eric St-Cyr of Clover Asset Management in the Cayman Islands. Â The company offers a set of investment products based around a set of 10 macro trends affecting the world. Â They include an aging population, oil and other commodities, food, and economic trends like increasing debt and loose monetary policies on the part of many huge governments and leading world economies.
They also have a hedge fund open to everyone but U.S. Citizens that invests in Cuba and factoring receivables there. Â In the final segment, Cobb will talk with Clifford Todd, an expat who has a home in Nicaragua but recently moved to Belize full time. Â After purchasing aÂ Grand Baymen condominium, Todd decided to join the sales team and represent the community from Belize. Â He will talk about the newest Grand Baymen offering: the lease-back condo program which contracts with owners to lease their condos back to the resort for $1250 per month for 36 months.
ÂThis new lease back condo program is a great way to realize ownership of a condo in Belize. The show also gives listeners an inside peek at what the expat life is all about. We want as many people as possible to tune-in,Â enjoy the show and get in touch with us if theyÂd like any additional information about the program or guests,Â said Cobb.
ÂMikeÂs Gringo LifeÂ airs every Tuesday at 2:00pm EST online on theÂ Overseas Radio Network (ORN)
About Mike Cobb, CEO and Chairman for ECI Development
At the height of a successful career in the computer industry, Mr. Cobb left to pursue more pioneering opportunities in the emerging real estate markets of Central America. In 1996, he and his business partner formed a company, Exotic Caye International, to provide loans to North Americans purchasingÂ properties in Belize, Honduras and throughout the region. As the need for capital outstripped the supply, the mortgage company was converted to an international bank under the jurisdiction of Belize. It continues to provide mortgage services, but has expanded its services to encompass the full realm of financial products.
Mr. Cobb also saw the need for a regional real estate company that would serve the Baby Boomer consumer with a North American standard product for the next 2 decades. He led the group into real estate development and created a holding company for several properties including a resort on Ambergris Caye, Belize. In August of 2000, Exotic Caye purchased 3.5 miles of Pacific Beachfront property due west of Managua, Nicaragua. This master planned community hosts world class infrastructure, homes and condominium units. In February of 2006, the ECI Development group acquired 1100 acres and 3km of coastline in Costa Rica, setting the stage for expansion into this popular market. Most recently they merged their Belize property with a much larger parcel and have begun to develop 200 condominiums units on Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Additionally, Mike Cobb has spoken at hundreds of international conferences about real estate financing and development. He has acted as a consultant to The Oxford Club and gives counsel to variousÂ real estate projects throughout Central America. Since 2002, Mike, his wife Carol, and 2 daughters, Amanda and Emily make their home in Managua, Nicaragua.