Management Team

Nick Halverson

Mr. Nick Halverson is in charge of all day-to-day operations, sales, marketing and management of Las Villas de San Buenas. Nick led the team who purchased this piece of property back in 2007 and knows the history of the entire project from beginning to today.

Nick has lived and worked in the USA, New Zealand, Australia and Costa Rica, and has literally traveled around the world including sojourns to Pakistan, India and Malaysia.

Prior to focusing on Costa Rica real estate, Nick worked for a USA based entrepreneur and was involved with brand building with several large multinational companies assisting with their sports marketing strategies (Castrol, Walmart, Fujifilm).

He also worked at OnStar division of General Motors (market research) and Lazard Investment Bank (mergers and acquisitions).

Nick earned his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA) in Applied Economics and Management and his MBA from Indiana University – Kelley School of Business (USA). He also owns Strategic Communication Partners, a marketing and communications consulting firm. You can connect with Nick on LinkedIn here.

Duane Halverson
Chairman of the Board

Mr. Halverson (Nick’s father) grew up on an 80 acre farm in a tiny farming community in Vincent, IA (pop 75). He is currently “retired”, however, in his retirement he:

  • Started and owns D. Halverson & Associates management consulting firm. He works with CEO’s of the largest agri-business coops in the United States providing strategic planning and senior management advice.
  • Was selected and joined the Board of Iowa State University Alumni Association
  • Was selected and became a board member of SAVE, the largest suicide prevention organization in the United States

Prior to retirement Duane Halverson was Chief Operating Officer, Land O’Lakes, Inc. where he managed all day-to-day operations of the $12 billion cooperative, including its famous butter and agricultural feeds and seeds, throughout the world. He was a part of the Senior Management team at Land O’Lakes for over 25 years. During his tenure he launched Land O’Lakes seed division, launched new consumer products and traveled to, and met with dignitaries from Russia (three weeks after the fall of communism), Poland, China, Taiwan and Switzerland.

He earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in economics, and received a Distinguished Alumni award, from Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa, USA).

Hanz Cruz
Director of Operations

Mr. Hanz Cruz is the current President of the Consejo (City Council) and former vice mayor of Perez Zeledon, San Isidro del General, San Jose, (pop. 150,000) where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of Costa Rica’s largest canton. Prior to politics he lived and worked in the United States for almost 10 years. In his capacity with Las Villas de San Buenas he oversees all permits, construction and government relations.

He earned a master’s degree and is  fully bi-lingual in English and Spanish. He also owns one of the best restaurants in San Isidro del General called El Tenedor.

He was born and raised in San Isidro del General.

Hanz Cruz Luis Guillermo Solis

Hanz Cruz (left), Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solis and Perez Zeledon Mayor Jefry Montoya meet to discuss growth plans for the region (2017)


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Writer's Retreat Director

Ezekiel Tyrus

Ezekiel Tyrus is the program director for The Writer’s Retreat of San Buenas. ‘Zeke,’ an award wining published author described by British critic and writer, John Williams as a “slacker Bukowski’ has had short stories published, plays adapted for the stage but is mostly known for his novel ‘Eli,Ely’ (buy it here at Amazon). A book San Francisco Chronicle critic, Tony DuShane called “a gritty tour-de-force through the hidden corners of San Francisco.”

On a whim, Zeke came down to Las Villas de San Buenas to visit an old high school buddy. Little did he know how his life was going to transform.

“Before coming down, my Mom said ‘I believe you will find whatever it is you are looking for,’ and she was so right. I thrived at Las Villas de San Buenas like I’ve never thrived before. I lost 30 pounds in 3 months eating good Costa Rican food, filled about half a dozen personal journals, wrote blogs, communed with nature, sunsets and sunrises and finished a novel that’s getting published in 2017. I guess you can say I found myself. Costa Rica is great but there’s something magical about San Buenas. Come down here and see what I’m talking about. There’s no other place I’d rather eli ely book coverbe,” so says Ezekiel Tyrus.

The author will be teaching a daily workshop that’ll focus on writing exercises, tricks to combat writer’s block, and daily fun but brief writing assignments. Zeke says, “The dates for the first retreat are January 29 to February 4 (2017) and I can’t wait. I’m so excited to meet the writers who’ll come down for this experience and read the words San Buenas is going to inspire them to write.”

Zeke is a frequent contributor to the Las Villas de San Buenas blog.

If you are interested in learning more about any of our upcoming ‘Writer’s Retreats’, please contact us.

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