Meet Punta Pacifica Realty’s Team of
Real Estate Consultants & Professionals
Here at Punta Pacifica Realty, our team of professional consultants is here to serve you day in and day out to make sure that you get the property you want at the price you want! We have an experienced staff with more then 7 years of real estate experience here in Panama City and a history with more the $400 million in sales.
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Duncan McGowan – President
On his first visit in 1998, Duncan was spellbound by the beauty, culture, and people of Panama. A Scottish Nicaraguan who earned a biology degree from the University of Toronto, his initial interest in Panama focused on its diverse flora and fauna. However, Duncan saw the Panama real estate market starting to boom and the need for a real estate company based on modern international practices, professional ethics, and first-rate customer service.
At first, Duncan focused on developing exemplary customer relations with the high-end international clientele of the renowned Trump Ocean Club, the crown jewel of Punta Pacifica. Duncan’s charisma, character, and style earned the trust of the exclusive investor clients and made him a winner in a competitive market.
Punta Pacifica Realty is the result of his success. Punta Pacifica Realty focuses exclusively on luxury properties in Punta Pacifica, the fast-growing community of towers on the Panama waterfront. Duncan founded the company on distinct principles to ensure investors a transparent and professional experience. He also expanded the concept of an estate agency in Panama by offering a full range of services, including legal advice, mortgage services, and complete turnkey property rental management.
An instinctively organized and diplomatic leader, Duncan works to make Punta Pacifica Realty a smooth running and efficient operation, creating and maintaining systems to provide clients with impeccable quality service.
Duncan’s Panamanian wife, Ana Patricia, is also a real estate professional with her own ties to the local business community. Their roots are firmly planted in his adopted country where they are raising their family.
Jeff Barton – Managing Director
Jeff has lived and worked in Panama since 2007 and assisted in hundreds of real estate transactions, making him one of the foremost experts on the local real estate market. As Punta Pacifica Realty’s Managing Director, Jeff helps motivate and inspire the team, setting standards for transparency and customer service. But he also sets the tone and style for the company, with his likable, positive demeanor and understanding approach.
Jeff grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. He went on to study at Washington & Lee University School of Commerce in Virginia, graduating in 2004 with a special focus on real estate. After graduation Jeff began to study unique, sustainable real estate markets, starting with a successful 500-unit condo conversion in Miami Beach. Then Jeff turned his attention to international real estate markets, specifically promoting Panama real estate to international investors.
Despite growing up in Michigan with a passion for ice hockey, Jeff has adjusted to his new Panama home and now embraces boating, watersports, and year-round tennis. However, he finds the most joy spending time with his family, including his six nieces and nephews.
Eddie Montes – Director of Property Management
Eddie brings more than 20 years of business and property management experience to Punta Pacifica. In his last position in Florida, he was responsible for 14 multi-family communities covering more than 1,500 units. He also knows Panama well – he lived here as a teenager and graduated from Balboa Sr. High School.
We think you’ll find Eddie a breath of fresh air, both for his expertise and professionalism. At PPR, Eddie will be focused on making Punta Pacifica Realty’s team of 25 property management professionals a model of efficiency and customer service. His primary task will be to make sure our staff is meeting — and exceeding – your expectations.
Michela Dattilo– Real Estate Consultant
Is a native Italian, born in Sanremo, Italy. She studied languages (French, English and German) throughout her early years in school and Psychology at University. She left Italy at the age of 22 to live in what would become 6 different Countries around the world. Her goal at the time was to cultivate her passion for different languages and cultures. In doing so, she also learned Spanish.
Her strong personality makes her a good communicator with clients, she is extroverted and a decision maker but most of all a problem solver. She fell in love with the real estate industry 8 years ago while living in St. Maarten. It was there that she learned and honed her skills. She was given the opportunity to learn the needs and wants but most of all, the different ways clientele from all over the world think.
She has been doing business in Panama since 2010 and permanently moved to Panama City one year ago to join Punta Pacifica Realty as our Sales Manager. She enjoys meeting new people every day, understanding their psychology and needs but really enjoys helping them find the best option for them. She prides herself on providing fast, professional service on a serious level. Her biggest satisfaction comes from making her client happy, giving heartfelt one on one service which usually ends up with most of them becoming very good personal friends creating a long-term relationship.
In her free time, she enjoys her hobbies: reading, oriental philosophy, practicing Yoga and meditation, tennis, writing, cooking Italian food, dancing and socializing.
Brian Kelly – Project Manager: Naos Harbour Island
An entrepreneur at heart, Brian has owned his own businesses throughout his career but it wasn’t until meeting and discussing his future plans with our Managing Director, Jeff Barton that he thought about joining the PPR team part-time. It ended up that the company thought they could use him in a more permanent position, so Brian brought his management and business experience to PPR and hasn’t looked back.
“PPR has changed the way I look at the business, people, and most importantly success. Through coaching and a team led by professionals in the industry, I’ve learned an extreme amount in just a short time. Changing gears in your life is never easy, but with a little direction and guidance new roads can lead to new successes.”
Laura Soto – Team Leader
Laura plays a key role in Punta Pacifica Realty Management. She’s responsible for motivating and inspiring team members by providing the best tools to self-organization, sales skills, and customer service, in order to bring top-quality-service to our clients. Laura loves organization, planning and getting things done, a mission well accomplished for more than 4 years in the company. Laura graduated with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Thomas More University in Nicaragua. Known for her constant smile, she is passionately curious, loves reading and believes in constant improvement.
Natalia Ching – Inside Sales Representative
Proud of her Chinese-Panamanian heritage, Natalia Ching comes to Punta Pacifica Realty as our Inside Sales representative. After working in Risk and Fraud management in Miami, Florida, Natalia returns to her native Panama to apply her knowledge of Business Administration and Marketing to the Real Estate Business. With a specialty in communications, this polyglot is ready to help you start your property search in Panama City!
Sabrina Blanco – Listing Coordinator
Sabrina Blanco is PPR’s Listing Coordinator, responsible for managing and coordinating the property marketing. She works closely with owners renting or selling their property to ensure everything goes smoothly and they get the best possible personal service. Sabrina is a graduate of the “PPR School or Real Estate,” starting as an Inside Sales Representative before graduating to a key role as a Sales and Real Estate Specialist. The valuable experience of the inside sales position helped make Sabrina a true connoisseur of client needs and requirements. Throughout her time with PPR, she has taken a hands-on approach working with clients, creating long-term relationships. Sabrina has a diverse background with experience in Customer Service, Relocation and Immigration Services and Hospitality. She holds a Masters degree in Tourism Management.
Do not hesitate to ask her any questions! She can answer in three languages: English, Spanish, and French!
Ryan Vidal – Real Estate Consultant
Ryan is a 2012 business graduate of the University of Kentucky. With 3 years of real estate experience in Panama, he is dedicated to quality customer service. His commitment to excellence is quickly being recognized by his growing Panamanian and international clientele. Half Panamanian, his local roots give him a deeper perspective on the culture as well as the foundation of Panama’s growing economy. Has utilized his fluent Spanish to find and negotiate the best product for his clients. Willing to do what it takes, Ryan continues to be a steady and reliable consultant to satisfy your investment needs.
Luis Rivas – Real Estate Consultant
Luis graduated from the National Engineering University in Nicaragua as an Industrial Engineer, which taught him attention to detail and the value of following proven processes.
These days Luis is focused on providing the best possible service for our clients. He specializes in understanding their needs, effective communication, and meeting and exceeding expectations. His expertise in many areas of the real estate business and knowledge of the community make him a valuable asset to the team.
Luis’ background includes working with a large international outsource company and he regularly volunteers with a mission team working in a small Panama community. Luis is happily married and enjoys playing soccer in his spare team — two of the reasons he describes himself as a team player and a hard worker.