Meet Punta Pacifica Realty’s Team of
Real Estate Consultants & Professionals
With more than 50 years of real estate experience in Panama, Punta Pacifica Realty’s professional consultants have a well-deserved reputation for providing top-level customer service to our high-end residential and commercial clientele. We have closed more than $500 million in sales in Panama City and we manage the largest portfolio of rentals in the city, making us the undisputed leader in the local market.
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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 families.
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 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 Operations
Eddie brings more than 25 years of business and property management experience to Punta Pacifica. His experience in a multitude of business ventures and employment experiences enhance his ability to provide a high level of customer and motivate his team.
Before moving to real estate, Eddie is a graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy and worked as a merchant marine officer, which instilled a sense of discipline and professionalism necessary to tackle today’s challenges.
He has worked in a wide range of industries, including Healthcare, Petroleum, Retail, Property Management, Commercial Real Estate, and Multifamily Housing. 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.
Eddie’s extensive ties to Panama and his expertise and professionalism are focused on making Punta Pacifica Realty’s team of professionals a model of efficiency and customer service. His primary task is to make sure our staff is meeting — and exceeding – your expectations.
Ana Patricia Hassan – Spokesperson for PPR
Ana Patricia earned a degree in Social Communication from Santa María La Antigua University. As her career has progressed, she has focused on collaboration and working with people to meet shared goals. She has built strong relationships throughout the property community with her emphasis on excellent service and rapid response to the needs of her clients and colleagues.
Ana Patricia is married to an ex-pat and real estate investor, which has broadened her horizons and allows her to anticipate the needs of her clients looking to invest or relocate in Panama. She is also the mother of triplets, which has given her the unique sensibility to understand people and anticipate their needs.
Ana Patricia is passionate about improving her skills and excelling in her chosen profession. With Ana Patricia, you can rest assured that you are working with a sincere and reliable person who will strive to help you find the property that best suits your needs.
Ana is active on social media. You can follow her on Instagram or Facebook @anapat_realtor
Laura Soto – Operations And Accountability Manager
Laura plays a key role in bringing top quality service to Punta Pacifica Realty Management clients. She’s responsible for motivating and inspiring team members by providing the best tools for self-organization, sales skills, and customer service. Laura is focused on bringing out the best in everyone, which fuels her obsession with organization, planning, and getting things done in a timely, efficient, and effective manner. Her role as Accountability Manager is paramount to PPR’s success–her continuous pursuit of ever-improving our people, systems, and operational tasks keep PPR on the leading edge of innovation for our industry.
Laura graduated with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Thomas More University in Nicaragua and has recently completed her MBA from Aden International Business School. Known for her constant smile, she is passionately curious, loves reading, and believes in constant improvement.
Miguel Moreno – Inside Sales Representative
Miguel Moreno brings a wide range of experience in customer service to his role as an Inside Sales Specialist. Before joining PPR, he served as a customer service representative for SITEL Panama, the consultancy focused on delivering an “exceptional customer experience” for clients. In addition to his role working with customers, he assisted in the development process for new hires, provided technical assistance for clients, and helped guide the careers of new employees.
His background also includes a stint as a Customer Service Specialist for SCP Servicios de Construcción y Consultoría, the respected construction company. With SCP, Miguel managed material listing, created proposals and appraisals, and worked closely with clients on complex projects. At Alorica (formerly Star Contact), he became a tech support supervisor after only 9 months in the job, before moving to a bigger company, NTT Data Services (formerly Dell Services) where he served as a Senior Business Analyst for the MasterCard Campaign.
Miguel’s relationship with PPR started as a quality inspector for the property management department, before his elevation to the sales department in 2019. At PPR, he is looking to continue his personal growth while finding new and innovative ways to provide better customer service.
Sabrina Blanco – Market Pricing Analyst
Sabrina Blanco is PPR’s Market Pricing Analyst, responsible for managing and coordinating property marketing and tracking the pulse of market conditions in key areas of Panama City. She works closely with owners renting or selling the property to ensure they are receiving unmatched personal service throughout the life cycle of a listing.
Sabrina is a graduate of the “PPR School of Real Estate,” starting as an Inside Sales Representative, then moving to a sales agent, before graduating to a key role as a Market Pricing Analyst. In her analyst role, she ensures properties are properly priced to meet the client’s goals. Her valuable experience in 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 to work with clients, creating long-term relationships, and solidifying her position as the authority on market pricing. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Business Administration from Universidad Nueva Esparta in Venezuela and a Masters’s degree in Tourism Management from the University of Granada in Spain.
Do not hesitate to ask her any questions! She can answer in three languages: English, Spanish, and French!
Brian Kelly – PPR Project Manager
An entrepreneur at heart, Brian has owned his own businesses throughout his professional career, but it was not until he met and discussed his future plans with our Managing Member, Jeff Barton that Brian considered joining the PPR team albeit part-time at first. Feeling confident with the skills and professionalism Brian demonstrated, the company decided that a full-time position would benefit both parties the most and Brian didn’t hesitate.
Brian has had his hand in much of PPR’s recent success over the years. After transitioning early on from a marketing role into sales 5 years ago, Brian became a Project Manager on several of PPR’s featured developments including Naos Harbour Island, Beach Club Residences of Ocean Reef, and most recently HYDE by Wanders & YOO. His dedication, consistency, and honesty have helped him to create success rapidly and develop a deep clientele list that he continues to close repeat business with. Along with his broadened knowledge of the industry and his enhanced ability to provide the best service in the game, he has made himself a leader not only in the industry but in PPR as well.
José Arberola – PPR Project Manager
Before joining Punta Pacifica Realty in 2011, Jose developed his business and customer service skills with Dell, JP Morgan Chase, and Credicorp Bank. During his tenure at PPR, he led the mortgage department and managed a net portfolio of $12 million.
His market research and return on investment have helped guide rental and sales efforts in the Trump Ocean Club, Waldorf Astoria Panama, and the Hard Rock Café. In 2012, he formed his own company to market Panama property in the United States. He rejoined PPR as a sales associate in 2018, focusing his expertise and customer service on property in central Panama City, Punta Pacifica, and Costa del Este.
Jose earned a finance degree from USMA University in Panama in 1999. He earned an MBA from Florida International University in 2012.