Management Team

 Nick Halverson sit The management team at Las Villas de San Buenas has over 50 years of multi-national management experience. Each person has their specialty, and collectively, the team has deep experience with Costa Rica real estate development, property management, marketing and international business development.

Nick Halverson, CEO.

Mr. Halverson is in charge of all day-to-day operations, sales, marketing and management of Las Villas de San Buenas since 2010. 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.

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Nick completed the Costa Rica Chamber of Real Estate courses (CCCBR) in 2008

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.

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Nick  enjoying the waterfall that is walking distance from Las Villas de San Buenas


Duane Halverson

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 was Chief Operating Officer for 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 Costa Rica

Hanz Cruz, Director of Operations

Mr. Cruz is the current City Council President for Perez Zeledon, San Isidro del General, San Jose, (pop. 150,000), Costa Rica’s largest canton. He also owns one of the most popular restaurants in San Isidro del General called El Tenedor.  Prior to politics he lived and worked in the United States for almost 10 years. He was born and raised in San Isidro del General.

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Hanz Cruz, along with Costa Rica President Olis, and Perez Zeledon Mayor Jeffry Montoya.

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.