SANTÉ Realty Investments takes a new level of bringing great minds into the firm. The SANTÉ Founders Circle serves as an advisory board to the Executive Team in implementing SANTÉ’s purpose-driven mission of working to positively impact the next generation by investing in its highly profitable real estate investment funds. The expertise and knowledge of its members acquired through their broad education and unique experience in their own fields give them the ability to provide “out-of-the-box” and balanced business insights to the Executive Team. Embracing SANTÉ’s core value of relentless progress, the Founders Circle explore creative ideas that are beyond what is conventional by understanding and appreciating the entire perspective of a given situation.
Jaime de la garza
As a member of the Founders Circle of SANTÉ Realty Investments, Mr. De la Garza lends consultative services to SANTÉ in real estate and investment banking, with a particular focus in general management and corporate and project finance for both operations within and beyond US borders. Mr. De la Garza served for nine years as the Chief Financial Officer before given additional designation as CEO and President of Corporate Properties of Americas (CPA), one of the largest developers of industrial real estate properties in Mexico, funded exclusively by the State of Washington Pension Fund. During his tenureship, from 2003 to 2015, CPA grew from 2 million square feet to 33 million square feet of GLA, becoming one of the largest owners of industrial real estate in Mexico.
In addition to his previous broad professional experience, he was a Finance Director for Latin America with International Water Limited (Bechtel), Investment Officer for the International Finance Corporation (World Bank), Operations Manager with Schlumberger, and an Independent Consultant to institutions such as the North American Development Bank, Hewlett Packard and Alterra Partner. Currently, he serves several Board of Directors in different business organizations both in the USA and Mexico.
Mr. De la Garza earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering with Honors from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (I.T.E.S.M), Mexico, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from INSEAD, Fountainebleau, France. Having been born and raised in a Mexican family culture, Mr. De la Garza believes in the importance of family, and ensures that he spends some quality time with his daughter who is in college and son who is in high school. His activities outside of his career mostly include travel and photography plans together with his family.
Mr. Fink holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Master of Business Administration in Real Estate and Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of the Institute of Real Estate Managements (IREM) and Turnaround Management Association (TMA). Mr. Fink is a licensed real estate broker in the state of California, a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), a Certified Property Manager (CPM), a Certified Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor (CM&AA), and a Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP). He is a member of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate Executive Committee, and is currently serving on the board for the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) California Coast and California Coast Gold chapters.
In 2004, Mr. Fink was awarded the Apartment Executive of the Year by the Real Estate Conference Group, the industry’s largest and most prestigious multi-family conference on the West Coast, and was later awarded the Rising Star award by the University of California Irvine Center for Real Estate in 2008. He also received recognition in the 2011 Multi-Family Executive Magazine, and in 2016, he was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Orange County. In 2021, he was awarded the Distinguished Real Estate Alumnus by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business.
Over the years, Mr. Mead has shown particular expertise in real estate where he has brought his innovative business acumen to engineer value into the numerous properties that he has purchased.
Personally, Mr. Mead is proud to have been married for 20 years with 2 sons. Outside of work, he enjoys fly fishing, snow skiing and high-performance offshore boat racing. It is Mr. Mead’s greatest achievement of building a third-generation family business and growing his company’s number of employees from 36 to over 400.