The People at ECI Development

Grand Baymen Executives

Michael Cobb, Chairmen, Director

In 1996, Mike Cobb and his business partner formed a company, Exotic Caye International, to provide loans to North Americans purchasing properties in Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica and throughout the region. With a strong focus on consumer need, Mr. Cobb accurately predicted the growing need for high quality, residential product for North American Baby Boomer retirees in the region. He led the group into real estate development and created a holding company called ECI Development for several properties including a resort on Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Mike Cobb speaks at dozens of international conferences annually about offshore real estate finance, development, and ownership. He was consultant to The Oxford Club, hosted a weekly radio program, contributes regularly to overseas publications, sits on the board of several International companies, gives counsel to various real estate projects throughout Central America, and serves on the Board of Directors and the President’s Advisory Group for the National Association of Realtors, NAR. Since 2002, Mike, his wife Carol, and 2 daughters, Amanda and Emily make their home in Central America.

Mike Cobb

Mr. Eddie Littlefield, President, Director

Mr. Littlefield brings deep real estate development experience to ECI from his role as President CEO of the David Drye Company, LLC of Concord, N.C. and also as owner of the Carolina Speed of the American Indoor Football Association, and owner founder of Carolina Auto Sports. During his 21-year tenure with DDC, Littlefield has managed more than 8,500 multi-family units and eight hotels with more than 550 employees.

The David Drye Company, LLC is an $800 million developer of multifamily and hotel properties throughout the Carolinas. It is a privately owned and operated company that has specialized in the development, construction and management of real estate projects since 1970. The company’s construction department has completed more than 50 major construction projects for various industries including single-family, multi-family, hospitality, mini-storage and entertainment. Projects range in value from $310,000 to $15 million. In addition to the Drye Company’s multi-family, hotel and construction divisions, Littlefield has also taken part in other projects to include student housing, an education facility, Dunkin Donuts Baskin Robbins stores, a five-acre Family Adventures Fun Park and a casual dining restaurant.

Eddie Littlefield

Frank Byers, COO

Frank graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with Honors in 1974 and the University of Illinois, School of Law, in 1977. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois, in the Federal Courts for the Central District of Illinois, in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the U. S. Supreme Court. 

He has appeared before multiple governmental agencies, including but not limited to: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Illinois Environmental Protection agency, the IRS, the Illinois Department Revenue, the Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Secretary of State, the Illinois Commerce Commission, the Illinois Department of Education and Registration, the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Commission, the Illinois State Liquor Commission. He has appeared before city councils, county boards, zoning hearings, zoning boards of appeal, property tax appeal boards (state and local) and various other deliberative bodies.

Mr. Byers had an advisory position with several corporations for both their internal corporate activities as well as their interaction with various governmental bodies. He has regularly advised and represented them in contract matters. However, litigation was his primary focus. Mr. Byers regularly assisted in real estate development for clients, as well as personally developing real estate.

He regularly participated at the University of Illinois School of law in their student competition events. He also regularly presented at continuing legal education courses for other attorneys.

Frank Byers

Greg Dunlap, CFO

Greg Dunlop has over 35 years’ experience in industry with various large and small businesses. He has worked in numerous middle and senior management positions in research development, operations, finance, sales and marketing positions in Shell Chemicals, Ciba-Geigy, Novartis, Stratus, AGDATA and Campaign Research. As VP of Sales and Marketing with Novartis (a major chemicals and pharmaceutical firm) he had P&L responsibility for a major Business Unit.

From 2000 to 2007, as Vice-President of Stratus Agri-Marketing, he helped grow this firm into the leader in marketing research in Agricultural industry in Canada and a significant player in the US market. From 2008 - 2011, Mr. Dunlop as head of Market Research for AgData Canada developed their market research business from scratch with a totally unique new product that combines market research with financial data. From May of 2011 to June 2015, Greg had been a principal owner in the firm Campaign Research. Greg was the CFO for Campaign Research managing the company’s finances and introduced an accrual accounting.

Mr. Dunlop is also an investor in ECI as a Director and President of the investor group Red Door International (Nevis). He has a B.Sc. in Environmental Biology from the University of Guelph and a MBA from the Schulich School of Business in Canada.

Greg Dunlap

John Morgan, Vice President of Construction

With over 30 years experience as a builder in California, Arizona, and Nevada constructing projects that include single family homes, commercial office buildings, shopping centers, warehouse facilities, and tenant improvements, Mr. Morgan brings to ECI an ability to manage all aspects of construction.

From managing the logistics needed to complete a project to working with government agencies and material suppliers, Mr. Morgan has proven to be successful with well-crafted projects in the ECI development portfolio.

John Morgan

Patrick Hiebert, VP of Sales and Marketing for ECI

Mr. Hiebert graduated with a degree in Computer Science from the University of Winnipeg in Canada. After working as a consulting specialist on emerging technologies for several years Patrick co-founded an Energy Management Software firm, TransEnergy Management, which quickly grew from the founders to over 300 employees with offices and clients in the US, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, and Australia. After the company was acquired Patrick founded a second software company, Epikos Solutions, which was also later privately acquired.

Finding himself with more time on his hands, Patrick took the opportunity to travel with his family. One of these travel adventures took him to Nicaragua.

Looking for a change and to make a difference in people's lives, Patrick found Nicaragua to be the perfect blend of the safest country in Central America, friendly people, beautiful landscape and the perfect climate. Patrick is now in his 11th year working, volunteering and now living full time in Nicaragua.  

Applying his business experience and knowledge to Gran Pacifica Beach and Golf Resort as owner of the hotel rental, tours and restaurant businesses, Patrick grew these businesses substantially in a few short years. Recently, Patrick has joined the ECI Development group (parent corporation of Gran Pacifica, Grand Baymen and other Central American resorts) as Vice President of Sales and Marketing overseeing the Sales and Marketing efforts in Belize, Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua and its expansion into other Central American countries.

As the founder of the Help Them Help Themselves charitable foundation, Patrick is also very committed to improving the lives of the local people through leading many projects that focus on healthcare, education and shelter.


Patrick Hiebert

Rachel Jensen, Director of Sales, Belize

Rachel Jensen joined the ECI Development family in 2012, starting as the organization’s intern at the administrative offices in Managua, Nicaragua. At the end of the 3-month internship period she had to make a decision between joining the ECI Development team permanently, or chasing her dreams in Panama with the US Peace Corps. She chose ECI Development.

Since joining the team, Ms. Jensen has sold out the existing buildings in the Baymen Gardens community, and continues to connect prospective investors to the opportunities that best fit their investment goals.

Rachel Jensen