Dr. Ion Zaydelman
Founder & CEO
The visionary leader. Holding a PhD in Applied Mathematics and an extraordinary career spanning continents and innumerable successful businesses, Dr. Zaydelman is the architect of this vision. Driven by an overwhelming personal desire to positively impact the lives of his fellow human beings, Dr. Zaydelman began with a simple premise and then sought out the experts in every related field to bring forward one of the most innovative and exciting development projects on the planet. His background in international development, engineering, and wellness create synergy that allows him to craft this vision to its true potential.
A hands on leader, Edward oversees much of operations, communications, and marketing in conjunction with a collective of some of the best and brightest minds in the field, both in the United States and Costa Rica. Having lived 8 years in Costa Rica, he also curates much of the events and experiences at Puerta a la Vida. Holding degrees in Real estate, hospitality, and economics from New York University, Edward is responsible for much of the day to day operations in Costa Rica as well as articulating and communicating the grand vision of Puerta a la Vida.
Jorge Arias Mora
Born and raised in Costa Rica, Jorge graduated with a degree in law (with honors) from the prestigious Universidad de Costa Rica. A widely respected lawyer, Jorge gives this development team its extraordinary focus on Costa Rica by Costa Ricans. He is a key figure in the ground business operations and serves as the President of the company. His comprehensive knowledge of Costa Rican law combined with his business acumen makes him an integral part of the team. He has a hand in everything from permitting to engineering and business development.
Chief Financial Officer
Eric is the Chief Financial Officer for Puerta a la Vida. He has worked in the Real Estate, Financial Services, and Technology sectors for over 16 years as a CFO, Investment Banker, Advisor, and Engineer. He has extensive domestic and cross-border financial services experience. Prior to joining PLV, Eric was a Managing Director with Blackstone where he co-founded the firm's Silicon Valley office. Previously, he was a Vice President in Citigroup's Investment Banking group and a Captain in the US Air Force. Eric earned a BS in Engineering at Purdue University, an MS in Engineering Management & Systems from the University of Dayton, and an MBA with Distinction from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management.