Club Punta Mita elects 2 new Operation Committee Members
We thank the more than 90 Club Members who voted for the 2 incumbent Operations Committee Member vacancies and we are pleased to announce the election of Kurt Hauser & Guillermo Rojas to join the Operations Committee. At the same time we thank outgoing Committee Members Lane Borges and President Lynda Gibbons for a job well done over the past few years in the Operations Committee. It has been a pleasure to work them in a constructive, open manner as we all focus on enhancing the Member experience for all of our Club Members.
Welcome aboard Kurt & Guillermo! Allow us to share with you their background and get to know them a little more:
W. Kurt Hauser
I have been a homeowner in Hacienda de Mita for 8 years, currently in PH 7-2. Prior to being an owner, I was a renter for 2 years.
I play golf and use the fitness center as well as all the other amenities, beach clubs, and restaurants, etc. I am a member, volunteer, and contributor to PEACE Punta de Mita. I am a past member of the Hacienda de Mita HOA (VC) and a current member of the garage committee. I spend 10 days in each month of November and December and 3 weeks of each month February through the middle of June. I can adjust my schedule to attend most onsite meetings and make call-in meetings. I have considerable experience in managing volunteer and for-profit organizations, many as Chair of the Board. Following is a resume of my prior experience and positions:
Kurt was the chief economist and Chairman of the board of Wentworth, Hauser & Violich (WHV) a San Francisco-based investment management firm. Since 1966, he held positions of Executive Chairman, President, CIO, and CEO at WHV before retiring in 2012. He began his career as an associate, economist, analyst, and portfolio manager at Brundage Story & Rose in New York City.
Kurt was the Chairman of the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution from 2001 to 2004. He joined the Board in 1987 and was also the founding Chairman of the Hoover Council between 2008-2013. Kurt continues as a member of the Board of Overseers and the Executive Committee at Hoover. He was a member of the Stanford University Pool C Endowment Investment Committee from 1989 to 2001. He is a member and past president of the Economic Roundtable of San Francisco and was a member of the Association for Investment Management and Research and the Security Analysts of San Francisco.
Kurt is a past chairman of the Alumni Investment Management Committee of the Stanford Business School Trust Fund. He is a past member of the Advisory Board of AON Risk Services. He has served as chairman of the Golden Gate Chapter, American Red Cross; as a board member of the Bay Area Red Cross and The Hill School; and past president and trustee of the Mzuri Wildlife Foundation.
Kurt is the author of Taxation and Economic Performance (Hoover Press, 1996). He has authored numerous articles and op/ed pieces and his work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Investors Business Daily, the Hoover Digest and the Stanford Magazine. He has appeared on KRON, CNN, FOX, CNBC, and PJTV. He has also been an invited lecturer for various university, community, trade, and industry groups.
Kurt’s economic research on the relationship between marginal tax rates, federal government revenues as a percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and economic growth has become known as Hauser’ Law.
He received his BA (American History) and MBA degrees from Stanford University (1960 and 1962) and he served in the Air National Guard from 1961 to 1967. While at Stanford Kurt was a member of the varsity track team and Rugby team. Kurt is a past member of the Stanford University Athletics Board.
Kurt resides in Tiburon and Hopland, California, and in Punta Mita, Mexico; he has four children and nine grandchildren.
I am honored and proud to accept my nomination as a candidate for the upcoming election for the Club Punta Mita Operations Committee.
The first time I visited Punta Mita, was in August 2010 when my wife and I stayed at St. Regis Hotel, to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary. We were enchanted with the beauty of the place; to the point, that over the next eight months we returned to the St. Regis Hotel at least 5-ˇ6 times.
Convinced that this was the ideal place for vacations, we bought our first property at El Encanto (Flat 501) in November 2011. A few years later we bought a second property at El Encanto (Flat 701) in February-ˇMarch 2017, and recently in February of this year we acquired our third property outside the gates at “Condominio Faro de Mita”; a fact that made me more acquainted with the obligatory relationship and interdependence between both communities.
Over the past six years, I have been an active member of the board of the “Vigilant Committee” of El Encanto, initially as President in 2014. Also, I was part of the “Golden Hour Committee”, where, in 2015, I proposed the need for the installation of “cardiac defibrillators in all the security booths and critical areas of our Resort.
Last year I joined the Medical Staff of Punta Mita Hospital as General-Vascular Surgeon, and very soon (late December early January) I will open a Medical Office at Punta Mita Hospital.
I spend-reside in Punta Mita an average of 1-2 weeks every month, even during the Summer; periods during which I will be more than happy to participate in the activities and projects of the Club Punta Mita Operations Committee.
Obviously, I love to play golf.
In summary, I am in love with Punta Mita, and its Community. Convinced that this is the ideal place to live and retirement, I am in the transition period to move practically full time from Mexico City to this “Paradise”.