Born into a family boasting numerous engineers, Orlando R. Méndez Monserrate was exposed to construction and development from an early age. Many of his summer and winter vacations were invested in gaining valuable exposure and experience by working under his father’s tutelage at a wide variety of worksites. Méndez is a civil engineer by training, having earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1991 and a master’s degree in construction management from the same institution, both with highest honors. Among his most recent accomplishments are his experience on the construction management team for the $132 million reconstruction and remodeling of the San Juan Marriott Hotel and Casino in Puerto Rico, and his current position as project manager for the redevelopment efforts within The Dorado Beach Resort, also in Puerto Rico. This massive project comprises a 1,300 acre beachfront property with four golf courses, hotels, private residential communities and various development parcels. This redevelopment effort should achieve a final sellout of close to 1,200 units and well over $1 billion in real estate value.