Theodore E. Gildred III
Theodore E. Gildred III, a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of the Americas (IOA), was appointed as the President of the IOA on November 15, 2018. Mr. Gildred is also the President and CEO of The Lomas Santa Fe Group, a commercial real estate development company based in San Diego and Bon Vivant Resorts, LLC, (BVR) a hospitality development company with projects in the US, Mexico and the Marshall Islands. Mr. Gildred has over 30 years’ experience working in Latin America in the real estate and finance sectors. Early in his career, Mr. Gildred worked as an investment banker in Sao Paulo at Banco de Boston, and later in the Latin American Corporate Finance Group at ING Barings in New York and finally at Morgan Stanley in London as a member of the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund (MSREF) where he worked on equity investments in Latin America and Europe. Mr. Gildred has extensive experience living and working in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and Chile. Mr. Gildred is also a partner at North of Now, a film production company based in Los Angeles.
Mr. Gildred holds a BA in History from Stanford University and an MBA in International Finance from Columbia University and has studied at the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Brazil. Mr. Gildred served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and was based in the U.S. and Japan.
Mr. Gildred has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of the Americas for nearly 20 years as well as the Board of the San Diego Air and Space Museum and is a member of Young President’s Organization (YPO). Mr. Gildred is conversant in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and some Japanese. Mr. Gildred is a pilot and an outdoors man and enjoys skiing, surfing and automobiles.