Costa Vida Estates Team Of Professionals

Brian Brook                       Merri Brook


                    President / Owner   


         Brian was born in England and then lived in Canada for 22 yrs. He now resides in Palm Springs, California. His background has always been as a professional sales person and he is a true entrepreneur! He has a gift for seeing how the future can look by comparing the beauty of one country to another. Brian has always been a lover of Hawaii and vacationed there for more than forty years. One year after realizing that Hawaii was getting too expensive, he decided to look elsewhere.
          After hearing so many positive things about Costa Rica, he decided to visit the Country.  Well, guess what! He fell in love with Costa Rica so much that on the first visit in 2005, he bought 55 acres of Prime land on the Central Pacific Coast. We now call this area, "Costa Vida Estates". Since purchasing the land, Brian has had the original agricultural land subdivided into 22 individually titled lots. Each lot offers its own views of natures beauty.
          In Brians own words " I bought the property because it took my breath away and it still does. Every time I go there a feeling of peace and serenity comes over me. The land is so beautiful and the views are amazing. I love Costa Rica and what it offers. It truly is a wonderous country". 
Merri, his talented wife comes from Boston. She has the gift of being a fabulous Artist and she has created many beautiful works of Art. We are looking forward to her creating scenes of Costa Rica. Merri is a very compassionate person. She has been a lifelong lover of all animals particularly horses. She has been a professional rider and caregiver for them. Brian and Merri, have two daughters, one son in law and three beautiful grandchildren. 

David Bengert

Vice President / Owner

David was born and raised in Western Canada and has spent his entire working career in construction. From 1973 to 1989, he worked for his Father in the family business building warehouses, commercial buildings and custom homes. During this time he became an accomplished carpenter, cabinet maker, estimator, painter, cribber, concrete finisher, drywaller, roofer, new home sales person, custom home designer and bobcat operator. his father grew up in Saskatchewan during the depression in the 1930's and his Dad's struggles during that time had a great influence on David's outlook on how to best make efficient use of limited resources.
His Dad's company was an early pioneer in energy efficient construction and that legacy has continued. 
       In 1989, he went to work for one of the largest homebuilders in Western Canada and worked there for 24 years. During that time he held a variety of positions including Construction Manager, Design and Estimating Manager, Corporate Purchasing Manager and General Manager. In 2013 he joined a major Hotel company as Vice President of Construction and has overseen the design and construction of six hotels in three Canadian provinces since starting there. 
       David has always been committed to being both cost and resource efficient in all aspects of his work. In 2004, he created and founded Built Green Canada, the first environmental certification program for new home construction in Canada. He was President of Built Green for 8 years and oversaw the expansion of the program across most of the country. He has received multiple awards from both the Federal and Provincial Governments for his work in reducing the environmental footprint of new home construction. In 2010, he was appointed as the sole builder representative for the Federal Government on the creation of a new energy rating system for Canada 
 David is both Owner and Vice President of Villa Fresno Hills and he will oversee all aspects of the development of Costa Vida Estates.
 His background in business and construction will be fully utilized as he helps to turn the vision of Costa Vida Estates into reality. 


Candiss Bengert

                 Marketing Director


  Candiss Bengert Born in London Ontario, Canada.
 Professional Hairstylist
Worked for the Top Salons in Calgary for 20 years.
A Great career choice as I learned all about giving great customer service
and building relationships based on trust and caring. 
Professional Realtor for 17 Yrs. 
1989 Completed Real Estate Course 
A Member of the Edmonton Real Estate Board / Calgary Real Estate Board.
Sold Residential Homes, Acreages and New Homes.
 Member of the Million Dollar Club for Top Producer in Sales. 
 Area Sales Manager for Two of the Largest New Home Builders in Calgary.
Recognized by the Calgary Home Building Association as a Top Sales Producer. 
For 3 Years I was a Judge for the Canadian Home Builders of Alberta Industry Awards
 In 2006  I Became an Accredited Home Staging Professional.
Staged Home Interiors /Staged Exteriors of Homes.
Professional Consultant on Landscape and Interior Design!
The Best is Yet to Come.
 I am now working on the Marketing and Design of Costa Vida Estates! 

Rodrigo Arguello Rudin 

                             Project Manager

Rodrigo was born in San Jose, Costa Rica.
He is a Graduate of The University of Costa Rica as a Civil Engineer.
Chief Engineer in Cachi Power Plant 11 Stage of ICE National Power Company.
Vice President of the Health Board of Currdabat San Jose Costa Rica.
President of the board of CTP Tirrases Technical School in Curridabat.
Manager of Inataco, rental company in Costa Rica.
Owner of Rudin Rental, small construction equipment rental company.
Along with all of his Business Accomplishments, he has been married to his beautiful wife Irma Gundaker for 44 years.
 They have three daughters and four grandchildren.
Rodrigo loves nature and going to the beach house with his family, as family life is the most important to him.
He has been involved with Villa Fresno Hills from the beginning 12 years 

Juan Carlos Volio Escalante

Costa Vida Estates 




Juan Carlos was born in San José, Costa Rica. 
He is a graduate of the Universidad Auntónoma de Centroamerica and Universidad Creativa, as an Architect.
Principal and founder of the architecture and design firm Plan B Glocal., glocal as in global and local combined, a strong philosophy in the firm <Think Globally – Act Locally>.
He worked in recognized firms in the country such as DYPSA, Roblesarq and Laboratory Sustaining Design.
His grandfather was a very popular architect and he was honored by working with him for several years.
Recently Plan B Glocal, was a finalist at the Bienal Iberoamericana de Diseño BID16, in Madrid Spain.
With a full agenda on design, Plan B Glocal presents an option to generate and share ideas. A platform for the discussion of greener concepts, new uses for materials and proposals for social integration. Processes, interpretations, experiences, and ways of thinking about society and live in it from design and from a collective sense.
For Pl an B Glocal is a privilege to be involved in such an amazing development as Costa Vida States.
“Be the change you want to see in the world” Gandhi.



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