Inside One&Only Mandarina, The Next Great Ultra-Luxury Resort

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Kappner Clark isn’t who you’d immediately envision when you stereotype a C-suite Marketing Officer for one of Mexico’s top publicly-traded real estate development companies—or an American expat south of the border.

Lithe, 32, and soft-spoken, with her hands almost always folded in front of her the way European Heads of State like Angela Merkel do to convey poise and respect, her Spanish is already impeccably fluent after 10 years working in Cabo and Mexico City, even though she was raised in Denver.

When you get her talking about the mechanics of real estate, she’s calculated and informed in a way that defies her relative youth yet belies her deep experience in an industry that’s frequently dominated by older men.

When she starts speaking about One&Only Mandarina, however—which she’s been helping to develop with RLH Properties for the past five years—her eyes radiate a deeper blue, the cadence of her voice spikes, and all of a sudden she’s struggling to contain her corporate self.

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I've been a financial journalist for more than 20 years: I've written for most of the national newspapers in the UK (plus a host of magazines and web sites) on topics related to business, economics, finance, property, investment, personal finance and entrepreneurship. I've held staff jobs at newspapers including The Observer, the Daily and Sunday Express and, most recently, The Independent, where I spent several years as Business Editor managing the newspaper’s business coverage. Several years ago, I went freelance in order to launch my own editorial consultancy, which provides content in three specialist areas: small business/entrepreneurship, investment/personal finance, and thought leadership. I continue to write for a number of newspapers and magazines, including Money Week, where I have a weekly column on topics relating to small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as magazines, web sites and a growing number of corporate clients.

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