A tireless visionary, Keith St. Clair found on our beautiful island the opportunity to develop several lines of business among which are: hotels, film studios, finance, construction and project development and his greatest passion music. What began three years ago with the acquisition of this hotel at that time called ESJ Towers, today becomes an investment of over half a billion dollars in Puerto Rico and the creation of hundreds of new jobs.
Mr. Keith St. Clair started his business career in the UK in the late 70’s with real estate developments in England and Spain. In 1984 he assumed the position of Chairman & Managing Director of Sol Holidays. Mr. St. Clair developed the company into a major tour operator over the following 6 years when the operation was sold to a public company.
Concurrently Mr. St. Clair was a director of the Association of British Travel Agents serving on its bonding, finance and aviation committees. He was Vice Chairman of the Tour Operators Council and held advisory positions with Stanstead Airport and the government of Tenerife assisting the president Adan Martin in developing tourism, hotel and airport infrastructure.
In the mid 90’s St. Clair moved to the United States and in 1998 created a holding company for the consolidation of travel service distributors and operators in the US market. In 1999 he acquired the American Express operation in Central Florida, Bon Voyage Travel and Around the World Travel, the largest Carlson Travel franchise in the USA, headquartered in Coral Gables. Traveleaders became the companies DBA and under St. Clair’s control and leadership acquired 18 additional significant travel distribution companies throughout the United States, creating Florida’s largest independent travel distribution company and a top 10 national enterprise with revenues of $550 million USD.
St. Clair has held several critical roles and senior executive management positions including the chairmanship and directorships of several public and private companies. St. Clair was the president of Assist Card USA. one of the largest independent global assistance companies where he secured regulatory recognition throughout all 50 states in the US. St. Clair negotiated and executed a 3-year sponsorship of the Miami Heat prior to their 2009 championship season. Mr. St. Clair was chairman of the advisory board at Forum Telecom and chairman of Options Media Group Holdings prior to forming his own international consultancy business, Conexus LLC, for the development of global partnerships.
St. Clair served for many years as a director of the Foundation Board of Florida International University during a period of intense growth when the university added the Law School, Medical School and a 1A sports program. He has served as a director of Seaway 2 Hotels, a member of World City CEO Roundtable, on the Continental Airlines Travel Advisory Boardand was a founding member of the Corporate Advisory Council of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents). St. Clair has also served as a member of the Board of Governors of The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. Mr. St Clair’s many accomplishments and business acumen were rewarded by his being recognized as the 2004 entrepreneur of the year and subsequent induction into the Florida Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. In addition, he was recognized by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as their Man of The Year. He also was the Chairman of the Society’s South Florida and Puerto Rico Chapter.
Most recently, Mr. St. Clair and his development group purchased the iconic ESJ Towers Resort located on Isla Verde Beach, outside of San Juan Puerto Rico. Within less than six months from acquiring ESJ, St. Clair has rebranded the property as ESJ Azul, including an extensive renovation of the property and a new marketing and distribution plan that has exponentially increased sales and added additional revenue streams. He is taking that same model of success and expanding it across the Isla Verde area, igniting a much-needed renaissance that will increase tourism and create thousands of well-paying jobs with plans already in the works to build two more iconic resorts in Isla Verde.
He has again brought his expertise to the travel industry where he has also created various travel distribution, marketing, and management companies, with his ultimate goal to increase tourism to Puerto Rico. Given Mr. St Clair’s dedication to Puerto Rico and his vision for the future, he recently become a proud citizen of Puerto Rico through law 2022 and is already implementing a $100+ million-dollar development plan to further his mission and vision for Puerto Rico and Isla Verde Beach.