Timbers Resorts, the leading developer and operator of luxury boutique properties around the globe, announces today the appointment of esteemed finance and strategy professional, Sean McLaughlin, as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer. In his role, Mr. McLaughlin will be charged with leading Timbers’ external capital raising efforts for future projects, managing investor relations, and overseeing accounting, acquisitions, asset management, human resources, and information technology departments. He joins Timbers Resorts from SunGate Capital, LLC, a single-family private equity and investment office where he served as the Chief Investment Officer responsible for developing and implementing investment strategy for the firm.
Prior to SunGate Capital, LLC, Mr. McLaughlin served for ten years as the Chief Investment Officer at CNL Holdings, LLC, a leading private investment management firm providing global real estate and alternative investments. There, he was responsible for developing and implementing the investment strategy, as well as providing strategic insight into the markets in which the company operated. He oversaw portfolio companies, served as a trusted advisor to the principal during high profile transactions, and developed strategy for a portfolio company with over $8 billion in assets. In addition to his role at CNL, Mr. McLaughlin simultaneously served the company’s founder in overseeing the activities of JDS Holdings, his private family office.
Prior to joining CNL, Mr. McLaughlin served as a Principal for Lockheed Martin Corporation, where he led the effort to acquire critical technology for a $3 billion-dollar defense program. Before moving to Florida, Sean served as a Global Director for A.T. Kearney, a leading global management consulting firm, and as the chief financial officer for ActiveSky, a 40-person software development company where he was responsible for all financial aspects of the company and raised $22M in Series A funding. Sean started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers a global accounting and consulting firm.
“We are thrilled to have Sean join Timbers Resorts as our new CFO,” said Greg Spencer, the company’s Chief Executive Officer. “He brings tremendous capital raising capabilities to Timbers Resorts and has a proven track record of creating value and growth throughout his career. We are extremely confident that Sean will play a critical role in helping us pursue new resort destinations and expanding our brand. We are fortunate to have such a great professional join our team.”
Sean McLaughlin currently resides in Winter Park, Florida with his wife, Jill, and their two children. In his free time, Mr. McLaughlin serves as the nominating chair for the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, the largest provider of homeless services in Orlando. He also serves on the advisory board of FORGE (Family Office Regional Group Executives), a national, non-commercial network of regional family office groups, and is the past president and chair of the Florida Family Office Forum, the largest single-family office association in the state. Mr. McLaughlin holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and graduated with honors (cum laude). He earned his MBA at the University of Chicago where he was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma honors society and graduated in the top 5% of his class.