Our Team

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Founder and Principal Partner of Marenal

Franz Meier has been an investor and visitor of Costa Rica for 20 years. He lives in  Finca Marenal, just minutes from Nuevo Arenal.


He has decades of experience in the hospitality field, in resort development and operations, and in project design and construction. 

In his earlier life, he owned several restaurants, managed a hotel, and owned a commercial real estate company. In his last enterprise....    READ MORE

Franz Xaver Meier

Architect and Construction Manager 


Javier is a 2002 graduate of the University of Costa Rica and received his master's degree from the University of Virginia.

After working as an architect for several prominent firms in Virginia and Costa Rica, he formed his own company. www.architectorange.com focusing on residential and condominium projects in Santa Ana, Atenas, and Nuevo Arenal.

Javier is the designer of our contemporary and energy-efficient model homes. His experience in engineering and construction supervision make him a key member of our team.


Javier Ruiz Diaz


Ariana Ugalde Porras

Properties Manager and Account Supervisor

Ariana graduated from Guatuso College in 2002. She and her husband managed and operated Hacienda Los Pilones, Franz's cattle farm on Lake Arenal. Since the tragic accidental loss of her husband and son, Ariana has been the manager of all of his properties.


She has gained much experience in accounting and has attended English classes to become a more proficient communicator. Her general knowledge of the area and her familiarity with local customs has made her an indispensable member of the team.

Farm Manager

In addition to operating Hacienda Los Pilones with the able assistance of his family, Rolbert will take on the responsibility of managing the Farm at Marenal. Rolbert brings extensive experience in cattle farming as well as a wealth of knowledge in horticulture and agronomy to the challenge. His mechanical talents are invaluable as he can repair farm equipment and anything automotive.

Rolbert is Ariana's older brother and grew up in this area. He attended local schools receiving his high school diploma. He has been with the company for over 5 years. We are fortunate to have his talents available for the development of Finca Marenal.


Rolbert Ugalde Porras