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Brent May

Brent was born and raised in Saskatchewan, Canada and from the day he purchased his very first property, at only 20 years old, building and real estate became a passion for Brent. Brent and his wife Erin were avid Mexico travelers. They loved the culture, people, weather and quick flight from Canada.

After making a trip to Huatulco in 2009, they knew they found the place they wanted to make their new home. They decided to invest in Mexico and jumped at the opportunity to combine their passion for real estate with their love for Mexico. Brent enjoys many outdoor activities including mountain biking, hiking, surfing and stand up paddleboarding. He also enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as spending time on Huatulco’s beautiful beaches. Today Brent is the Owner and Operator of Bayside Real Estate, where he has been nicknamed ‘The DreamCatcher’, helping people make paradise their home! Let Brent help you find your dream home today.


Erin May

Erin was born and raised in Saskatchewan, Canada. She and her husband Brent moved to Calgary, Alberta in 2001 where she worked in Management and Human Resources for EPCOR Energy.

Erin wears a lot of hats within the Bayside company. She is a fellow sales associate for Bayside Real Estate, oversees the general operation of the Bayside Vacation Rental division and manages our company websites. In her spare time, Erin loves to travel, spend time outdoors and loves everything about Mexico. She enjoys going to the beach, hiking, stand up paddleboarding and is learning to play the guitar and evolve from a wake surfer to the ocean surfer.


Lindsay Harder

Lindsay began selling real estate in Alberta in 1987. Coming from a construction background, Lindsay felt a transition into real estate to be inviting. Knowing the building trade invited new opportunities to offer developers, builders, existing home owners to purchase, sell & market condos, mobiles, recreational property and acreage dwellings.

Lindsay’s standing Motto “Try Harder” fits his surname well. Lindsay and his wife Lenore had been looking at other destinations in Mexico mostly for an investment opportunity and future winter paradise. Upon attending an Edmonton trade show, they heard about Huatulco… and the rest is history! Nearly 30 years later they are enjoying Huatulco in the winter months. Lindsay and Lenore can often be seen volunteering with many different charity events around Huatulco including hosting the annual Food Bank Catamaran fundraiser, local dog rescue program, local library Rotary projects and children’s Santa toy run. Let Lindsay help you find your dream home today.


Hector Cisneros

Hector was born and raised in Mexico City and studied publishing design and arts in San Luis Potosi and have gained an expansive knowledge of Mexico and developed excellent customer service while working in the travel industry for 25 years in destinations such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and finally Huatulco.

Hector arrived to Huatulco as many other residents “as an accident”, but as soon as he landed at the Huatulco airport in September 2000 he knew this was his Home. While in Huatulco Hector used his customer service skills to land him a sales job with Camino Real and Quinta Real where he gained valuable experience selling villas. As Hector gained experience he became sales director of successful and market leading projects such as Montecito Beach Village and The Cosmo Residences. Today when not spending time enjoying the outdoors with his family, Hector is ready to use his area knowledge, listen to a buyer’s needs and find the perfect property for their lifestyle and budget. Let Hector help you find your dream home today.


Leah Guzmán

Leah was born in Toronto, Canada and visited Mexico for the first time when she was 2 years old. With a Mexican father and a Canadian mother she was immersed in both cultures and languages from a very early age. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to travel and work throughout Europe, Scandinavia, Asia and South America but always returning to Mexico in between.

Huatulco first came on Leah’s radar in 2008 when visiting her sister. Then as a visitor, and now as a full time resident for the past 5 years, she continues to be surprised by everything that this beautiful destination has to offer. Immediately seeing the potential that Huatulco held, she founded ‘Aventura Mundo‘ one of Huatulco’s top rated eco-tourism companies. Over the years she has also formed an integral part of sales and marketing in some of Huatulco’s premiere oceanfront developments; Celeste Beach Residences and Cosmo Residences. Her experience and hard work ethic have allowed her to become an expert with all things real estate in the Huatulco and area market. Leah’s attention to customer service, excellent listening skills and integrity will ensure that you succeed in finding the house that fits the life you deserve to live. Let Leah help you find your dream home today.


Kevin Knochel

Kevin Knochel was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas and studied the Spanish language and Translation with a minor in Anthropology. He travelled extensively throughout Mexico and grew to love the culture of this beautiful country. After graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington, he moved to Galicia Spain where he taught English at a high school. He also developed great customer service skills working in Texas as a bartender and liquor promoter at the DFW airport.

Kevin met his wife through a good friend that he made in Spain that led him back to Mexico. After a long-distance relationship with his current wife, he decided to make the big move to Puerto Escondido. When he first arrived on the Oaxaca Coast, he began as a Spanish teacher and managing family owned hotels. He eventually got involved in the family real estate business back in 2016 where he rapidly developed a love for real estate. Kevin has now been with Bayside Puerto Escondido for a year and has been a great asset in expanding Bayside’s horizons along the coast. Having that Kevin has travelled extensively throughout the globe, he is an expert in understanding the needs of clients from all over the world and will most definitely guide you along the way in finding your dream property in our little paradise we call home!


Stephani Cervantes

Stephani Cervantes was born in Oaxaca de Juarez, the capital of Oaxaca and was raised in Puerto Escondido. Stephani spent her adolescent years in between Puerto Escondido and Oaxaca City which has allowed her to be a true expert in Oaxaca culture! Stephani eventually moved to Vancouver, Canada to see the world and learn more about the English language. After living abroad and extensive learning she moved to Mexico City to pursue a career as a makeup artist.

After graduating from beauty school, she began doing makeup for movie series, commercials, and social events which led her to gaining very useful experience in the field. She ended up gaining momentum in her career by working in several films in the big city. However, 4 years of living in Mexico City made Stephani long for her gorgeous Oaxaca Coast. She moved back in 2015 to Puerto Escondido and continued her makeup career but also began to learn more about real estate within her family’s real estate company of more than 30 years. Shortly after, Kevin made the big move as well and moved down to the coast to pursue a family and learn more about this beautiful place they now call home. Stephani is more than willing to show you around this magical town to let you go through the experience and find your dream home!


Mike Leon

Mike was born in Mexico City, but moved to Canada at the age of two. He was raised in Toronto, Canada however, even as a child, he knew his heart was in Mexico.

Mike worked as teacher within the Toronto area, with a focus on physical education and special education for 18 years. The commute to work everyday left little time with the family. That, paired with the high cost of living and the cold winters finally got to him. It wasn’t the life he had always been dreaming of. In fact, it was the opposite. However, it wasn’t until an invitation in 2016 to spend Christmas in Huatulco with his family from Mexico, that he knew he had come home.

That summer, Mike and his family decided it was time to further explore their Mexican heritage. Chasing that dream, and a much warmer way of life, they loaded the truck with anything that could fit, including two young children, their two furry dogs and set course for Huatulco.

It has been over two years and Mike never tires of exploring his new home, learning about the history and enjoying the natural beauty Huatulco has to offer. Always involved in athletics and a healthy active lifestyle, Huatulco lends itself to the lifestyle he and his family were seeking. The fresh food, sunshine, and ability to enjoy an outdoor, active life, year round, was the paradise he was looking for to call home. You will often see Mike running, riding his bike or walking all around town often, with his dogs or children close behind.

An avid traveler, Mike still loves to explore all around the world, but he is blessed to know that when he comes home, it is Huatulco. Mike is the newest agent to our sales team and he will be glad to assist you in finding your pretty piece in Mexico.


Fabiola Limón

Fabiola works as Bayside’s Sales Director. She was born and raised in Mexico City, however since her mother is from Huatulco she feels like it’s her true home. She studied Finance and Accounting in Puebla and worked for multi-national companies including Holcim Ltd. and Mars Inc.

Fabiola recently returned from Sydney, Australia where she received a Diploma in Businesses Administration. She feels lucky to have been able to travel around the world. In her spare time, Fabiola loves to play sports and spend time on the beach.


Janessa Wugalter

Janessa Wugalter works as Bayside’s Marketing Manager.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Canada  Janessa was always in search for the playa and escaping the cold. Right out of high school, she decided to leave her winter coat behind and move to Vancouver to pursue her dance career.

In 2012 she had the perfect job opportunity awaiting her in the beautiful bays of Huatulco. Without knowing much about this hidden gem, she packed her bags and made the big change. Janessa continued her dance career through the large hotel chain AM Resorts in Huatulco. After 6 years of lighting the stage with her presence, she decided she needed a change. Still admiring the hotel industry, Janessa relocated to sales and marketing. She obtained knowledge in marketing in hotel social networks and customer service.

As one of the youngest expats in Huatulco you can say she is truly living her life to the fullest. In her spare time, Janessa loves to teach dance classes, relax on the beach and soak up the sun!


Karla Mendez

Karla was born in Mexico City at the age of 10 she moved to Puebla and finished school and later studied business administration.

When she was a child, she had the opportunity to travel with her family to most of the beaches around Mexico, she has been always a beach lover and decided to live in the beach one day.

Ay the age of 23, she has the chance to move to Huatulco, without a doubt she moved even though she had never been there before. As soon as she stepped off plane, she had the feeling that Huatulco was going to be the place for her.

Karla started working at hotel and tourism area 4 years over 4 years ago and she quickly discovered that she excelled in the area of customer service. She has a special way to contact with people, make them smile and enjoy their stay making it an unforgettable experience.

It was that customer service that brought her and Brent together. Karla was recognized by Brent’s cousin, who is a realtor in Canada and staying at the hotel Karla worked at. After a tip and recommendation to Karla, Brent wasted no time introducing himself to Karla and it was not too much longer she found a position with the Bayside Real Estate Huatulco team.

She loves animals, exercising, reading books and chilling at the beach while enjoying the sun and getting a good tan.


Ailén Juarros

Ailén Juarros was born and raised in Bahías de Huatulco, Mexico. With only 22 years, this makes her the youngest of the Bayside team. Her parents, both Argentines, traveled until they found the paradise of Huatulco 25 years ago, fell in love with its beauty and realized that it was the best place to start a family, surrounded by nature and beaches.

From a very young age, Ailén has been interested in the area of communication and administration, which led her to move from Huatulco to the city of Puebla when she graduated from high school early at age of 17. Ailén pursued a university degree in Communication in Puebla and one semester abroad in Spain.

Ailén has been an intern in Bayside since summer 2018, and now works full-time as Marketing and Sales Assistant.

Because Ailén was born and raised in Huatulco, she has extensive knowledge of the area and its people. Her love for this paradise guided her to Bayside Real Estate, where she found the perfect fusion between her passion for communication and the affection she has for Huatulco. Ailén met Brent though family and when she interviewed for a summer position, she pitched Brent on how he could improve an area of his business, so she made an impression for sure.

When she is not studying or working Ailén loves reading, spending time with her friends and enjoying some time at the beach.


Jonathan Ferioli

Jonathan Ferioli was born and raised in Puerto Escondido to an Italian mother, he was fortunate to grow up spending many summers exploring the food and culture scene in Bologna, Italy. Then getting to come back and spend the rest of the year right here on Oaxaca’s Coast, developing an appreciation for food, travelling and exploring different cultures from a young age. Mix that with a love for surfing, sunshine and beach days, he is so grateful that he gets to call this little corner of the world my home.

Prior to entering real estate, he surfed at a high level all over Mexico with a few trips around the world, took multiple certifications as a lifeguard and first responder, and for a few years dedicated his life to teaching people the art of surfing. These experiences instilled in him the discipline, the dedication and the determination it takes to succeed in the real estate industry.

As a Puerto Escondido native and a passionate real estate professional, he recognizes and values the trust his clients place in him, and he strives every day to exceed their expectations. Having grown up in Puerto, he understands the intangible benefits of life on Oaxaca’s Coast, with its unmatched weather, culture and diversity. Combining exceptional customer service with an authentic knowledge of all the city’s ins and outs, he can happily assist you with all of your residential real estate endeavours and help you fulfill your needs the best.

Outside of real estate, he takes pride in giving back to the community and serve as an active member of Oaxaca’s Surfing Association, which takes care of the Coast through different projects and environmental activities, and helps young surfers become successful athletes.


Mariel Regis

Mariel Regis was born and raised in Oaxaca city, since she was a kid she frequently visited Puerto Escondido, creating a special bond with the place until her adolescence. When she moved to Mexico city to study Photography, she started working at a real estate company directed more to help foreigners, in there she had the opportunity to know more about new multicultural experiences and making a lot of foreign friends.

After a few years of not having been able to visit Puerto Escondido, when she returned she knew that she wanted to keep doing her work but where her heart really was, in Puerto Escondido. Leaving Mexico city after 14 years, Mariel is now in Puerto Escondido wanting to share and show the people why Puerto Escondido has this particular and beautiful essence that brought her back.

She is determined to show you Puerto Escondido from another vision and she is sure that you will fall in love with the place just like she did.


John Smeh

John Smeh was born in Toronto, but has spent more than half of his life living in Wasaga Beach, Canada.

John and his wife Michele, have travelled the world extensively. In spring of 2020, they came to Huatulco, Mexico, and knew immediately there was something special about the Oaxacan Coast. The pandemic gave them the time to search for their dream home and they very quickly fell in love with, and purchased in Puerto Escondido.

John started off his life’s journey as a Real Estate Broker in Ontario, then owning and operating a construction company for 17 years. For the last 9 years John has owned and operated a CrossFit gym. John has two wonderful children and a Mom of 87, who plan on visiting often.

When asked about his decision to join the Bayside team, John said, “My whole life has been in preparation for this opportunity – to assist other people in living their best life in Mexico!”


Norma López

Norma is our Office Administrator and backbone of the office. She is the smiling face our clients see when they enter the office.

Norma was born in Valle de Santiago, Guanajuato and moved to Raleigh North Carolina at age 5. She studied and Graduated high school there and moved back to Mexico with her husband in 2010.

She started working on receiving her Accounting certificate right before she started working for Bayside in 2015.  She worked extremely hard to obtain it and is now happy to say she is a certified accountant and administrator. Even though she feels like she has accomplished her dream she is willing to learn more and become better and better each day.  

Norma has 2 beautiful kids and in her spare time loves spending time with her family. She loves going to the beach, traveling to new places in Mexico and tasting the different and delicious types of foods they have to offer.


Tamara Aguilar

Tamara is our Director of Operations for Bayside Property Management.

Tamara was born in Mexico City and lived there until she was 7. Her family made the move to Toluca, where she went to high school, college and studied Industrial Design. 

She has worked as extra in movies & television sets and  has been a medical equipment designer, graphic designer and camp monitor. After acouple of years she decided that the big city was not her thing, so at the age of 28 decided that she wanted to live the hippie dream. While volunteering at a beach hostel in Puerto Escondido she did a day drip to Huatulco with her boyfriend and fell in love! They both decided Huatulco was their new home. 

Tamara is a beach and music lover so that is where she spends most of her spare time. At the beach with her pup while listening to music. She also puts her creative mind to work as a freelance graphic designer.


Mari Carmen

Mari Carmen works as a Vacations Specialist in our rental team.

She was born and raised in Puebla, Mexico. She visited Huatulco when she was younger and knew since then this is where she wanted to live. She loved the fact that Huatulco was the only sustainable touristic destination in Mexico that was certified with Earthcheck and many awards. Mari Carmen always reminded herself it was where she would return one day.

She studied International Touristic Management and always knew she was going to live in a beach destination. After working in a Private Aviation she decided to leave everything behind and go after her dreams of living the beach life. She loves the culture, gastronomy and heritage of her country and wants other people to experience that. Mari Carmen will be glad to make your next stay in paradise unforgettable! 


Andrea Titzer

Andrea was born and raised in Indiana. She moved to France to pursue a M.S. in Tourism Development and has worked in France, the U.S. and Mexico as a tourism planning consultant & communication specialist. She originally came to Mexico in 2010 to learn Spanish and ended up staying. She loves the quality of life and time her Mexican life has afforded her for being present for her daughter’s childhood.

Andrea manages the blog for Own Mexico and enjoys assisting people in their decision-making process of moving to Mexico. She is the Principal at Pacifico Consulting. She is also an Experienced Yoga Teacher with over 10,000 teaching hours. She loves hiking, traveling and ocean swimming.

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