About Us

The Sandy Point Resort is financially backed and creatively imagined by some of the most influential people in the resort and hotel industry. Partner and General Manager (GM) Carlos Abaunza has been setting up Sandy Point Resort’s management company since January 2019. He is highly respected as one of the most talented GMs in the Caribbean and specializes in new ventures and expansions. His latest general management engagements were with Trump International Hotel and Towers, Panama; Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Riviera Maya; The Ritz-Carleton, Cancun; and the Hilton Golf and Spa Resort, Cancun. Preferred Hotels and Resorts has approved Sandy Point Resort and Marina as a resort partner and will assist with operations and brand the resort.

Todd English and the EHG are major partners and head of food and beverage for Sandy Point Resort and Marina. One of the most decorated, respected and charismatic chefs in the world, Todd English has enjoyed a staggering number of accolades during his remarkable career. He has been recognized by several of the food industry’s most prestigious publications, established on of the best known restaurant brands in the nation, published critically acclaimed cookbooks and produced his own TV show for PBS.

Additional partners include celebrity chef Todd English, who will be the head of food and beverage, and musician Joe Sumner (son of musician Sting -Gordon Sumner) who will be the head of entertainment.

Keith j. Burkard, as representative of ENG Hospitality LLC, Mr. Burkard is the founding partner of The English Hospitality Group (EHG). As a serial entrepreneur and visionary, Mr. Burkard has streamlined EHG both structurally and financially. Mr. Burkard has spearheaded restaurant design and development, is rapidly expanding the group’s global portfolio to include hospitality and nightlife destinations, and leads capital and product development for multiple strategic partnerships.

Joe Sumner, a singer and songwriter best known as a member of band Fiction Plane (son of Gordon Sumner – Sting), will be a partner and head of entertainment. Joe will be tasked with bringing an annual music festival to our project in Sandy Point, North Caicos as well as other entertainment projects.

Paul Quirk, Mr. Quirk is the founding Partner at Morgan Holland Partners, a management consulting and systems integration firm serving the financial services industry. Working with major investment and commercial banks, hedge funds, asset managers, brokerage firms and securities exchanges, Mr. Quirk and his team identify and analyze strategic and operating needs, design and implement systems, and ensure knowledge transfer. Prior to his 30+ years in consulting, Mr. Quirk worked in investment banking including Bank of Boston, Manufacturers Hanover and Prudential Global Funding. Early in his career, Mr. Quirk worked as a certified public account at Peat, Marwick & Mitchell.

Dale Piergiovanni is responsible for construction, who has been in the Turks and Caicos Islands since 1999 and received Islander status is 2006. The Piergiovannis have completed many successful commercial and government projects including the recently renovated Parrot Cay Resort and actor Bruce Willis’s compound. They are the premier contractor for Parrot Cay.

Brad Lamensdorf

Award winning, international travel and Turk and Caicos specialist architectural firm led by Rafael has created a timeless design for SPR that blends into the natural beauty of Turks and Caicos. The development of this project will be led by Brad Lamensdorf (partner and landowner), and Michael Carino (partner); who are both finance professionals with many years’ experience in North Caicos.The Sandy Point Resort and Marina will be an exciting, groundbreaking, 4+ star project with significant potential. As this project proceeds, additional projects and ancillary businesses will be necessary and available to the Sand Point Resort group.