CBRE Philippines is the product of the dedicated team headed by Rick Santos, Chairman & Founder of the company.

Rick M. Santos

Chairman, Founder and Managing Partner

Manila, Philippines
T. 632.752.2580
F: 632.752.2571

 

CURRENT ROLE AT CBRE PHILIPPINES

Rick Santos is the Chairman, Founder, and Managing Partner of CB Richard Ellis Philippines. Mr. Santos set up the CB Richard Ellis operation in the Philippines—playing a major role in establishing the company as the leading real estate advisory firm in the country. (The CB Richard Ellis Group is the largest US listed Global Real Estate Services Corporation and a member of the Fortune 500.)

In addition to driving the company’s business lines forward, Rick also takes charge of the cross-border investment team focusing on the in-bound and out-bound movement of Institutional and Private Investment Capital. Mr. Santos and his team were the pioneers in the real estate/BPO industry and were also responsible for bringing many of the largest institutional and private real estate investors into the Philippines.

Previously, Mr. Santos served as the Managing Director of CB Richard Ellis Hong Kong and as the Head of Institutional Investment Properties for Asia. He has been involved with the Hong Kong, China and Pan Asia business as a former Asian and Asia Pacific Board Member and has served as the link partner to the emerging market countries of India, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. Mr. Santos joined CB Richard Ellis in 1994 and is a graduate of UC Berkeley, the London School of Economics and Oxford University.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND ACCREDITATIONS

  • American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines-Vice President
  • American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines-Past President (Years 2004-2006, 2008)
  • American Chamber of Commerce of Hong Kong – Real Estate Committee Chairman
  • Young President’s Organization
  • Financial Executives
  • Management Association of the Philippines
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Asia Pacific Real Estate Association – Philippine Board
  • Philippine Rugby Football Union – Secretary General

EDUCATION

  • BA (Honors) Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science
  • U.C. Berkeley California
  • MSC ( Econ ) Masters in Economics with emphasis in Real Estate Finance and Urban Development
  • London School of Economics
  • D (Oxon) Post Master degree in International Relations and Management
  • Oxford University

Adchemy

Yesterday , we concluded the handover of our unit located on the 27/F of Philamlife Tower. It was a relief that we finally have access and can proceed with our minor refurbishments. Finally an official announcement can be given to our Engineers who really deserve a better facility that they can call their own.

Much of this good news and feelings of self-achievements of getting this unit would not be possible without your help and that of you most gallant employees, Mr. Francis Bautista and Mr. Philipp Llave.

Initially our head office in San Francisco was not in favor to get our own unit and moving out of Regus because of the initial capital outlay it represented. Eventually we were granted approval to start the search on the condition that it would be a tail-end of an existing lease, with no capital outlay needed for fit-out, cabling and furniture on our part. Knowing what the real estate market in the Philippines is like and our prior experience in finding office space, the situation proved very challenging, if not frustrating for us.

But with their professionalism, persistence and unique knowledge of the market, Francis and Philipp were able to find us a unit that fit the specifications of our head and negotiate a deal that was beneficial to us. To sweeten the deal further, the space they provided is just a few floors away from our existing office thus making it an easier transition for us.

Bottom line, what I am trying to say is “THANK YOU” to both most especially to Francis who’s been very instrumental on all my needs in terms of office spaces.

Keep up the good work guys!

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