Board Leadership

Sylvia Anne Rosina Tremblay, President

Sylva was born in De Hague, Holland and moved to Montreal, Canada with her family where French and English became her second and third languages. She has a Bachelor degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Leadership Training, from Royal Roads University, in Victoria, BC Canada. She has spent the last 30 years in Senior Management in the social service sector. Her last position, before retiring from full time work, was CEO of Boys and Girls Club of South Coast, BC, a Club with 12 different club locations in the Greater Vancouver area of BC, Canada, over 300 staff and an annual budget of approximately $13M Cdn. She currently works part-time as a consultant for CARF International, preparing and surveying US and Canadian social service organizations, including Boys and Girls Clubs, who are looking to be accredited.Sylvia and her husband are now permanent residents of Mexico and live in Cabo San Lucas, BCS. She is the current President of the Board of Directors of Club de Ninos y Ninas, Baja California Sur.

Mauricio Balderrama, Secretary

Mauricio is the managing director of the Cabo Surf Hotel which is part of the Balderrama Hotel Collection, a regional chain with properties in the Copper Canyon of Mexico. He is an industrial engineer and studied at the Tecnologico de Monterrey. He later received an MBA from the University of Arizona. Mauricio has served as a corporate finance consultant in Mexico City and as CFO for a commercial real estate developer group in Monterrey, Mexico. Mauricio has a passion for community improvement and has been actively involved in Grupo Madrugadores de Los Cabos, Observatorio Ciudadano de Los Cabos, Consejo Ciudadano para la Seguridad Pública de Baja California Sur and CANIRAC. Each of these organizations address local community issues including reducing crime and violence and evaluating government policy. Mauricio is a proud father and husband and has dedicated much of his life to making Mexico a better place for its youth.

Philip Langridge, Vocal

Philip is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), a pre-eminent worldwide organization of real estate professionals (established in London, England in 1868) and a member of the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia (RIBC). He has more than 40 years of experience in multi-family and commercial real estate development and investments throughout Canada, the USA and the United Kingdom. He has held a real estate license in B.C. since 1976 and at one point in his career worked as a senior real estate appraiser for Revenue Canada in Toronto. In 2012, Philip was an Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” finalist. Philip makes community involvement a priority. He has served as a board member for Leukemia Research Canada and as a trustee for the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame. Philip and his wife, Joyce, live in the Vancouver area but spend part of the winter at their home in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Raúl Godin Arroyo, Vice-President

Raul was born in Mexico City and, after marrying a woman from San José del Cabo, they moved with their 3 children to Los Cabos, 15 years ago. He is an Industrial Engineer from Universidad Iberoamericana and then got a Diploma degree in Finance at ITAM in Mexico City. He worked in several manufacturing companies until he moved to Los Cabos and became an entrepreneur in the construction supply chain industry as well as the food and drink supply to hotels and restaurants. During his professional career he has always been an active member of the gremial organization of the industry and has always been supportive of associations, such as Educa Mexico and World Vision. Since he moved to Los Cabos along with all his family, they became active participants in Casa Hogar Cabo San Lucas with the Padrinos del Corazon program; helping, entertaining and taking care of kids for more than 5 years. He then joined Boys and Girls Club of Mexico as a board member and started the Club in Los Cabos to then evolve into Boys and Girls Club of Baja California Sur. He believes that kids are the most needed group to support and guide, which is his motivation to serve the club.

Patricia Green Pratt, Vocal

Patricia is the President and Owner of Creative Consumer Research. She began her career with CCR in 1985, as Director of Field Service Operations in Houston. In 2002, Patricia transferred to CCR’s Full Service Division and is responsible for business development involving the design and management of qualitative and quantitative research for clients. Her clients are companies in industries such as healthcare, public utilities, residential construction, consumer products, and mass transportation. Prior to joining Creative Consumer Research, Patricia was with Levi-Strauss. Patricia is also the proud Founder of the Green Scholarship Program. Created in 2006, Programa De Becas Green is a recognized Mexican AC and a division of the Charity Development of Los Cabos, a US recognized 501(c)(3) charity. The Green Scholarship Program provides full academic scholarships to students with economic needs.

Wim Selders, Advisor

Born in the Netherlands, Wim spent his youth and early adulthood in Europe. He served his mandatory military service in the Navy’s Intelligence Department. His studies centered on mathematics, computer science, accountancy and economics along with four languages, graduating with the US equivalence of an MBA.
His career began as an accountant with clients in The Netherlands and Germany. After he had joined international companies, and traveled in Europe for business, he was eventually recruited to the United States for his international experience.
In the US, his career migrated from Finance to Manufacturing, then to Marketing and Sales, eventually to general management and finally as CEO for a small semiconductor laser company.
In the early 1990s he was asked to become a National Trustee for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He learned firsthand how amazingly the BGCs programs transform the lives of kids for the better.
In the late 1990s he visited a charity in the outskirts of Tijuana. He was appalled by the lack of opportunities for disadvantaged children to overcome the looming poverty in their life. Soon he learned that nothing effective like the BGCs existed in Mexico. He vowed to try and change that.
When he retired from business in 1999, he began the effort of bringing the concept of Boys & Girls Clubs to Mexico, beginning in Tijuana. After recruiting some friends in the US to help, they began an effort to try and convince high caliber business leaders in Mexico to take upon them this Hercules task of which they believed would, down the road, benefit Mexico significantly, and even its neighbors. They encountered a fair amount of resistance from the US and Mexico. It took quite a number years until business and government in Mexico came together, and the building of the first club could begin. Lacking a national support organization, it was important for the first club to be far more than just a club; it had to be a model club from which others could be copied, both the building lay-out, as well as the organization. The first club in Tijuana opened in 2008, an enormous accomplishment thanks to the amazing Tijuana Board of Directors. He remained involved with advice until after a national organization was established and was up and running. In 2020 he resigned from the Mexican national board.
He is still a national Trustee of the BGCA, recently named ‘Life Time Trustee’.

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