Iván Chávez, Executive Vice President of Grupo Vidanta, has been accepted into the Forbes Business Development Council—an invitation-only community for senior-level business development executives. His extensive experience in business development, strategy and operations will help enrich the discourse of the council, helping progress its mission of connecting and educating business leaders worldwide.

Membership to the Forbes Business Council is by invitation only, and members become part of a hand-selected and curated network of senior-level business executives and industry luminaries who work to share their knowledge with their peers and the public, including publishing thought leadership articles and tips on industry-related topics on Forbes.com.

“I am honored to join such a distinguished group of business leaders and entrepreneurs,” says Chávez. “Forbes has a storied history of bringing relevant, thought-provoking and cutting-edge business content to readers all over the world, and I look forward to learning from and contributing to the business development council.”

For the last decade, Iván Chávez has played an integral role in making Grupo Vidanta Mexico’s premier luxury resort developer, with a top-notch team of world-class executives leading the company, and locations in seven exotic beach destinations. Vidanta has become one of the most recognized business leaders in the Mexican Tourism Industry, with two of its luxury resorts holding the coveted Five Diamond rating from American Automobile Association (AAA), the world’s most respected hospitality quality rating system.

Chávez is driving expansion of the company’s tourism, resort, and entertainment development interests. Since joining Grupo Vidanta, Chávez has overseen the launch of Vidanta’s ultra-luxury resort brand, Grand Luxxe, as well as worked to forge strong partnerships between Grupo Vidanta and a variety of global industry leaders, including a $150 million partnership with Hakkasan Group.

The future looks bright for Vidanta as Chávez and his team work relentlessly to raise the bar for what clientele expect from a world-class luxury destination. After being the first to bring Cirque du Soleil to Mexico with its theatrical and culinary experience, JOYÀ, the company is marching forward with exciting new plans, including development of new immersive entertainment park experiences in Nuevo Vallarta, along with several new developments in Los Cabos with Hakkasan Group.

Noted as one of the few resort and entertainment development companies in the world that owns and operates all of its properties, with end-to-end control—from ideation, to planning and design, to construction and operations—Vidanta resorts have an unparalleled reputation for creating luxury destinations and entertainment features for the most discriminating clientele.

Chávez graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and double major in Real Estate Development and Entrepreneurship.

Forbes Councils combine an innovative, high-touch approach to community management perfected by the team behind Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), with the extensive resources and global reach of Forbes.

Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils, says, “We are honored to welcome Iván Chávez into the community. Our mission with Forbes Councils is to curate successful professionals from every industry, creating a vetted, social capital-driven network that helps every member make an even greater impact on the business world.”

About Grupo Vidanta

Grupo Vidanta is a full-service tourism developer in Mexico and Latin America with practices in property architecture and product design, construction and operations. The company specializes in the development and operation of luxury resort and hotel brands in Mexico and counts AAA Five Diamond Award-winning Grand Luxxe Nuevo Vallarta and Grand Luxxe Riviera Maya and five AAA Four Diamond Award-winning resorts—The Grand Bliss Nuevo Vallarta, The Grand Mayan Nuevo Vallarta, The Grand Mayan Riviera Maya and The Grand Mayan Acapulco – among its impressive portfolio of more than 25 resorts and hotels.

Grupo Vidanta’s visionary approach to the development of luxury beach destinations brings vacation dreams to life via private club membership-based entertainment and destination resorts on the coastlines of Mexico’s most sought-after locations—Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Acapulco, Puerto Peñasco, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán—with brands including Grand Luxxe, The Grand Bliss, The Grand Mayan, The Bliss, Mayan Palace, Sea Garden, and Ocean Breeze, with more in development.

The company, which employs more than 15,000 individuals dedicated to design, development, construction and operations, is consistently recognized as one of the most revered employers in Latin America. Vidanta Golf is the largest operator of golf courses in Mexico, the real estate division has built and sold more than 2,000 vacation luxury homes, and the company is responsible for developing Mexico’s first privately built and owned airport, Mar de Cortés International Airport in Puerto Peñasco.

Grupo Vidanta was founded by Daniel Chávez Morán in 1974 and operates two foundations to enrich the lives of Latin Americans. For more information about Grupo Vidanta, visit www.grupovidanta.com