About The CLE Team


The CLE team includes six members: four local Ecuadorians and two American gringos.  Brian Ebner, currently living in Breckenridge Colorado, and Benjamin Norton, from Orlando Florida, are our United States partners.  Daniel Velasquez and Manuel Chavez are from Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador; Nelson Coral is from Portoviejo, Ecuador,  and Gabriel Loor is from Chone, Ecuador.

Brian and Benjamin visited Ecuador for the first time a few years ago and immediately fell in love with the people, the landscape, and overall the laid-back lifestyle.  Coming from Florida, they fit right in with the daily routine of surfing and enjoying fresh seafood, and they really appreciated the relaxed, casual demeanor of the local people,  a refreshing alternative to fast-paced living in the States. They initially purchased property in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador, and — working with a local developer — completed construction on seven beachside condominiums within a year. They are currently developing the community La Reserva Manabi in Ayampe.

Manuel Chavez, the maestro of the group, comes with invaluable knowledge and experience in business ownership, land ownership, and home building in Ecuador. He has a deep passion for his country and all of its local customs.

Gabriel Loor and Nelson Coral are the designer and architect for the latest CLE project, La Reserva Manabi In Ayampe. Gabriel has a Project Planning degree from a local Ecuadorian college, and Nelson has an architectural degree.

Daniel Velasquez has been sharpening his expertise in real estate since 2005. In addition to owning  a hostel and hotel in Canoa, Ecuador, he owns the Los Aposentos oceanview community on the iconic cliffs of Canoa.

Our Staff

Ben Norton


Benjamin currently resides in Florida in the US. He has worked in the software development field since 1999, and has additional background experience in web development and marketing. He initially visited Ecuador in 2012 and fell in love with everything … Read More

Brian Ebner


Brian, who currently resides in Colorado, divides his time between two of his passions: the snow and the surf. Looking to make Ecuador his permanent residence soon, he has been investing in Ecuador for the past few years. With a … Read More

Gabriel Loor


Gabriel is currently the go-to man for La Reserva Manabi. An avid surfer, he has worked for Wave Hunters since 2009, traveling the world and accompanying surfers on exotic trips. A local Ecuadorian, he knows all the laws surrounding buying … Read More

Daniel Velasco

FLUJO Advisor

Daniel, a local from coastal Ecuador, has been in real estate since 2005. He lives by a strict credo of celebrating his hard work with some time to “just flow,” as he says. He’s had a passion for surfing since … Read More

Manuel Chavez


Having lived in Ecuador for the majority of his life, Manuel currently resides in Bahia, Ecuador. He is a font of wisdom relating to the local cultures, laws and practices. His entrepreneurial successes have included a seafood packing plant and … Read More

Nixon aka “Enforcer”

Security and Logistics

Nelson Coral

El Arquitecto/Ingeniero

Nelson, our architect, currently divides his time living between Manta and Puerto Lopez. His experience is with urban development, especially creating civil engineering plans for the government, including bridges, piers, and roads. He is currently putting the finishing touches on … Read More