Aristides (Ari) Cota, for the past 4 years, has been responsible for the daily oversight of construction activities and for ensuring that construction practices are ecologically sensitive and cost effective. With a depth of international and local engineering/contracting experience, Ari directs the infrastructure construction and home building in a manner that will ensure that Elkington Forest is a model of sustainable development.  Ari is the President of a BC registered civil contracting company called Scala Development Consulting.

Ari was formerly the Director of Engineering for Loreto Bay Company, a $500 million mixed use sustainable resort project located in Loreto, Baja California Sur. In that position, Ari was responsible for handling and managing the master development team’s activities, including the development of public utility infrastructure and services, sustainable land preparation, interfacing with appropriate government agencies and implementing development cost controls for the project.  Prior to joining Loreto Bay, Ari was a partner and the Chief Executive Officer of Asesoria y Financiamiento Int., S.A. De C.V., a professional land development consulting firm specializing in engineering, and construction management.

Prior to his position with Asesoria y Financiamiento, Ari was a partner and the Chief Operating Officer of Precoi S.A. de C.V., a Mexican engineering firm. While at Precoi, Ari supervised a staff of approximately 450 people, and oversaw major development projects throughout Mexico, including the construction of six subway stations in Mexico City for the Metropolitan Transport System and the construction of various power supply projects for CFE (Federal Commission of Electricity) including the construction of transmission lines, and substations for the thermoelectric “Rosarito” station, in Baja California.