Phil Schlesinger was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has lived all over the United States as well as in France, Singapore and currently Panama, and has traveled to nearly 30 countries. Phil first came to Panama as a volunteer in the United States Peace Corps, where he helped rural farmers export agricultural products to Miami and Puerto Rico among other endeavors. Subsequently Phil worked in the sales and marketing department of one of Panama’s biggest developers before starting the Philip James Realty Company in 2006. He has an MBA from INSEAD, one of the top international business schools in the world, and a Masters in Public Affairs focused on Latin American trade and development from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.
Philip is also a partner in several development projects in Panama, including the Roca Milagro development in Chiriquí, Panama, a 46 hectare residential subdivision. He has strong relationships with Panama City developers, and likes to focus on insider deals, multinationals and investor clients. In addition to his experience in real estate, Philip has worked as a contractor and consultant for a number of public, private, and nonprofit entities, including the National Park Service, the YMCA of San Francisco, Miami-Dade Public Schools, and the strategy consulting firm Kaiser Associates in Washington, D.C. He has lived in Panama now for nearly twelve years and has two children with dual citizenship.