About the Development Team
The 21 Club team draws on years of master planned community development experience to guide the future of Monte Sereno. Its principals employ the highest industry standards to ensure that quality planning prevails as each new phase and product is introduced. The team sees its stewardship of the Monte Sereno community through a lens of uncompromised quality. Our respect for the attributes that make Santa Fe unique permeates our activities at Monte Sereno. We simply care about the future of our community and our city.
Don Beauregard has more than 35 years of experience in the investment and development of commercial, resort, and residential real estate. He started his career as an integral part of an industry-leading team that developed the world-renowned Keystone Resort and Ski Area. Additional resort involvement included participation at the Jackson Hole Ski Corporation and as Managing General Partner of the Arizona Snowbowl Resort Partnership.
In 1998, Don launched a “rural renaissance” investment program that resulted in the acquisition of strategic parcels of development land in a number of southwestern ex-urban markets including the Sonoma County wine country of California, Wickenburg, AZ, Santa Fe, NM, the Hill Country of Texas, and Aurora, Colorado. During the following 10 years, Mr. Beauregard enhanced the portfolio through the entitlement process, infrastructure, and amenity development.
In 2003, he launched the development of the 600-acre Monte Sereno community in Santa Fe, NM. During the subsequent several years, Monte Sereno evolved into an active lifestyle environment attracting families from throughout the US. The sale of 153 estate lots and building of 60 estate homes valued between $1.3M and $2M established Monte Sereno as Santa Fe’s premier master planned community. Don’s commitment to Monte Sereno and its future influenced him to commit to a senior role as Director of Development with 21 Club to complete his vision of this unique piece property.
As Director of Operations for 21 Club Holdings LLC, Al Lilly offers over 38 years of experience in land use planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture, construction, and real estate development.
He began his design career with The Architects Collaborative in Cambridge, MA. In 1979, Mr. Lilly formed the New England design firm of Lilly Planning Associates. The firm was recognized numerous times by the Home Builders Association for excellence in planning, sales, and marketing. In 1982, the firm was awarded the prestigious “Project of the Year Award” for planning “Windward Harbor” in a national design competition offered by Builder Magazine.
In 1992, Mr. Lilly moved his design firm to Santa Fe, where he led the master planning and construction management services for Las Campanas, a 4,000-acre resort community with over 1700 home sites. The western office of Lilly Planning Associates grew steadily, and, in November 2000, he formed a new partnership, and changed the name of the firm to Santa Fe Planning Group, Inc. Santa Fe Planning Group Inc. has played a key role in numerous high-profile, master planned developments over the past 17 years.
Mr. Lilly has also had a long history of community service in Santa Fe. He is a past director of the Santa Fe Rotary Foundation, and past director of the Downtown Santa Fe Rotary Club. He has been a member of the General Plan Steering Committee for Santa Fe County, the Highway Corridor Planning Committee, the planning committee for the Community College Planing District, the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, the steering committee for TAP Water Santa Fe, Arterial Roads Task Force, the Santa Fe County Advisory Board for Economic Development, and a director of Santa Fe Economic Development, Inc.
Mr. Lilly holds a master of landscape architecture & land use planning from Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a bachelor degree in civil engineering from Tufts University. He is a licensed landscape architect in New Mexico and Massachusetts, and is a licensed New Mexico Real Estate Broker.
Jim Whipkey is the founder and Managing Partner of 21 Club Holdings LLC, which acquired 300 acres of undeveloped land in Monte Sereno, Santa Fe’s premier luxury residential and resort community, in November 2015. A longtime resident of Santa Fe, he saw the opportunity to make a permanent impact on the city through careful stewardship and development of this rare and unique property. Since the land acquisition, he has overseen major infrastructure improvements, introduced new luxury home concepts, and ongoing estate lot sales in the community, which is located adjacent to the world-renowned Santa Fe Opera.
He has a 37 year background in the energy and industrial development industries with broad experience in both technical and financial areas. Most recently, he co-founded Hi-Crush Partners LP, an industrial sand company with principal operations in rural western Wisconsin. Under his leadership, Hi-Crush grew from modest beginnings in 2012 to become one of the largest industrial sand producers in the world, exceeding $250 million in annual revenue. The company’s growth was facilitated by multiple, complex real estate transactions, including negotiating the acquisition of thousands of acres of land, and building four unique $100 million industrial plants. Throughout the process, Hi-Crush maintained outstanding relationships with local communities, and provided jobs to hundreds of local community members. Mr. Whipkey retired from his roles as Co-CEO and Chairman in 2017.
From 2000–2012, Mr. Whipkey co-founded and led Red Oak Capital Management LLC, a direct investment firm in the energy sector. Earlier in his career, he worked in a number of investment banking positions managing a wide range of relationships and responsibilities. His various roles included energy derivatives trading at Phibro Energy Inc., investment banking at Kidder, Peabody & Co., and stock analysis at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., where he won “All-Star” recognition from the Wall Street Journal in both the E&P and oil service sectors. He was Chief Financial Officer of NYSE-listed Benton Oil and Gas from 1997-2000. He began his career as a petroleum engineer with Amoco Corporation where he spent five years in operations, drilling and reservoir simulation roles. Mr. Whipkey holds a B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago. Among his personal interests are tennis, golf, astronomy, photography, and amateur radio.
Amrit Aristimuño has joined the 21 Club Holdings team to engage in design efforts at Monte Sereno – he develops creative concepts and oversees construction methods, aspects of project delivery and schedule. As project manager, he is involved in the technical and creative coordination of the Resort Village Design at Monte Sereno.
Amrit focuses on process driven design, the experience of built space, building materials, and their sensory aspects. He is a licensed architect in New Mexico and holds a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico. His professional experience includes a variety of building types including education, healthcare, housing, hospitality, and civic. He specializes in development of concepts and overseeing construction. He is skilled at façade, shading and enclosure design through the sensitive use of materials and assemblies. Recent works include NMJC Allied Health School of Nursing, the new 160,000 SF Center for Recreation Excellence in Hobbs, NM, and the historic Weeks Hall renovation at TTU.