Big Island Group
No man is an island, however, a group of islands could become a country. Big Island Group believes in the power of individual ideas to address various needs. We are an interdisciplinary group of people combining our islands of knowledge to create a nation of entrepreneurs.
Big Island Group seeks to develop innovative and sustainable projects with a high sensibility towards our environment, in order to contribute with the creation of products and services that develop awareness about our planet to promote the diminishing our environmental impact. We believe in a better future for everybody, and we work to make it a reality.
Beach Up is Big Island Group’s first project. It is born of our desire to help people make informed decisions when looking at sea, sun and sand destinations. It is the first and only interactive and virtual guide dedicated to Dominican beaches. It contains information of interest for everybody and a filtering system that enables the user to personalize their search based on several attributes. The main features are an interactive map, a beach listing, photo gallery, social network links, and a section for news and educational articles. Beach Up is an invitation for everybody to take their swimsuits and explore the sunny way.
“ There is a country in the world located in the same path of the sun. Native of the night.
Placed in an implausible archipelago of sugar and alcohol.“
– Pedro Mir –
Marivi Perdomo CabaCo-founder | Chair of the Board
Jorge Ventura OvallesCo-founder | Chief Executive Officer
Jonathan Ruiz LizardoCo-founder | Chief Financial Officer
José Rafael Reyes GómezCo-founder | Director of Marketing and Communications
Jean Carlos VenturaCo-founder | Chief Technology Officer
Marivi Perdomo Caba
Mariví is an Architect and Sustainability Manager with experience in architectural design, sustainable construction, and has participated in research, resilience and sustainability management projects at the urban scale.
Her approach to architecture involves climate adaptation and efficient energy use in the built environment.
Graduate of the the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and Columbia University in the City of New York, where she obtained a Masters in Sustainability Management + Sustainable Water Management. Mariví has worked for various clients, including the departments of Sustainability and Urban Affairs from several U.S. cities.
Mariví offers practical solutions to buildings and environmental issues, combining her knowledge and passion for improving the built environment while respecting its context, in this way offering a holistic approach to any challenge that comes her way.
Currently she resides in the United States from where she coordinates, develops and oversees all of Big Island Group’s projects in her role as Chair of the Board.
Jorge Ventura Ovalles
Jorge is an architect with a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Virginia Tech as a Fulbright Scholar. He has graduate certificates in metropolitan studies and geospatial information technologies.
His professional experience ranges from architectural projects to urban, regional, and national scales projects. His focus has been on the territorial scale with landscape projects on the Dominican-hatian border, national scale touristic plans for the Dominican Republic, and geospatial analyses in the Dominican capital city. He has been recognized in national competitions and international biennials of architecture and urbanism.
Since early stages of his professional career, he has shown great interest in the academia, and has made great efforts to link the academic programs with his professional practice. At the present time, he is a faculty staff in the School of Architecture at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santo Domingo, focused in courses like Design Studios and Urban Design.
Jorge is co-founder and CEO of Big Island Group. His interpersonal and project management skills at various scales make of him a valuable asset for BIG.
Jonathan Ruiz Lizardo
Jonathan is an environmental scientist with a specialty in mining from the University of British Columbia, a master’s degree in technologies and industrial enterprises’ management from the Escuela de Organización Industrial (EOI), and a master’s degree in project management from Cornell university.
With 8 years of experience at the national and international levels in the research and development projects for the treatment of water and minerals. Has been recognized for innovation and design of treatment plants and mineral extraction processes.
He currently serves as Superintendent of Operations for Corporación Minera Dominicana at the mine in Cerro Maimón, the first copper mine in the Dominican Republic and the first mine to comply with environmental law 64-00.
In Big Island Group, he is co-founder and CTO. His years of experience in project management make him an invaluable asset for the company.
José Rafael Reyes Gómez
José is marketing specialist, writer and producer. He studied at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) of Santo Domingo and the EOI of Madrid.
He was a reporter for various magazines including Al Compás, Vida Universitaria and a collaborator for the* FENACERD Magazine. In 2007 he published a children’s book titled “Princess Helena’s Great Dilemma” and in 2014 “Maria’s Fountain/Source of Wisdom”.
In 2010, motivated for his love for showbiz he produced a tribute for the TV series Glee. In 2012 a tribute for the singer Adele and in 2013 he was the general producer of “Legally Blonde, the musical”, presented on the National Theater and was nominated for 4 Soberano Awards, including Best Musical.
Currently he is combining his functions as account supervisor in a prestigious dominican ad agency with his artistic projects, being a college professor and other enterprises. In Big Island Group, José is the Director of Marketing and Communications for all the projects of the company.
Jean Carlos Ventura
Jean is a software architect and developer with over 8 years of experience creating systems and platforms that allow businesses to increase productivity and revenue.
He is the current API designer, lead developer and project manager at Digital Enhancements, a subsidiary of the Digital Era Group. The systems he has helped design and develop range from enterprise resource planners (ERP) and customer relationship managers (CRM) for the top insurance companies and insurance broker in the Dominican Republic, to applications that facilitate user interaction with banks, complying with the highest standards for financial institutions.
Contributor to several startups along the years, he is also a staunch proponent of open government, open data and free/open source software development,
Jean is co-founder and CTO of Big Island Group. His knowledge and experience in the technological world make him a valuable asset to BIG.