Meet Our Team

Chris Rauton – Founder

Chirs Rauton - American RealtyAfter graduating from the top International Business school in the United States, Chris came to Mexico with a friend to spend a few relaxing days on the beach away from this corporate desk job.  He was hooked immediately.

He opened American Development Company in 2005, and since then the company has been recognized for its competence and ethical business standards time and time again.  In 2011 he completed his post graduate studies at Harvard Business School.  Today he is trying to incorporate business theory into real world applications.  In his spare time he likes to golf, enjoy the beautiful Caribbean Sea, and remember why he originally moved to Paradise.

 Leah Campbell – Lead Broker

Leah - Real Estate PlayaLeah began her career in fashion merchandising .  Like most of us, she spent her early 20’s bouncing around trying to find her place in the world.  This finally came when she joined the ADC Team in May of 2010.

Combining her natural abilities in interpersonal communications with her desire to learn and make herself better every day, she has found her niche.  She has quickly built a strong client base with her honest business practices and takes pride in making her clients her friends.

Steve Didier – Chief Marketing Officer

Steve DidierGrowing up in rural Minnesota, Steve owned several small businesses prior to enlisting in the Army.  After completing his term of service, he then completed his studies in Colorado Springs, CO before making his way to Las Vegas.

Steve has had a long and storied real estate career and brings a wealth of knowledge gained during 13 years in the volatile and hyper competitive Las Vegas real estate market. He has a diverse range of experience and expertise in both real estate sales, as well as online marketing.  In his real estate career with the renown Prudential Americana Group, his many recognitions include:

  •     3 Time Chairman’s Circle Platinum Awards(Top 1% nationwide)
  •     2 Time Chairman’s Circle Gold Awards (Top 2% nationwide)
  •     4 Time Top Of The Rock Award
  •     Circle of Excellence Award

He first visited Playa del Carmen in 2004 and fell in love, always having a strong desire to live the tropical Caribbean lifestyle.  When opportunity presented itself, he jumped at the chance to move to the Riviera Maya and is loving life in his new home!

 Theo Griscti  - Agent

theoHailing from Toronto, Theo began his studies at Western University in London, Ontario before graduating from Griffin University on Australia’s Gold Coast in Business Management.

Before moving to Playa, he spent 2 years as an outdoor adventure guide, and has run his own successful franchise for 4 years in Canada, until he was promoted to General Manager for the Vancouver Region. At the end of 2013 he made his way into Playa del Carmen for a new career with American Realty and his new home away from home.

Personally, Theo’s passion is traveling.  He has been all over the world, traveling to all 7 continents by the age of 29 and is now checking Latin American countries off his list as his Spanish improves.

Hamead Rashead – Agent

Hamead RasheadA graduate from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business, Hamead spent his college years playing both college basketball and football as well as juggling his academic career. He knew very early that he wanted to be in Real Estate and  furthered his education by excelling in the Real Estate Trading Services program before moving into the field full time.

Hamead has had a storied Real Estate career up to this point, working primarily with Remax in Vancouver, BC for 8 years, dealing with high end and luxury properties in an extremely fierce and affluent market.  To his credit, Hamead has brokered several multi-million dollar deals and also specialized in investments consistently making money for his clients using his competitive nature and strong negotiating skills.

In his other life, Hamead has also served as General Manager and running back coach for the Vancouver Island Raiders in the CJFL where they won 3 National Championships.

Hamead has been to Playa several times over the last decade and finally could not resist the opportunity to move to paradise with its endless possibilities, “This is a booming and appreciating market with outstanding value and I’m immensely excited to be part of it.”

Paul Lin- Agent

American Reatly Playa del Carmen- Paul LinPaul Lin is originally from Los Angeles and is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and has worked in real estate in New York City. After a decade of the practice of law, he decided it was time for a career change and bought a one-way ticket to Acapulco with the intent of working in real estate on the coast of Mexico. After traveling from Acapulco to Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific coast, he flew to Cancun to traverse the Caribbean coast.His love affair with Playa began from the moment of arrival and seeing the aquamarine hue of the Caribbean waters from the bus station. Within 24 hours, he’d secured an apartment, and within 72 hours, had met Chris. These events affirmed that the love affair with the city was mutual.

Paul has traveled to 49 countries on 6 continents, and can say with certainty that Playa is his top choice of place to live, with direct flights from Cancun to both Los Angeles and New York. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga, jiujitsu, shark diving sans cage, and planning trips to his 50th country and 7th continent.


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