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Meet the Experts

At the Fast-Track Ecuador Conference, you'll an unprecedented number of expats who have bought second homes, retired, or started a business there. Men and women who just a short time ago, were in the same position that you are today.

Here are just a few of the people who make up our faculty for this groundbreaking conference. Remember: they're not just presenting their topics. One of the primary conference benefits is that they'll be available to spend time one-on-one discussing your own situation.

Dan Prescher
International Living’s Dan Prescher will be your emcee for this conference. As special projects director and media spokesperson for International Living, no one is more qualified to talk about living overseas than Dan. He’s traveled all over Latin America researching and writing about everything from deserted beaches to bustling world-class cities where life is good and costs are low. He and his wife, Suzan Haskins, are four-country expats and are now living full-time in Ecuador.

Margaret Summerfield
Born in Ireland, Margaret has spent her most of her adult life living outside her home country. She now resides in the Casco Viejo neighborhood of Panama City, Panama — and from there she travels extensively in here role as Managing Director for Pathfinder, International Living’s preferred real estate advertising partner. She’s logged hundreds of thousands of miles scouting new properties, and new opportunities, off the beaten track. This February, she'll show you where you can still buy the best investment properties in Ecuador, the "hottest real estate opportunity on the planet…with the lowest cost of entry."

Roberto Moreno, legal counsel 
When it comes to residency, tax law, corporations, and real estate, there is no better authority in Ecuador. Roberto has been practicing law in Ecuador since 1995. He’ll bring you up to speed with the practical information you need to know if you're planning to retire, buy a property, or start up business. His firm,Moreno di Donato, is one of the leading law firms in Ecuador when it comes to expat issues and more.

Santiago Andrade, attorney
Santiago is very involved with the expat community in Imbabura province, and assists with helping them sign up for IESS health insurance, obtaining residency visas, purchasing real estate and more. He’ll speak about the IESS program and its requirements and benefits.

Sarah Dettman
Sarah first came to Ecuador 25 years ago as a Peace Corps nurse. She married and raised three daughters in the Los Chillos Valley outside of Quito. If you’re looking for information about health care options and health service providers…or anything at all to do with the expat lifestyle in Ecuador, Sarah will become your most valuable go-to resource.

Winton Churchill
Winton Churchill is founder of the Barefoot Consultants, an international training and consulting company that helps clients make a living from anywhere in the world by tapping into their own skills and career experience. "By taking charge of their earning power, rather than waiting for governments, financial institutions and employers to ‘right themselves,’ the baby boomer generation now has the power and access to put their skills and abilities on the global market regardless of where they live or work now," he says.

Nick Hodges
With CPA/PFS, MBA, and CFP designations, Nick has a specialty niche tax and financial planning practice working with Americans who hold an international perspective. For over 20 years, he has helped his clients handle their tax and financial affairs Stateside and abroad, mitigating taxes and maximizing opportunity. He is well-versed in the matters of U.S. expat tax laws, and as an extensive traveler, he understands what you need as you manage your tax and financial worlds across multiple continents.

Oswaldo and Julieta Muñoz
Oswaldo and his daughter, Julieta, are born-and-raised Ecuadorians. As owners of Nuevo Mundo Expeditions, the family is one of the country’s best-known when it comes to the travel and hospitality industry. Oswaldo and Julieta will introduce you to Ecuador’s best destinations…the well-known and the little-known…and they’ll explain how to get there, where to stay, what to see, what to pay, and more. (The Nuevo Mundo team will also offer tours before and after the seminar — you’ll learn more when you receive your confirmation letter.)

Suzan Haskins
As a writer/editor for International Living for well over a decade now, Suzan has traveled extensively in Latin America, searching for the world’s best and most affordable lifestyle opportunities. She has lived in Quito, Ecuador; and Lake Chapala, San Miguel de Allende,and Merida, Mexico; Panama City, Panama; and San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. She currently lives in Cotacachi, Ecuador, with her husband, Dan Prescher. She’ll be on hand to talk about the challenges and rewards of the expat life in Ecuador in particular.

Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, it's possible the speakers may change. Other experts, however, will take their place covering the same topic.

What's more, you'll get first-hand presentations and information on:

  • Learning Spanish for enjoyment and business.
  • The truth about residency visas — how to qualify and what your obligations are
  • The ins and outs of buying property in Ecuador…buyer’s and seller’s obligations, property rights laws, and more.
  • Insurance needs: How to qualify for Ecuador’s private health plans as well as its comprehensive free public health care system and the IESS system — for less than $60 per month, it covers all your health care costs.
  • And much, much more…

Our seasoned professional experts will deliver the on-target information you need to get the real picture about living, retiring, buying, or starting up a business in Ecuador.

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