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INTERNATIONAL LIVING

Dan Prescher Event Emcee, International Living

Dan Prescher is a native of Omaha, Nebraska. He earned a degree in Journalism at the University of Nebraska and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Dan worked as a copywriter for many years in educational fundraising and electronic fund transfer systems marketing until he met his wife, Suzan Haskins, with whom he ran a successful multi-media marketing business in Omaha until 2001. That’s when Suzan suggested selling the house, cars, and furniture and moving to Ecuador to take a job with International Living. It was a decision that has occasionally made them (and their friends and family) wonder about their sanity, but one that they have never regretted. Since then, Dan and Suzan have lived and worked in Ecuador, Panama, Nicaragua, and three locations in Mexico for International Living. Dan currently lives in Cotacachi, Ecuador and in his spare time he enjoys playing the guitar and songwriting.

Suzan Haskins Latin America Editor, International Living

Suzan Haskins hails from the great American Midwest, where she spent nearly 25 years working in corporate advertising and marketing in Omaha, Nebraska. Finally, in 2000, she said “not another winter in Omaha” and began looking for a way to live where the weather and scenery were better and she could do more of the things she had always wanted to do. An International Living subscriber, she started pestering the company for a job. In 2001, International Living relented, and hired Suzan and her husband, Dan Prescher, to work for the company in Quito, Ecuador. From there, the Haskins/Prescher team moved to Mexico. In 2006 and early 2007 they lived in Panama, and Nicaragua before returning to Merida, in Mexico’s Yucatan state. She and Dan renovated a colonial home in Merida. They now live full-time in Cotacachi, Ecuador, when not on assignment researching and writing about the world’s best relocation destinations for International Living.

Steenie Harvey Roving Europe Editor, International Living

Steenie Harvey has been writing for International Living for the past 15 years. The magazine’s Roving Europe Editor, she travels most months—not just to Europe, but also further afield. In the last year she has been on the crafts trail in Ecuador, the Viking trail in Iceland, and investigated real estate in the Philippines, Malaysia, Italy, Spain, and France. When she’s not on the road, Steenie lives in County Roscommon, Ireland. She is the author of Live Well in Ireland, and Adapter Kit – Ireland and Adapter Kit – a Guide to European Vacation Rentals.

Glynna Prentice Mexico Editor, International Living

Glynna got the travel bug at an early age. After traveling around the U.S. with her family as a child, she took on Europe during college. She returned to Europe to work as a field archaeologist in the U.K., digging up Vikings, before attending graduate school in New York. She remained based on the U.S. East Coast for much of her professional career, in part because she could get cheap flights from there back to Madrid and London. Eventually deciding this was inefficient, she got a job with (then) Price Waterhouse in Madrid and saved the air fare. During her nearly seven years in Spain, she traveled the length and breadth of the country, both for business and for pleasure. Returning to New York, she worked in health care information with a major Internet portal, before moving to Mexico in 2007. In Mexico, she divides her time between the Yucatan Peninsula and the Colonial Highlands. She travels extensively in Latin America and Europe, and for International Living has written about Mexico, Belize, Ecuador, Peru, Ireland, and Spain.

Jessica Ramesch Panama Editor, International Living

No stranger to “international living,” Jessica Ramesch had called the U.S., India, and Panama home by age 14. So it was no surprise to her family when she won a full scholarship to study International Politics & Diplomacy at the University of Richmond. After graduating with honors, Jessica worked as an interpreter for the World Access travel emergencies hotline, followed by a stint as a Panama Canal editor. Not content to watch the ships go by, she went on to join the cruise industry. After visiting 25 countries, Jessica abandoned ship for the good life in Panama City. As International Living’s Panama Editor, she writes about Panama’s beaches, islands, mountains, and countryside. She is also the author of Escape to Panama, International Living’s best-selling book on all things Panama.

Keith Hockton Southeast Asia Correspondent, International Living

Keith worked in the investment banking arena for most of his life and retired in Hong Kong in 1998. He then went on a three-year journey of discovery around Australia, and wrote Atlas of Australian Dive Sites-Travellers Edition, a book about scuba diving your way around Australia. It was published by Harper Collins in 2003 and it’s now in its third printing. He worked for various think tanks in Australia and the U.K. between 2003 and 2009 concentrating on Asian and European country risk, and finally returned to live in Malaysia in 2009. He had last lived there with his parents in 1970. He started writing for International Living in 2011 and in the same year authored Penang- An Inside Guide to its Historic Homes, Buildings, Monuments, and Parks, already in its second printing, and wrote and co-directed a documentary titled 1941- The Fall Of Penang which showcased on the History Channel in August 2012.
Keith is a fellow of the Malaysian Branch of The Royal Asiatic Society and continues to travel and explore Asia at every opportunity. He also mountain bikes (badly) and consequently knows the Malaysian medical system and its hospitals well.

Jason Holland Costa Rica Editor, International Living

Jason Holland had the benefit of living overseas from an early age. His father was in the U.S. military and later worked for the U.S. government in Turkey, Germany, and Spain. Jason was born in Madrid and, after a brief stint in the States, spent most of his childhood back in Spain, on the southern Atlantic coast near Cadiz. He returned to the U.S. for college, graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Journalism. After several years in the trenches covering local news for community newspapers in Florida, Jason was offered a position as a writer and editor with Early to Rise, an Agora-affiliated company offering educational resources for entrepreneurs and online marketers. Over the years, he managed to indulge in his love of travel with trips to Thailand, Singapore, Jamaica, and Costa Rica. After years of dreaming of living overseas again, he and his family moved to Costa Rica in February 2012.

David Hammond Uruguay Correspondent, International Living 

Before coming to Uruguay, David Hammond lived in Port Townsend, Washington for over 20 years. In Washington, David spent 10 years as a licensed Merchant Marine captain operating his own charter boat, working in rescue towing and salvage operations, and providing launch service for ships. After a decade on the water, he spent the next 10 years on land, building homes and selling real estate. Looking for a new adventure and real estate opportunities, he came to Uruguay in 2006. He liked it so much, he simplified his life and moved to Punta del Este the same year. David always enjoyed writing as a hobby. Since making the move south, he has the time and opportunity to combine his interest in writing with his passion for life in Uruguay.

Wendy DeChambeau Ecuador Expat and Ecuador Correspondent, International Living

Wendy DeChambeau is a former Securities Principal for TransAmerica who has lived in Alaska, Minnesota, and Idaho. Despite possessing all the requirements of the “American Dream,” Wendy and her husband David were looking for something different. They wanted to own their own business, to introduce their children to a new culture, and never have to shovel snow again.In November 2011, Wendy, David, and their two sons arrived in Ecuador and set out to make their dreams a reality. They quickly opened and operated a restaurant in the town of Cotacachi while finding time to travel throughout the country and to other nearby nations. After a year of business, Wendy and David sold the restaurant and began to focus on other opportunities. Wendy is now a freelance writer, focusing on Ecuador and other nearby countries.

Edd & Cynthia Staton Expats Cuenca, Ecuador/Ecuador Correspondent, International Living

Edd and Cynthia are childhood sweethearts who grew up in Atlanta and have been married for 42 years. With successful careers downsized and savings dwindling after the economic tsunami in 2008, they shocked their family and friends by announcing they were moving to Cuenca, Ecuador. Almost four years later, they love their life abroad. Edd is a regular contributor to International Living and Incomes Abroad and writes a highly popular blog. Cynthia enjoys devoting time to Tai Chi and her yoga practice. Their love of travel has led to an active association with TerraDiversa, one of Cuenca’s most respected tour companies and travel agencies. Combined with a hyper-active social life and regular trips to the U.S. to visit their three new grandchildren, Edd and Cynthia marvel that they ever had time to work!

THE FACULTY

Robert E. Bauman Sovereign Society and Legal Counsel, International Living

Mr. Bauman is a former Member of the United States House of Representatives from Maryland (1973-1981). He is also a former federal official and state legislator; a member of the Washington D.C. Bar; graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (1964) and the GU School of Foreign Service (1959), Washington, D.C. He was the founding editor of The Sovereign Society Offshore A-Letter; and is author oand co-author of Forfeiting Our Property Rights, The Cato Institute, (1995) (with Hon. Henry Hyde); The Offshore Money Manual 2000, Sovereign Society (1999); The Oxford Club Wealth Protection Series, (1995-2007); editor of Forbidden Knowledge, Sovereign Society (2004); author of The Complete Guide to Offshore Residency, Dual Citizenship and Second Passports, Sovereign Society (2007); Where To Stash Your Cash: Offshore Tax Havens of the World, International Living & Sovereign Society (2007); with articles and reviews for The Cato Institute and in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Wall Street Journal, Human Events, and National Review. Mr. Bauman also serves as legal counsel to International Living.

Rainelda Mata-Kelly Law Offices of Rainelda Mata-Kelly

Rainelda Mata-Kelly has practiced commercial, immigration, and maritime law for over 30 years and later founded the Law Offices Rainelda Mata-Kelly, medium sized Panamanian law firm with five lawyers and 17 support staff. The firm has become one of the leading immigration law firms in Panama and the practice includes relocation related services such as legal assistance on the purchase and sale of real estate and setting up foundations and corporations. In 1982, Ms. Mata-Kelly graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Law and Political Science at Santa Maria La Antigua University in Panama. She then went on to Cornell University Law School and obtained a Masters of Law, specializing in Commercial and Maritime Law. Upon graduation, she became the founder, resident lawyer, and manager for six years of the London office of a Panamanian law firm. Ms. Mata-Kelly was, for 10 years, an External Legal Advisor to the Asociacion de Usuarios de la Zona Libre de Colon (Colon Free Trade Zone Merchants Association), and for several years a member of the Editorial Board of La Prensa, and External Executive Director and Legal Advisor to INTERED (Internet Service Providers’ Association).

Winton Churchill Founder, Churchill Method, Inc., Founder, Barefoot Consultants, Inc.

Winton Churchill is founder of Churchill Method, an international training and consulting company. His firm helps clients find ways to put their skills, services, products, and career experience on the global market by tapping into the 30% to 70% of opportunity most U.S.-only and Canada-only businesses and individuals leave on the table. “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,” according to Winton. In addition to consulting, Winton has written and lectured on a broad range of career and Internet sales and marketing topics. His opinions are frequently quoted in a variety of publications including The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, Marketing Sherpa, Inc. Magazine, SoftwareCEO, Sales & Marketing Management, Fox News and a number of industry related business, Internet, and software related publications. He is the author of bestselling book Email Marketing for Complex Sales Cycles (Morgan James Publishing). Prior to the founding of his own firm, Winton has been involved in a variety of senior sales, marketing and management roles for, Apple Computer, Oracle Corporation, Spinnaker, Contact Software (ACT!), Sun Microsystems.

Kary Vannice CEO Rambladera Incorporated

In 2008, after deciding she wanted to take her life in another direction and live outside her native country, Kary became certified as an ESL teacher. Having no previous English teaching experience she researched the process online, took a TEFL certificate course and found an assignment teaching English at a private school in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. Over the three school years Kary taught there, she taught primary and secondary students from beginners to advanced learners. Even though Kary now works as a freelancer, she continues to teach private English lessons to adults and children whenever she can. Kary’s background is not in English or even education, but in nearly every job she ever had, she found herself in the position of disseminating information in one way or another. She has worked for government agencies, private business, and even owned her own education camp for kids. Kary is living proof that you don’t have to be a PhD or have classroom teaching experience to succeed at teaching English abroad.

Warren Hardy Warren Hardy Spanish School

Warren Hardy has been a Spanish teacher and educator for over 40 years. He and his wife Tuli have lived in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico since 1990, when they founded the Warren Hardy School. The school has become an institution where expats go to learn Spanish and culture. The Warren Hardy School boasts a very effective 10-course curriculum taught by master teachers, each with over 15 years tenure. Over the years Warren has finely honed a course of study specifically for expats. Students quickly learn the courtesies, the basic verbs and most useful nouns so they can get out and shop and take care of their business with confidence. Warren teaches his course on video. The Warren Hardy Spanish Webtutor consists of 41 20-minute videos and online games. This is the “go to” course for expats moving to Spanish speaking countries. Warren Hardy is also a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.

Roberto Moreno Moreno di Donato Law Firm

Roberto graduated from Catholic University Law School in Quito in 1995. Since then he has been assisting both corporate and individual clients from all over the world to invest in property, obtain visas, and purchase or create new businesses in Ecuador. Roberto worked in the legal department at Citibank, became an attorney in 1995, and became a partner of Bustamante & Bustamante in 1996. In 2007, he founded Moreno di Donato Law firm, a boutique law firm where he works as the main partner with seven other attorneys. His specific skills are ensuring Spanish and non-Spanish speaking clients receive good, solid advice for their investments. He helped the consortium that built the airport in Manta in 2000 and he has acted as lawyer for major real estate projects in Manta. With offices in Quito, Cuenca, and Manta he has assisted numerous clients in immigration, real estate, banking in Ecuador and abroad as well as purchasing business or create new ones for individual and families looking to move into Ecuador. The law firm will assist you everywhere in Ecuador and with a bilingual and international staff, they will provide all of your legal and accounting needs. Whether you need assistance in deciding the right kind of immigration visa, help opening and managing you company, initiating a relationship with a bank in Ecuador or abroad, preforming a complete title search and securing your real estate transactions, or guidance you on the best way to structure your investment and assets in Ecuador, the Moreno di Donato law firm will be there for you.

Turalu Brady Murdock J.D. Title Coordination Services (TCS)

In January 2010, Turalu (“Tuey”) Brady Murdock retired from First American Title Insurance Company after 34 years to start an independent consulting business for people and companies buying property in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her years of experience in the title insurance industry, 13 of those years handling transactions in Latin America and the Caribbean as Vice President/Counsel of the Latin America/Caribbean Division, give her a unique perspective on what to watch out for when buying property outside of your home country. Tuey has purchased property in Latin America and the Caribbean and has been lucky enough to travel to almost all of the countries in the region. She presently lives in Nicaragua and has owned real estate there since 1999. She is a founding and present board member of the Association of Nicaraguan Investors and Developers (ANID). Tuey is married with four children and six grandchildren, and lives in El Transito, Nicaragua. She has lectured extensively on title insurance related issues throughout the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

Ernesto Arrañaga Patrón Chief Executive Officer and Attorney, Inter Lex Mexico Foreign Investment and Corporate Law

Ernesto Arrañaga Patrón was born and raised in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. He attended university and obtained his law degree with honors at the University of Mayab (1996-2001). In 2003, he traveled to Spain and obtained a Masters Degree in International Tax Law at the University of Salamanca. In 2004, after returning to Mexico, he joined the Ernst & Young firm in Cancun as Legal Manager (2004-2007). Five years ago he founded Inter Lex Mexico, a foreign investment and corporate law firm specialized in real estate transactions and closings. He is attorney to many of the area’s largest real estate projects and real estate companies and he is licensed to provide legal assistance to clients both in Yucatan and Quintana Roo states.Ernesto is now recognized as one of the most knowledgeable and well-respected real estate lawyers in the zone known as the Mayan Riviera. He applies the same high degree of skill and professionalism on behalf of each and every one of his clients whether they are first time investors, a retired couple, or a large development group in the Riviera Maya

Matthew Apodaca CPA, CGMA Expat Tax Specialist

Matthew Apodaca is a CPA and Partner at NCH Tax and Wealth Advisors. His primary specialization is in the unique U.S. tax returns required for U.S. citizens and residents who are living or investing outside of the U.S. Matt has years of hands-on experience with expat tax returns and audits. He focuses on helping U.S. expats stay out of trouble with the IRS by identifying issues ahead of time, while keeping IRS tax bills (if any) as low as legally possible. The biggest risk in the tax world is what you don’t know. Matt helps guide clients through the complexities of foreign disclosure and expat tax benefits for both individuals and businesses. Matt is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), has B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. He has also co-authored the book Expat Taxes Made Easy.

PATHFINDER

Ronan McMahon Executive Director, Pathfinder

A finance graduate, Ronan McMahon worked in the e-business consultancy and dot-com industries before joining International Living as Real Estate Marketing Director in January 2004. Ronan has been an active real estate investor since his early twenties and joining International Living gave him the opportunity to marry his personal and professional interests. Four years ago Ronan took up the position of Executive Director with Pathfinder. Pathfinder is International Living’s preferred real estate advertising partner. Pathfinder scours the globe to find the most unique and value-oriented real estate opportunities. Ronan also writes International Living’s Real Estate Trend Alert and regularly contributes to International Living’s print and online publications. International Real Estate investment is his beat. Ronan has travelled to 15 countries in the past 18 months alone, following trends that could offer profit opportunities. Instinct, experience and an unrivalled black book of contacts give him direct access to the inside track to profit opportunities.

Margaret Summerfield Managing Director, Pathfinder

Margaret was born in Ireland but has spent most of her adult life living outside her home country. Real estate has always been her passion. In 2005, Margaret joined Pathfinder. She spent her first 15 months with the company analyzing the paperwork and due diligence of countless real estate projects. The next step was boots on the ground scouting. Margaret relocated to Panama in 2007, and since then has traveled extensively in Latin America, scouting for real estate opportunities. She’s spent time in places you’ve never heard of…researched more markets, scrutinized more deals, and checked out more projects in the region than just about anyone you’re likely to meet.Margaret is also the editor of Pathfinder’s free e-letter, The Pathfinder Alert.

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