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Below is a selection of the experts you may hear from at our events.

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 Merida, the capital of Mexico’s state of Yucatan, where he and a fellow expat—two guys with guitars—perform together as The Yucatones.

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 split their time between Merida and 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, and returned to work as a field archaeologist in the UK before attending graduate school in New York. Later stints abroad included working in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in international banking, and in Madrid, Spain, working as a strategic consultant for (then) Price Waterhouse.

Before moving to Mexico, Glynna lived in New York City, where she worked in health care information with a major Internet health care portal. She’s lived in Mexico since early 2007 and has homes in both the Yucatán Peninsula and the Colonial Highlands. She still travels extensively in Mexico, South America, and Europe.

Glynna graduated from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, and also holds an MS in Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Jessica Ramesch
Panama Editor, International Living

Jessica is no stranger to “international living”—she has called the U.S., India, and Panama home, and studied International Politics and Diplomacy with a full scholarship from the University of Richmond. After graduating with honors, she went on to work as a writer for organizations such as the Panama Canal while moonlighting as a GMAT and GRE verbal instructor for Master’s level courses at Kaplan Panama.

Before joining International Living as our Panama Correspondent, Jessica toured the world as head of shipboard guest relations training at Carnival Corporation. Over the course of four years she moved up in rank from Cadet to Second Officer, but then decided to abandon ship and live the good life as a landlubber.

Jessica speaks Spanish and French and is studying Italian and Portuguese. She spends her days writing, traveling, and learning new things, and likes to unwind by scouting out Panama’s restaurants for great food and wine.

Keith Hockton
Asian Editor, 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 UK 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 Editor, 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.

Robert E. Bauman
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.

THE FACULTY

Rainelda Mata-Kelly
L.L.M. Lawyer, Commercial & Shipping Law, Law Offices of Rainelda Mata-Kelly

Rainelda Mata-Kelly practices commercial and shipping law at the Law Offices Rainelda Mata-Kelly, a medium-sized firm with experienced attorneys and staff. In 1982, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Law and Political Science from 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 of the London office of a Panamanian law firm. In 1991, she became a Miami Correspondent for La Prensa, the Panamanian newspaper and then went on to be the Executive Editor of La Prensa.

Rainelda has been External Legal Advisor to the Asociacion de Usuarios de la Zona Libre de Colon (Colon Free Trade Zone Merchants Association), member of the Editorial Board of La Prensa, and External Executive Director and Legal Advisor to INTERED (Internet Service Providers’ Association).

In 1989, she opened her own private practice in the areas of corporations, immigration, commercial, real estate, and shipping law of Panama, which has now grown to a five-lawyer team with 15 support staff providing personalized attention to clients who wish to relocate or invest in Panama or wish to use Panamanian structures as part of their asset protection plans.

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 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.

Winton is past President of the South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce.  The SBACC serves 18 Chambers and more than 53,000 businesses in coastal Southern California.

In 2007, Winton made Huatulco, Mexico his primary residence and divides his time between Huatulco and San Miguel de Allende.

Juan Federico Fischer
Managing Partner , Fischer & Schickendantz 

Juan Federico Fischer is the managing partner of Fischer & Schickendantz (www.fs.com.uy), one of Uruguay’s leading law firms. Both a lawyer and an M.B.A., he manages the firm’s foreign investment consulting unit, advising multinationals and individual investors in foreign direct investments in real estate developments, acquisition of local companies and privatizations.

In his 16 years as a corporate attorney, Juan has accumulated experience in a vast array of cross border deals, including:

  • Advising and implementing project financing with the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) for Uruguay’s first airport privatization: Punta del Este airport, 1994.
  • Advising in one of the first privatizations of port services, in Uruguay’s main port, Montevideo; Entretin S.A., 1995.
  • Negotiating and structuring the sale of equity in Uruguay’s main port terminal to Belgian operator Katoen Natie, representing different shareholders, on two occasions, in 2000 and 2007.
  • Advising in major local corporate debt restructurings, including that of Uruguay’s main consumer credit financing company, Creditos (1996); and international debt restructurings (regional debt-equity swap of Italy’s Parmalat, 2004).
  • Advising and structuring the set-up of the regional corporate structure for Computer Associates Inc.
  • Advising in the structuring and financing contracts with GE Capital of aircraft purchases by Globo Telecomunicacoes of Brazil, 2008, 2009.
  • Advising bidding consortium (Bechtel Corp. And International Water Ltd.) On Uruguay’s main water supply privatization, 1999.
  • Advising on residential real estate projects.
  • Juan and his firm are one of the main references to foreign buyers of real estate in Uruguay, and the local counsel to Stewart Title Guaranty and First American Title Insurance Co., the two acting title guaranty firms in the country.

Juan graduated from Uruguay’s Catholic University’s School of Law in 1995, and in 2002, he obtained an M.B.A. degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he majored in strategy and finance.  Juan is fluent in Spanish, English, and French.

Juan was born in France and besides Uruguay, has lived in Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, London, and Central America.

His overseas work experience spans deals in the United States, Canada, most of South America, Mexico, Panama, Britain, Spain, Italy, and Romania.

He lectures globally on foreign investment conditions in Uruguay. Recent interviews as an advisor to foreign real estate investors include: The New York Times; New Wire Investor; The International Herald Tribune and the BBC.

Nick Hodges
NCH Tax & Wealth Advisors

Nick Hodges, CPA/PFS, MBA, CFP 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.

Nick is well-versed in the matters of American expat tax. In addition to being featured in an article series in the UAE newspaper, The National, he has been interviewed for radio and television features. Nick has taught thousands of other CPAs advanced tax planning and advanced wealth planning techniques that can help expats reduce their taxes, and has been quoted in various financial planning books by CNN reporters.

An extensive traveler, he understands what American expats need as they manage their tax and financial worlds across multiple continents.

Roberto Moreno
Moreno di Donato Law Firm

Roberto graduated from Catholic University Law School 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 create new business in Ecuador.

Roberto has worked in the legal department at Citibank, became an attorney (Jurisconsultant Doctor Degree) 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 other seven attorneys. His specific skills are insuring Spanish and non-Spanish speaking clients receive good, solid advice for their investments.

Roberto has advised international companies in Ecuador, such as Bumble Bee Seafood Inc., CONAGRA, TRIMARINE, PEARSON, ICAP, and VIRO. He helped the consortium that built the airport in Manta in 2000 and he has acted as lawyer for the major real estate projects in Manta. In the area of immigration, he has help hundreds of clients to successfully established and purchase property all over Ecuador.

Roberto’s professional memberships include the Young International Arbitration Group (London Court of International Arbitration) and the Inter-American Bar Association.

Gonzalo Viquez Carazo Jr.
Viquez Oreamuno & Asociados

Lic. GONZALO VIQUEZ CARAZO is Partner and Founder of VIQUEZ OREAMUNO & ASSOCIATES REAL ESTATE LAW DEPARTMENT COSTA RICA (VOA REAL ESTATE LAW). His 14 years of experience covers a broad range of real estate law, including assisting clients in purchases, escrow, sales and leases of property, trusts and development (Hotels, Condominium, and mayor urbanization projects) and zoning work; representing borrowers and lenders in real estate loans; assisting in foreclosures and workouts; advising on condominium law and condominium constitutions, concession land, negotiating construction and architects’ contracts; and assisting in real estate litigation. He is a member of the Star System STEWART TITLE COSTA RICA (Title Insurance Company). He has participated in Real Estate Seminars around the United States and Costa Rica as key speaker on the legal aspects, development and investment in Costa Rica. His clientele vary from individual investors to multinational developers; he has provided counseling form the initial closing procedures to the development stage of real estate projects.

Christoph Sieger
Guzman Ariza

Christoph Sieger is a senior partner of Guzman Ariza, the leading real estate firm in the Dominican Republic with eight offices located in its major tourism and business centers. His international background and legal training include a Doctorate in German Law, postgraduate studies in International Tax Law in Switzerland, and a law degree in Dominican Law provide him with a unique perspective: understanding the needs and concerns of the foreign investor in the Dominican Republic while knowing the ins and outs of its legal system and customs.

Christoph is the lawyer of one of the biggest tourist and real estate resorts in the country and just recently formed the most sophisticated and modern condominium in the Dominican Republic. He advises multinational companies regarding their tax and corporate structures, foreign individuals with their estate planning and has handled hundreds of real estate transactions. He lectures nationally on tax and corporate law. Christoph, a German national and resident of the Dominican Republic for 18 years, is fluent in German, English,and Spanish.

Turalu Brady Murdock
Attorney and Title Coordinator

In January 2010, Turalu (“Tuey”) Brady Murdock retired after 34 years from First American Title Insurance Company 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.

Tuey received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. with scholastic merit from Western State University College of Law, California.  She is a member of the California and Colorado Bar Associations and has also been active in the California Bar Legal Education Section, the American Land Title Association and the American Bar Association Title Insurance and International Law Sections.

Tuey is active in many church, community, and civic organizations; she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia, South America for two years, and a teacher for eight years prior to entering law school. Tuey served for many years as a National Board Member of the National Peace Corps Association, Washington, D.C.  She is a founding board member of the Association of Nicaraguan Investors and Developers (ANID). Tuey is married with four children and five grandchildren, and lives in Managua, 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. 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). Three years ago he founded Inter Lex Mexico, a foreign investment and corporate law firm. 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 in Yucatan and Quintana Roo.

Ernesto is now recognized as one of the most knowledgeable and well-respected real estate lawyers in Merida, Yucatan and Quintana Roo State. He applies the same high degree of skill and professionalism on behalf of each and every one of his clients whether they are a retired couple purchasing their first home or a large development group in the Riviera Maya.

Paulo Americo Maia Peixoto
Peixoto Advocacia & Consultoria

Paulo Peixoto is a founding member of Peixoto Advocacia, a leading law firm based in João Pessoa, Paraíba. Paulo qualified in 1999 and has over a decades’ experience of advising national and international clients on all aspects of property and commercial law as well as civil matters.Paulo heads up Peixoto Advocacia’s international team. The team is dedicated to assisting a range of corporate and private clients with their Brazilian real estate transactions along with a range of complementary services such as visas and immigration, company formation, employment and taxation issues, and litigation/dispute resolution.

Paulo is a Brazilian national licensed by the Brazilian Bar Association and speaks fluent English.

Aaron Stevenson
EVERBANK

Aaron Stevenson has served as an EverBank World Markets Account Executive since May of 2009 and has been involved with the EverBank Family of Services since October of 2007. He has more than 16 years’ experience trading precious metals and has been trading foreign currencies since 2001.

Before joining EverBank, Mr. Stevenson spent 21 years at Bank of America where he started in the Management Training Program. Upon his departure from the Bank of America Consumer Banking division, Mr. Stevenson was managing 25 branches in North Florida. Mr. Stevenson’s last 10 years with Bank of America was spent in the Wealth Management division as a Relationship Manager in The Private Bank. When he left Bank of America, he was managing accounts in excess of $220 million.

Mr. Stevenson has a B.S. in Finance from Central Connecticut State University and also has Series 7 and 63 licenses.

Lars Stouge
President & CEO, Jyske Global Asset Management

Lars Stouge is President and Chief Executive Officer of Jyske Global Asset Management (JGAM). Lars developed the business model and the business case behind JGAM and sponsored by Jyske Bank, Lars was put in charge of setting up the company and run it. JGAM started operating in April 2008. On a daily basis Lars is chairman of JGAM’s Investment Committee and responsible for the operation of the Portfolio Management Team.

Lars Stouge holds an MSc in Economics and an Executive MBA. In his career Lars has held positions as Financial Analyst, Portfolio Manager, Chief Economist, Director of Private Banking and Director of Asset Management. Lars also has many years of experience as an associated professor in economics and finance.

JGAM offers Managed as well as Advisory Accounts to U.S. clients, even for IRAs. The services include the opportunity to be exposed in all asset classes from all over the world including currencies and leveraged investments. The company is located in Copenhagen, Denmark, and is under supervision of the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority and registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a Registered Investment Adviser.

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 her most of her adult life living outside her home country. Real estate has always been her passion.In late 2005 Margaret joined Pathfinder, as an administrator. She spent her first 15 months with the company analyzing the paperwork and due diligence of countless projects. For almost five years now Margaret has traveled extensively in Central and South America, scouting for real estate opportunities. She’s been to places you’ve never heard of…spent hours in meetings with local contacts…and seen more projects in the region than just about anyone you’re likely to meet.

Margaret calls Casco Viejo, Panama, home—when she is not out scouting property.

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