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- 1994 - 1997
- 1992 - 1993
- 1987 - 1990
- 1983 - 1987
During the course of the ups and downs in that deal many things happened to me both on personal and professional levels. On a professional level during the time spent here I began to notice that Costa Rica had the potential of becomming a tourism juggernaut (remember I had been in the business in the past). Therefore, I got the idea of launching a travel company which I still own and operate, Package Costa Rica. On a personal level I found myself divorced and homeless. So I moved to Costa Rica to pursue my dreams. And the rest, as they say, is history. I began Package Costa Rica in 2004 and since then we have brought over 1,000 tourists to this country. I continue to remain wildly optimistic that we have barely seen the tip of the iceberg in terms of tourism growth in this country. Following the explosive tourism growth we have also experienced a real estate boom. That has been both good and bad. Good in the sense that it has brought much foreign capital to a country that needs it. Bad in the sense that uncontrolled growth (and some of it has indeed been "uncontrolled") threatens the reasons that so many people are drawn to this country to begin with. That is, its unrivaled natural beauty and overwhelming biological diversity. I am now tapping my past experience in business, tourism, marketing, law and deal-making to assist those who would like to develop here. However, in my role as consultant I will be careful to work only with those that develop according to the principals of sustainability. That is "sustainability" in terms of sustaining the resources that make Costa Rica so special, its natural splendor and its people, so that generations to come will be able to enjoy this country in the way that I have had the privilege to enjoy it.
I said at the outset that I came here in 2001 with nothing in common with the ticos (Costa Ricans). However, now I consider myself (as we like to say here) "mas tico que gallo pinto" (more Costa Rican than the typical meal known as gallo pinto that is served at almost every breakfast).