Arturo Alvarez-Demalde

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Arturo Alvarez-Demalde is an internationally renowned venture capital and private equity expert whose academic and professional endeavors have allowed him to enjoy immersive cultural experiences throughout the Americas and much of Western Europe. These truly enlightening and enriching experiences helped to further reinforce Alvarez-Demalde’s belief in the importance of making a difference in the lives of people all over the world, especially those who are disadvantaged in any way, shape, or form.
Beginning with an example set in the private sector, Alvarez-Demalde has worked diligently to bring about meaningful change through the use of public works as well. The private equity expert has lent his experience and expertise to a wide range of critical causes, with a particular emphasis on education. Through his work with Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies as well as with ARIS (Asociación Civil de Apoyo a la Rehabilitación e Integración Social), Alvarez-Demalde has helped create educational opportunities for those who would not otherwise have access to such outstanding academic programs.

Given Alvarez-Demalde’s own exceptional academic background, it should be no surprise that Alvarez-Demalde has championed numerous causes dedicated to the expansion of educational opportunities to reach those lacking in access to these critically important opportunities. Alvarez-Demalde possesses firsthand knowledge of the opportunities created through academics, and he took full advantage of his own academic experience that began at the Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires. Alvarez-Demalde then went on to earn a degree in economics from the University of Buenos Aires before completing his MBA at Harvard Business School.

Alvarez-Demalde has consistently demonstrated exceptional executive leadership capabilities throughout a professional career that includes previous experience with Siemens AG and Leadgate. As a manager with Siemens AG and a partner with Leadgate, Alvarez-Demalde possessed a strong track record of success and his wealth of specific expertise in matters involving due diligence, LBO, financial structuring, mergers, and valuation proved to be a remarkably beneficial resource.

1. What is your favorite thing about traveling?

I’ve lived all over the world — Argentina, Germany, the United States — so traveling makes it possible to visit and reconnect with friends and family.

2. Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

It is a lifestyle that began with the opportunity to work with Siemens AG in Germany and study at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

3. What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

Argentina — whether it is Buenos Aires, the Andes, the grasslands of the Pampas, or the glacial lakes — will always be most beautiful in my eyes.

4. Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

I’ll be heading to Germany to visit some old friends I have not seen in quite some time.

5. What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

If possible, take advantage of any opportunity to be completely immersed in another culture. This is the best way to learn a new language and gain a new and valuable cultural perspective.

6. Where would you like to go?

I’d like to see the Far East — Japan especially.

7. Where would you like to revisit?

It has been a while since I last visited the Northeastern part of the United States, so I’d like to revisit New England as soon as possible — but hopefully during the autumn months.

8. Do you travel alone? Why?

Most of the time, yes, I do travel alone. I tend to prefer extended travel experiences, which is not necessarily convenient for most people.

9. If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

Buenos Aires, Argentina; Munich, Germany; San Jose, Costa Rica.

10. Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

It depends on the length of the trip, but I rarely bring much more than a single carry-on bag.

Reed Gusmus

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Reed Gusmus, the director of marketing at QASymphony, brings a passionate, creative, and analytics-driven approach to the executive role in which he is responsible for the development and implementation of highly effective digital marketing campaigns. A thoughtful and ambitious professional right from the start, Mr. Gusmus demonstrated a wholly unique skill set that — combined with his vibrant entrepreneurial spirit — allowed him to gain vital experience as a freelance digital marketer while still working toward the degrees in management and marketing he earned from Kennesaw State University’s Michael J. Coles College of Business.

As a freelancer, Mr. Gusmus established an extensive client list that included companies from all over the United States. Striking a balance between his academic responsibilities and his burgeoning digital marketing career, Mr. Gusmus showcased a unique ability to create highly specialized marketing campaigns designed to produce a very specific outcome for the client. A versatile professional even at this early stage, Mr. Gusmus achieved a great deal of success while focusing on marketing strategy, web design, photography, videography, SEO and PPC.

Upon graduation from Kennesaw State, Mr. Gusmus’ dynamism earned him positions with BestPickReports.com, ClickMedia, and PGI. Mr. Gusmus consistently focused on expanding his skill set and continued to earn a reputation as an innovator and pioneer in the field of digital marketing, ultimately leading to his current role with QASymphony.

The expert B2B digital marketer has thrived in his executive leadership role with QASymphony, and he has already sparked tremendous interest in the test management tool company’s expansive product offerings, including the JIRA test management platforms that are now available to software development teams in need of a platform capable of simple integration. The interest generated by Mr. Gusmus’ marketing campaigns has resulted in demonstrable business growth and has had a positive impact on QASymphony’s top- and bottom-line revenue.

1. What is your favorite thing about traveling?

Traveling makes it possible to really step back and evaluate one’s point of view through an entirely different lens.

2. Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

It is a hobby that has evolved into a lifestyle, especially after having so many wonderful experiences traveling abroad.

3. What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

Norway’s north country offered spectacular views of both the fjords and the Northern Lights.

4. Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

I plan to visit Queensland, Australia, with the hope of seeing the Great Barrier Reef.

5. What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

Organized tours and travel guides are a great way to become familiar with a new location, but the best experiences are often spontaneous and completely unexpected.

6. Where would you like to go?

I’d like to see New Zealand as well as Australia, so I am hoping to have ample time to experience both countries when I travel to Queensland.

7. Where would you like to revisit?

would like to go back to Norway and perhaps travel throughout all of Scandinavia on an extended trip.

8. Do you travel alone? Why?

I’m always willing to travel alone since I love to meet new people in new places, but I certainly enjoy having company as well.

9. If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

1. Norway

2. Vancouver, British Columbia

3. Fiji

10. Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

I think traveling light is always best. I enjoy setting out on a trip with nothing more than the basics.

Marlon Kobacker

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As an internationally renowned expert on sustainable design and clean energy finance, Marlon Kobacker has traveled all over the world to offer his insight and expertise through speaking engagements and also while working in an advisory capacity on an endless array of sustainable building projects. Mr. Kobacker is the director of Sustainable Future Group, where he offers technical advice regarding the various strategies and funding options available for removing the capital cost barriers associated with improvements in sustainability performance.

Mr. Kobacker is also a principal with the sustainability design team for Clean Energy Corporation Australia (CECA), where he contributes to making a wide range of critical clean energy services available, including the design and delivery of solar photovoltaic systems and the creation and implementation of an Ecologically Sustainable Design (ESD) strategy specifically geared toward improving the sustainability performance of both new and existing assets. In addition to his roles with Sustainable Future Group and CECA, Mr. Kobacker is currently serving as a sustainability advisor for EarthRights International while working on an internal project.

As the very first graduate of the world’s first undergraduate program in photovoltaic engineering, Mr. Kobacker began his professional career with an eye on innovation. After earning a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of New South Wales — the latter of which being a Master of the Built Environment in Sustainable Design — Mr. Kobacker stayed on as a faculty member at UNSW while developing and teaching “Solar Architectural Technologies.”

Over the past decade, Mr. Kobacker has shared his vast expertise in the service of the clean energy and sustainable design industry by accepting countless invitations to lecture at conferences held all over the world. At these international conferences, Mr. Kobacker often speaks on the subjects of cost-efficient sustainable design and whole-of-life optimization, both of which were featured as topics in his recently published book, “Removing the Capital Cost Barrier to Sustainable Design.”

1. What is your favorite thing about traveling?

Since I travel so often for professional purposes, my favorite aspect of travel is the opportunity to exchange new ideas with my industry peers.

2. Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

Traveling is most certainly a lifestyle. I have always been an avid traveler, but I began traveling much more extensively after I started speaking at conferences about clean energy finance and cost-efficient sustainable design.

3. What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

Fiji, especially the Lau Archipelago.

4. Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

Yes, I actually have several trips lined up for the future. The one I am most excited about is a trip to France later on this year.

5. What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

I like to make a loosely outlined itinerary so I can make the most of the time I have in a particular location.

6. Where would you like to go?

Even though I live relatively close to it, I’ve never been to the fjords of Milford Sound.

7. Where would you like to revisit?

Lyon, France.

8. Do you travel alone? Why?

I almost always travel alone, but only because of the nature of my work.

9. If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

Fiji; the Okavango Delta in Botswana; Chile

10. Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

I travel with nothing more than the bare necessities, so traveling light is definitely my preference.

Dr. Aaron Rollins

Dr Aaron Rollins RKSTravProminent laser liposuction specialist Dr. Aaron Rollins is known amongst his industry peers as deeply committed to a continued focus on innovation. To his patients, Dr. Aaron Rollins is known as a caring and compassionate doctor who takes a thoughtful approach to patient care with the goal of ensuring the greatest level of comfort and the greatest possible outcome while also minimizing the amount of downtime needed during the recovery process.

Dr. Rollins, the founder of Elite Body Sculpture, has worked diligently over the years to strike the kind of balance necessary to provide an exceptional level of patient care while also devoting time to the research and development of new and innovative practices designed to move the industry ever forward.

Exclusively focusing on laser liposuction procedures, Dr. Rollins and Elite Body Sculpture own a sterling reputation that has led to such significant demand that the practice has expanded its base of operations to include offices in Beverly Hills, Houston, New York, and Sacramento. Despite the continually increasing demand, Dr. Rollins has gone to great lengths to ensure that patients of Elite Body Sculpture continue to benefit from a highly individualized approach and receive the compassionate care that Dr. Rollins and his practice are known for providing.

Often featured as a medical expert on a wide array of platforms that include local, national, and international media, Dr. Rollins has been asked to appear on Good Day LA, Good Morning America, Extra, RTL, and Nova TV, with the latter two being stations based out of Europe. A graduate of the McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Rollins completed his surgical residencies at the University of California at San Francisco and the University of Miami before going on to found Elite Body Sculpture, a medical practice that has earned widespread acclaim and has succeeded in helping thousands of patients thus far.

1. What is your favorite thing about traveling?

I’m fascinated by fine art and culture, and traveling provides a unique opportunity to experience firsthand the most fundamentally important and truly breathtaking artistic creations.

2. Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

It’s a lifestyle, especially since I spend so much time traveling between Beverly Hills, Sacramento, Houston, and New York.

3. What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

Venice, Italy.

4. Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

I’m hoping to return to Italy soon, as I’d like to again visit the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

5. What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

When I travel for recreation, I choose a destination with a very specific focus — usually related to art and art history. I think travelers should make sure to adopt a similarly purposeful approach when selecting a travel destination.

6. Where would you like to go?

Basel, Switzerland, especially during Art Basel.

7. Where would you like to revisit?

I’m quite fond of Italy, but I also had a wonderful experience in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico.

8. Do you travel alone? Why?

I’m comfortable traveling alone or with a big group, so it is really just a matter of who is available to travel and for how long.

9. If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

In no particular order, I’d pick:

1. Florence, Italy

2. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

3. Basel, Switzerland

10. Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

Even when I am planning a long trip I prefer to feel unburdened by baggage, so I mostly travel very light.

Jon Giaan

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An investor, educator, and travel enthusiast, Jon Giaan’s remarkable career is the direct result of his complete dedication to the belief that any goal is within reach through educational preparation and a supportive environment. When Mr. Giaan founded Knowledge Source in 2000, his goal was to make these conditions available to anyone seeking a new path toward financial prosperity by utilizing an approach focused on the establishment of highly profitable property investment portfolios. Drawing on his own experience as a self-taught property investor, Mr. Giaan created a comprehensive educational resource and recruited the most knowledgeable and most successful investors in Australia to contribute their insight and expertise to this endeavor.

Inspired to help others after achieving such immense success as a property investor, Mr. Giaan was keenly interested in removing the obstacles that had hindered him when he first began learning about and investing in real estate with the goal of creating a consistent and substantial source of wealth. Looking back on his own experience, Mr. Giaan recalled the rigorous research and the countless hours of in-depth study that ultimately illuminated the path he would take to achieve the status of self-made multimillionaire. Mr. Giaan then worked to ensure that each of these aspects would be incorporated in the Knowledge Source platform in order to help aspiring investors create their own substantial source of wealth.

With a $35-million property investment portfolio established from scratch, Mr. Giaan is particularly adept at assisting investors with no previous experience and no formal training in experiencing a feeling of financial freedom through property investment. Although he continues to manage his own portfolio while also serving as the managing director of Knowledge Source, Mr. Giaan still has ample time to travel the globe, both for business and for pleasure. The longtime travel enthusiast is often asked to speak about his experience as an investor at events all over the world and is always interested in visiting a new destination.

1. What is your favorite thing about traveling?

Traveling is one of the best ways to educate oneself, so I enjoy the unique learning opportunities it affords.

2. Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

I began traveling more frequently after founding Knowledge Source, so it is more of a lifestyle for me.

3. What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

Athens, Greece.

4. Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

Yes, I plan on taking an extended tour of the Mediterranean quite soon.

5. What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

Try to begin by traveling to places that are meaningful to you on a personal level, that way each subsequent trip can be experienced with a greater degree of depth.

6. Where would you like to go?

I have yet to visit the Swiss Alps, and it looks so lovely that I am not sure why I have not made plans to travel there.

7. Where would you like to revisit?

I would like to visit Greece with much greater frequency.

8. Do you travel alone? Why?

I have traveled with my family often, but it is sometimes necessary that I travel alone if it is a short trip for business purposes.

9. If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

1. Athens, Greece

2. Auckland, New Zealand

3. The Galapagos Islands

10. Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

I try to travel with as little as possible as often as possible. My goal is to never have to stand around waiting for the luggage carousel, so I usually bring a carry-on bag and nothing else.

Dymphna Boholt

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Learning the value of investing at a very early age while working on a cattle station in Central Queensland, Dymphna Boholt has come a long way since the days when a single cow was her sole asset. Ms. Boholt — then just four years old — began building an asset portfolio by breeding her cow with other cattle until she had a herd of her own. Cashing on her investment, Ms. Boholt reinvested her earnings in education, using the profits from her herd to finance her accounting and economics degrees from Canberra University.

Ms. Boholt’s academic success led to ample professional opportunities, including an offer to join Coopers & Lybrand, one of the most prominent accountancy firms in all of Australia and indeed all of the world. Ms. Boholt accepted the offer and moved to Sydney, ultimately gaining professional experience in a wide range of industries that include finance, mining, liquor, and stockbroking. While Ms. Boholt naturally excelled in each of her roles, she eventually decided to pursue an entrepreneurial endeavor, founding Active Financial Answers, an accountancy practice that she ran until making the decision to pursue even greater prosperity through property investing.

After conducting a great deal of research on real estate and property investing, Ms. Boholt found inspiration from Dr. Dolf de Roos, a property investment expert known the world over for his exceptional approach to investing. Following a single year in which Ms. Boholt built an international property investment portfolio worth $3.5 million with $1.5 million in equity, Ms. Boholt was featured in Dr. de Roos’ popular book, “Secrets of Property Millionaires Exposed,” which ultimately led to Ms. Boholt’s next professional endeavor.

Having enjoyed immense success as a property investor, Ms. Boholt founded I Love Real Estate with the goal of sharing her vast property investment expertise with others looking to build a real estate property investment portfolio of their own. She has also written several books on a number of relevant subjects, including “Protect Your Assets.”

1. What is your favorite thing about traveling?

Traveling reminds me how important it is to make sure you have time that is all your own so you can explore new places and visit friends and family wherever they may be.

2. Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

It’s probably most accurate to say that traveling falls somewhere in the middle of hobby and lifestyle, and I first got the travel bug after traveling to — and then living in — downtown Bangkok for a spell.

3. What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

Aside from my home on the Sunshine Coast of Australia, Tanzania is the most beautiful place I have ever been to.

4. Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

My family and I still have to nail down our plans, but we have discussed going to Bali, Hawaii or Madagascar.

5. What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

Take the time to really research potential locations before making a final decision so you can plan accordingly and feel comfortable in a place that might otherwise feel unfamiliar.

6. Where would you like to go?

I’m hoping that our next trip is to Hawaii, but I’m leaving the final decision up to the rest of the family.

7. Where would you like to revisit?

I’d like to go back to Bangkok, if only to visit some of the close friends I made during my time living there.

8. Do you travel alone? Why?

There was a time when I preferred to travel alone, but I love having my family with me wherever we happen to go.

9. If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

East Africa is beautiful if you don’t mind a bit of rugged travel, and I would add Hawaii and Bali to the top three without hesitation.

10. Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

I habitually over-pack, even while consciously trying to pack nothing but necessities.

Sam Ovens

OVENS International founder Sam Ovens delights in telling the story of how he so thoroughly disrupted the marketing industry when he first implemented his innovative marketing approach through his still-new digital marketing consulting firm. After transforming a number of clients in New Zealand and Australia into immediately recognizable and wildly profitable brands, Mr. Ovens decided to focus on sharing with others his newly developed and highly effective approach to consulting through the creation of e-learning programs detailing the strategies he used to earn more than $10 million over a four-year period.

As Mr. Ovens transitioned the focus of OVENS International from marketing consulting to e-learning programs, he also began an entirely new venture called SnapInspect. This new concept developed by Mr. Ovens revolved around a digital application capable of streamlining the process of property inspection to such a degree that the time needed to complete the inspection was reduced by 75 percent. The application quickly became popular and expanded its reach into 16 countries with a total user base exceeding 2,000 individual customers, allowing Mr. Ovens to sell the company for quite a tidy sum and for substantially more than he invested in it.

Mr. Ovens, who was born in New Zealand and grew up in Auckland, now resides in New York City, which is also the location of OVENS International’s primary offices. As a result of being so far from the country in which he was raised — not to mention the overwhelming success of his entrepreneurial ventures — Mr. Ovens has traveled extensively and visited some of the most remarkable destinations throughout both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Traveling for both business and pleasure, Mr. Ovens often points out his great fortune in being able to work from any location that happens to strike his fancy, citing one of the many benefits of building a business from the ground up and relying on nothing more than a sharp instinct for entrepreneurship.

1. What is your favorite thing about traveling?

It all depends on the purpose of the trip. Sometimes traveling allows me to visit family and friends, and other times it allows me to explore incomparable coral reefs while scuba diving.

2. Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

I’d say it is definitely a lifestyle for me. I got started after I began securing clients in countries outside of New Zealand, and I began to travel with greater frequency once the business really took off and became so exceptionally profitable.

3. What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

Aitutaki — located in the Cook Islands — is the most beautiful place I have ever been to.

4. Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

I try to fly back to New Zealand a few times per year, and I’m due for a return trip fairly soon. It’s always exciting to head home for a visit.

5. What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

It is not always necessary to spend more than you can afford to have an enjoyable vacation. Even though I have the means to spend as much as I’d like, I can recall plenty of wonderful travel experiences in which I hardly spent a dime.

6. Where would you like to go?

I’d like to go to Egypt to see the pyramids, but it may be quite some time before I plan a trip to that region.

7. Where would you like to revisit?

I love to go swimming, fishing and diving in the Cook Islands, and I would like to visit there again.

8. Do you travel alone? Why?

I only travel alone when it is for business, and even then I sometimes bring a few friends along.

9. If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

The two places I’ve called home — Auckland and New York City — are definitely must-see destinations. As for a third, I believe everyone should see the Amazon Rainforest or the Andean Mountain Range at least once in their life.

10. Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

I travel very light simply to avoid the inconvenience of lugging so much stuff around. I’d rather just pick up whatever I need once I get to my destination.

Alissa Davis – CreditUpdates.com

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Alissa Davis first became interested in pursuing a career in the customer service end of business management after experiencing a difficult circumstance as a consumer that was ultimately rectified quickly and easily through the help of an exceptional customer service representative. Recognizing how that single experience shaped her perception of the company as a whole and knowing how often consumers encounter subpar service and support, Alissa decided to commit her professional career to ensuring customers receive the most outstanding level of service possible. This commitment has been consistently reflected throughout each and every one of her professional endeavors, and customers of CreditUpdates.com have offered repeated praise for Alissa’s efforts in this regard.

Following the completion of her undergraduate degree in business management and operations, Alissa enrolled in an MBA program that allowed her pursue a specialization in corporate social responsibility. After earning her MBA, Alissa worked in several executive positions in which it was her responsibility to oversee various aspects of customer service and support for companies in varied industries. It was through these diverse professional roles that Alissa began to develop her exceptional reputation as an innovator in all matters concerning customer service and support.

Alissa’s outstanding work in these positions led to her current role with CreditUpdates.com, where she is now senior vice president of customer satisfaction. While Alissa’s responsibilities are incredibly diverse, her primary role with the company is to develop and implement customer service and support programs that reflect the manner in which CreditUpdates.com values its customers and the lengths to which it will go to ensure a consistently exceptional customer experience with accurate credit updates. True to her reputation as an innovator, Alissa has created and instituted a number of creative initiatives designed to yield an outstanding customer service experience for those utilizing CreditUpdates.com for credit reporting, monitoring and support services.

What is your favorite thing about traveling?

I love learning about the unique customs and cultures of the places I visit, and I’ve always enjoyed seeing all the differences in architectural design from location to location.

Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

It’s a hobby, but it is a hobby I hold dear. I first got the travel bug after spending a semester studying abroad, so now I’m always in the process of planning my next big trip.

What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

It has to be Rome, Italy. I spent about a month traveling through Italy a few summers ago, and I just found Rome to be absolutely enchanting.

Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

I don’t know when I’ll be able to get there, but my next destination is going to be the south of France so I can visit some old friends.

What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

I think it’s important to travel throughout your home country first before traveling abroad. I made a point to see places all over the United States before I started going out of the country with any sort of frequency.

Where would you like to go?

I have yet to make it to any location in the South Pacific, so I’m hoping to make some plans to go there soon.

Where would you like to revisit?

I’d really like to revisit Italy and France.

Do you travel alone? Why?

I have a few longtime friends who are always willing travel companions, but if our schedules don’t quite coordinate I’ll still travel alone.

If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

Rome, Italy; Marseille, France; Costa Brava, Spain

Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

Even though I usually travel on extended trips, I like to travel light.

Danny Loschiavo

The co-founder of BoldLeads, Danny Loschiavo became one of the country’s most successful young entrepreneurs by applying his unique skill set to an issue that had been plaguing real estate agents for quite some time. Recognizing that real estate agents spent far too much time pursuing leads of relatively questionable quality, Mr. Loschiavo developed BoldLeads with the goal of creating a means through which agents could build a self-replenishing pipeline of future clients while spending far less time doing so. It is for this reason that BoldLeads reviews its automated system with regularity to ensure its continued efficacy in securing high-quality leads for real estate agents, thereby allowing agents to focus on serving clients rather than securing them.

Mr. Loschiavo first became cognizant of this problem after observing his mother, Christine, struggle to expand her database of clients despite the overwhelming success she had achieved as a realtor. After several discussions regarding the manner in which she and most other real estate agents pursued and secured future client leads, Mr. Loschiavo recognized that there was a clear opportunity to streamline this process through the creation of a system that incorporated many different aspects of marketing, automation and CRM. That system ultimately became BoldLeads, with real estate agents all over the country now benefiting from the remarkable efficiency made possible through the platform created by Mr. Loschiavo.

The BoldLeads platform was not Mr. Loschiavo’s first foray into the world of real estate or entrepreneurship in general. As an undergraduate at Arizona State University, Mr. Loschiavo oversaw several entrepreneurial endeavors involving real estate while pursuing the degrees in business and global studies he would ultimately earn. Since graduating from ASU and co-founding BoldLeads, Mr. Loschiavo has been repeatedly recognized for his accomplishments and has been named among the “Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35.”

What is your favorite thing about traveling?

There is something about traveling that just stokes my creative fires, and some of my best ideas have come to me while traveling.

Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

It’s a hobby at this point, but I hope it will become more of a lifestyle in the near future. I’ve always been interested in traveling and had the opportunity to travel extensively while enrolled in the global studies program at ASU.

What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

Auckland, New Zealand.

Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

I’m hoping to do an extended trip throughout Europe soon, but I want to be sure I have plenty of time to really enjoy my stay.

What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

I’m all about efficiency when I travel, so I like to take a lot of time to plan a trip in advance to make sure I get the most out of the time I spend traveling.

Where would you like to go?

I’d like to spend some time traveling on the Amazon River if possible.

Where would you like to revisit?

I had a wonderful time in New Zealand and Australia, and if it weren’t for the length of the plane ride I’d have already visited again.

Do you travel alone? Why?

It doesn’t matter much to me, but I have met some very interesting people while traveling alone.

If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

1. Auckland, New Zealand

2. Rome, Italy

3. Lyon, France

Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

I try to always travel with nothing more than a small carry-on bag.

James Kappen

Renowned software entrepreneur and world traveler James Kappen has made a career out of his penchant for creative problem-solving, particularly as it relates to those problems so seemingly complex that the issue goes unresolved for quite some time despite the inherent frustration associated with its continued existence. Kappen, the founder and CEO of Proposable, has used his current venture to address an inefficiency that has plagued the global sales force for far too long, namely, the painful sales proposal process. Through Kappens efforts in creating the web-based platform at the heart of Proposable, sales professionals the world over can reap the reward of a streamlined system through which sales proposals can be designed, delivered, tracked and evaluated with an uncommon level of ease.

Kappen, a software entrepreneur known for his creativity and his consistently innovative approach, experienced how this particular inefficiency negatively affected so many aspects of his work responsibilities. With the creation of Proposable, a web-based sales proposal platform, Kappen felt sales staff would be able to devote more of their time and energy to creativity and customer service, an outcome that would be of clear benefit to all of the parties involved. The impetus, of course, was Kappens own frustrating experience in dealing with his own sales proposals.

A graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, Kappen holds a degree in economics and has been recognized as an expert in his field on a number of occasions. As the winner of the SproutBox Business Accelerator Program, Kappen was selected over thousands of other entrants and was therefore able to benefit from the guidance and insight provided by veteran investors and advisors. Through his unique combination of academic and entrepreneurial experience, along with access to exceptional mentoring from leading experts in their respective fields, Kappen brings a rare skill set to his role as founder and CEO of Proposable.

What is your favorite thing about traveling?

Seeing how things are done in different parts of the world really provides a unique perspective and sometimes reveals how the accepted or established practice is not always the same as the best practice.

Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

I’d like for it to be more of a lifestyle even though I travel quite frequently.

What is the most beautiful place youve been to?

I’m obviously biased, but its Santa Barbara for me.

Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

Yes, my wife and I have a few upcoming trips. One really relaxing trip would be our annual sailing adventure to Catalina island.

What are some travel tips youd give to someone inexperienced?

Turn off your phone. Try to find places in which getting lost is not inherently unsafe, and then go ahead and get lost, then ask locals when you have any question. All sorts of cool things happen when you take this approach.

Where would you like to go?

I’d like to visit New Zealand and Australia, but I dont want to go until I have more than enough time to really experience both countries.

Where would you like to revisit?

I had a wonderful experience taking a trip to Nicaragua last year, so Id like to go back again in the future.

Do you travel alone? Why?

I’ve done my fair share of solo trips and have always had an outstanding time, but when I travel with others I like to be sure that we are on the same page in terms of our plans and expectations long before we depart.

If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

I’d pick anywhere in the Mediterranean, as well as Vancouver, British Columbia; and Patagonia, Chile.

Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

I almost always pack very little no matter how I travel, but I do try pack according to the range of potential weather conditions and the duration of the trip.