Deborah McCormick’s wanderlust for far-away places led her to pursue a travel-writing career. She was managing editor for in-flight magazine Wild Blue Yonder, and then brand director working with East West Resorts. McCormick has bridged the architect’s vision with compelling branding for resorts including one of the top 25 spas in the world: Spa Anjali at the Westin in Beaver Creek. Under the tagline “Where Nature Nurtures” McCormick created a positioning platform intrinsically tied to the inspiring Colorado Rocky Mountains.


Jonathan Stein graduated from McMaster with a combined Honors B.A. in Philosophy and Spanish while playing varsity tennis. Stein has taught for nine years in award-winning hotels in Mexico, the Caribbean, Australia, Thailand and Costa Rica. Currently the Tennis Professional at the illustrious Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort, he recently founded Los Cabos’ leading tennis pro company TOP 10’S, managing programs at luxury resorts and residences. His motivational attitude and philosophy are portrayed in his book LOL: Loving Our Lives by Living Our Loves, published in 2016.


Born in Miami, Nicole Schubert is a journalist and diplomat with a focus on politics, lifestyle, and human interest stories. She holds an MA in multimedia journalism from New York University and a BA in communications, international development, and ballet from Tulane University, including a semester at the London School of Economics. Her career spans roles in Miami, FL, and Manhattan, NY. During her masters, she interned at City Hall’s Room 9 for the NY Daily News, covering significant events and figures such as Mayor Bill De Blasio and Hillary Clinton during the 2016 White House race. She transitioned to a breaking news reporter, covering a wide array of stories, including anti-Semitism on the subway and political demands from national figures. Currently, she serves as the Digital Diplomacy Director and Speech Writer for the Consulate General of Israel in Miami, focusing on a broad spectrum of affairs. Additionally, she contributes to Ocean Drive Magazine, Polo & More, and NY Daily News, writing on culture, fashion, and lifestyle. Her work and initiatives, such as founding iRock News in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina, reflect a commitment to impactful storytelling and diplomacy.



Daniel Penseyres, currently a Switzerland-based recruiting consultant with MP Executive Consultancy, has an extensive background in international banking, including working as chief investment officer of HSBC in Monaco and chief executive officer of fund management for the Bank of China in Geneva. Penseyres began his banking career in 1991 at the Republic National Bank of New York’s Swiss office and has also worked for two Fortune 500 companies as head of foreign exchange trading and risk management.


Rafael Micha is chief marketing officer and managing partner at Grupo Habita, which owns 16 posh lifestyle hotels located in Mexico and the U.S., and Mexico City’s trendy Downtown Beds hostel. Micha’s hotels, the latest of which Hotel Terrestre in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, have been featured in Wallpaper*, Vogue and The New York Times, and are a favorite of prestigious guests including Madonna, Kim Kardashian-West, Katy Perry, Bono, Viggo Mortensen, contemporary artists Shirin Neshat and Gabriel Orozco, and architects Wolf Prix and Richard Meier. Micha is on numerous art museum boards and is deeply committed to the contemporary art scene.


Neil Santos is a Travel and Lifestyle Specialist with Element Lifestyle. He is an easy-going adventurer from Fullerton, California with a live-in-the-moment mentality. Having graduated from California State University in Communications, he went to Italy to further his studies where he immediately caught the travel bug. His fascination with different cultures, fashion, entertainment and incredible places around the world are what drew him to Element Lifestyle. He believes in making the best of any situation by always staying humble and hungry while on the lookout for the next adventure.


Luis Vaquero graduated in International Commerce at both Valladolid University and Southampton Solent University. He has lived and worked in Barcelona, London and Los Cabos and has a true passion for business and traveling around the globe. Mexico became his home in 2014 as International Accounts Manager with CS Imports and Cofer Studio, focusing on growing the domestic market for international leading high-end brands in the world of interior design, such as Clarke & Clarke and de Gournay.


Noel Peterson is an Arizona MBA graduate with an unconventional yet exceptional history in client managment and promotion. He has worked with major entertainment companies such as Warner Music Group and E Networks, as well as the consulting firm, Mint Lifestyle in Beverly Hills. His expertise is currently engaged at Element Lifestyle where he is the Director of Client Management.


Jalife has a master’s degree and a PhD from the American University in Washington D.C. His prior experience includes: FASTmag magazine editor, Televisa’s F1 commentator, Racing Program Director, and the first nonnative English author to receive the Dean Batchelor Ward Book of the Year award for his English ‘Pulitzer’ of racetrack literature, The Brothers Rodriguez. He is the only Latin-American motor racing specialist worldwide and as such, he is a consultant to endless organizations on this subject.


“Jacquie is a daydreamer” was written on all my school reports by several frustrated teachers. Eventually, they just let me learn in my own way! I have a passion for reading, general knowledge and playing with words. I’m a blogger, published poet and a former winner on Weakest Link, South Africa. I grew up in the South African Lowveld, enjoying my own company most of all and reading everything that fell into my hands – from cereal boxes to encyclopaedias. Enid Blyton taught me to write, my father taught me to keep on learning, and my mother taught me to love the world around me. Home is in Durban on the KwaZulu-Natal East Coast, but now that our sons are grown up, my husband and I are becoming digital nomads – camping and road tripping across South Africa as we continue our web & graphic design business. I am happiest at the coast or surrounded by wildlife, but can live anywhere as long as there is wi-fi and chocolate!