Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
In 2007 I brought specialized-tourism operations to Galapagos for people with disabilities. The initiative was positive and has since been adopted by other tourist operators now that I focus mainly on the Hacienda Tranquila. In 2014 I established the first cattlemans´association in the Galapagos (affiliated with the mainland Ecuador´s Ranchers Association of Coastal Ecuador and Galapagos) with 17 local members from the La Soledad community. Since our founding we have met with the President of Ecuador to stop cattle theft and the Minister of Agriculture to promote genetic improvement of cattle to supply quality beef and milk products to the local market. Our ranchers are increasing their yield and we are often invited to participate in community improvement and outreach activities on San Cristobal and throughout Galapagos.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
Our partners include: Marcelo Meneses of Ecuador Adventure/ Opuntia House Hotel who purchases local products for his tourists; the Galapagos National Park Service in the fight against invasive species; the Galapagos Science Center - University of San Francisco Quito on natural science research using the Hacienda as a meteorological station to monitor weather and provide real time information for the local farmers and ranchers. We cannot forget all the amazing volunteers, aged 08 to 80 who have stayed on the Hacienda and contributed their incredible talents. This project is definitely a team initative and owes its success to all involved!