I’ve been reporting for this site for a few months now, thought I’d formally introduce myself by telling a little about me in this post…
I was born and raised in a suburb near Cleveland, Ohio. My childhood years consisted of playing baseball in the summers, skiing in the winters, and in the fall going pheasant hunting with my dad on the weekends, then coming home in the afternoon to watch the Browns lose. Good times.
In 2001, I went to college, first in Ohio, then Hawaii, then to finish in Montana.
In 2005, I graduated. I had no idea what I wanted to do with myself at the time, so I took off on a long trip abroad.
I backpacked through Europe, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.
After my almost year-long trip, I decided to pull up and live in Medellin, Colombia. I stayed and did an unpaid internship in the local chamber of commerce for about half a year.
It was there where I started seeing the enormous (and legal) business opportunities that exist in Latin America…
After that, I decided to go live in the Philippines for a few months, then the Dominican Republic for 6 more…and so on for a bit…
But through all the countries I traveled and lived, Ecuador was one of my favs.
So I decided to come back, only this time, with a mountain of student and credit card debt on my shoulders from all my travels and studies.
As my friend in the States told me, “I’d love to move abroad, but I am in too much debt.”
I shrugged when he said this, thinking to myself that I was in the same situation…but, I decided to leave anyways…
And it paid off.
Within a year I had paid off my thousands and thousands of debt with money I made in Ecuador.
I started investing in Ecuador real estate, which I found fascinating, due to all the incredible deals that could be had if you know where to look…
I bought a small piece of beachfront land I soon resold for a nice gain.
I then began to learn Spanish so I could provide marketing consulting services to local Ecuadorian companies.
From my work as an independent consultant, I gained insight few foreigners have in Ecuador (selling to locals), and I soon realized how easy it was for a “gringo” to find work in Ecuador. (Ecuadorian businessmen really like listening to other, foreign points of view.)
That led to me working for several local travel agencies and hotels that sell Galapagos and other destinations in Ecuador on improving their websites to increase their online sales.
Now I am here with you as the lead reporter for this site, detailing all the latest and hottest investor and expat news daily in Ecuador.
Ecuador truly is a land of opportunity, everywhere you look there is something to do! I’ll give examples in upcoming posts and my weekly newsletter.
In the States, I would probably be pushing papers in the corner of some office somewhere paying my dues as a young guy while taking orders… in Ecuador, you can give the orders!
Sincerely, your host, Domenick Buonamici…go ahead ask me your questions about Ecuador in the comments…I will respond…
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