Susan has many years of professional experience in service and hospitality industries, as well as in international real estate, and cultural and human resources, in Europe and North America.
She has a BA and MA in The History of Art from Wellesley College and the University of Toronto, respectively. She worked for Citibank in New York, and was a Pension Fund Portfolio Trader in Toronto.
She later founded a successful Relocation Consulting business, Settler Services of New York, and subsequently founded and operated the Chateau de Remaisnil in France with her husband Adrian. She has lectured on various History of Art subjects in Canada, the USA and France, and also written a book.
In addition to serving on a number of International Association Boards, she has played an active role in MPI (Meeting Planners International) and SITE (the Society of Incentive Travel Executives) and was President of SITE France from 1995-97. She has served on the Board of VRMA (Vacation Rental Managers' Association), the Boards of the American Woman's Association of Rome, and The American International Club of Rome
Adrian was born and educated in South Africa, and has lived and worked in 6 countries. After reading for the Bar in London, he worked in mergers and acquisitions in London, and then for the Anglo American Group in Johannesburg, where he was the Personal Assistant to Mr. Harry Oppenheimer; in Toronto, where he was the Chief Financial Officer; and in New York, where he was the Chief Operating Officer of the principal North American operating businesses of the Group.
Subsequently, he and his wife, Susan, created a hotel and conference centre at the Château de Remaisnil in France which they owned and managed for 15 years. He was thereafter Senior Director - Europe, Africa & Middle East, of the leading energy research and consulting firm, Cambridge Energy Research Associates, in Paris and Rome.
He has consulted and lectured on commodities and energy strategies. He has served on the Boards of more than a dozen publicly-owned companies in various countries, as well as on the Board of a number of not-for-profit organizations. He particularly enjoys organizing and leading small group tours to Southern Africa and other places where he has lived.
Private GuideIt has always been about curiosity for Marco, an early childhood of escaping his hometown of Johannesburg to savour vacations in the Kruger National Park and join his first Wildlife Club at the tender age of 8, its youngest member at the time. This lead him to reserves around South Africa and ignited the desire to …
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