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.
It 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 understand all things wild. His curiosity to explore and understand more of Africa started an adventurous 13 year career as a professional guide that has lead his across a myriad of habitats, from South Africa, to Botswana, Namibia and Zambia.
After completing his education, his first few adult years were spent working, living and travelling throughout Southern Africa, the Middle East and extensively across Europe. This gave him a vital understanding of the greater world and a keen interest in people and cultures across the globe. He returned home to satisfy his urge to understand the workings of the natural world, this lead him to his first guiding role in KwaZulu Natal in the Umfolozi/Hluhluwe Game Reserve, at an age of 21, where he was exposed to this incredibly diverse ecosystem allowing him to build a vital bank of knowledge to initiate his pursuit in understanding the natural world.
In his years spent in the Kruger National Park and the Kalahari, a love for tracking and walking safaris emerged, this developed an intimate understanding of animal behaviour by exploring and marvelling at the intricate relationships of all life. It was during this period that he had the opportunity to develop a love for camera work and documenting the natural world, as well as collaborating on major documentaries and working behind and in front of a camera as director, cameraman and presenter for Wild Earth TV.
His career as a guide has allowed him the privilege to explore and understand some of Africa’s most pristine wilderness areas, but most importantly, allowed him to affirm his belief in conserving our natural heritage through eco-tourism by teaching and not just simply telling. This allows him a platform through which he can create incredible wilderness and travel experiences, as well as inspire a genuine love and understanding of our natural world.
Commendable Travel has experienced many Guides and Rangers in its decades of travelling to Southern Africa, but few have impressed us as much as Marco Tonelli. His wonderful knowledge of not only the “Big Five“, but of smaller fauna and the insects and birds that share their ecosystems will fascinate any visitor. Allied to his dedication to the interests of his guests is a “can do“ mentality that has endeared him to many of Commendable Travel’s guests.
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