Joseph Smolen and Kaitlin Solimine have shared a love for international travel, adventure, and sustainability for twelve years. Since meeting in 2001, their wanderlust has taken them to five continents and a range of travel experiences including swimming with Great White sharks off the coast of Africa, climbing the steps of Tikal, and fending off an overly-friendly monkey in Thailand. They married in Dominical, Costa Rica in 2011.
Joseph’s work in commercial real estate focuses on multifamily properties in the United States, with a specific interest in LEED certified developments and green housing initiatives. He personally developed plans for Los Angeles’s first LEED platinum housing community.
Kaitlin is a writer and China specialist whose award-winning work centers upon questions of international relations and environmental issues. She is a columnist covering China’s sustainability challenges for The World of Chinese Magazine and her forthcoming novel, Empire of Glass, won the 2012 Dzanc Books/Disquiet International Literary Award. She is the co-founder of HIPPO Reads, a literary-based start up.
Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality is a world leader in sustainable hospitality management. We manage and market hotels, resorts, eco lodges and Haciendas in Costa Rica and Nicaragua with a focus on high end experiences and sustainability.