Meet our

Passionate Team

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Alexander Michaels

Chief Executive Officer / Founder

 
 
 

Alexander is a sales and marketing professional, whose focus is a force multiplier in identifying revenue streams and reaching critical mass.

 

He has been the managing partner and founder of multiple successful companies in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East. From signature French restaurant chains and advertising ventures, to network marketing and social media solutions, Alexander is a serial entrepreneur and a ‘game changer’.

 

His international business expertise, coupled with his extensive work experience in direct sales and brand management, has made him a sought-after consultant and a recognized international speaker, with over 5.000 hours of public speaking, to a combined audience of over 40.000 people.

 

A master planner and builder, a humanist and a self-made man. Alexander drives results in competitive landscapes. 

Lucie Nightingale

Partner / Project Manager 

Lucie is a world traveler. From a very early age, she developed a true passion for the art of planning and she rapidly gained unique insights into the travel world. By the age of 22 years old, she had already traveled to more than 40 countries and she had booked over a thousand stays, across numerous booking platforms, including Airbnb, consequently making her an adept in the user experience.

Once onboard with Navisyo, she made it her mission to analyse what makes each of the booking platforms effective and enjoyable.

Her role, as Project Manager, is to oversee all aspects of the functionalities and to continually improve the user experience, within the Navisyo marketplace.

 

Lucie was born in the Czech Republic and she speaks fluent English and French.

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Jorge Rivas

Partner / Vice President of Global Development

 

A key aspect of Jorge’s role lies in strategic development and revenue growth.

His objective is to explore new income opportunities, develop strategies for future launches and implement sustainable plans for Navisyo’s growth, by drawing on creative key partnership opportunities and fostering meaningful relationships with clients and partners.

“Navisyo will not only be about transactions, but also about relationships that can span over months or years, and that’s much more fulfilling, in my opinion.” Jorge Rivas. Jorge developed a love for boating and the sea at an early age.

He was trained by “his hero”, his father, and he has, since then, gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in the boating world. Armed with a law degree and an MBA, Jorge, not only possesses invaluable experience in the industry, but he also comes with a formidable educational background, making him a fantastic fit in this dynamic team.

 

When Jorge is not busy working, you will find him playing barbie dolls with his beautiful daughter and enjoying romantic walks with his lovely wife. He is also a serious runner.

Patrick Moyal

Chief Financial Advisor

 
 

From start-ups to established enterprises, businesses must rely on accurate and insightful financial information, in order to maintain profitability and capitalize on new opportunities. Patrick Moyal is a Partner of H&CO, LLP a global CPA firm. He has over 40 Years experience in public accounting. Patrick will help steer Navisyo towards its goals by providing his expertise and support on all accounting and financial issues.

 

Patrick, has been the founder’s friend, for more than 30 years now, and he has always supported Alexander’s worldwide endeavors.

Patrick is fluent in French and Spanish and loves photography.

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David Aldrich

Country Manager for North America 

David is a marine industry professional who is specialized in the North American market.

Possessing a wealth of experience and solid contacts, with other professionals in the industry, David is passionate about all aspects of business development, including increasing sales and market positioning. Since the 70’s, David has been a fierce advocate of the shared economy concept and he has grown several companies through his relationship building skills.

 

Meeting and exceeding goals, even during challenging times, is part of what he does. David never skips a beat. He has been fortunate to work all over North America, which has led him to gain a strong understanding of the regional and local needs.

David is proud to embark on this amazing voyage, with Navisyo, and to lend his expertise, in order to ensure that the vision becomes a reality.

Roberto Lauria 

Partner / Vice President Travel Publicist 

Roberto Lauria comes from a multicultural background and he has worked, for numerous large professional organizations, in the technology and tourism sector.

 

His current mission is propelled, by his passion for the travel industry. Being part of a ground breaking start-up, which strives to make a real difference, is another reason why Roberto decided to dedicate his talents to Navisyo’s development. He is currently focusing on supporting an industry that is suffering, from the devastating impact of the Covid-19 crisis, by addressing and offering solutions to some of the biggest problems, the world has ever faced.

 

Roberto is fluent in German, English, Greek and Italian.

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Seth Schlessel

Attorney

 
 

Seth is an experienced attorney who specializes in helping startup companies set sail.

 

Possessing extensive knowledge in the areas of contracts, negotiations, and advising corporations on legal issues, Seth is fervent about using his expertise to help businesses develop. He understands that central to building a successful company is the management team combined with a good idea, strong business acumen, patience, and tenacity.

Seth is excited to guide Navisyo to success and is confident that the company will deliver value to its stakeholders.

In his free time, Seth enjoys spending time with his family, (doing what his wife says), and watching a good football game.

 

Gunars Grundstocks 

Chief Technical Officer

With over a decade of experience in IT project management, Gunars has successfully managed multidisciplinary project teams through all phases of the web-mobile-project development life cycle.

 

His expertise lies in social media management, in search engine optimisation and in the website user experience. He believes that open and honest communications, within a team, is the key to a successful project.

 

Gunars is a lifelong learner who spends his free time reading, participating in lectures and workshops, and honing his craft. 

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Trang Pham 

Creative Director

Selected as the finalist, amongst hundreds of the best graphics designers in the world, Trang has been carefully chosen to head and oversee all the creative needs of the company.

She is a dedicated and dynamic designer, who has met all expectations in successfully creating a unique and inspiring logo for the brand.

 

Trang’s passions are all connected to spirituality and psychology. Whenever she has a little free time, she spends it on raising her level of consciousness.

 

She also loves photography and rescuing animals.

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Martins Rudzitis

Vice President of Software Engineer

 
 

Upon graduating from his university, as a software developer, Martins went straight to work as a project manager.

From the start, he has been involved in the day-to-day supervision of all aspects of the Navisyo project.

One of his objectives, as the chief communicator, between Navisyo and its dedicated team of developers, is to make sure that every task is carried out by the right person, at the right time, ensuring that the project and its development runs smoothly. 

 

When he is not busy at work, you can find Martins either dancing or running.

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Valdis Pornieks

Senior Lead Developer 

Valdis is a technical director and a leading expert in web and mobile development.

With over a decade of experience in advanced programming, XHTML, CSS, Javascript, and Ruby on Rails, he is currently pursuing a PhD in computer science, in addition to conducting a cutting-edge research on requirement analysis.

 

In his spare time, Valdis lectures on web development in universities, sings in a choir and enjoys jazz music.

Teresa Binghay

Partner / Ambassador Program Director

Teresa’s 15 years of experience, in the corporate industry, gave her the inspiration to motivate individuals, from all walks of life, and help companies succeed in achieving their targets.

She has conducted thousands of hours of training in corporate sales, in customer service, in public speaking, in technical education and in community development.

 

Teresa is a certified Mind Mapper and DISC behavioural trainer, with a vast network in Asia, Europe and North America. She graduated from Cebu Doctors’ University, in the Philippines, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and subsequently, completed a course in marine engineering. Teresa will be heading the Navisyo Ambassador Program where she will implement her extensive knowledge, in the art of transforming individuals, into productive and successful ones. A philanthropist at heart, she also co-founded MEANS-W Qatar, an all ladies organisation which advocates for women’s empowerment and development. 

She is also a published author and loves to write.

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