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Hey, I’m John!

Sofia, Bulgaria · Member since July 2011
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I am from Austin Texas and came to Bulgaria for the first time in 1995 and decided to open up an office in Sofia in 1996 and its been great and I love living in Sofia!!! I ride my bike 2-3 times a week to Kopitoto which is where the Antena is on Vitosha our beautiful mountain next to us. I highly recommend to go to Kopitoto on Vitosha and there is an amazing view of Sofia both day and Sofia by night is great! You can take a car, taxi or ride a bike only 22 kilometers from the center.

Summer of 2012 I rode my bike with 11 Bulgarians 55 days through 11 countries and over 3,000 kilometers from Sofia to London and arrived two days before the (URL HIDDEN) was fantastic! If you need to know the best clubs and restaurants and what to do in Sofia, I am the man! :) I am in the online travel business and run T(URL HIDDEN) I am traveling often and liked the idea of AirBnB and the sharing community and a nice way to meet people. I love to travel and meet interesting people, cycling and training, science and space, the internet, ecology and the sharing community. I am very liberal and an environmentalist.

You can see a cool Hookem Horns video of me when I met George Bush in Sofia:

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Founded TravelStoreMaker in September 2000 and serve as the company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Launched CenTransit an online travel portal in 2010.

Founder and President of SKAL Bulgaria which is part of SKALorg the largest travel organization in the world with over 23,000 members in 90 countries. As a volunteer, was responsible for the Barack Obama Presidential Campaign for Bulgaria. Co-founded FaceToFace Bulgaria a non-profit foundation focused on the fight against forced prostitution and sex slavery.

Founded several entrepreneurial ventures in which I was also a principal. An early pioneer of the Internet, led the marketing and development of an Internet web-based travel reservation system that was the first of its kind launched in the summer of 1995. In 1996 founded and procured investment funds for INTRANSCO Inc., an e-commerce travel company. While with INTRANSCO, I spearheaded its development subsidiary located in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 1998, in parallel with the e-commerce travel initiative, I began Intransit Solutions, a Y2K Services and IT staffing division in order to take advantage of the technical resources in Bulgaria.

In my capacity as CEO, I grew the company from a one-person organization to over 100 while developing numerous software applications in Bulgaria at a fraction of the cost that they would have taken to develop in the United States.

I owned and operated several leisure travel agencies, founded and operated a sport agency representing professional athletes and sports teams, was a principal and general manager of a semi-professional soccer team, founded and operated a lawn maintenance and landscaping company, and founded and operated an import-export company. I have extensive experience in the information technology industry, international business, public relations, developing partnership/strategic relationships, and the travel industry.