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Top 9 Most Influential Foreigners in Panama

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Written by Matt   
Monday, 18 June 2012 13:22

influentialPanama's growth over the past decade is very much a byproduct of its immigrants who have relocated in search of new challenges, profitable ventures, and lifestyle improvements.

From bloggers to incubators, experienced professionals to homegrown entrepreneurs, Panama has imported numerous high-flying individuals over the past few years, all of whom are making indelible marks on the new place they call home. 

The Panama Report has selected 9 of Panama's most influential expats to give readers an idea of how foreigners have made a substantial impact in contemporary Panama. 

Forget about slides to click through. Presented in no particular order, these are the movers and shakers responsible for one of the fastest growing hotbeds of international talent in the world. All in one place!   

 

Trey Bohn Panama1. Name: Trey Bohn 

Age: 37

Title: President, Vista Group Corp. 

If you’ve ever contemplated who’s behind some of the more ingenious PR initiatives in Panama over the past few years, chances are, Trey Bohn is somehow involved.

After spending the better part of a decade in media positions at The White House, Trey relocated to Panama in 2010 where a consulting contract with the Panamanian government landed him in a position to directly influence the nation’s tourism growth. A graduate of Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech, Trey’s instinct when it comes to international media has proven instantaneously beneficial to the Republic of Panama just two years after his arrival.

Trey’s landmark achievements in Panama include sealing a 3-year partnership with Ironman, the world’s most iconic triathlon brand, spearheading Panama’s first sustainable sport fishing developmental program on behalf of SENACYT (Panama’s Science, Innovation, and Technology Agency), as well as leading a team of Hollywood producers, directors, and financiers who would go on to secure a billion-dollar media production company, in turn putting Panama’s entertainment industry (local filming and production of feature films) officially on the map.

It’s fair to say that as the world continues to learn about Panama’s fledging sustainable and authentic tourism industry, Trey Bohn will most probably be behind the curtains pulling at the strings.   

 

Lief Simon Panama2. Name: Lief Simon

Title: Co-Owner, Live & Invest Overseas

It’s hard to talk about Panama’s profound rise in popularity amongst expats over the past decade without mentioning the name Lief Simon.

Like the face of a generation, Lief and his wife Kathleen Peddicord moved to Panama from Paris, France (“no place to have a business – too much red tape and employee taxes”) because it had everything they needed.

After a tenure as Real Estate Director with International Living (a hugely influential cog in the Republic of Panama’s retirement boom), Lief launched Live and Invest Overseas, a resource for living, investing, and retiring overseas while simultaneously starting a real estate project of his own, Los Islotes located on the Western Coast of the Azuero Peninsula. His influence in the world of the expat communities, beyond just Panama, is that of an international thought leader. 

Aside from Lief’s keen eye for real estate deals and straight-shooting advice, few would argue that any one individual has more successfully branded Panama as a retirement and investment destination. In fact, you sometimes get the feeling that if Lief wanted to carve out a new world-class destination or identity, he probably could do so over the weekend.

 

KunaYouthKimberly3. Name: Kimberly Hall           

Age: 30

Title: Founder, Create Invest 

In the midst of large-scale industrial growth, Panama’s underground art and culture scene is progressively chugging along thanks, in large part, to Atlanta native Kimberly Hall. Kimberly is almost single-handedly revolutionizing the way Panamanians – at both an individual and corporate level – embrace their own entrepreneurship. 

Kimberly arrived to Panama with extensive experience in private equity and finance after graduating cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 2004. She since established Create Invest, a development platform for local and creative art-oriented entrepreneurs.

Kimberly’s Create Invest team is contracted by large corporate companies who create and execute internal business plans that grow, evolve and improve existing businesses. On the non-profit side, her company partners with local creative entrepreneurs and organizations to help develop projects that foster progress in the community, something Panama is sorely lacking.

Kimberly’s influence in Panama isn’t purely business-based however. In the recreational realm, she has a hand in most major plays, festivals, concerts, and art exhibits, including the renowned ArtBlock alternative arts festival of Casco Viejo.  Which is to say, there isn’t one foreigner in Panama who’s more important to the nation’s development as an artistic hotbed than Hall who, at only 30 years old, is agreed by all to have influence beyond her years.

   

Lee Zeltzer Panama4. Name: Lee Zeltzer
Title: Blogger, Boquete Guide

Visitors to Boquete might easily mistake Lee Zeltzer for just another gringo walking down the street. After all, in one of Panama’s highest-density expat destinations, Lee basically looks the part. But in doing so, they would be overlooking one of this eco-town’s most authoritative and respected voices.

At the end of a seven-year quest to move from the United States, Lee found himself in Boquete where the lifestyle seemed to be more about making choices of his own (rather than having them made for him). Having relocated in 2006, Lee was part of a first major generation of influential Boquete transplants.

Lee first started BoqueteGuide.com, a blog of his adventures in a foreign land, which gained a cult-like following. This gave way to BoqueteNing.com, a virtual community that took on a life of its own as a way for locals and tourists to share unbiased experiences about this soon-to-be renowned retirement destination.

Besides just being a thought-leader in the world of everything Boquete, Lee is something of a model expat in the community as well: he’s been both a volunteer at a handful of foundations and voted (now twice) by his Panamanian neighbors to the local water board (“a lofty position.”). This lead-by-example mentality has earned Lee a great deal of respect from locals and foreigners alike in Panama. According to another prominent Boquete resident, “When Lee talks, the neighborhood listens.”

 

Kelly Berube de Caro Panama5. Name: Kelly Berube de Caro
Age: 32           
Title: Buena Vista Bar & Grill

Sometimes, you don’t have to be a “person of influence” to be an influential person and Kelly Berube de Caro may be the perfect example. Sometimes just being a model contributor to the community earns a foreigner her might.

After graduating from Michigan State University in 2002, Kelly embarked to be a deckhand on a friend’s boat throughout the Caribbean. When she landed in Bocas del Toro, the plan was to return to the USA and begin a “real life.” But as you might have imagined, that never happened. 

Kelly’s Buena Vista Bar & Grill on Isla Colon may be the nerve center of her commitment to Bocas. By hiring exclusively locals (representing 9 individual families) and promoting wholeheartedly the local economy, Kelly immerses herself intentionally and constantly with locals.

But Kelly’s influence goes beyond just a landmark grill: the past 10 years have seen her heavily immersed in BESO (Bocas Educational Serice Organization), a series of free ballet and jazz dance classes for local kids, and her youngest daughter’s public school PTA where Kelly, the foreigner, plays Vice-President. She is also the host of a famous Halloween party that brings together the community in many more ways than one.

It’s wouldn’t be unfair to say that if something is going down in Bocas – a party, a charity, a new business opening…etc – when Kelly Berube de Caro gives a shout out, pretty much everyone will know.  If you ask Kelly what her mission is in Panama, she’ll tell you it’s “to learn what she can from others,” but ironically, to her neighbors, it’s most oftentimes the other way around.

 

Jacob Ehrler Panama

6. Name: Jacob Ehrler

Age: 33

Title: Editor, The Visitor/El Visitante

If you’re a foreigner in Panama and you don’t know who Jacob Ehrler is, you’ve probably been living under a rock. As the Editor of El Vistante, Jacob is Panama’s human keystone, connecting and sustaining two cultures – the local and the imported – on an unfaltering and unbiased weekly basis. 

After visiting Panama, from Manhattan, for Carnival in 2001, Jacob continued visiting the isthmus several times a year because he had a hunch something big was brewing. And he was right. 2007 saw him make the plunge to relocate permanently, hitting Panama at a developmental sweetspot amidst its fastest growing decade of the modern era.

This timing, fueled by Jacob’s drive and personality, saw him emerge as an authority on all things Panama: a leader whose influence stretches far beyond the pages of the nation’s largest English-language newspaper.

In the world of foreigners who have moved to Panama, you get a lot of quacks. You get a lot of obscure individuals running or hiding or getting lost. But then there are the few select times that you get massively normal playmakers.  In the end, just about everyone in Panama has been influenced by Jacob Ehrler, whether they realize it or not. Fortunately for us, his judgment and his principles are about as good as they come.

 

Harmatz, Smetana, Saxe Panama7. Name: David Harmatz, Daniel Smetana, & Daniel Saxe

Title: Owners & Founders, Hostel Heike, Luna's Castle/Relic Bar, OfertaSimple.com

You’d be hard-pressed to find a foreigner in Panama worth his or her salt who wouldn’t agree that these three sub-30 Bay Area entrepreneurs have blazed a trail for Panama’s consumer future as we know it.

Harmatz, Smetana, and Saxe, friends from high school and college, make for the prototypical Panama success story. After buying a hostal in Bocas del Toro (Mondo Taitu) and revolutionizing the party-hostal theme, they then opened a second just blocks away (Hostal Heike). Next, moving to Panama City for their third (and most impactful) project – the now famous Luna’s Castle and Relic Bar in Casco Viejo – this trio became influential not because they talked a good game or were born with four aces. It was their work ethic and insistent honesty that propelled them into the Panama spotlight (whether they wanted it or not).

Nowadays, the boys tend to look a little more corporate at work in their apartment living room-cum-technology headquarters. As founders of OfertaSimple.com, an online coupon business, they are responsible for helping Panama transition into the digital age, by creating the first profitable business model of its kind in Panama.

Yet as mainstream as their projects are received by Panama's general public, still sporting unkempt beards and flip flops, the three have clearly not forgotten some of the benefits of entrepreneurship.

Many might see Panama tourism, nightlife, and technology as related through separate spheres. But Harmatz, Smetana, and Saxe use their skills and instinct to unite them in unique ways and across different cultures, an influence that will continue to impact Panama – both for locals and foreigners – across many generations to come.

 

David Henesy Panama8. Name: David Henesy

Age: 56

Title: Founder, Henesy Rodriguez Group

It may not be expected to see a foodie on a Most Influential list, but David Henesy is capable of enormous things. It is his knowledge and his vision – after nearly 30 years of operating hotels and restaurants internationally – that are responsible for something of a culinary transformation in Panama. David is, both literally and figuratively, changing the way Panamanians and their visitors look at local food.

In addition to what hundreds of his diners might experience at La Chesa or Market or La Posta or Elephant Grill on a nightly basis, Henesy’s Henesy Rodriguez Group is an influential community leader as well.

Under David’s direction, HRG partners with organic farms in the interior, uses an internal recycling system, is part of the Smithsonian’s Futuro Forestal reforestation project, and sources around 80% of its ingredients locally: all cognizant efforts to minimize its carbon footprint and to support Panama’s local agriculture.

Sometimes, being influential in Panama means showing others how businesses can be successful, both financially and environmentally, not on paper but by example. David’s example, if it hasn’t already, will be the template for many generations of upscale restaurants in Panama for years to come.

 

Don Winner Panama

9. Name: Don Winner

Age: 50

Title: Owner, Panama-Guide.com

Whether tracking down serial killers, translating local news articles, investigating mysterious diseases, or simply promoting beach mixers, Don Winner is the undisputed king of influence when it comes to foreigner-related current events in Panama.

Assigned to Panama in 1987 while serving in the US Air Force, Don decided to stay after retiring in 2000, working for several years as a contractor. When his contract ran out in July 2005, he started the Panama-Guide.com website to provide timely and accurate news and information in support of the English speaking community of expats in Panama. Apart from homerun cameos on most major news stations in the US, Don’s bread and butter is connecting expats with things they should know about in a foreign land.

Boasting visitor numbers that reach upwards of 6 million, Don’s brainchild the Panama-Guide is a constantly updated feed of news and analyses from the foreigner perspective. His unabashed style has earned him a loyal following (and not to mention, plenty of enemies) so his influence is unrivaled when it comes to disseminating information or rooting for a particular cause.

Whether in business or retired, foreigners in Panama inevitably want Don Winner’s advice. In turn, this makes his opinion wielding as influential as they come.

 

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Great list!
written by Jeffrey , June 19, 2012
I know 4 of the people on this list personally and can vouch for their influence! Great job to all of them as they are constantly making Panama a better place!
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written by Naji , June 19, 2012
Influential foreigners? past decade? The world according to Matt Landau? No Colombians or Venezuelans? Looks like a bunch of honkies honking their own horn to me. smilies/grin.gif
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written by Panamananamo , June 19, 2012
This is a great list and all the people are legit! But I think it could use some more non-American foreigners. Like David Murcia or the Italian Finmeccanica guys who are friends with Martinelli. smilies/grin.gifsmilies/grin.gifsmilies/grin.gif
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Most influential?
written by Mauricio , June 19, 2012
Despues de haber leido la lista y observar la labor de la mayoria de las personas que aparecen en ella, es importante hacerse la pregunta, a quien estan influyendo o ayudando estas personas realmente? Aunque conozco a muchos en la lista y conozco de primera mano su labor, debemos recordar que el envolvimiento de muchos de ellos pero no todos, como "entrepreneurs e inversionistas" es mas con otros extranjeros y panamenos de alto nivel, ya que el proposito al final es poder llevar su propio negocio al exito. Creo yo que esta lista no deberia llamarse "most infuential" o en este caso deberia recalcarse para quien, porque para el panameno puro, el local, el campesino, el obrero, el pobre, solo pocos se han envuelto y nadie los conoce. Personas como Rose Marie Cromwell que de esta pais ha sacado poco y ha dado tanto para la comunidad de Coco Solo y Portobelo en Colon con su organizacion Cambio Creativo (www.cambiocreativo.org), entre otros son personas que tienen igual de merito de aparecer en esta lista...o sera que el dinero es el "asset" mas importante para lograrlo, o sera que no han influido a las personas correctas, porque los grupos de bajos recursos no tiene acceso a paginas como esta.
Saludos.
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written by Tejas2 , June 19, 2012
Mauricio, you sound like a typical Panamanian expecting the world (but not really willing to work for it). My mother is Panamanian (father US Military) and I see this sense of entitlement al the time. It seems that the only kind of "foreigners" Panamanians likes are the ones that work for free or participate in non-profits. Capitalism is a part of the real world (in fact, it is what has made Panama so succesful) so you can choose to have one (no foreigners, no influence) or the other (lots of foreigners with lots of influence upon everyone). BUt you canot have the best of both worlds.

My perspective is that we should be happy for all kinds of foreigners and influences in Panama. When foreigners come and add brain power and money to our economy, we grow (no matter who it is targeting). And if we want to better ourselves, we should do it ourselves and not complain that there are not more Rose Marie Crommwells working like mother teresa!!!
- Marco, Austin
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written by Bob75 , June 19, 2012
Knowing most of the people on this list I can say that it seems you went to one group of friends to build this list... honestly although some may deserve to be on here some of them are laughable...
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Most influential?
written by Mauricio , June 19, 2012
Marco,
I'am a typical Panamanian, Mom is from Los Santos and my dad is Colombian but I'm not expecting anything, or at least from no one. I work hard for it, in Panama, in Brazil, in the U.S...I get involve. Is not about entitlement is about involvement. Believe me, I like a lot of the people that are on this list, some are friends and I even work for a foreigner that is just as successful but is not in this list and I understand and accept Capitalism as part of the real world that we live in, but you are right, I cannot have the best of both world, and thats why I choose the best of the world that I want while you choose the best of what you want which seems like very capitalistic. I'm not complaining about people not been like Mother Teresa (By the way, you lost the maturity of your argument the moment you use that comparison...) I'm just hoping some of this people are in the Asamblea right now also involving in the issues of this country now that they are living in it. I know that I did when I was living in half-yours.
Again, do whatever you want, capitalistic or not, but get involved, really involved, and then you get the right of been call Influential. By the way, big fan of Kelly, No. 5.
Cheers.
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written by Tejas2 , June 19, 2012
Mauricio, you have won me over with your comment. We agree 90%. I agree that foreigners should always get involved in Panama. THat is part of the territory for moving to a new place that is a developing country. But I think it is easy to expect foreigner businesses to be 'hand-me-outs' to Panamanian locals. Foreigner business men and women play by the rules (they have to hire Panamanians). To some, substaining the families of your employees is considered 'getting involved.' To others, like your example of the girl in Solo y Portobelo, getting involved means dedicating all your time to a cause like Mother Teresa. The fact is, we will always have a mixture of involvement.
PS. YOU can admit that most Panamanians are not willing (or maybe capacity) to do a lot of these accomplishments and that is why Martinelli opened up labor laws?
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written by Matt Landau , June 19, 2012
To all readers,
I have received an inordinate amount of emails from this article so thank you all for the kind words (and not kind words). They're all fair and I read them all with great pleasure. There are, however, two things I should clarify:

1. The individuals on this list were 9 (of over 45) submitted and then voted upon by 500+ subscribers to my newsletter. Which is to say, I didn't just pick them out of my hat.

2. All the "winners" (those with the most votes) that made the list are North Americans and for this reason, the article should have probably been titled "Top 9 Most Influential Gringos" or "Top 9 Most Influential Whities."

In the end, there are hundreds of foreigners in Panama doing great things. Was this list a narrow sliver of them? Maybe. Are the subscribers to my site biased towards North Americans? Probably. But as I state in the introduction, these folks are only a sampling of the many nationalities influencing Panama's diverse social landscape. And from the discussions going on above, it looks like there are way more qualified people out there than Matt to spearhead the debate smilies/smiley.gif
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written by Mauricio , June 19, 2012
The willingness of Panamanians is an odd thing. It takes a while to make us get involved behind anything but is mainly because of a lack of unity. Today is a clear example of it. As individuals is a whole different but also complicated story. Unfortunately, the article under discussion is not about the top 9 influential Panamanians or about the willingness of the host country to be influential, but if there was an article I would be more than glad to comment on it.
Your argument about the different levels of involvement is completely accurate and I agree with it because of the obvious reasons that not everyone have the same level of time, money or interest to invest on a cause. Then again I'm force to re-take my first original questions and ask what level of involvement are we really looking for because it seem to me that this list is 90% capitalistic, which once again I'm not against of, but they are definitely not influential to me, or at least 90% of the population of PANAMA which is the word used in the title. Maybe Matt is right, maybe the title should be different. The top 9 most influential North Americans in Panama for other foreigners and readers of the Panama Report.
And yes, we all benefit from all these capitalistic investments, directly, indirectly...no matter who they are, but is it all well balance...are the benefits right with the losts which there are many? Foreign investment create jobs, but takes away land in one way or another. Foreign investment boost the economy but if it doesn't work out "it" just simply pack up its bags and leave. If there is a level of involvement that would make foreigners really feel committed not only to there business but there new nation, or a level of commitment that would make them feel not responsible but accountable for there actions, then there's influence, then there's involvement and then you have a list.
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written by Mauricio , June 19, 2012
By the way, people on the list are as a whole somewhat minor players when it comes to "real" investment and influence in the country...needless to say that there are bigger fish out there, I guess my argument was mostly headed to them and not the people in this list...my bad.
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All the haters!
written by Patty , June 19, 2012
I don't understand whassup with all the haters!? These people are doing great, inspirational, successful things while I am sitting here at my desk in New York. To those who are complaining, maybe you're just jealous you were not nominated smilies/wink.gif
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written by Dexter , June 19, 2012
Where is Mr Evan Forbes on this list? While the rest of the profiled expats may arguably represent a the A list of the Isthmusian movers and shakers, Mr Forbes' towering persona and list of herculean achievements stand as a monument at which the others can only stare in stupefied awe. This glaring omission brings into sharp relief the credibility and dare I saw very journalistic probity of this piece, leading one to wonder if it could have been penned remotely from the gilded towers of the world's Windy City.
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Foreigners?
written by Reverse , June 20, 2012
Good article but it should be called "Top 8 Most Influential Gringos and 1 French in Panama". You are missing the Venezuelans, Colombians, Spaniards, Italians, Greeks, Arabs, Indians, Germans or Chinese among others.
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Excellent
written by Cynthia Mulder , June 20, 2012
Excellent article and list Matt!
When will we see you again on Taboga island at Cerrito Tropical?
Lots of news happening on the island!
Keep up the great work, Cynthia
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Great Profiles
written by Jessica Ramesch , June 20, 2012
Good one, Matt! Enjoyed reading all these profiles!
Cheers!
Jessica Ramesch
Panama editor
International Living
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written by Cecilia Frederick , June 20, 2012
Matt;

A good article, but I must say that Kathleen Peddicord belongs on this list right along side her husband and co-owner Lief Simon. Kathie was the one who started Live and Invest Overseas in 2008!
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True Influencers Need No Recognition
written by Pobre cito , June 20, 2012
I liked this list and am impressed by all the great accomplishments by the foreigners in this growing society.

I specifically know Daniel Saxe and Daniel Smetana and can vouch for their hardwork and intelligence.

To those who are submitting their friends or even themselves to the list, just remember:

"True Greatness Needs No Recognition."

Give credit where credit is due.

And if you are really doing great things, you do not need to wail that you should be on this list because you are better than that.
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Where is Don Ray?
written by Samuel , June 20, 2012
Surprised that Don Ray of Chriqui Chqtter is not mentioned? His blog is far more interesting/informative than Boquete-Guide? Plus, he serves as an invaluable US Embassy warden for his district.
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Boquete?
written by Naji , June 21, 2012
When it comes to Boquete I think Sam Taliaferro covers all nominees, but that's just one man's humble opinion.
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Re: All The Haters
written by Naji , June 21, 2012
Patty, I think it has more to do with the title of the article than anything else, 9 MOST INFLUENTIAL FOREIGNERS IN PANAMA? That is where the problem lies, other than that there is no hate. Yes they are great people, yes they are doing good things, keep up the good work!
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Crazy List - bunch of loosers
written by Roberto Cruz , June 26, 2012
You are smoking something, 8 of the 9 don't even have jobs. Hey, working on the internet is another way of saying that my wife supports me. What is the social , economical and political impact of these clowns - nada! What do they contribute to anything? What a joke!
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Great people, outlandish article.
written by Carlos Solis-Tejada , September 11, 2012
I hope the people nominated in this article believe everybit that is said about them. Whoever wrote this obviously ignores the contributions of generations of foreigners and Panamanians in the sectors such as arts, tourism, real estate development crediting their success or impulse to this relatively unknown group of recent arrivals. They as many others have merely built upon the work of generations of people who have toiled to make Panama the success story it has become.
From a Panamanian point of view this article is a bit demeaning for the resons mentioned above as it perpetuates a quasi-colonialist mindset among foreigners settling in Panama mistakenly thinking they are making a huge new contribution to their host country when in fact they are just adding a brick to the edifice that is Panama.
Therefore, more care is needed before making such wide-brushing statements.
A more scientific and criticl approach, with a propper survey would have better served the purpose of this piece. Anyways I'm just whining as it is usual in this society.
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Influential foreigners
written by ofertas de trabajo en panama , November 14, 2012
For all the things she has done for Panama, I think Kimberly Hall is the most influential foreigner in all Panama.
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Interesting List
written by susan , January 06, 2013
but I half to agree with Kimberly Hall as one of the influential.
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Hating?
written by Tall Toad , April 26, 2013
I won't say any of these people aren't good businessmen or influential in some right.. but to call them the most influential foreigners in Panama is an embarassment. These are the results of a high school-ish popularity contest. Most of these people haven't even been in the country for 10 years! If we want foreigners/gringos with real influence, couldn't we mention the director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute? The head of the American Chamber of Commerce in Panama? The General Manager of the Colon Free Zone (well, he's a gringo but from here..)? There are literally hundreds of better candidates for this list.
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StartupCEO, Investor & Entrepreneur
written by Kal Ayyar , July 17, 2013
Hi Matt, I just chanced upon your site via a link in Inc magazine (11 businesses you can start in your pajamas). I currently live in St. Petersburg, FL, have been here for a year now, and am considering moving further south to Latin America. Panama sounds like a neat place.

Despite the disparaging comments from some of your readers, I find it fascinating that you have profiled numerous small biz owners who are living "the global dream". I am a bootstrapped entrepreneur with interests in IT (Apps, Call Centers, etc); Inner city real estate & construction; as well trading.

I would like to link up with any motivated entrepreneurs in Panama who who would like to do import/export or require capital for their needs to expand their business in Panama. (Trading: Used appliances, cars, trucks, etc).

Please keep up the good work & dont be put off by the naysayers. Lets connect via Linkedin and Skype etc (Skype: ehr_byod .. pls refer this blog if you send me an invite). Thanks.

Kal Ayyar
Assurance Group
"Life is better with assurances"
St. Pete, FL

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written by james jones , December 05, 2013
I lived and ran a business in Panama for 10 years 2002-2012 and have only heard of one of these people...Don Winner. I heard about him because he partners with numerous Panamanian scammers who focus on ripping off foreigners, a total Judas. He is influential in the sense that he has influenced the life of many expats by reducing their well being...It is irresponsible for you to promote him in any way...unless of course you are a beneficiary of his scams.
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