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MyDestination.com / Rio de Janeiro is a division of Valmar & Associates, LLC; a limited liability company registered in the USA. The company maintains its corporate office at 31 Coventry Road, Mendham, NJ 07945, USA.
Rudy Valli has been really busy his entire business career – first with IBM in sales and marketing, an entrepreneurial stint with an IT start-up and then as a partner in management consulting at the professional services firm’s Ernst & Young and Accenture. His work allowed him to visit throughout North America and Europe and ignited his passion for travel. Leisure travel to Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and China along with an MBA in global studies cemented his love for various cultures and destinations.
In 2007, Rudy visited Rio de Janeiro and fell in love with the city and Brazil. His wife, Maryanne encouraged him to start a business that nurtured his zeal for travel. While carrying out entrepreneurial activities that brought him back to Rio, he found MyDestination.com and it was a marriage made in heaven.
Fiona Reidy is originally from Ireland but after making Rio the first stop on a “round the world” trip a few years back, she was hit by the bug for Carioca life and decided to make the Cidade Maravilhosa her new home. She has travelled extensively throughout Brazil as well as other beautiful locations around the world including Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia and of course, Europe. But she knows that wherever she may roam, coming back to Rio is always incomparable. Her passion for travel and people combined with her absolute love for all things Rio makes it very exciting for her to share all her gringa and local knowledge with travelers of all ages and backgrounds. But she has a warning; you may get hooked like her and never want to leave!
Daniel Yomura comes from a family that has a history of traveling. His parents met and worked for the largest airline in Brazil – so travel is “in his blood”. Since childhood, he and his sister have had the opportunity to tour a number of wonderful destinations. He has visited over fifteen different countries outside of Brazil scattered on four continents – visiting countries in the Americas (South, Central and North), Europe, Africa and Asia. Each time he has returned to his home, he realizes how wonderful Rio really is. He also noticed that the vast majority of people outside of Brazil have no idea that this paradise exists. With great pride and satisfaction he has always sought to guide friends who came to visit the city and everyone, without exception, has been delighted with what Rio has to offer. Now, through MyDestination.com, he sees a great opportunity to show everyone why Rio de Janeiro should be a mandatory holiday destination.
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