Mike Poynton founded Paradise Social™ to help small business owners, primarily located in Costa Rica (a.k.a. Paradise), implement and manage social media marketing and publicity for their businesses at an affordable price. Prior to founding Paradise Social™, he occupied the position of General Manger, with a hand in Business Development, for DIME PR and 3rd Planet PR.
After relocating to Costa Rica, Mike entered into international real estate, vacation property management and even owned his own bar/restaurant. His experience has made him both knowledgeable of and sensitive to the realities of owning a small business in Paradise and its dependency on the indispensable capital generated by national and international tourism.
Mike also spent 14 years in a former life as a licensed architect working on laboratory, aviation, museum, and K-12 education projects at Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Perkins+Will in Chicago. In the late 90’s he shifted his focus wholly on the use of the internet in the design and construction industry, designing corporate websites and implementing hardware and software solutions for A/E firms, and for billion dollar municipal capital construction programs with resounding success.
Mike has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame. He works and lives in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, with his lovely wife, Carla, his 5-year old daughter, Laila, and his newborn son, Bruno. He speaks both English and Spanish.
Bryan Ellis - web designer and SEO expert – started his career in the music industry as an Audio Engineer working for Capital Records recording large, well known acts. After years of living on a tour bus and behind a mixing board he decided to change gears and work for himself.
Bryan founded his own Web Design, SEO and Hosting company, e-RELATIVITY, dedicated to developing fresh, dynamic, customized websites hand-in-hand with affordable, result driven SEO packages – and reliable web hosting.
When he established his company, he made a conscious effort to go “green” and to try to incorporate eco-friendly practices in his business. Bryan donates 5% of his hosting company’s profits to green, not-for-profit organizations.
In 2012 he relocated from Los Angeles to Guanacaste, Costa Rica, where he lives with “man’s best friend”, Charlie, his dog.