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 10-month-old son, Bruno. He speaks both English and Spanish. See Mike’s CV/Résumé.