Kinder Earns Industry Certifications
Laguna Beach resident Fabiola Kinder, who speaks French, Creole and English fluently and communicates in Spanish, recently earned industry certifications for selling international real estate and resort property.
Kinder, a member of Laguna Board of Realtors who works for Newport Beach’s Keller Williams Realty, was awarded the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation and the Resort and Second Home Specialist (RSPS) certification.
To earn the designations, realtors study cultural differences and international business practices as well as courses in the field of resort and second-home real estate. Designees must also prove achievement in international real estate transactions.
Kinder, who worked 18 years in the hotel and resort industry and earned a real estate license in 1999, has transacted resort real estate deals in the U.S. and Mexico over the past decade.
Kinder also serves on the board of Sister Cities International, Southern California Chapter, and as chair of future cities at the Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association, a local organization that established ties with sister cities in France’s Menton, Mexico’s San Jose del Cabo, and England’s St. Ives.
New Chef Cooks Up the Surf and Sand
Surf and Sand Resort announces David Fuñe as new executive chef of both the property and signature restaurant, Splashes, 1555 S. Coast Highway.
Chef Fuñe will lead culinary operations for the eatery, combining its signature coastal fare with his creative Mediterranean-inspired style and impressive experience.
LB Live Welcomes Newest Board Member
Laguna Beach Live! welcomes Rob Schlesinger to its board.
Schlesinger, a resident since 1994, along with his wife Deb are active in numerous art related organizations.
Assistance League Installs Officers
Assistance League of Laguna Beach installed Judy Soulakis is its new president, succeeding Karen Mauro.
Soulakis, a six-year member, was vice-president of fund raising from 2009-2011 and vice-president of philanthropic programs from 2011-2013.
The executive board includes Ann Hyde, 1st VP Membership; Gayle Whitaker, VP Philanthropic Programs; Gayle Rose, VP Fund Raising; Jacinta Loewen, VP Thrift Shop; Jo Martin, Treasurer; and Kathleen Hardcastle, Recording Secretary.
LCAD Adds Director
Laguna College of Art and Design welcomes Kevin Cartwright, as its new director of development.
Cartwright is an advocate for the arts and cultural community. He has served in development at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, Chapman University and most recently at MIND Research Institute.