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ABOUT OUR FOUNDER
Agustina Lagos Marmol is a multilingual world traveler, adventurer, climber, and devout hiker. She has traveled and lived in various countries, but her heart is shared between the Dolomites, where she currently lives, and Patagonia, where she grew up fly fishing and horseback riding on her family's estancia.
Before entering the world of travel, Agustina studied photography and fashion design in California. In 1994, she discovered the Dolomites while working for the travel company Butterfield & Robinson in Canada, which led her to settle down in this magical part of the world and start her own outdoor company: Dolomites Mountains s.r.l.
“Being able to combine work, family, and fun together has always been my goal. The Dolomites feature some of the most stunning mountains in the world, and the mixture of beauty and service is superb: from romantic hotels to charming rifugios set on top of the mountains; Michelin star rated restaurants to authentic local cuisine; and outdoor activities to incredible spa treatments; the Dolomites offer the perfect blend of authenticity and luxury that is not to be missed.”
ABOUT OUR STAFF
Manuela Canins has been with Dolomite Mountains since the fall of 2010, and manages our client reservations and communications, and finances. She grew up in the Dolomites, in San Cassiano in Alta Badia, and is multilingual, fluent in all three languages of the Dolomite region Italian, German, and her mother tongue Ladin, a Rhaeto-Romance language (also referred to as neo-Latin) that is officially recognized as a minority language in parts of the Dolomites. She also has an excellent command of the English language.
She left the mountains to study economics and tourism at the University of Venice "Cà Foscari", but returned after graduation to work at the tourist office in Corvara in Alta Badia, followed by eight years at a bank in Alta Badia. After a few years off to raise her family, Manuela returned to work, but rather than going back to the bank, she was looking for something very interesting where she could revisit her interests in tourism. When the opportunity to join Dolomite Mountains came up, she jumped at the chance!
Manuela is married with two beautiful children. In addition to hiking in these incredible mountains she calls home, Manuela likes traveling, cooking, and reading, and of course, spending time with her family.
Kimberly Beck Rubio joined Dolomite Mountains in fall 2009, and serves as copywriter, editor, and marketing consultant. An avid hiker, ski patroller, and a former whitewater raft guide and climber, she honed her outdoor and adventure travel skills through years of working in the outdoor industry and in adventure travel. She has held management and executive roles at The North Face and Mountain Travel Sobek, and holds two degrees from UCLA – a BA in design and an MBA. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.
A passionate world traveler, Kim began traveling and photographing with her father when she was eight years old. Thus far she has visited five of the seven continents, and has visited Italy – her favorite country and part of her heritage – seven times. An aspiring professional photographer, she recently traded in her “desk job” in order to focus on her creative and outdoor pursuits.
“Combining my passion for adventure and being able to open that door for others has always thrilled me… whether sparking an interest in them through the written word or through incredible images, my goal is to open people’s eyes to what is out there and inspire them to explore the world.” Recently married, Kim cannot wait to bring her husband to the Dolomites and share these glorious mountains with him!
Monika Valentini joined Dolomite Mountains in the fall of 2011, and manages our client reservations and communications and several marketing activities. She has a great knowledge of the Dolomites and travel through hands on experience, a business degree, and her passion for travel and meeting people from different cultures.
Monika is a native of the Dolomites and currently resides in Alta Badia. She studied tourism management in the economics department at the University of Venice “Cà Foscari,” and graduated with excellence. Prior to joining Dolomite Mountains, she held roles as an assistant marketing manager for a ski resort, and most recently for a company that produces and distributes natural beauty, wellness, and health products on both national and international markets.
Multilingual, Monika is fluent in all three languages of the Dolomite region – Italian, German, and Ladin, a Rhaeto-Romance language – and has an excellent command of the English language. She loves working with people and having a connection with nature – two of the many reasons she lives in the Dolomites and chose to work for Dolomite Mountains. “This is a very interesting company, ‘selling’ the Dolomites with a large variety of packages to offer – nature, tradition, culture, many sport activities, and languages – to international clients, where I get to connect with people all over the world!”
Monika is a passionate traveler herself, and loves to hike, mountain bike, play volleyball, and, of course, to ski. She has been skiing since she was four – she grew up in Alta Badia, the number one ski resort in the South Tyrol after all!
Anna Cozzi has been with Dolomite Mountains since June of 2012, and as copy manager, manages all of our incredible itineraries. A native of Milan, she earned her degree at the University of Bologna in Arts, Music, Theatre, and Communication. Since graduation she has worked in various cities throughout northern and central Italy, including Montalcino where she was the marketing and communications manager for a winery, Bormio as a translator for the Alpine Ski World Championships web site, Torino where she was the communication manager for the 2006 Winter Olympics Torch Relay, and in Milan organizing culinary events to promote the culture of food and beverage as an “educational” tradition of Italy.
While her mother tongue is Italian, Anna’s English is so well practiced that upon meeting her you would think she hailed from the United States! Add to that, she is also fluent in German and Spanish! During her time at University, she moved to New York for four months, where she studied for exams and helped some friends learn Italian. No doubt she refined her English speaking skills here. Anna currently lives in the Dolomites and loves to hike. When she is not out playing in these mountains, or with her two dogs, she enjoys scuba diving, as well as knitting and patchwork.
For more information on booking your hiking, biking, climbing, skiing, or luxury vacation in the Dolomites, please contact us.