The trip to the Dominican Republic was to review Alkifiesta and offer best practices to Oscar & Manual Schwarzbartl to assist in the development of their Event Rental Business. Oscar & Manual would show us the Dominican Republic through their eyes.
We planned to visit the three Alkifiesta locations. An easy task from Santiago. Then an opportunity presented itself to meet in Punta Cana, 5 hours from Santiago to discuss rentals for a 2015 event. We added this to our travels.
Saturday, Sunday & Monday we worked and played in Santiago. Alkifiesta offices and warehouse, Centro Leon, Cowboy Party, World Cup Game & touring the Al Fuentes Cigar Plant.
Tuesday we headed north for a 2 hour drive to Puerto Plato to visit Alkifiesta’s second location, tour the Ocean World Resort and tour the Burgal Rum plant. We had dinner at 10PM.
Wednesday we left early for Punta Cana about a 5 hour drive with the help of a new toll road. It was a beautiful drive along the north shore beaches and a large National Park. In Punta Cana we had a series of client meetings and finally went to dinner at 10PM. This not my usual schedule.
This is half the circle.
Thursday we left early for Santo Domingo to review Alkifiesta’s third location, visit other event rental stores in the area and take the Colonial City tour. Again it was 10pm before we arrived at our Restaurant.
Many of the restaurants we used would be at home in Austin’s second street district. They were modern, excellent food, service and wine lists.
Friday we returned to Santiago, stopping at a ranch set up for a 60th birthday party, inspecting the 2014 Santiago BMW test drive event and having Red Beans and Rice for lunch. A Dominican signature dish. Friday night Oscar & Manual’s parents invited us for a family dinner in their home. Excellent Dominican food! See my food blog when I write it.
Oscar, Manuel, Becky and I were in the car for 12 hours making this circular inspection trip. We talked the entire time about the rental business. It was an unexpected good time for this type of conversation. Hopefully our stories of Marquee’s lessons learned will propel Alkifiesta to faster and more profitable growth.
Becky and I enjoyed it. I will have to make special trips to the gym to return to my pre trip weight.
Por mi no hay problemo! Esta bien”
(For me it is no problem! It is OK!)
Damon W Holditch, CSEP, CERP
Marquee Event Group