Meet Our Team!
We're proud of the incredible people who make up our family! Every member of the CaboVillas.com team is dedicated to sharing our love of Los Cabos and our commitment to providing the absolute best customer service you could expect! Specializing in Los Cabos travel for over 30 years, we remain a family-owned business and the local expert.
Don's passion for environmental studies and deep-seated love of the Baja Peninsula came together in 1987 when he founded Earth, Sea & Sky Vacations (ESSV). Don spent his early career working for NOAA and the USGS, with projects focused on charting nautical maps in Alaska, studying near-shore wave environments and researching marine canyons. In between seasonal jobs at NOAA, a friend suggested to Don that he start setting up formal eco tours since he always seemed to be doing it anyway—and history was made.
While the company originally focused on the Monterey Bay area of California, Don was also organizing weeklong treks to Baja California Sur at the time. During one such excursion in 1988, Don purchased his first home in Cabo San Lucas (7 years before he'd buy a home in the U.S.). While in line at the bank to secure a loan for the deal, a woman in line behind him declared, "I really wish I had a place to spend the summer in Los Cabos"—and his first vacation rental reservation was made. Over subsequent years, Don's knack for networking with local villa owners and resorts in Cabo rapidly expanded the company's offerings. Don's legacy is apparent in the company's outstanding leadership team and staff, known for extensive destination expertise and award-winning customer service. Carrying on Don's commitment to offering our clients the best possible vacation experience, today CaboVillas.com represents 120 vacation villa rentals and over 50 resorts in Baja Sur. Don's love for the natural environment of this breathtaking destination remains at the heart of our company, as it has from our beginnings over 30 years ago.
Michelle has been an integral part of our leadership team since 1993 (when she met the man of her dreams, who happened to be Don Hirschaut, our company's founder). While she oversees the Accounting Department, she also has a hand in many areas of cross-departmental day-to-day operations and strategic leadership.
"Our team is committed to offering amazing service. We take the time to get to know our clients so that we can make their trip the most amazing trip of their lifetime. The diversity of Cabo makes it a great destination for everyone. I've been traveling here for over 20 years and still find new and exciting places of interest. On my most recent trip, High Tides Los Cabos Tours took me to a hot springs in a local rancher's back yard!"
Michelle is an avid traveler whose passion for exploring the world began during her childhood when she visited Haiti with her parents, who became very involved in charitable fund-raising for health services for the island. After college, Michelle lived in the Caribbean. In 1991, she traveled through Baja with a 4-wheel drive vehicle and kayaks—igniting her life-long love for the region.
Rick originally joined our team in 2005. With over 20 years of leadership experience spanning five industries; including retail, customer service, production and distribution, Rick's strategic vision, creativity, analytical market research and forward-thinking emphasis on technology keeps CaboVillas.com on the leading edge of the vacation rental field. In an industry that is constantly evolving, Rick's leadership in innovative tactical growth allows us to offer our guests and stakeholders the best value and service. Rick holds a Bachelor Degree in International Affairs and Commerce and an MBA in Marketing.
"For me Cabo represents the best of all worlds - you can go from relaxing days on secluded beaches to the fun-filled nights of downtown. Cabo can be almost anything you want to take away from it; the choice is really yours."
Rick is an avid traveler, having lived in France, Ireland and Germany and visiting over 25 countries. He likes to spend time with his kids at the beach, drawing/painting/illustrating, and running.
Julie Byrd has been with the company for over 18 years and oversees client service, resort and villa owner relationship management and sales. Having worked in the travel industry for 30 years, Julie knows the ins and outs of providing exceptional vacation services intimately. In fact, she's been recognized for her skill and professionalism by Condé Nast Traveler repeatedly as one of the leading villa rental specialists in the world. She's also been listed on the "WOW List of Trusted Travel Experts" by well-known luxury travel advocate, Wendy Perrin. Her creativity, energy and enthusiasm for Los Cabos is readily evident to everyone she meets. Julie also is personally available to address in-travel service requests 24/7 as part of her dedication to providing a perfect vacation for every client.
"I made travel my career because I feel that providing outstanding vacations makes the world a happier place. Generally, people who have great vacations carry that happiness with them for at least a year…or until their next vacation! We like to provide an excellent experience so that they come back to real world relaxed and happy."
Julie is the definition of "life of the party," a wine connoisseur and mom to a very rambunctious pup named Rocco.
Lisa is an integral part of our executive leadership team, overseeing our day-to-day financial operations in the accounting department. With the company for over 8 years, her in-depth expertise, professionalism and friendly demeanor make her an indispensable part of our team. Lisa's attention to detail, financial analysis, strategic planning and diversified experience allow her to generate maximum benefit for our company. She plays a crucial role with the rest of our executive leadership team to ensure the continued growth and success of CaboVillas.com, including maximizing value for our partners.
"I love working for a business with such a well-established history and excellent reputation in the travel industry. We strike a winning balance of industry expertise, valuing our employees, and a unwavering emphasis on customer service for both our guests and our travel partners. Plus, Cabo is such a fun destination to be promoting."
On her free time, Lisa is an awesome mama to two adorable kids.
Ercilia has an extensive background in marketing communications, content writing, project management, and graphic design. A valued member of our team, Ercilia has been with the company for over 10 years and oversees our external brand messaging, including serving as the primary writer and editor for our annual Los Cabos Vacation Guide, coordinating our email campaigns, blogging about Cabo, overseeing our social communities including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and developing exciting new web content to promote the beautiful vacation destination of Los Cabos. She loves sharing our team's extensive regional knowledge with our communities and clients. Ercilia is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz.
“Los Cabos is an incredibly fun destination to sell, with gorgeous vacation properties and a different celebrity sighting every week! Cabo offers the ideal blend of spectacular natural beauty and luxury amenities.”
On her free time, Ercilia loves to paint, hike, hang out at the beach, and enjoy time with her daughter and husband.
After graduating from Cal Poly with a degree in tourism and recreation, Jessica worked for years at a coastal resort doing everything from sales to wedding planning. Joining ESSV is a perfect marriage as she loves to help people plan for the perfect vacation, trip, or event.
"Nothing beats the satisfaction of a client that is happy with your service 100%." Jessica loves living in the Santa Cruz, CA area because of all the opportunities for outdoor fun. She is an active runner and paddle boarder. Contact Jessica to Book Your Getaway: (855) 202-8890
Jessica loves living in the Santa Cruz, CA area because of all the opportunities for outdoor fun. She is an active runner and paddle boarder.
Contact Jessica to Book Your Getaway: (855) 202-8890
Kimberly offers fun-loving energy and helpful professionalism to our clients. Born in Southern California, Kimberly has also lived in New Mexico and Sacramento before moving to the Central Coast.
"Who doesn’t love talking about Cabo all day? I feel planning a wonderful vacation with our clients is very fulfilling."
Kimberly is an empty nester with two wonderful grown kids. She enjoys running by the beach, spending time with friends, cooking and secretly loves junk food.
Contact Kimberly to Book Your Getaway: (844) 252-0506
As part of our sales department, Amber brings a fun-loving spirit to the team. She loves the travel industry, Mexico and working in a vibrant environment.
"I'm a huge lover of Cabo which has come to feel like a second home. I love how the small town feel lends itself to an easy and carefree vacation where you can access everything you want within a short walk or drive."
Amber loves playing guitar, attending live music events, traveling and hanging out around a river or lake.
Contact Amber to Book Your Getaway: (888) 976-0472
With a long background in hospitality, Julianne is the head of our Los Cabos concierge team and an indispensable part of the ESSV family. Julianne and her team make sure our guests are well cared-for from the moment they arrive at their villa rental and throughout their stay, addressing any concerns, and helping plan activities and catering. Julianne is also the head of A Matter of Taste Catering, one of the area's leading in-villa catering and event planning companies.
"I can't think of any place I'd rather live than Los Cabos. Being part of the ESSV family means I get to share my love for the destination with happy visitors."
Originally from Canada, Julianne has lived in Los Cabos for 15 years. She loves the beautiful Baja weather and her latest passion is stand up paddle boarding—she gets out almost every weekend on those pretty Los Cabos waters. She also really likes small cuddly dogs.
Giovani was born in Morelia Michoacán. Growing up in a popular tourist city with vast cultural diversity and of such historic importance to the country of Mexico, Giovani was drawn to the tourism sector. He studied Travel and Tourism at the University of Sciences in Michoacán. In 2006 Giovani came to Los Cabos on holiday and, as he tells it, nearly 9 years later he feels like he’s still vacationing! Prior to joining our Earth Sea & Sky Vacations team, Giovani worked in the hospitality and customer services department of the Gran Regina for 8 years. He spends his free time with his family and he loves to snorkel.
Born and raised in Cabo, Rodolfo is a lifelong resident who has worked with our team for many years and is one of our top go-to people on the ground. Prior to joining our team, "Rodo" worked several years for some of Los Cabos finest hotels, making him one of our most knowledgeable Cabo experts. When not helping our clients with their concierge needs, he enjoys spending his free time with his wife and beautiful baby daughter.
"I love living and working in Cabo and I get great satisfaction helping our clients enjoy their vacation to the fullest! "
Always a favorite with our clients, Rodo is also a talented jack of all trades and can fix almost anything he gets his hands on!
While Hector was born in Mexico City, ever since his parents came to visit Los Cabos for the first time in 1987 they wished to return and make the destination their home. That dream came true in 1998 when Hector was 14 years old. Hospitality is his passion and Hector has worked in numerous local hotels including Solmar, Playa Grande, Marquis Los Cabos, Westin and Grand Regina. He has held many different roles in customer service with a focus on developing his career in hospitality.
"It is a big satisfaction for me when I see people smiling and enjoying their vacations in Cabo!"
Hector likes to travel around México and loves to visit the Pueblos Magicos to learn more about and enjoy traditional Mexican culture.
I was born in Mexico City but I decided to come to Cabo for an adventure... and I am still on one! I studied Industrial Management and I thought I would be working behind a desk. When I started to work in customer service, I knew I was made for it and decided to be with the best! I have more than 13 years of experience in customer service, 6 of them with the One&Only Palmilla and 4 with Diamante Golf Course - both at the top on of their own markets and now with CaboVillas.com, which is at the top, too!
"It is really gratifying to see the client's sincere and big smile at the end of the day."
My hobbies are martial arts, boxing and spending time with my kids (both boys) - they teach me a lot of things!
Born in 1980 in Guadalajara, the land of mariachi and tequila, Ivan has lived in different parts of Mexico. With a degree in tourism specializing in food and beverages, Ivan loves sharing his knowledge of how to enjoy Mexico and Los Cabos with our guests.
I love being a concierge and helping new friends and family have amazing vacations in Cabo. I specialize in picky people; Los Cabos has everything you to make your vacation the best!
Ivan is happily married, with a daughter, two boys (and one golden retriever). Ivan has lived in Cabo since 2007 and loves tacos, tequila and pozole ("you can also kill me with chocolate"), the ocean, kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, motorcycles, and hopes one day to sail in the ocean.
Luis was born in a small town in Guanajuato, Mexico and then moved with his family to Illinois at the age of 8 where he resided for 16 years. Having attended high school in the United States and college classes at Spoon River College, Luis is fluent in English. Eventually, Luis made his way to Los Cabos where he began his career in the hotel industry. Immediately, he knew that hospitality and customer service were a perfect fit for him. Luis has worked at numerous resorts in Los Cabos, including the Grand Regina, Secrets Puerto Los Cabos and Cabo Azul Resort & Spa. He is happy to have joined our team of destination specialists where he can deliver personalized service to our guests.
“It is really gratifying to me when our guests leave with a great big smile on their faces and don't want to leave because they fell in love with our destination and our service.“
On his free time, you’ll find Luis spending time at the beach.
Morgan has been with ESSV for 13 years and oversees our Contracts and Support Team. Morgan's professional skills help ensure our resort and villa partnerships are a success. Personalized, friendly and professional attention is at the cornerstone of her service.
“Cabo has something for everyone...regardless of your age. You can take a nice relaxing vacation with your family or go out for a wild night with your friends. If you are fishing, golfing or on spring break – Cabo is the perfect destination.”
Besides being an indispensable part of our family, Morgan loves to spend time with her family and is currently working on her Business Degree.
Allison's been a key member our team for over 15 years. Her role in quality control for the Sales Support Department ensures that our guests' reservations are in order well before they leave. Her keen eye for detail is part of the reason our clients enjoy amazing vacations in Los Cabos.
"My dream vacation in Los Cabos? Villa Tranquilidad would definitely be my top pick."
When she's not working, she's spending time with her family, including watching her son play baseball, taking the kids camping, barbecuing or fishing.
After having been a retail manager for 6 years, Tish joined our team with a finance degree. Tish grew up in the Aptos, CA area and brings a friendly demeanor and attention to detail to our team. As a Customer Service Representative, she is dedicated to providing outstanding professional service to our guests and colleagues to ensure a great experience.
Tish loves limonadas, beaches and sunshine - making Cabo the perfect match!
Geneva works diligently with the Sales Support team helping them fulfill crucial tasks behind the scenes to ensure our clients enjoy great vacations and that our business runs smoothly.
“I was originally attracted to this position because the company specializes in Cabo. Who doesn't love Cabo!?”
In her free time, Geneva loves to play sports, restore furniture and bake for fun.
With an extensive background in the travel industry, Crystal joined our team with impressive expertise planning Mexican vacations for clients. Her attention to detail is an extremely valuable asset for our team. She now serves as Bookkeeper in our Accounting Department.
"I love that we specialize only in Los Cabos and that the company is family-owned."
Crystal enjoys spending her time with her family, going to the beach, bowling and traveling to new destinations.
Joseph was an Army brat born in Panama and raised in Central America for the first few years, and that set the pace for a life lived all over the world. After moving to the United States and finishing high school in Seaside, CA Joseph joined the US Army where he served as a Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division. After the Army, Joseph spent 13 months in Iraq working for the State Department doing armed security and high value asset management. After returning to the US, Joseph earned his Bachelor’s degree in ‘Communications and Technical Management’, and will soon begin working on his Master’s degree. Joseph started his IT career at Vegas.com and has spent the last 12 years in the Information Technology sector, working for LanguageLine Solutions, Natividad Hospital, and most recently at SVMH. Joseph is ecstatic to join our wonderful team as IT Director, and to support the staff that help plan dream vacations for people all over the world! In his free time, Joseph loves spending days at the beach with his wife Elisa, 3 children, and their dogs.
“I’m so happy to have joined the team, and I’m greatly looking forward to providing excellent customer service, to the team that supports making dreams come true!”