Over the years, Regenerative Resorts has benefited from the valuable input from experts working in sustainable tourism and hospitality ventures. Some of these folks who've participated in providing their support, are listed below. It is not an exhaustive list, but just mentions some key people who are aligned and have shared their insight with us.

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Founder and Principal of Bach-McElrone Consulting, providing sustainability and communications advice in the San Francisco Bay area and beyond. Driven by her passion to promote sustainable development, she has dedicated her career to delivering knowledge, skills, and resources to those who need them most. From assessing the efficacy of indigenous rights law and policy in New Zealand, to designing a sustainable resort community in the Bahamas, or orchestrating a strategic communications program for a new ecotourism venture, she is committed to cultivating real, replicable change.

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Eric has joined the Board of Directors for CREST. President and Founder of Bergstrom Capital Advisors (BCA) headquartered in Irvine, California, has joined the Board of Directors. During his 25 year career in the real estate capital markets, Eric has advised hundreds of real estate owners and developers throughout North America in strategic planning, entity and project-level acquisition, due diligence/ dispositions, land planning/design, market and financial feasibility analyses, and capital market advisory assignments. 

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A 30-year veteran of the spa and hospitality industries, Amy McDonald is widely recognized and sought after as an innovator in transformational health and wellness programming and an expert in merging the best of resort hospitality and urban healthcare into integrated profitable business models.

After years of managing several award winning properties, including the renowned Miraval destination spa in Tucson, Arizona, Amy followed her passion to create her own company, Under a Tree Consulting. Over the last 10 years, working with a diverse blend of seasoned industry experts, Amy leads teams through concept development and execution bringing a greater focus on wellness to global brands. 

Russ Savrann


Russell “Russ” Savrann has thirty years of business law experience focused on the hospitality industry. Half of his career was with a national restaurant chain and with Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Russ is a founding principal of Sandman Savrann PLLC a law firm dedicated to the hospitality industry. No stranger to operations he is also a founding principal of Retro Hospitality, a management company focused on non branded boutique hotels with a mission to introduce sustainable practices to it’s properties. Notably at Natural Bridge Resort in Virginia we placed over 2,000 acres into a conservation easement and donated the property to the State of Virginia for a State Park, all of the food outlets are locally sourced and we replaced a wax exhibit  with a working artisans museum focused on Virginia crafts and culture.  We have partnered with local universities to permit our guests to work with students on archeology digs on site, we have reprogramed our cave tours to be educational and we offer lantern tours. Retro Hospitality is developing a project utilizing repurposed shipping containers as full service spas and fitness centers and is co developing an adaptive reuse hotel in a former mental hospital.

Russ has integrated sustainability into his “DNA” and has been invited to speak at Net Impact, Cornell Johnson School of Business (“Leaders in Sustainable Entrepreneurship Series” ), University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Business HTM department and has worked with Cornell graduate students with practicums related to fuel cell use and sustainability strategic planning for a large hotel management company.

Russ uses a 10k solar array, raises goats and chickens and grows much of his food in a large organic  garden in a suburban neighborhood outside of New York.

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Executive Director of Crest, Dr. Honey has written and lectured widely on ecotourism, Travelers’ Philanthropy, cruise and resort tourism, and certification issues. Her books include Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise? (Island Press, 1999 and 2008) and Ecotourism and Certification: Setting Standards in Practice (Island Press, 2002). She is currently writing a book on coastal and cruise tourism (Selling Sunshine, Island Press, 2015).

Previously, Honey worked for 20 years as a journalist based in East Africa (Tanzania) and Central America (Costa Rica). She holds a Ph.D. in African history from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She was Executive Director of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) from 2003 to 2006. She was named one of world’s top 10 eco- and sustainable-travel “watchdogs” (CondeNast Traveler, 2008)



As the former Manager of the Verde Ventures Fund at Conservation International, Neel has extensive experience with assessing, developing and implementing financial solutions to environmental and sustainable resource utilization challenges. These include successfully developing and implementing investments in a range of sectors and geographies, from fisheries in Kenya and Mexico, to agricultural commodities in Latin America, Africa and Madagascar.

In each case, Neel led a focused, value chain driven approach to identify conservation and sustainability focused opportunities and constraints for investment in small and medium sized businesses. This resulted in the successful development of financial investments totaling over $23 million in a range of sectors and SMEs.