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Contributors Bios - Summer 2012

JULIO BAUTISTA
A native of the Dominican Republic, Julio Bautista has over 15 years experience working as a professional civil engineer, project director and construction manager. Currently managing a residential project in Anguilla, Julio has been involved in developments all around the Caribbean including; Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis and the Dominican Republic.

Learn more about him on page 59.

MARGARET GAJEK
Margaret’s interest in nature and architecture began from an early age. Later, having graduated in Art History, she worked as a researcher, cataloguing heritage architectural treasures and writing articles on the subject, whilst educating herself in architecture, gardening and exotic plants which has sent her travelling to various parts of the world. Together with Derek Galon – photographer and husband – she runs Ozone Zone Books.

Margaret shares her passion for the Kalinago Tribe with us
on page 64.

LISA-ANN HURLSTON-MCKENZIE
Influenced by both Caribbean natural beauty and Canadian wilderness, it is no wonder Lisa chose to be an environmental and sustainability professional. During her 14 years with the Cayman Islands Department of Environment she assisted homeowners and developers with incorporating sustainable design and green building practices. Whilst managing the Sustainable Development Unit, she also devised programmes to reduce energy, water and waste. A wannabe interior designer at heart, she revels in watching design shows and using her abode as a test case.

Lisa shares her green insights on page 70.

Stacy_Steensland JOHN CHRISTIE
Former rock star with the band Floating Boats, John Christie now follows in his granduncle’s footsteps as VP, Managing Director and leading agent for HG Christie Ltd. A native of The Bahamas, John balances the demands of the real estate market with a keen passion for all things water-related.

Learn more about John on page 76.

Stacy_Steensland DEREK GALON
With a childhood spent under his father’s grand piano, little wonder Derek’s life was destined for the arts. Ever passionate about music, he soon added photographer to his repertoire, using the family bathroom as a darkroom where he developed a rare ability to capture the artistic feel of the moment. Later, he expanded into multimedia and graphic design, but never wavered from his two main loves.

Featured in award-winning coffee table books, Derek shares his artistic eye on page 64 with images of the Kalinago Tribe.

Stacy_Steensland SANDY URQUHART
As an accomplished property development design coordinator, Sandy began his career in the UK working with the National Trust and English Heritage on the renovation of several historic buildings. Having moved to Grand Cayman 15 years ago, he has since worked on a diverse range of design projects, including the creation of the region’s largest tropical nursery and Camana Bay, where he oversaw the design team across all disciplines.

Turn to page 52 where Sandy inspires us all to become
sustainable gardeners.


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