My name is Mike Burgoyne, and I moved to the Riviera Maya with my wife Alaina and our 2 young boys in 2015.
Alaina and I were born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba but moved to Edmonton, Alberta in 2002 where I managed the Edmonton branch for Julian Tile, a premier marble and tile distribution company in the west. Prior to moving, we vacationed in Playa del Carmen many times and found ourselves wanting to stay more and more each time. At home we didn’t participate in winter sports and activities (until our sons started playing hockey) and we found 6 months of winter harder each year. Staying in Playa we fell in love with the weather, beaches, restaurants, lifestyle and the idea of not having to shovel our driveway ever again. Most of our family still lives in Manitoba so we were a flight away in Edmonton so why not give them somewhere warm and fun to visit!
Our two biggest concerns on making the move were finding a good school for our kids and finding an employer I could work with. I spent the better part of a year doing my homework on some of the real estate companies and after meeting a few others, met Richard Houghton at Investment Properties Mexico. He invited me to spend a day or 2 around the office to meet some of the team. After managing a business in Canada, I had a certain level of customer service traits engrained in me and found the IPM office operated much like a business I could relate to at home. Richard and I decided this would be a good fit for both of us.
Update: After some relatively quick success, Rich created a Sales Manager position and asked me to step into it and draw from my previous experiences. We have since more than doubled our sales team in efforts of keeping up with demand in this hot market.
With my employment more or less covered, finding a school was relatively easy. We decided to move to Puerto Aventuras since we heard and read great things about the school and knew the area as a safe and peaceful environment to raise our kids. Now that we’ve been here for a while, we’ve learned Puerto truly has a great sense of community. Every Friday night we have dinner on the marina with many of our local friends and the kids are running around playing all evening. We sure couldn’t do that at home.
I’m really enjoying watching our kids grow up in this international environment, learning Spanish (already fluent) and having so many experiences they wouldn’t otherwise have.
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