Currently retired and living in Quepos, Costa Rica, Mr.Normand currently writes a monthly newsletter called the Golden Gringo Chronicles about being an ex-pat living in one of the most beautiful countriies in the world.
Professional background: Mr. Normand has served as principal management consultant to more than 100 businesses ranging from $500,000 to $50,000,000 in annual sales and has owned and operated several small businesses of his own in diverse industries. Mr. Normand’s small business philosophy is premised on the belief that small business management skills can be developed by busy entrepreneurs using readily available information, tools and procedures not found in business schools or formal degree programs. His direct industrial experience as an executive includes chemicals, plastics, computer systems, office furniture, financial services, banking and small business management consulting.
Academic: B.S. University of Massachusetts, M.S. Villanova University, MBA Program Ohio University. Past Adjunct Professor of Small Business Management, Northampton Community College. Author: Entreprenewal!,The Six Step Recovery Program for Small Business.
Entreprenewal is a small business management improvement program designed to renew the entrepreneurial spirit in small business owners while providing the precise tools necessary to help these entrepreneurs develop into efficient, professional and successful managers. Six simple steps help businesses in trouble to correct their lackluster performance and become top performers in their industry.
True story of an American who moved to Costa Rica for retirement. Part three is about living there in his third, fourth and fifth years and his experiences establishing formal residency, adjusting to Costa Rican culture and discovering and enjoying all the aspects of living in a wildly beautiful country. Follow our hero as he encounters the various challenges and rewards of becoming an ex-pat.
A true story of an older American who moved to Costa Rica for retirement. In this part, he finds adequate housing, begins the process of obtaining official residency and learns what it means to be a “perpetual tourist”. Keeping his visa fresh causes him to visit several Central American countries. He discovers what rains can really be like and experiences his first earthquakes. Yet all is well.
A true story of an older American who visited Costa Rica eight times before moving there to retire. It's about how he chose Costa Rica for retirement as well as exposing some things to do and not to do to make the move easier and more fun. Despite some serious challenges that pop up during the move, our hero is able to overcome the difficulties and take up residency in a wildly beautiful country.