To Whom It May Concern:
I am a Managing Director at Antinanco Earth Arts School. Antinanco is a nature school and a qualified
501c3 entity based in Holmdel, NJ. Our mission is centered on offering classes and experiences based on
a hands-on solution-based model, providing opportunities to develop a sense of community and facilitate
taking positive action for the wellbeing for ourselves and our planet, raising awareness about climate
change, sustainability and biodiversity preservation. The continuing success that Antinanco enjoys is
highly contingent upon the degree of its members’, staff’s and volunteers’ work ethic, dedication and
pursuit of excellence.
We have had the pleasure of Steven’s involvement in the role of catamaran captain and nature guide
during our group visit to the US Virgin Islands in March of 2019. A few minutes past initial
introductions, it became immediately apparent that Steven’s skills, abilities, intelligence, focus and work
ethics were diverse and exceptional. I found myself utterly captivated by the depth of Steven’s knowledge
and vibrancy of his storytelling on the most diverse topics from seamanship, environment preservation
and indigenous cultures to ethnobotany, anthropology and mythology. He quickly gained our attention
and respect, maintaining the role of authority through gentle guidance, clear communication, self-control,
consistent council, with lightness and incredible sense of humor.
Steven has deep passion for environmental conservation and nature explorations on land and at sea. It was
a very special experience to have a glimpse on his beautiful multi-dimensional perspectives on the natural
world and to get to see some hidden spots of the US Virgin Islands that are generally beyond the reach of
I must recommend him without reservation, without self-interest and with utter confidence. I am very
well aware of the qualifications required to work with diverse groups of people, and believe that Steven
possesses the dedication, grit, sense of perspective, proportion, work-ethic and unflappability necessary
for such task. Finally, he is among the most considerate and genuinely nice people I have had the pleasure
We had the absolute best vacation on the Alladora and I would attribute it all to the experience that these two provided. From the very moment we met them, we felt comfortable and felt accommodated for! They make a fantastic team working together and the vibe they had together made for a fun relaxing and amazing time.
Jacob is a fantastic skipper. He was very knowledgeable and I was amazed at how hard he worked to get us the best spots at all of the locations he brought us too.
Christina is a little spitfire and we all fell in love with her instantly. We would NEVER have believed we would be served such elegant food on the boat. Her meals were always over the top and the presentation and unique options were out of this world. Each morning we were greeted with tea and coffee, Bloody Mary’s or Mimosas which was a nice treat.
I honestly cannot say enough great things about these two! I will definitely be on a charter trip like this again and will not accept any other skipper or chef except for these two. They both catered to every individual person’s needs the entire trip, cooking separate meals when some guests did not like certain ingredients, they played taxi on the dingy for anyone who ever needed to get to shore and never once seemed annoyed or inconvenienced.
We love the BVI’s and will be back for another amazing experience with Jacob and Christina.