Cathie Smith LoCicero
Sales Director, Mexico
Cathie Smith LoCicero
I am very proud to be the Sales Director for Mexico for Travel MedEvac. Travel MedEvac is owned by the same people with whom I have been been writing insurance for Mexico auto, boat liability, homeowners, and travel medical for over 15 years; International Insurance Group. I spent almost 15 years as the VP in charge of Latin America with another air evacuation program, but was so excited to see the Travel MedEvac program, as it is designed by the largest source of Mexico insurance in the world. And, even though the plans encompass all of North and Central America as well as the Caribbean, their focus is Mexico!
I lived in Cabo San Lucas for 23 years. I moved there to sell real estate at Marina Sol Condominiums, then at Terrasol Condominiums, and then with my own company, Condos and Casas Real Estate. I was a founding member of the first real estate association in southern Baja, the Los Cabos MLS, and later, AMPI (equivalent to the NAR in the U.S.). Then I created International Insurance Services in 2001, and was only the third foreigner permitted by the Mexican Dept. of Immigration and the National Insurance Commission of Mexico to be licensed in insurance at that time. The test was tough, all in Spanish, and I'm proud to say I passed both the personal lines and commercial lines exams the first time around...both on the same day!
As president of the Cabo San Lucas Optimist Club, I worked with the mayor's wife and two volunteer social workers to identify children with very high grades from very poor families, and intercept them in grade and middle school, with the goal of keeping them in school till they graduated from high school. These kids had one thing in common - NONE of their parents had even finished middle school. Very few had fathers in the home. Our dedicated Optimist Club members raised money, sponsored a child themselves, and helped find more sponsors. We bought their school uniforms and shoes, provided them with a monthly stipend for school supplies, lunches, and bus fare, and took them on a monthly outing into the community to see the Los Cabos that only tourists and wealthy expats see. These poor kids gave back to the community by helping other at-risk children, volunteered with the elderly, and participated in other community service projects. After graduation, two other organizations provided university scholarships and I'm proud to say that many of our former KidSmart "kids" are now architects, engineers, accountants, marine biologists, and even culinary graduates. We called the students we sponsored our "godchildren", and I'm proud to say my godson, Alejandro, is now an ARCHITECT!