Palapas Ventana Staff

Palapas Ventana is owned by the mother and son team of Tim & Karon Hatler.
Meet our dedicated staff who work hard to provide you with the best experience possible, then come visit and become part of our Baja family! 

 

Tim Hatler
General Manager

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Tim loves surfing, spear fishing, kiting, fishing, diving and sailing and has found La Ventana and Southern Baja to be a paradise for all of these sports. Monitoring conditions to optimize guests ability to experience the Best of Baja is his specialty! . In July 2007 he speared a world record roosterfish of 73.8 lbs at Cerralvo Island. Tim lives year round in La Ventana and loves travelling and exploring Baja - A Baja surfing and fishing trip at the age of 15 started the Palapas Ventana dream.

Tim's credentials:

  • Grew up in sailboat and windsurfing family businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Has a BS in Chemical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara
  • Worked on Liveaboard Diving and Fishing boats in San Diego - The Horizon and Ocean Odyssey
  • Founding Director and 4 year Captain of CIMI Tall Ship Expeditions, a live aboard sail training/marine science program for kids on the 156 ft. 3 masted square-topsail schooner, the Tole Mour
  • Holds an Oceans 500 Ton Masters (Captains) License with the USCG
  • PADI and NAUI Dive Master
  • Conneisseur of Chilaquiles

To contact Tim by Email:
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Karon Hatler
Hospitality Manager

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As Hospitality Manager of Palapas Ventana, Karon's top priority is to ensure that guests are happy and having fun! She has very high standards for giving excellent service, and her focus is to provide clean, comfortable accommodations with a Mexican d├ęcor. Karon fell in love with the magic of Mexico 13 years ago during the Hatler family's first trip to Baja for the X-mas holidays. That trip became a tradition every year after, and the friendly culture and climate of the La Ventana area are the reasons Karon decided to live here. Karon loves to snorkel, sail, hike, SUP, read, dance and play the violin.

Karon's credentials:

  • Spent several years in the San Francisco Bay area as a partner in a sailboat business
  • 20 years with various Silicon Valley companies in management and training
  • BS in HR and Management, University of San Francisco

 

Brock Kennedy (El Brocko)
Activities Manager

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Brocko is from northern California. He has an extensive backround in spearfishing and boating. He loves the ocean and is always ready to help answer your questions and get you out on the sea. No matter what he will put you on fish!!

 

Isrrael Cota Lucero 
Customer Service Manager

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After graduating from University in La Paz, Israel decided to make a career here in his own town - He is fluent in english, excellent on the computer and accounting work, and is always at the restaurant to help clients get what they need!! He makes a mean Latte!! Israel has been with us for 9 years and is the nerve center for Palapas Ventana - if you need information or something during your stay - hes the man to see!

Julie Inglesias 
Restaurant Manager

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Florencio Marquez
Accountant

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Florencio is from La Paz, Baja California Sur. He's been with us for four years and keeps the PV wheels turning.

 

Diana Jacqueline Gonzalez
Reservations

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Diana is hot off the beaches of Playa del Carmen to bump up our reservations team. She loves dogs and kiteboarding.

 

Saturnino Aviles Cosio
Panga and Facility Maintenance 

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Some say he came from another planet to show you the Best of Baja. Tanino "El Spyder" was a shark fisherman for 20 years and now is our specialist in Panga and facility maintenance. He works hard and enjoys time off at the beach with his family in El Sargento.

 

Garth Winfield
Dive Master

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Spearfishing guide  from South Africa. Is an experienced freediver, spearfisherman, diving instructor and is always happy to share his passion for the ocean with anyone who is willing to learn. An extensive career in scuba instruction and commercial diving has made him one of those "go-to" guys...ready to help out in any way. Always ready to share great stories.

 

Mari Lucero Lucero
Head Chef

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Having owned her own restaurant previously, Mari knows authentic Mexican cooking like no other. From her tantalizing tamales, albondigas, homemade tortillas, and killer chiliquiles to her sumptuous sauces and salsas, you will look forward to every meal with us. Mari's first love is cooking and her second love is her five beautiful grandchildren. Ask her for the recipe for her coconut dorado - see if she will give you the secret ingredient - **warning - Palapas Ventana is not responsible for client weight gain during their vacation**

Estrella Leon
Head Cook

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Estrella is from La Ventana, and loves to cook. She's very friendly and outgoing, and is always singing while in the kitchen. She's the mother of 2 beautiful girls.

Daniela Leon Lucero
Housekeeper

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 Daniela is a La Ventana native and our superstar housekeeper, always seen with a big smile.

Yoni Calderon Aviles
Captain/Maintenance

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From El Sargento, Yoni studied English in La Paz and now is applying his skills at Palapas Ventana. He is an excellent Panga Captain, Kite launcher, maintenance man, and backhoe driver. Yoni has a winning smile and likes to freedive!! He has a son and is also learning to kiteboard.

Chuy Dominguez
Captain/Maintenance

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Chuy's commercial fishing background has made him a fantastic fishing and diving captain. He also keeps Palapas Ventana maintained so your stay with us is comfortable - From launching and landing kites to fileting fish - Chuy does it all with pride. Chuy has a baby boy and is learning to kiteboard himself and has been with us for 4 years.

 

Saika and Cabrilla

Camp Security 

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This black and white dynamic duo of mexican mutts are ready to lick anyone to death!! Just as long as it doesnt interrupt their rigorous schedule in paradise as they swim, nap, eat, and repeat...they are ready to give you a wet bienvenidos kiss, lead you on a stroll down our beach, and make your stay with us feel like home.

Vela
Camp Security In-Training

Our newest addition the family. Vela keeps everyone on their toes. She loves to run, chase birds and swim. Did I mention that she loves to run, chase birds and swim?