The Team

JORGE DE LA TORRE KOCH

JORGE DE LA TORRE KOCH

President

Swiss Ecuadorian, graduated from the most prestigious number one in the world, Hotel School of Lausanne EHL, with more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, after several years of experience in the food and nutrition sector “Nestlé – Nespresso” “Sabatino Tartuffi” “Exclusive Wines” Jorge expend in Asia for 12 years and participated in the opening of different 5-star properties in Thailand. Following his “entrepreneurial spirit”, he successfully opened his first company, Internships Thailand, which is it was part of Worldwide Internships company, opened more than 12 years ago.

Since four year, Jorge it’s back to Switzerland, part-time teacher in hotel schools in French-speaking Switzerland, was part of the management team of Martigny Boutique Hotel, and assistant Director of Thermalp Les Bains d’Ovronnaz, now he is concentrate more in helping people around the world with Worldwide Health Opportunities WHOPP organization based in Geneva, support the private sector, the non-profit organization NGOs, associations and foundations that strives to contribute to the universal access to high-quality and affordable medicines and also as Director of Global Best Solutions GBS strategic adviser, worldwide consulting company with headquarters in Barcelona, a branch in Switzerland and representatives in USA & Thailand.

MANON BASKALOVIC

MANON BASKALOVIC

Secretary

 

Born in Montreux, Manon Baskalovic has always been passionate about the beauty and richness of the landscapes that have surrounded her since she was a child.
Growing up, she naturally turned to tourism and event management, which she studied in Paris. Back in her native country, she worked for the promotion of her destination through the organization of corporate events for several years within an agency.
Enthusiastic, federative, passionate about music and above all, strongly inspired by Claude Nobs (founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival), she decided, in 2020, to direct her professional career towards the promotion of tourism through musical cultural events.

Since the summer of 2021, she joins the Skal Montreux-Vevey 5 Club and becomes secretary to fully support the actions of this club.

ROMAIN GAYRARD

ROMAIN GAYRARD

Treasurer

Born in France in the southwest region, Romain quickly developed a facility in human exchanges; generous and passionate, he quickly turned to the service professions, allowing him to share his good mood on a daily basis.

Arrived in Switzerland in 2009, he worked for the “Elite Art Deco Hotel” in Bienne for several years. Dreaming of an international career, he went back to school and obtained his Federal Certificate of Hotel and Restaurant Manager in 2014.

Ready to make his expatriation wish come true, he leaves Switzerland for 5 years, during which he works as Food & Beverage Manager, later as Director, for the 5-star properties of “Amari Resorts” Group (Krabi, Thailand), and “AMAN Private Luxury Resorts” (Cambodia, India, Japan and Greece).

He returns to Switzerland in 2019, to give a new dimension to his career; specializing in sales and marketing, he becomes regional sales manager in French-speaking Switzerland, specializing in Gastronomy and Hospitality (HORECA), and currently an insurance consultant with Allianz.

In 2017 he joined Skal international Club Krabi, Thailand, and met Jorge de la Torre Koch.

Treasurer for the Skal Vevey-Montreux club since January 2021, he wishes to convey the values he shares with SKAL, through the promotion of tourism in Switzerland and in the world, thanks to friendshiṕ, socio-educational and humanitarian projects.

GEORGES DE LA TORRE

GEORGES DE LA TORRE

Membership Ambassador

Born in Lausanne, Georges grew up in the region and always loved the mountainous scenery that Switzerland has to offer. He lived his childhood in a hotel family context from where he wished to follow the same passion and make a career in the field of tourism, travel and hotel business.
Having started his apprenticeship at the gastronomic restaurant Le Prieuré in Pully, he went abroad to gain international experience. Georges worked at Le Meridien, JW Marriott, in different resorts located in paradise islands such as Zeavola in Koh Phi Phi where the movie “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio took place, then he went to the capital Bangkok to join the team of the Lebua Hotel where the famous movie “Hangover 3” was shot and then to the Rembrandt Bangkok.
Once in Thailand, Georges had met Skål and participated in about 15 meetings before becoming a member of Young Skål in Bangkok for the first time.
Once the health crisis due to covid-19, Georges had to come back to Switzerland and started working for the season at the famous Fairmont Le Montreux Palace and then took the place in the committee as Skål Membership Ambasassador.

FLORIAN BURKHALTER

FLORIAN BURKHALTER

Events Coordinator

Born in Switzerland, in parallel to his studies in engineering discovers the world of events in the context of the Baleinev festival where he is appointed Programmer since 2018. In 2019 he founded with 4 other enthusiasts an electronic music association with the aim of organizing events and promoting alternative culture.

After several years working as a heating designer in an engineering office

He decided to change direction in 2020, as he was passionate about travel and was taking courses to obtain the federal diploma of tourism to pass his exams at the end of 2021.

He knows Skål following an introduction of the committee in his school of tourism, participates in Skål meetings and with the spirit of supporting the future events of the club, he joins the team as events coordinator.