Luis Vargas is a proven CEO and Entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in the travel, hospitality, e-commerce, and technology space. He is fluent in scaling early-stage startups through to exit and has held senior leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies. Having worked across 6 continents, he brings a sharp and balanced global perspective to his practice.
Luis has been a successful hired gun, and both, intra and entrepreneur at globally admired brands, like The Walt Disney Company and REI. In roles from Founder, President, Managing Director, and Chief Brand Officer he has consistently built and led high-performance teams in startup, turnaround, and high growth environments.
As an investor, advisor, and founder he has raised and deployed over 9 figures in capital. Luis is especially passionate and a subject matter expert in all aspects of startups, brands, digital marketing, leadership, and culture.
Luis is a graduate of the UCLA Anderson School of Management and an active member and Chapter Officer of YPO. Luis is a native English and Spanish speaker and conversant in Italian.
He has been married for 20 years to a lovely Brit that he met at a campground in Southern Mexico, and they have 3 children. Luis has traveled to over 100 countries, is a Certified Sommelier, an avid cyclist, and has jumped out of a plane over 300 times. Luis’s TED talk, “Travel More, Buy Less”, has over 1.6M views. He deeply values community, and actively invests time, and resources, in those that have the power or potential, to inspire, convene, and be catalysts for progress and change.