You must go on adventures
to find out where you belong.
A team of storytellers.
Someone said once that we shape our places, then our places shape us. All of our hosts are travelers who haven been deeply shaped by the places they call home, the places they visit, and the dream of the places they are yet to see. Now, they are people who want to shape the places that have become so important in their stories.
Our hosts are eager to introduce you to their places, the world’s places, so that you can be shaped by your experiences there. We are all connected to the cities and countries in which we act as hosts, and we love to tell the stories of these most magnificent destinations, so that through these trips you can find your story.
Harris is a Greek native who has lived with his wife and daughter in the US for the past 15 years. He is considered an expert in international relations and hosting people around the world. After serving the Olympic movement for two decades in various hospitality and marketing roles, he decided to connect the dots of his past experience by starting Origin.
Harris is well travelled, has worked at five Olympic Games and for numerous other international events. He has lead a plethora of large and small groups to discover and enjoy international destinations in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
His has always been all about people experience. Understanding intentions, meeting expectations, activating spaces, and fostering inspiring conversations are his core values that infuse Origin corporate culture and customer experience.
Leslie’s 35 year career in the Olympic movement afforded her the opportunity to work at the highest levels with America’s Olympic athletes and coaches. She oversaw international operations, getting athletes to 11 Olympic Games, four Pan-American Games and numerous world championships, creating an environment where they could achieve success.
Throughout her path she served as an international ambassador, working with business and government entities representing the USA, making friends in all corners of the world. Relationship-building is one of her greatest assets and deepest loves, along with tending to all levels of detail to ensure the highest levels of service.
Leslie was recognized by the Sports Business Journal as one of the “2013 Game Changers”, an honor that recognized top women sport executives in the United States.
Olga was born in Athens and has both Greek and Belgian citizenships. She has studied Italian Language and Literature, as well as Romance Linguistics both in France and in Italy. After having completed her PhD on a Greek dialect of Southern Italy, she was awarded a Junior Research Fellowship at Oxford University, where she did research on Italian intonation and taught French linguistics.
She has lived in France, England, Italy, Spain and Belgium and worked at the European Commission in Brussels first as a translator and later on issues such as Language Policy and Communication, developing a strong sense of social interaction and a capacity of understanding other people’s needs and concerns.
Olga speaks fluently 6 languages and understands another 2. She has recently published a first novel and currently works on the second part of a Greek-Argentinian trilogy.
Captain Kaz is an adventurist by land and by sea. She has been sailing since she was a teenager and has been involved with racing, teaching, and chartering all her life. She feels experiencing a sailing trip is an amazing opportunity to see people and places from a different perspective.
Kaz has operated over 40 charters—spanning four continents. She has been a US Coast Guard Captain for 14 years, is currently an American Sailing Association instructor, and most recently obtained her RYA Yachtmaster Offshore license.
Beyond sailing, Kaz is a graphic design specialist and an Adjunct Professor, where she teaches leadership skills to Executive MBA students at Sonoma State University in California and Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.