Keith Kirwen,  un personaje autentico,  el mejor candidato para ser el Grifone de los Pirineos, no encontrareis otro como el

Joaquin Puente

Lo conocí hace ya varios años y he podido compartir con el momentos que siempre recordaré, en la montaña y en la ciudad. Cada vez que hablo con él, me comparte sus proyectos ayudar a que los demás disfruten de la Val d’Aran y de los Pirineos como lo hace él.    Sin duda es una de las mejores personas para ayudar a dar a conocer cualquier cosa y sí esta cosa es un marca de ropa como Grifone, que hace posible tener experiencias más exitosas en actividades de aventura, Keith tiene una capacidad. ¡Todo mi apoyo!

¿Qué más? ¿Qué más que una entera, auténtica y aceptada pasión? De esas pasiones que nacen en todos nosotros en algún momento, asomando la cabeza y repitiéndonos “aquí estoy”, esas pasiones que sólo se perciben con el corazón y que sólo los aventureros, sólo aquellos con el valor de aceptar lo que es y lo que les espera saltan a abrazar y dejarse llevar por esas pasiones con el cuerpo y con toda la energía, entregándose, divirtiéndose, creando y recreando con entusiasmo y alegría y finalmente compartiendo esa autenticidad que define. Ese es el apasionado Keith Kirwen, pasión por la autenticidad.

Lucila Sissini

Crack, esa es la palabra que define a Keith, una persona apasionada en todo lo que hace, gracias por representar al pirineo y ojalá todos consigamos que seas el ¡Grifone de los Pirineos!

Oc Studio - Kike Pedraza

¡Keith es Keith! Los que lo conocéis sabéis lo entusiasta que es en todos los aspectos de su vida! Puede ser muy persuasivo e insistente pero eso hace que todo lo que haga lo haga lo mejor posible! Como su hija he vivido sus insistencias y sus ganas de hacer cosas nuevas pero esta vez las ganas se van a transformar en el ganador del Grifone de los Pirineos 2015!!!

Keith me vuelve loca con todos sus proyectos! Sin embargo, como su mujer, os puedo asegurar que Keith ama los Pirineos y tiene muchísimas ganas de ser el Grifone de los Pirineos 2015! El tiene mi voto, sin duda.

Elisabet

Keith has a dynamic personality.  He maintains enthusiasm and passion and has the know how and experience with an obsession for outdoor products.

Blazing Mandala - Hayes Paden

Keith es una persona con una fuerza y conexión trascendental muy potentes. Cuando canaliza todas las intenciones en un propósito, lo logra con éxito y contagia su entusiasmo y motivación a todas las personas que se cruzan en su camino. Merece ser Grifone de los Pirineos.

Ya hemos dado al me gusta tanto mi marido como yo!! Mucha suerte en este concurso!!! Sin lugar a dudas, serás un gran embajador de los Pirineos!!!

Leyendo los propósitos de Grifone …  te describen a ti!!! A lo que desprendes!! Lo tienes!!! Eres entusiasta, activo, deportista, apasionado, enérgico, positivo, ilusionado,  lo contagias en tu día a día, en cada uno de tus proyectos!! Y te gusta compartirlo editando todas estas experiencias!!! Estos adjetivos que te describen, son compartidos por mucha gente!! Y sin olvidar nunca la sonrisa. Seguro que mucha gente ha aprendido a querer este valle nuestro a través de tus ojos. Seguro que mucha gente se enamorará de los Pirineos si tu los representas!! Un abrazo inmenso!!!!

Nuria

Es la esencia del Valle de Aran, es el “number one” no hay otro igual, sin él ya no seria el Valle lo que es. Es la persona ideal para este proyecto, y muchos más. Puede con todo.

Lourdes Martinez

Keith es un ejemplo de integración y humanidad. Valiente, entusiasta y sencillo, siempre dispuesto a aportar su grano de arena a cualquier causa o proyecto que valga la pena. Conoce bien nuestras montañas y a su gente, y no se me ocurre mejor embajador en el mundo que este aranés con acento inglés!

Maria Vergés Pérez

Il presente très bien son CV lui même ! Et il a une visión externe des Pyrénées, donc la distance nécessaire pour présenter un territoire et une marque. Il voit ce qu’un pyrénéen ne voit pas, mais aime tellement les Pyrénées qu’il sait en respecter l’esprit. Nuestro apoyo es total. Enjoy ! Adishatz

Radio Val Pirineos

Llegó de lejos, y se quedó. No conozco mejor relaciones públicas que alguien que decidió dejarlo todo e instalarse en el pirineo. A propósito te has dejado repostero… ¿habéis probado sus brownies? Mucha suerte.

Masajes Aran

Es difícil resumir todo lo que es Keith, pero sin lugar a dudas es pura pasión por todo lo que hace y sin lugar a dudas será el Grifone de los Pirineos 2015 ideal.

Pep Vega - Pedals del Mundo

Adelante Keith tienes nuestro apoyo y creemos en ti, para nosotros eres el embajador de la ilusión, la fuerza, la naturaleza, el deporte, los amigos, la cultura y todo lo que rodea a este Pirineo. Un saludo.

Nil Torremocha - Bumpy Films

Keith, merece ser el Grifone de los Pirineos por su personalidad, por su capacidad, por su fortaleza y como persona. Keith además reúne toda la escala de valores que ofrece la cordillera de los Pirineos en toda su extensión. Tiene todo mi apoyo. Muchísima suerte y ánimo! todo es imposible mientras lo parece!

Alex Moga Vidal

La pasión y ganas con la que Keith hace lo que realmente la apasiona le hacen diferente del resto. Sin duda alguna los Pirineos son la motivación que le mueven y se merece ser Grifone de los Pirineos par que su sueño de poder convivir con la naturaleza y la montaña se haga realidad!

Sin duda el más adecuado. Pasión y buenas ideas!

Keith I wanted to send a quick message to say thanks for all the help you gave me when planning my skiing holiday this year.
We had a fantastic trip during the UK February school holidays and your advice made us choose Baqueira and Vielha to visit.
Your recommendations regarding accommodation, ski areas and even restaurants was invaluable and helped with making the holiday for our 2 families so enjoyable.
We loved both Vielha and Baqueria Beret and it was great to be able to ski on relatively quiet slopes during what can be a very busy period for skiing in the rest of Europe.
We will definitely be returning next year.
Thanks again.

Russell DaweExeter - UK

Keith and Rossana – from RSM Realtor – were incredibly helpful when we were buying our new apartment. Nothing was -or still is! – too much trouble for them. They are super efficient and professional and we would not hesitate to recommend them. All good wishes for the future of your venture.

Frank and LindaToulouse

Never have I met someone on my travels around the world like Keith who is so in tune and passionate about the place he lives. If I had what he has, I would think twice about sharing it.

Howard SmithDirectorSource IT GlobalAustralia

Tengo la gran suerte de compartir ratos con Keith en nuestra Asociación de Comercios Empresas y Servicios de Vielha (ACES), ésta es una de sus múltiples dedicaciones aquí en nuestro valle.

Nos contagia con su emoción y desde el corazón, aportando a todo lo que él hace entusiasmo, seriedad y compromiso.

Su persona es altamente leal, trabajador y con grandes ideas para todo. Proponle un proyecto, una idea… te sorprenderá gratamente con un abanico de posibilidades!

Keith es una persona GRANDE y de la que estoy agradecida por haberlo podido conocer.

PilarAutónoma -sector textil-Coquette...moi?Vielha

I’ve known Keith for more than five years. It’s been a while since we have shared the joy of learning and growing in the Social Media space. We have developed platforms together and started business projects. He is a great entrepreneur, full of enthusiasm, eager to innovate, learn and improve. He likes to share his experiences, rich in adventures and stories. He is a trustworthy person.

Patricia Sánchez-BreatñoGeneral Manager HotelBaqueira

Sharing theater and friendship with Keith is always a pleasure. He always has a cheerfull and optimistic attitude.  Keith’s  honesty, willingness to help when you need him and his commitment make him a person I would recomend to those who deserve nice thinks to happen! Keith is someone you can say: “I’m lucky to know him.”

Pax Dettoni SerranoTeatro de Conciencia

We stayed only over the weekend but we still had a really pleasant stay! A big thanks to you Keith! You lent us your helmet when Lufthansa lost ours and you gave us a restaurant when we were hungry! We had a great time heli-skiing with you. Look forward to the video! Oh, and Val d’Aran…really beautiful place to visit in the heart of Pyrenees! In the photo I am the one smiling 3 seats over from Keith!

Viljami V.StudentHelsinki, Finland

“El mundo es de los apasionados” dijo Honore Balzac. Y Keith lo es. Entusiasta que contagia, trabajador infatigable, su buen humor no te deja indiferente. Buena persona, en todos los aspectos.

Agurtzane ZeberioOwnerBurton BaqueiraVielha

We moved to this corner of the Catalan Pyrenees with my family 3 years ago to start a new life and business. It was only last year when I contacted Keith to ask him for advice, as I was ready to explore new opportunities related with nature and foreign languages. Keith and I share the same passions. A few months later on, I got a call and a new part time job.
But that’s not all, thanks to Keith I got in contact with many more people and more opportunities. Keith’s optimism is contagious. I can’t believe it sometimes!
He’s a man of influence in the area and somebody you can trust.

Maria RodriguezHotel Owner / ManagerVal d'Aran

Yo tuve la ocasión y el placer de conocer a Keith durante el encuentro de montaña, Emmeet, en el Valle donde el era el “Master of Ceremonies” y me quedé impresionado y subyugado por su personalidad y como defiende , ama y vende el Valle de Aran. Por culpa de el, tengo que volver con todo mi familia para disfrutar de este ambiente aranés tan especial.

Marc de BruynResponsable Grandes Marcas de Montaña: RAB, CAMP, Edelweiss y KaylandOutdoor RespresentaciónesMadrid

Este nombre inventado, Imagina-emotion, serviría para describir a esta persona, metida y comprometida con mil asuntos, con una vitalidad y una energia fuera de lo común!
serio con los proyectos, divertido con la manera de llevarlos a cabo, una persona de confianza para que os acompañe en cualquier proyecto, un motivador nato de personas, con sus dotes bilingües de comunicador y conciliador de proyectos.

Xavier Turó BaróSpa Manager Hotel Himalàia BaqueiraHimàlaia hotelsBaqueira

Uno de los aspectos más gratificantes de mi trabajo, es tratar a diario con emprendedores, que son personas positivas, de mentalidad abierta, y llenos de energia.

Keith tiene estas cualidades en grado superlativo. Transmite entusiasmo, imaginación, alegria, proximidad y confianza, al mismo tiempo que seriedad profesional y honestidad personal.

Su origen norteamericano y su pasión por la Val d’Aran i por Catalunya le dan una posición única para promover las relaciones entre el público de habla inglesa y nuestro país.

Y por si todo ello fuera poco, Keith és una gran persona!

F. Xavier BallabrigaCEOFundació CEDRICATSolsona

I met him, for the first time, last month of October. Since then, we’ve been attending a seminar, where we’ve taught how to accelerate each one’s business, and focus on our goal. We’ve been working together and, as fas as I’m concerned, he’s a reliable person, a man of his word, actually.
He has helped me a lot, encouraging to try new strategies for my hotel. I’ve even worked with his wife! A nice experience, too.
I wish I could work with him now that the seminar is over. And I hope that our friendship will last forever, sincerely.

Núria Izard-ForrelladDirectorOstau d'OcVielha

Keith es una persona de confianza, entusiasta que motiva positivamente a las personas de su entorno. Mis experiencias con él han sido muy positivas. Transmite energía es cumplidor y además divertido.

Francesc Boya AlósSenador y Consejero del Conselh Generau d'AranAran

Una persona muy comprometida con difundir nuestro hermoso Valle D’Arán y que se conozca en todo el mundo su gente, sus paisajes, su cocina, etc. Keith es una persona seria y comprometida con lo que hace y además muy divertida y positivo.

Rossana SanhuezaGerente RSM-REALTORRSM-REALTORAvda. Alcalde Calbeto Barra Nº 2 Bajos Vielha

I’ve worked in different events with Keith Kirwen and he’s just authentic. For us, it’s a pleasure to receive his positive energy doing what he loves and developing his self continuously.

I would like to tell you about his uniqueness and his personal ambition, always full of innovative ideas for all the projects. You can’t find a better person in the Pyrenees. We love his persuasive skills and his passion. In our company we work with people from around the world and Keith is the perfect host: international, accessible and always collaborative.

Gabriela CaleroProject ManagerÉvalia & ePROSalardú, Val d'Aran, Pyrenees

I have known Keith for a more than a decade. He is a go-getter entrepreneur with an extremely creative mind and energy to match. He knows the Valley as if he were born there. An all-around good guy.

This testimonial comes from the man himself, Ryan Furness. He is responsible for creating the largest set of Aranese words to date in this “once in a lifetime” Aranese / English dictionary. It didn’t quite make it to the New York Times Bestseller list, but is surely was a hit around here!

Ryan FurnessProfessorUniversity of MinnesotaMinnesota

Keith has been extremely helpful in finding my way around Val d’aran organising Spanish lessons, accommodation and accessing local knowledge and services. He has identified the attractions of the region namely the hiking, skiing and other leisure attractions. He is well connected in the area and can save significant amounts of time for people new to the region.

Joe DevineDublin, Ireland

With Keith’s assistance, my wife and I had an incredible time touring the Val d’Aran by bicycle. His assistance was invaluable!

Austin McInernyExecutive DirectorNICABerkeley, California

Recently after doing genetic testing I found that my father’s ancestry is Basque, and I match at a genetic distance of zero to mainly the people of Valle De Aran. I came across Keith’s website and contacted him about the possibility of visting this area. Few times in life have I experienced such genuine hospitality and a desire to help a stranger.
It is my desire to visit this area when time permits, and Keith will be the person that I contact for guidance an advice.

Dr. Michael R. Preston
Assistant Professor of Biology
Ohio

Dr. Michael R. PrestonDr.Ohio, USA

Keith has made the Val d’Aran his home over the past 15 years. He has developed extensive contacts throughout the valley and has a strong understanding of the requirements of international clients that wish to purchase property or services.

Dr. Geoffrey Guyplc ChairmanUK

Keith makes it a point in his life to strive for excellence. In any job he does he gives with his whole heart.
Keith helped my wife and I travel around the Val showing us the real local view. He also gave us tips for things to do in Barcelona.
Thanks for all the pristine powder my friend.
I put my full faith in Keith Kirwen.

Hayes PadenFoster Program SupervisorArizona's Children AssociationPrescott, AZ USA

We have known Keith for two years and he already feels like family. He handled the purchase of our property from A-Z. We cannot say enough lovely things about Keith. A few facts:

*He has a wonderful heart
*He is knowledgeable about the region having lived there for so long
*Fluent in Spanish
*He is like a celebrity in town – everyone knows him!
*He can handle any request you may have from pickups to/from the airport, catering a dinner in your home, to the local sights.
*He is reliable, caring and will look out for your best interests financially or otherwise. We cannot say enough good things about him.
*Don’t forget to ask him his story about how he ended up living there. It is really lovely.

Jody - CanadianNot-For-Profit ConsultantMontreal

Keith was a great asset for a journalist trying to parachute into the region and who was looking for contacts and information, and he was very eager to help. I was grateful to find him.
Chris Solomon
freelance journalist
Seattle, USA
http://www.chrissolomon.net

If you would like to read the article Chris wrote in the New York Times about the Val d’Aran, click on the following link:

http://www.keithkirwen.com/the-new-york-times/

Chris SolomonFreelance journalistNew York Times, Outside magazineUSA

We first met Keith in the summer last year to look for properties in Val d’Aran. It is a beautiful part of Spain set in the Pyrenees.

Keith is passionate about Val d’Aran and he and his wife have lived there for the past 20 years. This means that he is an expert in helping to find that dream home and in all things Spanish.

He is a super person who understands quickly what your requirements are and is eager to deliver. There is so much to offer in Val d’Aran that all you need is Keith who will advise you on all aspects of living there and enjoying the fantastic activities.

I would put my trust in Keith as he is a genuine person and works hard. There is no one better. It is true to say that you meet Keith as a stranger but part as friends.

Wow…what a smashing testimonial! I thanked Susan for her kindness when I received the above testimonial and her response to my “thank you” was the following:

Your are more than welcome.  They were my first impressions of you when we met.  The estate agents I met here in France and also in the UK were not at all in the same league as you.  You brought much more and your knowledge is overwhelming.  I want everyone who reads the review to know that you are this great guy.

 Susan

Susan TisleyAuto EntrepreneurUne Bonne Couche d'Amour www.etsy.com/teenietinytotsCardeilhac, France

I’ve been traveling around the world for the last 7 years and during that time I’ve meet many people in many places.

Keith’s knowledge of the Val d’Aran has stuck with me since I met him several years ago. So much so that I mentioned my visit to the Val d’Aran when I met the president of Catalonia when I met him in New York City.

His knowledge of the region made my visit more than just another stop in the Pyrenees.

Gary ArndtTravel PhotographerEverything-Everywhere.comNomadic

I have known Keith since 2004, when I was fortunate enough to be hired to work for him as a teacher at his language school in Vielha. During the 2 years I worked for Keith, I got to benefit first hand from his incredible knowledge and huge enthusiasm for the Val d’Aran (not to mention his endless supply of fantastic local contacts!). As a employer, the support and advice that he gave me were over and above anything I could have expected. Despite his hectic schedule (Keith – How do you do it?!), he could always be relied upon to find time to help. Indeed, there never seemed to be a problem too big, or too small, for him to find a solution to. Aside from his professionalism, Keith is also an intelligent, warm and funny guy whose friendship and wisdom I continue to enjoy to this day.
In short, as an advisor on anything to do with the Valley, I couldn’t imagine anyone better qualified, more reliable, or more personable than Keith. 

Thomas HeathCook, Teacher, GlobetrotterPrevious employee of KeithUK

Keith knows everything about the area and is so kind and generous with his time. We 100% recommend him.

Charlotte Hindle & Simon CalderDirectorNorth East South West LtdLondon

Keith and I attended Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Tennessee, and even were in sophomore Spanish together. In 2009, I reconnected with him when my wife and I were in Europe on vacation. Keith and his wife asked us to come and visit them while we were in Spain.

We spent three days with Keith in the heart of the Pyrenees in Spain. Keith and his wife welcomed us in their home, shared traditional Catalonian meals, and showed us all that Val d’Aran had to offer. What we came away with is Keith, being a resident for the past 20 years, and his wife, a pure Spaniard, were able to convey the richness of the culture, a perspective not found in books or magazines, and a true love of Val d’Aran.

They knew the best places to see the sun rise and set, the best areas to ski or single track mountain bike, as well as the best places to eat traditional Spanish fare. If I were to put my trust in someone who would take my needs to heart, understand what I am interested in, and deliver me the absolute best experience Val d’Aran can offer, Keith would be the man.

We look forward to returning to Spain and seeing them again soon!

Robert KondilasFounderVincero DesignWashington, DC

I’ve come to know Keith very well working with him to help expand his internet presence and reach. I can attest to his sincerity, integrity and knowledge of the region because I’ve come to know Keith as a good friend.

Keith’s website features some of the finest real estate properties available as well as video coverage of exciting winter events in the area. I have affectionately dubbed Keith the “Go To Guy” for all things Val d’Aran.

Roger BerwangerOwnerAccurate Media LLCWashington, DC

We needed some help to find a possible home in the Val D’Aran area and found Keith Kirwen who was a great contact and organised a number of viewings and transported us to and from our prospective houses.

Dr. Nigel KennedyEngland UK

I met Keith in Memphis, Tennessee in 1977, was neighbors with his family, went to school with him and his sister and have been working with him for the past 4 years on an educational project. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with him in Val d’Aran and stay at his beautiful home and taste his wife’s beautiful cooking and enjoy the majesty that is Val d’Aran! He’s super creative, intelligent, dedicated, hard-working, funny, kind and so very passionate about his work and ideas!

Joanne ThomasFrench Educator and Authorhttp://about.me/edit/madamethomasAtlanta, Georgia, USA