Meet Our Founders

Rafael Martinez De Sanzo
Vincent Butta

Born in the south of Patagonia and raised in the city of Buenos Aires,  Rafa is a true authentic Argentine. He is a Malbec aficionado, master of the Argentine asado (barbeque), and a gaucho at heart. He obtained degrees in Law  from the University of Buenos Aires and later from Georgetown University. He was a member of the Argentine Foreign Service for 16 years, where he was positioned in Washington DC and Los Angeles. Rafa was also the director of Pepperdine University’s Buenos Aires Study Abroad  program for 15 years. There, in addition to being director, he  taught as a professor of International Business Law, Venture Initiation, Intercultural Communication, International Marketing, and History of Human Rights. He also led college students on educational field-trips throughout Argentina during his time as director. Now, Rafa is passionate about bringing his love for the greatness of Argentina to you through Authentic Argentina.  Today, he lives in Buenos Aires with his wife, Agustina, and their three sons, Rafita, Manolo, and Paco. He can't wait to journey around Argentina with you very soon.



Favorite place in Argentina:

Perito Moreno National Park- Santa Cruz, Argentina


Entrepreneur, global marketing leader, and media mogul, Vincent, was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City. He graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California with a degree in advertising. During his time at Pepperdine, he studied abroad in Heidelberg, Germany, which is where he discovered his love and passion for travel and cultural experiences. Since then, he has pursued a wide range of business endeavors, ranging from helping to create Sephora, creating clothing lines for celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, working with top technology companies, to even hosting his own food show in Sicily. He has over 30 years of international business leadership experience in entertainment, mobile technology, SAAS, mobility, Satellite, E-Commerce, OTT platforms, consumer products, and retail. He is a visionary leader with experience in operating large, medium, and small US and global businesses. He is excited about using his past business experience and his passion for authentic travel experiences at Authentic Argentina. Today, Vin lives with his wife, Audrey and daughter, Jillian, in Long Island, New York.



Favorite place in Argentina: El Refugio Ranch- Buenos Aires, Argentina



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