Has amassed 18 years of real estate and investment experience, as well as 8 years of experience in tourism, has visited more than 45 countries and 70 islands. Father of two, has studied law sciences, mechatronics, philosophy and start-up business in such universities as Rigas Stradiņš University, Riga Technical University and University of Latvia. His first company “Hanseatic Investment society” Ernests Rieksts founded at the age of 18, where he managed investment funds, as well as successfully invested in various real estate projects. For the first years in his career, Ernests has sold real estate as a real estate intermediary, invested and purchased numerous properties and projects in Latvia and abroad. Also, by opening a 550 bed hostel network in the center of Riga, he has accommodated travelers, Latvian students and the labour force. Since Ernests himself has gained personal experience in serving around 40 000 tourists and locals, it has allowed him to better understand and appeal to each guest's wishes, needs and worldviews. Within 8 years of its existence the hostel network has served around 500 000 tourists and Latvian nationals.