Nov. 7, 2012
Even James Bond
hasn't had a
wedding. But adventure expert
While eating the world's finest steaks and sipping the world's greatest malbecs at the base of the Andes Mountains in
, Loya and his bride-to-be entertained friends and family from around the globe vying to see who would be selected "The Next 007." For 48 hours, guests competed in tango, polo, winetasting, and an adventure race so extreme that participants signed waivers. A movie trailer announced the three-day event, a Brazilian
concluded the festivities, and a video clip from their Vegas wedding with Elvis six months earlier surprised everyone in between.
Loya, who bears a slight resemblance to
, outlines his sensational 2005 nuptials in "Anatomy of a 007 Wedding," Story 29 in his recently-published anecdotal memoir,
My Top 40 at 40: Making the First Half Count, A Modern Man's Story Collection
, XK Productions). The humorous, inspiring collection, which spans six continents and two decades, gives readers a sense that anything is possible with the right attitude.
"Story by story by story,
My Top 40 at 40
becomes a primer on the alchemy of adventure," writes
, senior writer for
and four-time National Magazine Award-winner. "After he's carried you up mountains crawling with tarantulas, plunged you in mud volcanoes and man-eating Cuban potholes, taken you on a sleep-over atop a Guatemalan pyramid, introduced you to frightening Serbian giants and Japanese sumo wrestlers and taught you how to transform an Argentinean beauty into a wife, it dawns on you: the tarantulas and mud volcanoes and pyramids and giants are all just wonderful props. The magic all occurs in the spirit and imagination of one human being…who could be you."
Loya is an Emmy-winning voice-over artist who has voiced everything from Olympic promos to in-flight videos for many Fortune 500 companies including NBC, Delta, and L'Oreal. He records regularly in both English and Spanish. Since 2003, he has also served as the Director of Development for The Dwight School Foundation, the development arm of a prestigious international school in
New York City
with campuses in
, Vancouver Island,
. When asked how he managed to find time to complete his book project, Loya replied with a Bond smile, "I make every minute count!" He wrote the majority of the book during his daily commute.
Loya holds an MBA from
magna cum laude
with a BA in History. Loya lives outside
New York City
with his wife and daughter. The book is now available via Amazon (
) and Barnes & Noble (
) as a Hardcover (
, 252 pages, ISBN: 978-0-9847637-0-2) and as a Kindle e-book in English (
, ISBN: 978-0-9847637-2-6). You can learn more at YouTube (
), Facebook (
), and Pinterest (
SOURCE XK Productions, LLC