Fred Schlomka has had a career in the business world and non-profit organizations on both sides of the Atlantic. He established Green Olive Tours in 2007 and became CEO of the Green Olive Collective in 2013.
Fred’s family originated in Palestine and he was born and raised in Scotland. He began returning to the country in late 1970s, and has spent about half his time there since then. His passion for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine led him to move there permanently with his family in 2000. He has been Operations Manager at The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, and Executive Director of Mosaic Communities. He is a member of the 2003 Class of Echoing Green Fellows. The New York based Echoing Green Foundation enabled the establishment of Mosaic Communities where Fred served as Executive Director until 2005. Fred is an avid karate student and teacher, a long-distance cyclist, and a board member of the Traditional Karate Federation of Israel.
Fred also spent over 20 years in the USA during which he developed several businesses including American Caribbean Builders which worked with FEMA in Florida after Hurricane Andrew, American Repairs & Maintenance which serviced hundreds of fast food stores on the eastern seaboard, Amazing Husband Handyman Services which has since been franchised, and a record company, Maxemilian Productions. His US non-profit experience includes the establishment of a food cooperative, a chamber ensemble, and a Co-Housing organization.
Fred’s articles on the Israeli economy, politics, real estate & land issues, have been widely published, and he frequently travels abroad for speaking tours and lectures. He has taught a course in business development at the American International School in Israel, is an organic gardener, an avid cyclist and juggler. Fred holds a 2nd degree black belt in Shotokan Karate (ni-dan ITKF), teaches karate to a mixed Arab/Jewish group in Jaffa and is a board member of the Traditional Karate Federation of Israel. He has two children and lives near Tel Aviv with his wife Sunita, with whom he cycled over 4,000 kilometres around Europe and Turkey during the summer of 2015.
Contact Fred Schlomka directly if you are interested in a private tour or presentation.