Having first ventured to the Kola to serve as Head Guide and Ryabaga caretaker in the late 1990s, Steve Estela became Ponoi River Co. CEO at the start of 2008. Steve experienced a successful early career in Argentina with the company Nervous Waters, notably as General Manager of the renowned Kau Tapen Lodge. Over a decade-long tenure, Steve rose to hold the post of Operations Director of all properties owned by Nervous Waters. The promise of Kola salmon eventually pulled Steve back to Russia, where his experience in the destination fishing industry was put to immediate use. Steve brings a wealth of experience to the leadership of Ponoi River Co. Now a resident of Murmansk, Steve is able to provide hands-on management of operations throughout the year. Ponoi River Co. guests are treated to his personalized care, efficiency, and unparalleled attention to detail. Originally from Buenos Aires, Steve is married to Pata, who has also worked at Ryabaga. Together they are the parents of two young sons. Steve has fished all over the world, including some fantastic exploratory trips literally at the ends of the earth. He enjoys all varieties of sports, particularly running, cycling, and motor racing.