TRAVEL MANAGER & OPERATIONS MANAGER
Bio: I have over 20 years of comprehensive travel industry experience of which almost half has been spent serving the luxury and entertainment markets. I have held various travel agency positions encompassing retail agency sales, groups, back-office, and operations. Born and raised in Southern California, the travel bug (40 countries and counting) bit early in college and led to a job at the student travel specialist STA Travel. My keen eye for detail and quality control led me from Travel Advisor to Branch Manager by the age of 25. For the past 10 years I have worked for Bruvion Travel, first starting as an Entertainment & Productions Travel Manager and then transitioning to Operations Manager. While my clients all hail from the entertainment and creative industries, the market segments vary as I handle both large-scale concert tours and productions (group), corporate travel for entertainment firms, as well as high-end leisure for celebrities and other high-net worth individuals.
Which is your favorite city to visit? And why? London. Might that be a commonplace answer? Yes, but London is endlessly cosmopolitan and there is a reason it’s one of the world’s great cities. The distinguished English writer Samuel Johnson said it best: “Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” – Samuel Johnson
Which is your favorite beach? Bora Bora is the definition of #nofilter – any number of gorgeous photos have been taken of it but, somehow, the real world beauty of its water still manages to exceed any elevated expectations.
Name one thing you must have with you when you travel. And why? A sense of discovery and an understanding that sometimes the journey can be as rewarding as the destination.
Travel Tip: Make use of your government resources: Both the U.S. State Department website (travel.state.gov) and the My TSA app are a wealth of knowledge. On the TSA app you can literally type in just about any item you can think of (yes, even weird ones) and find out if it’s allowed as carry-on (yes, some of the weird ones are), in checked luggage only, or not permitted at all. For any international travel, I also recommend registering on the State Department STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) website as this will register you with the local Embassy or Consulate in your destination. Should any emergencies arise, it would assist U.S. Consular officials in locating you or providing assistance. In addition you will be registered to receive Consular Information Sheets as well as any applicable Travel Advisories for your destinations.
What are your hobbies/interests outside of work? I enjoy tacos, a good old fashioned, classic deco architecture and collecting both barware and vintage travel memorabilia. I still get excited before a trip to Disneyland. I don’t have a favorite animal, as that would force me to choose between a Red Panda or Otter.
Working Languages: English