Speakers

Jonathan Bradshaw

CEO, The Meetology® Group

Jonathan BradshawJonathan Bradshaw researches, presents and writes on the fascinating psychology behind our ability to connect, interact and communicate with others.

He has delivered keynote presentations on social interaction in over 30 countries including China, Argentina, the USA and Australia and, as an award winning columnist, he has written for a number of international magazines. His regular video blog has over 10,000 subscribers from over 40 countries.

He and his team of behavioural scientists pull together the latest research on social interaction and deliver it via the live communication skills workshops that run both on an open basis as well as for businesses including Merlin Entertainment PLC, the Dubai Government and Best Insurance (UK) Ltd.

Away from work Jon is a keen sportsman. Once a semi-professional footballer, he has run his own personal training business, climbed on Mt. Everest and Kilimanjaro, and organised and completed a 3400mile/5500km European charity bike ride.

 

Danielle Andrews

Co-founder of The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada (WPIC)

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Danielle Andrews Sunkel is a, professional wedding coordinator certification institute and association where 3900 wedding professionals connect and share ideas.  In her role as instructor for WPIC, Danielle has trained and certified all on-site wedding coordinators at Sandals Resorts in Jamaica, The Palace Resorts in Mexico, Bahamas Bridal Association wedding coordinators and all on-site wedding coordinators at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas.

With over 14 years of professional experience in consulting and coordinating weddings, Danielle is regularly appears in the media, in magazines, newspapers and on television.  Danielle has also worked as a wedding consultant for several major television networks.    A professional speaker, Danielle has delivered seminars about weddings across Canada, the United States and all over the Caribbean.

An expert in Destination Weddings, she has produced events in Mexico, Bahamas, Barbados, Turks & Caicos, Jamaica, Ireland and Italy, to name but a few destinations.  Danielle has also been the co-Producer of The Wedding Professionals International Conference for the past 7 years.

 

Tracey Manailescu

co-founder, WPIC Inc.

Is the co-foundetracey milainescur of WPIC Inc. (The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada and the Wedding Planners Institute of Coordination). She certifies and trains independent wedding planners worldwide and the on-site wedding coordinators at Resorts including Sandals, Beaches, Palace, the Hard Rock All Inclusive Collection, and Atlantis in The Bahamas. She has also trained the members of the Bahamas Bridal Association and the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association.

Tracey has arranged and produced conferences, seminars and learning trips all over the world.

WPIC created the first Destination Wedding Certification program in the World, which is still the most well-known and respected. Through this program Tracey has trained Travel Agencies and independent Wedding Coordinators in Destination Weddings

As a Wedding Planner herself, with her company, Tracey M Events, she has coordinated Destination Weddings and events in Florida, Las Vegas, Ireland, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, Romania and Mexico, to name a few. She has been featured in Elegant Wedding Magazine (in print & online), Today’s Bride, Wedding Obsession, Champagne Sweets, Dab Wedding, and Poptastic bride.

She regularly speaks at event conferences and has been interviewed on TV and quoted in Media outlets all over the world.

 

Deborah Moody

Executive Director, Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants

Deborah MoodyDeborah began her wedding planning career in 1995, after completing her training through the ACPWC.  She immediately joined the Association where she served as the Chairperson for several years, before taking over as director. Deborah continues to challenge herself and her members with business improvements and self development through continuing education and training.

Deborah has represented the ACPWC at the Wedding MBA, in Las Vegas, NV, in Ireland at the Limerick Bridal show, and at the International Bridal Expo in Beijing China.

Deborah has been quoted in Black Enterprise, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Perspective Newsletter, and the San Francisco Chronicle.  She had written articles for wedding publications including, Serendipity, California South Asian Bride, and most recently in Women of Wealth magazine. She was also a guest on the KDOW radio -Business on the Edge segment.

Founded in 1990, the ACPWC is dedicated to upholding the highest standards of quality, professionalism, service, and integrity.  Dedicated to the ACPWC, its goals, professionalism and standard of excellence, Deborah continues the legacy that was started 25 years ago by Founder and former Director, Ann Nola.

The Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants is a comprehensive training and certification program for those who dream of becoming Wedding and Event Planners. The ACPWC has set the standard for the wedding consulting professions. Our philosophy is “education through practical training.”  While we teach theory in the classroom, we stress that hands-on experience and modern practical training help the individual student in preparing to start their business as a wedding consultant. Investing in yourself, and getting the proper training are the keys to any successful business.  Networking with other businesses builds better relations and stronger communities.  We provide an opportunity for mentoring and internships upon graduation through our post-graduate program.  “Our Motto is Members Helping Members to Succeed.”

 

Federico Orozco

Omm Retreats agency -Founder & CEO-

federico orozcoYoga and travel enthusiast. Born and raised in Mexico, I studied architecture and then moved to Barcelona to study Therapeutic Theatre. There I worked as a design book editor, and then jumped in to the world of tourism, being a tour manager for more than 15 years guiding groups around Europe. At the same time I became a certified yoga instructor and since then I incorporated it into my daily life.

I’m passionate about yoga and its holistic philosophy, it helps me to keep important values such as balance, inner listening and being present in my relationship with others. In the year 2008 I created Yoging -yoga for corporates-based in Spain, and in 2012 I founded the agency Omm Retreats, a deeply personal project that integrates being a tour guide and a yogi.

In Omm Retreats we currently organizing trips with yoga in Mexico:From the Pacific to the Caribbean beaches, Yucatan routes as well as Guanajuato, Queretaro and Jalisco. Also once a year we do a retreat on the island of Bali, and also we are preparing a Safari in South Africa and a Trek & Yoga Retreat on the Camino de Santiago, Spain.

 

Mark Chesnut

Mark ChesnutMark Chesnut is a New York City-based freelance journalist, editor, content producer and public speaker focused on travel and tourism. The founder and editor of LatinFlyer.com, a website that focuses on travel in Latin America, Chesnut also writes and manages custom content for a variety of travel industry clients, including the Costa Rica Tourism Board, the Mexico Tourism Board, Turismo Chile, Visit Baltimore, Detroit Metro CVB, the U.S. Travel Association, the World Travel & Tourism Council and hotel brands including Hilton and IHG. As a journalist, Chesnut is a regular contributor to media outlets including The Huffington Post, Latin Trade Magazine, Meetings & Conventions Magazine, Travel Weekly and TravelAge West. He’s also written for Fodor’s travel guides and the New York Times best-seller 1,000 Places To See Before You Die. Mark has moderated panels and made presentations at the New York Travel Festival, New York Times Travel Show, South American Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference and the American Society of Travel Agents, and has hosted online Webinars for clients including CrowdCompass, Cvent, M&C Magazine, the tourism offices for Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island, and Casa de Campo.

 

Claudine M. Winston

Claudine M. WinstonClaudine M. Winston, MBA is a seasoned business executive and entrepreneur.  With over 20 years experience in a sales, marketing and advertising she has worked with developing muilti-million dollar interactive campaigns from some of the world’s largest brands including, HP, IBM, Kraft General Foods, USPS, Eli Lilly & Co., Pfizer and a long list of others.  Her savvy business acumen and record of multi-million dollar sales has given her the insights to author her first e-book on business planning in 2009 which she hopes to readapted for travel professionals.  Ms. Winston holds an MBA in Finance and has completed hours towards a second Masters in Forensic Accounting.

As an entrepreneur she has successfully launched a mortgage brokerage, real estate management firm and construction development company.  Ms. Winston has a broad base of experience which has helped her to successfully launch Winston Legacy Inc. the holding company for W Legacy Global Travel, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Boutique and The Weddings Genie™.  Since their launch her group of companies have completed numerous weddings in the capacity of wedding planner and romance travel consultant both in the US and abroad.

 

David Sterling

David SterlingLOS DOS CHEF DAVID STERLING was born in Oklahoma City, OK. Describing himself as “weaned on chili”, Sterling grew up in the Southwestern culinary environment that included everything from chicken fried steak and sausage gravy, to cheese enchiladas and other TexMex dishes.

STERLING HAS STUDIED A RANGE OF CUISINES since he was a teenager, but is most experienced in classic French techniques. After traveling to Mexico in 1972 for the first of many visits, he has focused primarily on Mexican cooking. He credits one of his best friends, a teacher of Mexican cooking in Canada, for sparking that passion as well as teaching him many Mexican recipes.

Sterling holds a Master of Fine Arts in design from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. During the two year program, Sterling also worked as a pantry chef at the highly acclaimed French restaurant Le Bijou, in the nearby Detroit suburb of Southfield. He subsequently continued to hone his knife skills in his own small catering business in the late 1970’s. After graduation from Cranbrook, he relocated to New York City, which he made his home for 25 years before moving to Mérida in 2003 to open Los Dos, which features the kitchen of Chef Sterling’s dreams. Sterling spends his hours there researching, experimenting and preparing wholly traditional cocina Yucateca. As founder and chef of Los Dos cooking school, he also offers classes in International cuisine to the local population and serves as planning consultant to regional restaurants as well as to global packaged foods manufacturers.

 

Paras Mehta

Paras MehtaRecognized as one of Canada’s top talents in event design, Paras Mehta is the creative force behind Paras Events, creating highly stylized and luxurious social and corporate events internationally for the most discerning of clientele.  Paras is known for his calm demeanour, sophisticated design aesthetic, and commitment to each and every client.

With a career that began only nine years ago, Paras has garnered the acclaim of the Canadian events industry.  He was awarded his first Canadian Event Industry Star Award at the age of 24 and a year later at age 25, was named ‘Event Designer of the Year’ by the Canadian Wedding Industry –one of the highest achievements in wedding design in Canada.

Paras is a highly sought after designer known for his creativity, attention to detail, and innovative approach to design.  His ability to conceptualize space in harmony with his client’s desires has made him the top choice for a host of corporations, organizations, foundations, top-tier hotels and resorts, event planners, and couples.  More recently, Paras’s work has captured the attention of Bollywood celebrities and royalty.

As a graduate of the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada and Canadian Institute of Floral Design, Paras continues to be at the forefront of the Canadian event design industry as a judge in national awards programs and speaker at national industry conferences.  Paras’s work can be found in leading international media:  WedLuxe Magazine, Style Me Pretty, The Ring Bearer, JuneBug Weddings, Wedding Chicks, A Million Little Details, South Asian Bride Magazine, BizBash, Lavish Dulhan, Suhaag, EventSource, and Grace Ormonde Wedding Style.

 

Jaime Valdes-Riench

Owner of Travel & Events With Style and Destinations With Style Magazine

Jaime Valdes-RienchJaime Valdes-Riench is the owner of four successful companies, two of which specifically service the destination wedding sector. She is a Travel Agent, International Wedding Planner, Graphic Designer, Civil Officiant and also a Fitness Coach. In order to grow her business and guide her team, Jaime actively seeks to educate herself allowing her, in the process, to educate her clients. She is a strong believer the statement “just trust me” to clients does not build respect and longevity with confidence. In almost 20 years in this business, she has seen that taking the time to educate the client is a future investment. By taking the time and care to build report with clients encourages them to return as a longterm client vs. a one time customer. She believes the time investment is a contribution in longterm success.

Jaime has been guest speaker at numerous wedding and travel industry events, written for Canadian wedding magazines, and has been a featured interviewee on television. She is also the editor and creative director for a new local destination wedding magazine called Destinations With Style.

 

David Victor

President and CEO, Beach Travel LLC

David VictorEver since I was young I’ve loved to travel. Whether I’m strolling through the bright maze of a Jamaican produce market, munching the fresh, flavorful street food in Mexico or relaxing in a cafe on 5th avenue of Playa Del Carmen, I always try to immerse myself fully into the local culture and absorb the true flavor and character of the country. Every time I travel there I work hard building relationships. I get to know the workers and management not only at the hotels and resorts, but even at the small shops and restaurants favored by the locals. I do this because I love learning about foreign cultures, but also so that I can refer my clients to the right places with total assurance and confidence – like I’m sending them to a friend’s place.

My 20 years in the travel industry have been all about sharing those experiences with my clients, using everything I’ve learned to plan each destination wedding, honeymoon, family vacation or couples’ getaway as if it were my own – with care, concern and attention to detail.  I find my greatest asset is to listen to what my clients wants, dreams and not to talk them into something they do not want for themselves. I am very passionate on what I do and pass that on to the clients as if they were part of my family.

My client’s needs are always my first concern. I help them plan within their budget while still making them have the experience of a lifetime. With an insider’s view of how to get the most bang for their vacation buck, I provide personalized service and specialize in many areas of travel including destination weddings, honeymoon vacations and exotic getaways. Especially in my other areas of expertise of Mexico and the Caribbean

 

Kelly Mwila

Founder and CEO of Alaska to Africa Travel

Kelly MwilaBorn and raised in ruggedly beautiful interior Alaska, Kelly Mwila fulfilled her dream of conquering big city life when she moved to New York in 2001. She began her career at various Wall Street investment banks, including JP Morgan Chase and Deutsche Bank, where she enjoyed the fast-paced, high-energy culture that proliferates corporate life.

After several years she began to feel the negative impact of the competitive environment she was immersed in and noticed the lack of engagement, loyalty, and happiness of her colleagues. It was this imbalance and first-hand experience with the transformative power of adventure travel that moved her to be of service, becoming the Founder and CEO of Alaska to Africa Travel, LLC. She is passionate about designing unique luxury travel excursions for high-end corporate teams to help them make authentic connections, reclaim their balance, and give them the cutting edge they need to be successful. She also writes to diverse audiences about how to achieve balance, productivity, and happiness at work.

 

Susan Moynihan

Traveler in Chief, The Honeymoonist, Inc.

Susan MoynihanFew people know romance travel like Susan Moynihan. A graduate of University of Maryland at College Park, Susan Moynihan started her publishing career in New York City at Woman’s Day, where she wrote her first travel story on a now-defunct hotel in Puerto Rico.  After moving to Conde Nast, she covered the luxury honeymoon market and the growing trend of destination weddings as travel editor for Modern Bride and Elegant Bride. In 2005 she relocated to Florida to become editor in chief of Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine, where she interacted with thousands of couples and event pros around the world. She has also been editor on chief of SPA magazine and Modern Luxury Brides/South Florida and The Caribbean. In 2014 she started The Honeymoonist, a travel company and website devoted exclusively to romance travel. She handles travel for some of the top wedding planners in the United States, as well as weddings for personal clients. She writes and blogs for numerous national outlets, including USA Today and Bridal Guide, and consults with clients on branding and communication. She speaks about the business of romance travel at conferences around the world.

 

IAN Johnson

President, Out Now

ian jhonsonIan Johnson is the founder of Out Now, and has for more than twenty years has been recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on marketing to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) customers.

With dedicated travel brands OutNowBusinessClass.com for B2B and Welcome.LGBT for B2C, as well as dedicated Learn.LGBT training – delivered both online and in management workshops – Out Now provides complete LGBT travel marketing solutions for clients.

Out Now Global has been relied upon by many of the world’s leading brands – including Hilton Hotels, TUI, German National Tourist Office, Lufthansa, VisitBritain, Turespaña, VisitMexico, IBM, Toyota, Lloyds Banking Group, Barclays, Citibank, Merck; and delivers a comprehensive range of tailored solutions focused on research, strategy, communications, networking and training.

With consulting activities across more than 20 countries — including the US, Canada, UK, Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa and Australia — Out Now fulfills a unique global agency vision as being the leading local LGBT marketing specialists, worldwide.

The ‘Out Now Global LGBT2020 Study’ sees the agency continuing to break new ground, with the world’s most comprehensive research analysis ever of LGBT people’s lives – delivering insight about people living in 24 countries, right across the world.

For more information, visit:

http://www.OutNowConsulting.com

http://www.OutNowBusinessClass.com

http://www.Welcome.LGBT

http://www.Learn.LGBT

http://www.LGBT2020.com

 

Cerys Spadaro

Cerys SpadaroIs the Senior Account Manager at Social Tables, where she manages the relationships of strategic accounts, serving as their industry leader in both the hospitality and technology space.

Prior to joining Social Tables, Cerys was the Director of Catering for Restaurant Associates at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  She played a major role in the planning and execution of high level events, such as the Kennedy Center Honors, Mark Twain Prize and TedMed.  She assisted with new unit openings at Capital One and CEB, during RA’s transition as the new Food Service Provider.

Cerys was recently featured in MPI Magazine’s article “Switching Gears”, and has spoken at the 2015 Sodexo Leisure Conference, the 2014 “Leveraging Technology” DC Chapter of NACE Event, led the “The Future of Catering with Event Technology” ICA Webinar and participated as a panelist for the Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management’s: Millennials in Hospitality.

 

Marilyn Cairo

Partner – AskMeWeddings
Miami, Florida

Marilyn CairoMarilyn Cairo is the co-founder and Director of Marketing for AskMeWeddings, a hospitality solutions company specializing in destination weddings. The company develops successful wedding packages for resorts and creates incentives and commissions for travel agents that extend their reach and increase their income.  She serves as a Romance Director for an international resort client, to include call center management, operational support and brand positioning within the destination wedding market segment.

Prior to co-founding AskMeWeddings, Cairo was part of a multi-national brand of all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, where she was a Sales Manager and Marketing Programs Manager. While there, she created and launched marketing support programs for travel agents, managed a $5 million co-op advertising and marketing budget, and was a senior trainer responsible for educating and motivating more than 20,000 travel agents.

As a travel expert, consultant and mother of three children, Cairo shares tips and topics ranging from business travel, traveling with your family, tips on planning a destination wedding, increasing your wedding business, and creative ways to promote your business. Proactive proven sales and marketing strategies for travel agents to increase sales and revenue, from the growing multi-billion dollar destination wedding and honeymoon market.

AskMeWeddings is a Miami based firm focused on providing hotels and resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico with hospitality solutions. AskMeWeddings works with top resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America. From bridal spa treatments to a signature turndown service to more adventurous options like a sunset sail or private island tours, AskMeWeddings’ wedding packages offer options and ensure a happy couple. Understanding the value travel agents bring to resorts, AskMeWeddings simultaneously offers incentives and special programs for travel agents that help extend their reach, increase their income and build their resort offerings for their clients.

 

Camille Jocsak

Camille JocsakCamille Jocsak is the Founder and President of CLA Consulting Inc., Planned 2 Perfection Ltd and Paradise 2 Perfection based in Ontario, Canada. Camille has broad based experience in consulting for many major corporations in the areas of designing, developing and delivering multilevel training programs, business consulting, coaching and project management.

Camille’s creativity and leadership has pushed her to success in Event/Wedding Planning & Management as well as Destination Weddings, Group & Luxury Travel Designing & Management. Her attention to detail and business experience along with her drive and passion for providing quality client service has provided her not only international visibility but client loyalty throughout her 30+ year career.

Camille is a member of the Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners, International Special Events Society and Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association. She is certified as a Travel Specialist in Mexico, Canada, United States, the Caribbean as well as many European and Middle Eastern countries.

Camille provides training and consulting to non-profit organizations through Planned 2 Perfection and continues to play a key role in raising funds and acquiring sponsors for local and national charities both on a professional and volunteer basis. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her dedication to the community and various charitable endeavours. Camille holds a Canadian Copyright on a musical she wrote

and directed which is performed in schools to teach tolerance and anti-bullying among youth.

Camille is a mother of four daughters and a grandmother who currently resides with her husband in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

 

Brenda Fernández

BRENDA FDZBrenda Fernández is the founder and CEO of Dream Weddings Mexico, a luxurious destination wedding planning firm created in 2003. She is also the CEO of the South Asian Wedding Institute. The Institute is the first in America that specializes in provide education of the South Asian wedding industry for wedding planners, travel agents and vendors.

S.A.W.I. has certified more than 70 wedding planners and has done several workshops with travel agents from USA and Canada.

South Asian Wedding Certification is now presented once a year in destinations like Cancun, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.

Brenda is ABC´s State Director of Quintana Roo, ABC (Association of Bridal Consultants) is an Association that focuses in continuous training and education as well as networking. Brenda is one of 62 wedding planners in the world that owns the tittle of Master Bridal Consultant.

Brenda is certified in Indian weddings by a recognized institute in Mumbai, India, in gay weddings by the Gay Wedding Institute and Green Weddings by The Green Bride Guide.

She is also an active member of the wedding club of the Cancun Visitor Board since 2008.

Since 2012 Brenda has been giving conferences, trainings, workshops to wedding planners and travel agents of the Wedding and Romance Industry. Brenda, through her firm has planned more than 450 weddings and the number keeps growing.

 

Sonal J. Shah

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Sonal J. Shah is the owner and operator of Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants, LLC, based in New York City. She has organized over 700 weddings around the world and has been featured in numerous national and local publications, such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Miami Sun Herald. Her work has been featured on television on Entertainment TV, The Insider, and WE! TV.  She has also published her own book, A Complete Guide to Planning the Perfect South Asian Wedding.

 

 

Preeti Vasudeva

CEO, Preeti Exclusive Event Planning

Preeti VasudevaA mainstay in the wedding industry since its inception in 2004, Preeti Exclusive Event Planning quite simply makes magic happen. Preeti and her team can transform any event into an extraordinary occasion, providing the utmost in quality, professionalism, and perfectionism.

Founder Preeti Vasudeva is a Design Specialist and Certified Wedding & Event Planner. Inspired by her rich, South Asian cultural heritage and upbringing in the U.S., Preeti has a knack for effortlessly fusing eastern traditions with western flair.

 

In 2009, PEEP was nominated for two Big Apple awards by the International Special Events Society (ISES). That same year, one of the company’s grand scale weddings was featured on WeddingChannel.com’s “Top 13 Weddings of the Year.” Preeti has appeared on numerous wedding publications, television networks, radio shows, and podcasts. She teaches event planning courses in Manhattan and is a contributing editor for Bibi Bridal Magazine.

Preeti Exclusive offices are located in DC, Maryland, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, and South Florida. She specializes in destination weddings, allowing her clients to relegate every last detail to her. There’s no request, big or small, that she and her team can’t fulfill. Her invaluable experience, eye for detail, amicable personality, and vast network has allowed her to create a niche for her company, whose reputation is unparalleled in the industry.

 

Ed Cotton

Edward F. CottonEd has been in the travel business for over 30-years.

In the early 1980’s Ed formed a company, ‘Hammersmith Antiquing Tours’, that specialized in group antiquing tours to Europe. Hammersmith was the first tour company of its kind and became well known when it was featured in an article on the cover page of the New York Times,’ 9-Days and 10,000 Antiques’.

In the early 1990’s Ed was brought into Horizons Unlimited Travel Group to create a groups and convention division. Within a few years that division became the most profitable division within Horizons Unlimited Travel Group, with their largest annual meeting having more than 21,000 attendees and producing yearly commissions in excess of $1,000,000.00.

It was during his time at Horizons that Ed recognized the future of destination weddings, and with the principal of Horizons Unlimited and several others, formed DestinationWeddings.com.

DestinationWeddings.com grew to be the largest and most well known company specializing in romance travel. In early 2013 Ed retired from DestinationWeddings.com and moved to Playa del Carmen.

Although Ed is a self-professed beach bum, he continues to stay involved in an industry that he describes as ‘a very important part of his life’.

 

Lisa Sheldon, CTC

608-774-2789
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Lisa Sheldon,Lisa Sheldon, CTC, is the Executive Director of DWHSA.  The Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists Association has over 800 North American travel agents who specialize in romance travel – destination weddings, honeymoons and romantic getaways.  The platform of the association is to provide education and networking to the members that specialize in romance travel. Lisa has been in the travel industry for 28 years and has focused on the romantic travel niche for more than 16 years.

Lisa is the owner of I Do Island Weddings & Honeymoons which she has owned and operated for 18 years. In addition to her travel agency, she recently began the Travel Designers Academy – where she also mentors new travel agents to the industry as well as those in the romance travel niche. A regular speaker at many of the national and international conferences focusing on romance travel, Lisa has also presented at the ASTA IDE in Merida Mexico, The Travel Marketplace in Canada, the NACTA national conference and the Travel Institute’s PEP – Professional Educators Program.

 

Heather Hendrix

Heather HendrixHeather just celebrated 9 years with Travel Impressions in September and has played an integral role with overall corporate growth.  She was recently promoted to Director of Sales, Eastern Region, after roles as a Business Development Manager and Regional Sales Manager.

Heather began her career in the travel industry as a Travel agent in 1996 in Seattle, WA.  After several years working as a frontline agent, she decided to return to her “roots” in Chattanooga, TN where she started a career with AAA Travel.  She moved up the ladder quickly with a promotion to executive management team leading her to Atlanta, GA where she was blessed to meet her husband, Jonathan.  Heather spent a year with Vacation Express getting her feet wet on the tour operation side of business and once she and Jonathan moved to St. Petersburg, FL, she then landed her role with Travel Impressions.

Heather’s passion and dedication to inspire and develop her team along with our travel partners is quite ambitious.  Her ability to support travel agents to adapt to the numerous and ever-evolving change within the industry is heartening.  She is reassuring and encourages her accounts, not to mention her team, to open their minds to think differently.  She continues to connect agents to consumers, vendors and keep industry information top of mind on her FB pages –

www.facebook.com/HappeningsWithHeather or www.twitter.com/HeatherHendrix.

She continues to share her numerous experiences she has encompassed from all over the world to remain engaged with her travel partners in the field.

 

Zahra Remtulla

zahra remtullaZahra is an experienced Destination Vows Wedding Specialist at HB Vacations, where she plans and executes Destination Weddings specializing in South Asian weddings.

Zahra has extensive experience planning various types of events and bringing her sense of passion, style and eye for design ranging from 15-250 guests and takes it one step further by travelling to the destination and ensuring that every small details is looked after prior to the group arriving. She is truly committed to her work and delivers the highest standard possible to meet and exceed the client expectations. Her family and friends describe her as social butterfly and always willing to give an extra hand and while she is not planning weddings she loves to spend quality time with her family, cook and travel. She is committed to give back to her community and is currently involved in assisting new immigrants with settlement and job search and integrating the youths in her community by developing a sense of belonging. Her clients describe her as “someone who listened to and understood our needs, for taking care of all of our guests, for being so friendly and easy to talk to, for easing our stress levels, and most importantly, thank you for helping us create unforgettable memories!

 

Anne Marie Moebes

anne marie moebesExecutive Vice-President and Co-Publisher, www.TravelMarketReport.com

Executive Vice President, Well-Being Travel

Executive Vice President, Acclaim Meetings

 

As Executive Vice-President and Co-Publisher of Travel Market Report, a daily online business publication, Anne Marie oversees its management, administration and marketing partnerships. Serving as ‘the voice of today’s travel seller,’ Travel Market Report is one of the leading travel trade publications. As an independent forum and information source for travel professionals, Travel Market Report covers breaking travel news as well as editorial on retail strategies, leisure and business travel, meetings, technology and health and wellness travel. Under Anne Marie’s guidance, it is staffed by some of the most well-known travel trade journalists in the industry. Travel Market Report is one of three global travel companies that Anne Marie manages under the American Marketing Group umbrella; she is also responsible for Acclaim Meetings and Well-Being Travel.

Anne Marie brings 30 years of experience in travel agency operations to her current role. Throughout the span of her career, she has held senior management positions with the prestigious ASTA organization, TRAVELSAVERS and Alamo Rent-A-Car; she is also a former travel agency owner. Her experience covers everything from integrated marketing and promotions to strategic planning, loyalty/rewards programs, sales development, branding, training and e-commerce.

Prior to heading up Travel Market Report, Acclaim Meetings and Well-Being Travel, Anne Marie served as Chief Marketing Officer for TRAVELSAVERS, where she was responsible for the brand’s award-winning marketing campaigns and global strategy. During her tenure with Alamo Rent-A-Car, Anne Marie conceptualized and executed the company’s thriving travel agent rewards program, the Cash-in Club. The program, which Anne Marie launched more than 20 years ago, remains one of the most successful in the travel industry today. Other success stories include the development and execution of many travel agent education programs, including creating the first cruise conference in the industry called cruisefest and trainingfest and was responsible for the infamous world travel congress attracting up to 7,000 travel professionals globally from 1986-1992 including Budapest, Cairo, Las Vegas and Miami. In addition she created the School On The Road program while she served as ASTA’s Vice President of Education and Training.

Anne Marie has been recognized as a forward thinker and results-oriented leader in travel, and has received several industry awards. She was named one of ‘The 200 Most Powerful Women In Travel’ by Travel Agent magazine for six consecutive years and was recognized as one of the ‘Top Association Executives of the Year’ by Association Trends magazine. Anne Marie has also been included among the ‘Who’s Who in US Women Executives’ roster. She currently sits on the IATAN (International Airlines Travel Agent Network) board. In 2015, The College of Professional Studies, the Division of Administration & Economics at St. John’s University selected Anne Marie to be a member of the Hospitality Management Board.

 

Arleta G. Cosby

arleta cosbyArleta G. Cosby, MCC, is CEO of Cosby Travel Consultants, a full service boutique travel agency located in Alexandria, Virginia.  Cosby Travel Consultants sells world-wide travel specializing in destination weddings, honeymoons, adventure, groups, cruises and event planning.

Cosby Travel Consultants is a member of International Airlines Travel Agent Network (“IATAN’) and Vacation.com.

Ms. Cosby is a Charter and Advisor Board Member, Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Specialist Association (“DWHSA”); Board of Director and Member, Professional Travel Agents of North America (“PTANA”), National Capital Area Chapter; Member, Adventure Travel Trade Association (“ATTA”) and Charter Member, Adventure Angels.

Her certifications and designations include Master Cruise Counsellor, Cruise Line International Association (“CLIA”); Hard Rock Hotel WOW Specialist; Sandals Certified;  Palace PRO Specialist; AMResorts Master Agent; Aruba Certified Expert; Costa Rica Specialist; Magic of Mexico Specialist; One Love Jamaica Specialist; Love Mexico Specialist; Romantico Mexico Specialist; Mammoth Mountain Specialist and Dive Specialist, amongst others.

Ms. Cosby is also a member of Professional Ski Instructors of America (“PSIA”) and a Certified Alpine Level II Instructor.  In addition, she is a student of the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation and has earned the rank of Second Degree Black Belt.

As an Adventure and Romance Travel Expert, Ms. Cosby has been a speaker for Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Specialist Association, the Mexico Tourism Board and has been interviewed by Mark Murphy, founder and CEO of TravAlliance Media which was aired at the 2015 Weddings & Honeymoons Expo.

Ms. Cosby is passionate about travel and enjoys working with clients to create customized travel itineraries utilizing her global connections to provide her clients with unique, authentic and personal experiences that bring about happiness and amazing unforgettable memories that will last a life time.

 

Lupita Cordero

lupita corderoBaja’s Wedding Expert with 25 years of experience in management of upscale touristic services: Sales, Public Relations, Marketing, Customer Services, F&B,  Human Resources and more. Has a Bachelor Degree in Hotel Management and Tourism from UABC University, majoring in Administration, Planning and Marketing. Her wonderful weddings and interesting articles have been published in “Bodas USA-The Magazine”, “Mexico Weddings & Honeymoons” Magazine and ¨Todos Santos¨Magazine. She’s known for her unique and elegant destination weddings.