I have wanted to rule the world for as long as I can remember.
My childhood archetype for world ruling looked something like Indiana Jones whom I emulated in the ponds and pastures of deep East Texas where I was raised. From my earliest memories I was trekking across the sands of Arabia, digging for buried treasure on the shores of the Caribbean, scaling trees and mountains and the occasional cyclopes, (thanks to an early exposure to Homer).
The world was this huge, beautiful place full of mystery and wonder, and I am happy to report that I still see the world that way, but now, the magic castles and foreign lands all have names… More than that, they have faces to the names thanks to my alliance with Protravel International. The secrets of the world have been unlocked!
My life philosophy follows the concept that we only get this single opportunity to make our mark on the world so it is incredibly important to not only strive for our goals with purpose, determination, and resolve, but to practice excellence in every action. I believe in the power of a genuine passion for life!
In August 2014 I became a travel professional for Protravel International, an award-winning, high-end, high-touch agency. As such I facilitate the business development of our billion dollar, 21 branch company, provide support for 1000+ advisors across the U.S. and in the U.K., help manage global vendor relations, our West Coast events & marketing, as well as experience curation for clientele. I love crafting unique itineraries and specialize in luxury, wellness, and adventure. I am profoundly grateful to eat, sleep, and breathe travel every day! The world is my subject, and I never stop learning.
Following my first year in the industry I was asked to Co-Chair the SoCal ASTA Millennials & Mentors program for which I developed our signature "Creative Education" campaign. I was also brought onto the leadership board for Millennials in Travel as Officer of Membership for Los Angeles. I now head the chapter as Officer of Development. This organization focuses on education, networking, and philanthropy for all of the young hoteliers, tour operators, airline reps, DMCs, tourism boards, and travel advisors in LA, plus it's a wonderful resource. It's all about relationships!
I am blessed to say that shortly after year two in the industry I was recognized as one of the top 30 Under 30 travel advisors in the country by Travel Agent Central and traveled to Grand Cayman courtesy of the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and QuestEx Media for a top 30 Under 30 advisory board meeting. The same year I received a Travel Weekly Magellan Award for my Community Outreach Programs, participated in the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston, and was a featured luxury travel speaker at the Travel Industry Exchange conference in San Diego. As of 2017, I have also been recognized as the 'Millennial of the Year' by SoCal ASTA and won the Trendsetter Award by TravelAge West for 'Upward Bound, Rockstar Under 40.' It's been a busy three plus years...and I am grateful for every moment of it!
Prior to my joining the travel industry, I served as one of the youngest Director of Operations in North America for an international event production company. During my tenure, we produced events in 7 countries, and at 25 I established my own limited liability company, an events & marketing firm, which I still operate as CEO. I attended the University of Texas at Austin for Rhetoric & Writing and look forward to combining my passion for writing, travel, and one-of-a-kind experiences here. As one of my readers, I thank you! I know that there are innumerable resources and personal accounts out there, and I appreciate you "flying" with me! Second, I value the chance to get to know you too. Please leave comments and connect with me on social!
On February 6, 2018 I will fly to Shanghai and the start of half a year abroad traveling throughout S. E. Asia, India, Abu Dhabi, and Europe in celebration of my 30th birthday. As much as I enjoy writing about my experiences, I've decided to focus on being in the moment and sharing after I return so tune into my social to follow along and check back here in the fall!
To all of my fellow bookworms, adrenaline junkies, and consummate epicures... If we're not friends yet, we should be!
Wishing you a lifetime of elegance & adventure...