Universal Sky Tours 2004 to Present
Built strategic alliances with vendors that resulted in a positive outcome for our meetings and incentive programs.
Generated new business through persistence.
Managed team of professionals.
Member of Executive Management Team.
Grew customer confidence with my recommendation for meeting and incentive site select ion.
Universal Sky Tours 1990 to 2004
Director of Sales
Universal Sky Tours 1985 to 1990
Small business development
Strategic objective execution
Client account management
Creative and Innovative
Identifying Client needs to maximizing budget
Profit and Loss
Revenue Enhan cement
Product line expansion
Event Management and Promotion
Travel / Tourism Expertise
An accomplished global travel and tourism executive with experiences that encompass product and business development, operations and marketing management and high-level negotiations. Designed and executed successful programs to and from Europe. Implemented high profitable Incentive and MICE programs managing elite events that hosted from 500 to 6,000 participants on domestic and international destinations and planned and coordinated all travel logistic for the Superbike International World Championship for 4 consecutive years.
Resort / Hotel Management
Oversaw the development of the first large scale tourism infrastructure in Sardinia’s Gallura region employing over 200 residents and housing up to 1000 visitors. Directed building operations of, and managed, several resorts and hotels in Italy. Liaised between corporate headquarters and regional authorities to manage zoning and permits negotiations. Directed the efforts of multiple departments, including engineering, food & beverage, housekeeping, front desk and marketing. Recruited, trained and managed professional and support personnel.
President and CEO
Tourinvest llc dba GT Experinces – Cresskill NJ (2017 – present)
Sakkara Group International - Moonachie NJ (2012 – 2017)
The Holding includes the following brands:
Central Holidays, France Vacations, Maiellano car Rental, STI travel, Enchanting River Cruises, World on Skis, CIG North America, Passion Tours, Journeys by Central Holidays, Outdoor Journeys, Costa Cruises Tours by Central Holidays, Worldwide Incentive and Meetings, Direct Group and Affinity Markets.
Chief Operating Officer
World Travel Group /Conglomerate – Moonachie NJ (2004 – 2012)
Senior Vice President Product Development & Operations
Far & Wide /Conglomerate, Englewood Cliffs NJ, (1999 – 2004)
Vice President, Product Development and MIS
Central Holidays, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (1995 - 1999)
Columbus Travel, San Francisco CA 1990 - 1995
Prior to 1990 held several managerial positions throughout Italy, including overseeing all phases of development of major tourism infrastructure.
Canyon College – USA – BA Administration - Management
Universita' La Sapienza, Rome, Italy – Physics
Lycee Chateaubriand, Rome, Italy – Baccalaureat Sciences Experimentales
ASTA – American Society of Travel Agent