SBWIT RAISES MONEY FOR GOOD CAUSE
South Bay Women in Travel joined the fight against breast cancer at
the Los Angeles Revlon Run/Walk for Women. The SBWIT team, led by
Beverly Auerbach of A Marketing Perspective Inc. and Women in
Tourism International Alliance, raised $1,250 in registration fees
and $7,354 in donations.
This was the seventh time the group participated in the walk,
however, this year’s team was the largest, consisting of 50
members, including a man on a station stop from Colombo, Sri Lanka,
and several other Sri Lankans recruited by SBWIT member Varini
DeSilva of Ceylon Express International.
VICTORIA CRUISES’ PI GIVEN HONOR
Jerry Pi, chief operating officer and director of global operations
for Pi Associates, which manages Victoria Cruises, was named one of
the “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business” by the Asian
American Development Center. The award honors the individual
accomplishments of Asian Americans in business and industry.
Pi began his career in 1995 as a cruise director on Victoria
Cruises, which his father launched in 1994. He spent several years
as a developer, consultant and team leader for BTS Incorporated
before returning to Victoria Cruises in 2002.
EE-TAN HEADS UP ASIA PACIFIC
Raffles Hotels & Resorts appointed Diana Ee-Tan as the managing
director for Raffles Hotels & Resorts and the executive vice
president of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Asia Pacific.
Ee-Tan has worked in the tourism and hospitality industry for
more than 17 years and has experience in marketing and operations.
She has been involved in pre-opening and re-flagging operations
throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas.
BURKE MADE CHAIRMAN
Small Luxury Hotels has named Patrick Burke chairman of the board.
Burke has been a member of SLH since 1993 and sat in the Board of
Directors since 1999. He is succeeding Jonathan Slater as
Burke succeeded his father as the managing director of The
Atlantic Hotel in Jersey, United Kingdom. His program to upgrade
his hotel’s property helped The Atlantic gain admission to SLH in
Slater will remain on the board as a director.
NEST EXPANDS CORE TEAM
NEST has expanded its core team. Rae Berger-Brock has been
appointed as service director for the company. She has over 40
years of experience in the travel industry, including eight years
as service director for TRAVELSAVERS. She hopes to help NEST agents
grow their businesses. Berger-Brock is succeeding Andrew Wainer,
who now serves as the director of sales.
In addition, Amy Brent has been named Marketing Coordinator. She
brings over a decade of experience in developing and executing
marketing and advertising programs.
MATTHEWS COMES TO MARRIOTT
Kathleen Matthews will succeed Charlotte B. Sterling as executive
vice president, global communications and public affairs for
Marriott International Inc. Matthews will begin Dec. 1, as Sterling
retires at the end of the year. Matthews, a former news anchor for
ABC-7 in Washington, D.C., has also hosted “Capital World” and
“Working Woman.” A graduate of Stanford University, Matthews was a
teaching fellow for Harvard University’s Institute of Politics at
the Kennedy School of Government in 2004.
Sterling joined Marriott in 1996. J.W. Marriott Jr. credits her
with playing a critical role in helping the company earn the
reputation it has today.