INDUSTRY PEOPLE 7-21-2006

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 $


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 chairman.

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 1993.

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.

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