Industry People 4-1-2005

NEST SETS SAIL NEST members onboard the Millennium The Network of Entrepreneurs Selling Travel (NEST) set sail on their first Seminar at Sea aboard Celebrity Cruises Millennium Feb. 6-13. The seven-day cruise sailed roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the Eastern Caribbean. Wh





NEST SETS SAIL

NEST members onboard the Millennium



The Network of Entrepreneurs Selling Travel (NEST) set sail on their first Seminar at Sea aboard Celebrity Cruises Millennium Feb. 6-13. The seven-day cruise sailed roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the Eastern Caribbean. While at sea, NEST members attended a series of seminars educating them on the Celebrity product. In addition, Celebrity account manager Marie La Cava presented the new home-based agency portal and demonstrated Celebrity’s exclusive booking agent for NEST members. NEST also announced dates for the first annual Flying High Conference, Sept. 12-14 at the Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas. NEST is the industry’s first marketing group exclusively for home-based travel agents.





Bernd Promoted to VP Sales at Classic Custom
Greg Bernd has been promoted to vice president of sales at Classic Custom Vacations. The move is designed to unite senior management at the company’s San Jose Headquarters. Bernd joined Classic in 1984 as district sales manager for Northern California. Since then he’s held various positions within the sales department. Most recently, Bernd was the director of national accounts. “Having worked with Greg for many years, I am excited to have him fulfill this essential role,” said Ron Letterman, chairman, Classic Custom Vacations.





DiMartino Moves to Hilton Waikoloa
Hilton Waikoloa Village has named Mark DiMartino National Sales Manager. DiMartino is a veteran of the hospitality industry with more than 25 years of experience. Previously, DiMartino worked at the Nassau Marriott as director of sales and marketing and at the Club Cozumel Caribe as vice president of sales and marketing. “Mark’s extensive background in the hospitality industry combined with his knowledge of group sales as luxury resorts in tropical settings is a perfect fit for our Hilton Waikoloa Village sales team,” said Dieter Seeger, general manager.





Shilling Returns to US Airways Vacations
Bryan Shilling has been named vice president and general manager of US Airways Vacations operated by Mark Travel. Previously, Shilling held the position of director of operations for the Mark Travel Corporation in Orlando. Most recently, Shilling was the president of Air Jamaica Vacations and prior to that he was vice president and general manager of Universal Studios Vacations in Orlando, Fla.
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