Sharla Smith // © 2013 Paul Gauguin Cruises
Sharla Smith joins Paul Gauguin Cruises as its newest director of sales for the company’s southeast region, which extends from Texas to Florida and encompasses most of the southeastern U.S. In her new role Smith will be responsible for selling the company’s cruises to travel agencies, maintaining travel agency partner relations and managing accounts, promotions and product seminars.
Prior to joining Paul Gauguin, Sharla worked for 16 years with Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., 10 of which she spent as regional sales manager for its Celebrity Cruises brand. During her tenure at Royal Caribbean she was consistently a top sales performer. Before that she served as an executive at SST Travel School, which has 52 U.S. locations, and owned and managed leisure travel agencies that specialized in cruises and FIT tour arrangements. A true cruising connoisseur, Smith has sailed on over 100 voyages and is a CLIA-accredited cruise counselor.
“Sharla brings extensive cruise sales experience along with deep industry knowledge and will be a valuable addition to Paul Gauguin Cruises,” said Sandy Stevens, Paul Gauguin’s vice president of sales.