OFFICER of development
ioana brooks - KK Travels worldWide
Ioana Brooks is a Travel Consultant at KK Travels Worldwide, providing a variety of planning services for leisure and business travelers. Ioana's interest in different cultures was sparked at an early age while spending summers with her grandparents in Romania and exploring other parts of Europe on family trips. During college and law school, Ioana spent time studying abroad and traveling around the world. Before becoming a Travel Consultant, Ioana practiced law for a number of years in San Francisco before moving to San Diego, where she now calls home.
OFFICER OF Communications
Jessica roland - AlliedPRA
Jessica Roland of AlliedPRA is a Senior Operations Manager. She began her career in the industry as a tour guide while finishing her degree at San Diego State University. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management Jessica worked as a meeting and events planner before beginning full time as a member of the AlliedPRA Operations Department in 2008. As an Operations Manager Jessica works with various corporate clients and associations through out the year to plan and execute all their program needs. Whether it’s planning a exclusive excursion for a small group or a themed party for thousands of guests Jessica has done it. A native of San Diego Jessica is always proud to show off her city and all it has to offer. As much as Jessica loves San Diego she also has a passion for traveling and exploring new places around the world. In her free time you will most likely catch her enjoying a concert or music festival somewhere in the world or hanging out with friends in the Gaslamp and taking in a ballgame at Petco Park.
OFFICER OF events
AIMEE LEON - AVANT-GARDE TRAVEL
After a seven country Contiki tour of Europe, Aimee quit her bank job and switched her college studies to Travel & Tourism. She started in customer service at Avoya Travel, a traditional storefront agency that was embracing technology, web lead generation and quickly morphing into an online agency specializing in cruises and escorted tours. Eventually earning an opportunity to take web and phone leads, in less than 2 years Aimee was one of the top closing agents. In 2005 she moved to Cadence, a Virtuoso agency with a leisure division consisting of only Independent Contractors. In her 10 years at the company Aimee worked in nearly every area of agency operations, from office management, marketing, IC recruitment and agent training to handling the VIP leisure referrals from the company’s Corporate & Meetings department. She has been recognized on Travel Agent Magazine’s “30 Under 30” list and travelled to over 30 countries and growing. Aimee recently started her own agency, Avant-Garde Travel, which specializes in luxury, affinity group travel and is also focused on attracting new agents to the industry.