Meet the New Class: Class 15 | Brownell Hosting

Meet the New Class: Class 15

 

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We were thrilled to have the latest mentoring class in the Birmingham office last week for a fabulous week of training! Starting with a kick-off dinner on Sunday night, this initial training is the first step in their career as a Brownell Independent Travel Advisor. During the week, mentees learned about Brownell, Virtuoso, our technology (including Travel Tribe and our company-wide Intranet), and more. They met with Brownell’s CEO and President Troy Haas over lunch and met the Accounting, Marketing, and Tech teams! At Brownell we believe that no man is an island and work tirelessly to keep the entire company connected. This week of training is important not only for learning but also for getting to know each other and the Brownell team.


So without further ado, meet the new class!

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Serena McClain

Name:

Serena McClain

Location:

San Francisco, California

Previous Career:

Marketing and editorial (she has been featured in Huffintgon Post!)

Interesting Fact:

Serena McClain has walked 500 miles through Spain, crossed the Atlantic Ocean by ship, worked as a barmaid in Edinburgh, changed diapers in Phnom Penh, and is always on the lookout for her next big adventure.

Rose O'Connor

Rose O’Connor

Name:

Rose O’Connor

Location:

Granite Bay, California

Previous Career:

High-level administrative for financial firms

Interesting Fact:

Rose ran her own Pilates business before launching her travel business and is an avid knitter, baker, movie-watcher, and farmer’s market shopper.

 

 

Geisel Power

Geisel Power

Name:

Geisel Power

Location:

Miami, Florida

Previous Career:

Hotelier with Intercontinental, Melia, and Four Seasons

Interesting Fact:

Geisel was born in Caracas, Venezuela. She moved to Miami at age seven for elementary school and then returned to Caracas for the rest of her education.

 

Amanda Watkins

Amanda Watkins

Name:

Amanda Watkins

Location:

Austin, Texas

Previous Career:

Entrepreneur and attorney

Interesting Fact:

Amanda’s first trip abroad was to Norway, where she spent a month as a part of a Children’s International Summer Village

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We could not do this without you!

“The Mentoring Program gave us the chance and the training to start a business AND the continued support to grow that businesss. We could not do this without you!”

King & Whitson, Chattanooga, TN & Washington, VA Washington, VA

An incredible opportunity to join the industry as a newbie

“The mentoring program was an incredible opportunity to join one of the premier travel agencies in the world as a complete newbie. Brownell’s staff was always available and willing to help with the countless questions I had during my first year. Being mentored by the top travel professionals in the industry contributed immensely to the success that I am now enjoying.”

David Ourisman, Berkeley, CA

I am loving every minute of my new career

“The Mentorship program is amazing! I am loving every minute of my new career.”

Kristen Nix, Whitefish, MT

The mentoring program was critical

“The Brownell mentoring program was critical to the successful launch of my travel business. It was a year well-spent learning the ins and outs of the industry and the Virtuoso network. When I graduated from the program, I felt fully integrated into the company and was ready to take my business to the next level.”

Katherine Gould, Richmond, VA

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