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Meet the New Class: Mentoring Class 19

This is the true story about five strangers, picked to join the travel industry, receive award-winning training, and start their career as a travel advisor, to find out what happens when people stop settling for an okay job and start turning their passion into their career. This is Brownell’s 19th Mentoring Class. Rachel Davis Bargersville,… Read More >

7 Questions With… Kristen Meckem

It’s no surprise Kristen Meckem chose a career in travel. At six years old, her parents packed up the family in a Volkswagen pop-top camper and drove from Minnesota through Central America to Argentina and Brazil. Since then she has explored the world, swimming with sharks in Tahiti, exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu, and… Read More >

Tisha Neufville - Camel Ride at Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur, India

7 Questions with Tisha Neufville

At the age of 16, Tisha Neufville fell in love with travel during a family trip to Egypt. After riding a camel through Giza and exploring the Khan el-Khalili market, she realized how powerful and life-changing travel can be. Her career as global qualitative researcher took her around the world, but she decided to turn… Read More >

Meet the New Class: Mentoring Class 18

We are thrilled to kick off 2018 with our 18th mentoring class! This fantastic group of entrepreneurs spent the last week of February in our main office for their startup training and are now well on their way to becoming luxury travel advisors. Get to know these five fabulous mentees below: Name: Amy Biondi Location:… Read More >

7 Questions with Blaire Kochar

Blaire Kochar has always loved to travel but was faced with limited vacation time while working in Corporate America. She spent her free time researching new destinations and dreaming of traveling the world, and then she discovered that she could turn her passion into a new career as a luxury travel advisor. She joined the… Read More >

Catherine Parkin: 2017 Mandarin Oriental Rising Fan

We are thrilled that Brownell Independent Advisor Catherine Parkin was selected as a 2017 Mandarin Oriental Rising Fan. Voted in by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group General Managers, Catherine had an exciting opportunity to attend the Fan Club Forum at the Mandarin Oriental, Geneva. Catherine gives an inside look at what makes Mandarin Oriental hotels so… Read More >

Meet the New Class: Mentoring Class 17

As Tim McGraw wisely said: “Seventeen only comes once in a lifetime…” and when it comes to the latest Brownell Mentoring Class, we couldn’t agree more! We’re thrilled to welcome four new all-stars to the Brownell Hosting Program. They were in training at the Birmingham office during the Solar Eclipse, so they are aptly nicknamed… Read More >

Meet the New Class: Class 16

Name: Taylor Ruby Location: Atlanta, GA Previous Career: Hospitality industry, working at Belmond Charleston Place and The Ritz-Carlton Interesting Fact: Taylor isn’t a stranger to Brownell – in fact, she helped with our 2014 Brownell Academy (aka Camp Brownell) at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee.   Name: Rebecca Rosen Location: New York City Previous Career:… Read More >

7 Questions with Geisel Power

  Born in Venezuela, Geisel Power had a passport before she could walk. She spent holidays traveling with family, so it was only appropriate that she was drawn to the travel industry. After a 20-year career as a hotelier for top hotel-groups like Four Seasons and InterContinental, Geisel decided to use her personal experience and… Read More >

Jessica Battista

Jessica Battista’s love of travel was sparked by her grandmother’s stories of her trips to Spain and Morocco. During Jessica’s semester abroad at Oxford, she realized her desire to explore the world and experience different cultures. After many years in event planning, she turned her passion into a career by becoming a luxury travel advisor…. Read More >

Meet the New Class: Class 15

  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… Read More >

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Testimonials

Brownell ICs are the Best

Your Brownell IC’s are the very best I have ever met. Congratulations on your excellent Brownell program.

Evelyn Weber, Manager, Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France

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

Beyond Helpful

“Wow – seriously yall, this is amazing! We are all so lucky to have such a proactive and innovating hosting team. Thanks so much for continually evolving and assisting us to the best of your ability. Seriously, what yall think of and how organized you are is beyond helpful! Yall are awesome!”

Blaire Kochar, Houston, TX

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

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