Meet Jessica Ourisman | Brownell Hosting

Meet Jessica Ourisman


Jessica Ourisman has grabbed the travel industry by the horns and not let go. As an Africa, South and Central America, and Caribbean specialist, Jessica works closely with each client to create a custom itinerary. Her wealth of knowledge and drive for excellence keep clients coming back again and again. But many don’t realize that Jessica wasn’t always a Travel Advisor. Keep reading for Jessica’s story + learn a few of her travel tips!

Jessica’s Story

What was your job before joining the Brownell Mentoring Program?

Marketing and Public Relations in the entertainment industry

What made you realize you wanted to start a career in the travel industry?

I wanted career independence and an opportunity to try out my interest in entrepreneurship. I put in my two weeks notice, and I never looked back!

Why did you choose Brownell instead of another host agency?

Given David’s [Jessica’s father-in-law] incredible experience with Brownell, I never even considered looking at another agency.

When did you realize your travel career was taking off?

I was shocked that selling safaris came to me so naturally. I sold my first safari while I was in Birmingham for the first week of the Mentoring Program. Then, I sold a fabulous Micato safari a few months later and things really took off after that.

What aspect of the Brownell program is most important to helping your business succeed?

Infrastructure! All of the necessary technology, accounting, etc. is already figured out for me.

What advice do you have for someone entering the industry?

Jump in feet first and don’t be afraid to try new ideas – see what sticks and then run with it.

Jessica’s Travel Tips

What are the best books to read before you travel to certain destinations? (example: Out of Africa)

I read City of Falling Angels by John Berendt before traveling to Venice this spring – It really changed the way I saw the city.

What are your packing secrets?

I’m a roller – everything gets rolled up in my suitcase! I also LOVE my Briggs and Riley carry-on with the built in garment bag – that is a huge space saver!

What are the best souvenirs?

Before every trip, I google “top 10 souvenirs in X” so I know what to keep an eye out for when I’m traveling…soapstone carvings in Kenya, Ostrich leather in South Africa, rare tequilas in Mexico, ceramics and lemons on the Amalfi Coast, etc.

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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

Team Marketing is tops

“I love all of the creative marketing help. The very most helpful thing was when they prepped me for my interview with Travel Agent Central. Their guidance on that was so spectacular, and I genuinely feel as though I could not have handled that without them. Team Marketing is a very important part of my plans to grow my business, and I always feel very supported.”

Kristen Meckem, Bend, OR

I have reached goals beyond my expectations

“I wanted to convert my love for travel, marketing skills, client service skills, and technology background into a career. Fortunately, Brownell’s mentoring program allowed me to do just that and allowed me to reach goals that were beyond my expectations. An unexpected bonus of joining Brownell has been becoming part of an organization where each part of the team is truly supportive of my efforts and is interested in my ongoing success. Brownell’s methods and techniques serve as a daily inspiration.”

Linda Terrill, Atlanta, GA

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Kelly Millington, Fairfield, CT

The sky is the limit here!

“Brownell Hosting is the gold standard in host agency programs. From the onboard training to the day-to-day support, the hosting team offers best practice strategies and industry insight to ensure I stand apart in the marketplace. Even as a home-based advisor, I feel incredibly connected with not just the hosting team but the entire Brownell Family. There is a collaborative and supportive environment among the advisors which truly gives me an advantage in designing client travel experiences. I am so proud to be affiliated with such a prestigious agency. The sky is the limit here!”

Irene Quisenberry, Tampa, FL

Freedom to sell with quick support

“The hosting program allows me freedom to do my work. I always receive an answer quickly on any of my numerous questions!”

Marion Harbison, Chattanooga, TN


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