Meet the New Class: Mentoring Class 11 - Brownell Hosting

Meet the New Class: Mentoring Class 11

MENTORING-HEADERWe are so excited about the latest group in the Brownell Mentoring Program. Each of these four ladies brings their unique background and work experience to the Brownell family as well as their shared love of Apple products, good food, and, of course, travel. Get to know Mentoring Class 11 a little better!


(From left) Sarah Lee, Martha King, Stacy Bagwell, Susan Whitson

From MIT to FIT—Sarah Lee

In a recent three-month span, Sarah Lee flew nearly 90,000 miles—that’s equivalent to going around the Earth’s equator 3.6 times! So needless to say, Sarah is an avid traveler. This MIT grad lives in New York City though her friends joke that she resides on an airplane. A self-proclaimed foodie, Sarah has her finger on the pulse of the best restaurants around the world. She even turned her whole itinerary upside down to make it to the last lunch at El Bulli—talk about dedication! Stay up to date with Sarah or contact her at

A “Bagwell” Traveled—Stacy Bagwell

Next up, meet Stacy Bagwell. Stacy hails from Atlanta, Georgia, though at 19 she was living in The Netherlands. Inspired by her grandmother who shared stories of her travels to Singapore and Saudi Arabia, Stacy has always been fascinated by the different cultures around the world. From the beautiful beaches in the Caribbean to the markets in Turkey to the quaint streets of Peru, her adventures give her insider knowledge that she loves to share with clients. Follow her travels and contact her at

The First Ladies of Travel—Martha Reilly King and Susan Whitson

The final two in Class 11 are Martha Reilly King and Susan Whitson, the dynamic duo that make up King & Whitson Travel. They met while studying at Auburn University but went their separate ways upon graduation. Having lived in Montana and England as a teenager, Martha continued to explore the world, now with her husband at her side. Their adventures include 100-foot dives in the Bahamas and “catching a car” in Moscow. Susan began her career as a high school teacher but soon found herself deep in the political world in Washington D.C. As White House press secretary to Laura Bush, she traveled the globe on Air Force One and experienced the local cultures around the world. The two eventually reconnected and, with a shared passion for travel, started their own travel agency. Visit to learn more about or contact them!

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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

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

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

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