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7 Questions with Kiki Hoener

Kiki Hoener kicked off her career in travel as a graduate of Brownell’s Mentoring Program. Since then her business, Travel by Kiki, has blossomed into a successful and established name in luxury travel. Kiki takes great pride in creating experiences that her clients will find enriching, relaxing, exciting, or all of the above.  How did… Read More >

7 Questions with Stephanie Miller Murphy

A proud graduate of Brownell’s Mentoring Program, Stephanie Miller Murphy is a poster child for growing a successful travel business. Stephanie knows the importance of creating meaningful and personal relationships with each client so she can then curate perfectly tailored trips that are sure to leave a lasting impression. Stephanie has an aptitude for uncovering… 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 >

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 >

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 >

7 Questions with Susan Whitson

Though Susan Whitson has always had a love for travel and adventure, her career path went in several directions before she became a luxury travel advisor. Susan graduated from Auburn University (where she met current business partner Martha King) and then worked as a high school teacher before diving into the world of politics. As… Read More >

7 Questions with Deborah Knighton

Travel has been in Deborah Knighton’s blood since birth. She lived in Germany when she was only 6 months old and has loved exploring the world ever since! In 1999 she started her career in travel as an assistant to former Brownell Independent Advisor Ellen LeCompte. They realized the importance of working with a Virtuoso-affiliated… Read More >

7 Questions with Suzette Mack

For more than 16 years, Suzette Mack has been planning travel experiences for families. As a mother herself, Suzette understands the importance of showing your children the world and has helped countless families plan trips around the globe. Suzette has a love for the outdoors and a special spot in her heart for Alaska. Learn… Read More >

7 Questions with Irene Quisenberry

Born to Cuban and French Canadian parents, Irene Quisenberry grew up immersed in different cultures and lifestyles. Irene has always been interested in the world and studied in Spain while in college. When she travels, she loves to experience all that each destination has to offer, from food to history to customs. It was only… Read More >


7 Questions with Karen Lee-Ishmael

Karen Lee-Ishmael started her career in travel at 16 when she planned a 14-day tour through Europe for herself and 5 friends. She still remembers each exciting detail of that “coming of age” trip, and since then, travel has been a major part of her life. After graduating from Smith College, earning an MBA from… Read More >

7 Questions with Donna Mills

For over 30 years, Donna Mills has been planning exceptional travel experiences. With extensive travels around the world, Donna knows the ins and outs of travel and can match clients with experiences that fit their unique interests. She has a knack for adventure travel, whether it be rafting, hiking or snorkeling. Get to know her a little… Read More >


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