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Exclusive Group Travel Announces Sales Team Realignment

Tour Operator | Exclusive Group Travel | June 04, 2015

Exclusive Group Travel Announces Sales Team Realignment

Joe Jiffo, vice president of sales at Exclusive Group Travel (EGT) announced exciting news for the company’s Travel Agent partners across the US.

“At EGT, we have a responsibility to always look for ways to improve our relationships with our agency partners and to help those partners increase sales, offer them the best customer service and to innovate and change when it is necessary to do so.” Jiffo said. “In this spirit, EGT is pleased to announce a new U.S. field sales structure with the addition of new territories and new personnel.

Steve Gorga, CEO of Tourism Holdings Inc., holding company of Exclusive Group Travel added: “Jiffo has been an exceptional leader at EGT. I appreciate his tireless efforts to strategically grow the EGT sales team, and I know that, with these changes, EGT will continue to deliver incredible service to its travel agency partners throughout the U.S.”

Joining the EGT team are even more talented and very experienced individuals.

“Every one of them brings to us knowledge, experience and significant relationships with our agency partners to help us all achieve our mutual goals,” said Jiffo.    

The sales team is now structured as follows:  

Sam Combs, senior director of strategic accounts, with 19 years of experience in working at a tour operator is now responsible for growing new strategic partnerships and managing the relationships with host partners throughout the US.

Ann Andreas, is the business development manager (BDM) for Long Island, Queens and northern New Jersey. Prior to joining EGT, Ann had a long and successful career managing her own multi-line company having established great relationships throughout Long Island and the New York metro area.

Bernice Medina, BDM for the Western U.S., including Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Nebraska the Pacific Northwest and Northern California has joined EGT after extensive experience working with other tour operators.   

Angie Bechtold is the BDM for the Mid-Atlantic region and once again, comes from an extensive background working with a tour operator.  

Ariane Lewis, the newest addition to the EGT team, is the BDM for the Southeast region. Her background consists of both tour operator and hotel chain experiences.

Melissa Acevedo is the manager of sales support and administration and is based at the EGT corporate office in Bethpage, N.Y. She will work with the sales team in the field as well as the EGT team at the home office to help provide exceptional customer service to our agency partners. She brings an extensive background in sales, training, team supervision, operations and a wealth of knowledge in the all-Inclusive market.

Additionally, the existing sales team members, Theresa Zaragoza - BDM for Brooklyn and Staten Island; Nellie Normatova - BDS for the Russian market; Gail Goldberg -  BDM for Connecticut, Westchester County and Massachusets are continuing to help our agency partners grow their business. 

Finally, Holly Sievers, BDM for the Southwest and Central region will continue to handle Texas and New Mexico as well as now support the Central region of the U.S. including Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Illiniois and Michigan. 

SOURCE: Exclusive Group Travel press release

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