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David Mendal was born in Bogota, Colombia on September 19, 1963. He was raised in New York and Bogota, with the exception of one year, when he attended Cushing Academy in Massachusetts. After completing high school in Bogota, he moved to Connecticut for two years, and then lived in Boston two years after that. When David was 22, he made a permanent move to Miami, where he currently resides. He is happily married and is the father of three beautiful girls.
David completed high school at the English institute in Bogota, Colombia and earned an Associate of Arts degree from Mitchell College in New London, Connecticut and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts.
David's involvement in the tourism and airline industries began at the early age of 9, when he worked at Avianca Airlines' reservation center in Bogota. At 16, while a student at Cushing Academy, David worked in a travel agency and serviced the worldwide travel plans of Cushing's international student body. It was during this time that David learned to book and ticket global travel. With his passion for travel firmly established, David started working at Forest Travel Agency as a reservation assistant. Two years later, at age 20, he became the manager of the agency. In this capacity, he handled both groups and individual reservations. Merely a year later, at age 21, David became one of the youngest owners of a travel agency in the United States. He has achieved his great success by learning to manage worldwide airline, cruise, and hotel contracts and by creating an educational program for success in the travel industry.
Despite the vast changes that the airline industry has endured in recent years, David has been a pioneer in maintaining and growing a successful travel agency that currently employs over 80 travel professionals.
In addition to Forest Travel Agency, David has grown the company to include sister companies and subsidiaries. They include Ultimate Jet Vacations, Luxury Hotel Experts, Fly Executive, Luxury Cruise Connections and Prive Jets and has also had key participation in the Morrisville – Stowe Airport and Stowe Aviation’s airport expansion project. He holds an FAA certified Commercial Pilot Rating and is an avid private.
With Forest Travel Agency serving as an umbrella, David Mendal has successfully incorporated all elements of travel to service even the most discerning clientele as a one-stop-shop solution.
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