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I have over 25 years of senior management experience in the travel industry, to which I have brought considerable expertise in marketing and strategy. Earlier in my career, I directed publicity and promotions for the World Wildlife Fund, India. Later I became the Advertising Manager of the Taj International Hotels, a leading global luxury hotel chain, based in Bombay, India, during a time of rapid expansion of the chain. In the 1980s, I directed marketing for a special interest publication in Los Angeles, and then started my long innings in the travel industry, serving as General Manager of an upscale boutique travel firm, Advantage Travel, in Toluca Lake, California, before joining Mansour Travel Company in 1994. I am now VP and Chief Operating Officer of Mansour Travel Company, and have instituted several innovative and customer-oriented business practices, including a company-wide commitment to, and investment in, state-of-the-art technology. My efforts in building a cohesive and effective team have yielded impressive results. Mansour Travel Company has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in LA by the Los Angeles Business Journal for 9 years running.
I have also brought my expertise in marketing, promotions and strategy to my honorary work. I served 2 consecutive terms on the executive board of SoCal ASTA, and continues to chair its luxury events committee. I have served on the pre-opening advisory boards of 45 Park Lane (London), a Dorchester Collection hotel, The Rosewood Hotel, London, The Park Hyatt, New York, and The Baccarat Hotel in New York. Currently, I serve on the Travel Agency Advisory Board of the Trump Hotel Collection.
He has also played a meaningful advisory role in the planning stages of two luxury hotel groups’ travel agency loyalty programs, The Peninsula Hotel Group’s PEN Club and the Dorchester Collection’s Diamond Club.
In 2016, I was awarded the honor of being named “Travel Agent of the Year” by the Southern California Chapter of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) and also received a certificate of recognition from the State of California.
I have been educated in the best traditions of Jesuit education, both in Bombay and Los Angeles, with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature & Psychology from St. Xavier’s College of the University of Bombay, and a Master’s in Communications Arts from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.
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