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From a very young age I had a fascination and affinity to experience different cultures. After Grad school, I entered the fast paced high-tech world as an engineer in Computer Information Systems. After 10 years, the desire for travel continued to grow so I made the move to Technical Marketing to combine my passion for data technology and travel. The next 9 years I traveled on business and pleasure throughout China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, with occasional meetings and trips to Latin America, Australia, Europe and the United States.
After a personal trip to Central Europe, the time spent in beautiful Slovenia, Hungary and Croatia had a significant impact on me. In 2009, I quit my corporate position and started importing premium wines from these amazing regions. I attended wine school at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, studied with a Master of Wine and built the business from the ground up. It wasn’t long until my wine customers wanted to visit the wineries in these amazing countries and experience their culture as I did. The perfect segue into creating memorable travel experiences for others. After my import business sold my focus has been on leading a wine, food and sightseeing tour through Slovenia, Croatia and Italy's Northeastern wine region, as well as, creating custom trips for others. I'm excited to now be part of the Virtuoso family.I love to create amazing adventures for my clients so they have lasting memories from every trip. Many of my clients tell me upon returning that it was a trip of a life time. I’d love to hear what trip you’d like to experience, and help your vision come to fruition. My attention to detail, resources, travel experience and desire to help others experience wonderful places will help you have an amazing adventure. I would love to hear from you.
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