October 21, 2016 3:28 PM ET

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Company Overview of Travel Leaders Group, LLC

Company Overview

Travel Leaders Group, LLC operates company-owned, franchised, and affiliated travel agencies in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia. It offers cruise and tour packages, cruise vacations sale, cruise travel, cruise luxury travel, luxury land vacations travel, premium and luxury travel, and travel services marketing services. The company also provides a host agency program that offers luxury agents an opportunity to sell high-end cruises and tours; and host agency services that offer plans to fit the needs of new sellers of travel, as well as experienced travel agents in the United States and Canada. It serves clients form the corporate, entertainment, and lei...

3033 Campus Drive

Suite W320

Plymouth, MN 55441

United States

Founded in 1996





Key Executives for Travel Leaders Group, LLC

Chief Executive Officer and Director
Age: 51
Founder and Chairman
Age: 62
Chief Financial Officer
Age: 51
Chief Operations Officer and Chief Information Officer
President of Travel Leaders Franchise Group
Age: 64
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

Travel Leaders Group, LLC Key Developments

Travel Leaders Group, LLC Announces Executive Changes

Travel Leaders Group announced that Richard Schmaeling will serve as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), with longtime CFO Willie Lynch stepping into the 2012 role of senior financial advisor to Schmaeling and his team, thus ensuring a seamless leadership transition. Reporting directly to Chief Executive Officer Ninan Chacko, Schmaeling is a veteran 2013 strategic and operational financial executive who will lead a team of finance and accounting professionals across the group.

Travel Leaders Group Announces Executive Changes

Travel Leaders Group announced the addition of two executives to its Hotel Division and its Airline Relations teams – Art Jimenez as Vice President of Marketing for the Hotel Division, and Shaun Malay as Vice President of Airline Relations. Jimenez, who is widely respected within the travel agency industry for his previous role as Senior Director of Leisure Sales for the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, will report directly to Hotel Division Senior Vice President Erick Rodriguez. Malay, who comes directly from FlightCentre USA as its Vice President of Airline Contracting and Strategy, will report directly to Airline Relations Senior Vice President Peter Vlitas. Art Jimenez is filling the Travel Leaders Group Hotel Division’s previously announced role as the leader of its marketing team, which is responsible for effectively marketing each of the Hotel Division’s unique offerings – ranging from the amenity-rich Select Hotels and Resorts to the Worldwide Hotel Program – to the more than 40,000 travel agents under Travel Leaders Group’s growing umbrella. Jimenez’s team – working closely in tandem to Travel Leaders Group’s Marketing Department headed by Stephen McGillivray – is also responsible for marketing to hotel chains and individual properties. Jimenez joins the Hotel Division’s other executive leadership, including Christina Gambini, Vice President of Supplier Relations and Program Management, and Mai Meyaart, Vice President of Agent Engagement. Like Jimenez, Shaun Malay is filling a recently created role designed to ultimately help travel agents and agencies under the Travel Leaders Group umbrella. As Vice President of Airline Relations, Malay will support Peter Vlitas in driving strategy related to airlines across the group. In addition to his recent executive leadership at FlightCentre USA, Malay served as Air Canada’s Eastern Regional Manager in both New York City and Toronto from 2009-2013; prior to that, his travel industry experience included various roles with American Airlines, Travelong, Worldstrides and Tauck World Discovery.

Travel Leaders Group Names Gabriel Rizzi as Chief Sales Officer and Head of Corporate Travel

Travel Leaders Group announced the addition of Gabriel (Gabe) Rizzi to its executive leadership team in the newly-created role of Chief Sales Officer and Head of Corporate Travel across the group. Rizzi joins Travel Leaders Group directly from a nine year tenure with Dun and Bradstreet, where he most recently served as its Senior Vice President of Sales. He has been tapped to lead a more strategically matrixed organization incorporating all sales and marketing for Travel Leaders Group’s various divisions, including Travel Leaders Corporate, which will now roll under his leadership. Rizzi will report directly to Travel Leaders Group CEO Ninan Chacko. Since 2007, Rizzi has served in a variety of sales and operations leadership capabilities with Dun and Bradstreet, and he has always operated with an acute focus on sales enablement that incorporated the introduction of many sales technologies for his teams. In addition to his experience at Dun and Bradstreet, Rizzi brings over 20 years of multi-industry experience to Travel Leaders Group in direct sales, field sales, marketing, and operations working for key technology brands, most notably AT&T in New Jersey and Gateway Computers in California.

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