THE WORLD'S LEADING LUXURY TRAVEL NETWORK
Proudly representing the very best in luxury travel
WHO WE ARE
Global Travel Collection (GTC) represents the largest and most sophisticated community of luxury travel agencies worldwide, serving leisure, corporate, incentive, and entertainment travel needs.
Our collection of brands includes the well-established networks of Protravel International, Tzell Travel Group, and Colletts Travel, as well as Andrew Harper, In the Know Experiences, All Star Travel Group and R. Crusoe & Son.
As GTC continues to expand our worldwide presence with both well-established names in the industry as well as travel agency newcomers, our talented agents and agencies have one important thing in common: they are highly successful and driven global travel entrepreneurs, all of whom take pride in their stellar reputations and industry leadership.
Global Travel Collection brands hold the privilege of offering discerning travelers the benefits of our preferred industry partnerships. Our industry reputation is widely acknowledged by luxury travel brands across the globe.
Without searching too far, you’ll find that many in our network are recipients of industry awards, often as top producers of household names in travel. Our travel professionals are often featured among lists of industry rising stars, trendsetters, power players, and more. Global travel publications and lifestyle media outlets often come to Global Travel Collection to feature insights and recommendations from our leadership team and community of on-the-pulse affiliates.
As the leader of Global Travel Collection’s independent advisor, luxury leisure, corporate VIP and entertainment business, Angie Licea is focused on enhancing the company’s support of its independent travel advisors through leadership, technology and supplier partnerships and continually enhancing service and value for its discerning clientele. A 30-year travel industry veteran, Angie began her career with US Airways and went on to hold various management roles at American Express/Rosenbluth International where she worked for 18 years. Her last role there was as Vice President of Global Business Partnerships, responsible for $1.5 billion in air sales for 16 global accounts. She joined Travel Leaders in May 2012 and served as Senior Vice President of Business Operations and Technology Development for Travel Leaders Corporate before being named to her current role.
CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER
Becky Powell joined Protravel from Travel Leaders Group luxury brand, Andrew Harper Travel, where as Senior Vice President she managed operations and sales for the brand. Becky is a seasoned luxury travel executive, having spent more than 30 years in various capacities of travel operations and sales, including nine years at Virtuoso, including as Senior Vice President, Global Member Partnership; Vice President Member Sales and Service; and Managing Director, National Accounts. While at Virtuoso, she opened Virtuoso Europe for agency membership, initiated “innovation teams” to create new products and solutions for its members, and launched an industry-lauded certification program for Virtuoso travel advisors. She previously worked at Brendan Worldwide Vacations in Chatsworth, CA, AAA National in Heathrow, FL, and Trans World Airlines in St. Louis, MO.
CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Cindy Schlansky has worked in all aspects of the retail travel business, first as a leisure agent before transitioning into key areas of specialization, including corporate travel, groups and meetings. She eventually rose to Senior Vice President of Account Management and Operations at Stevens Travel before joining Tzell Travel Group in 2000 as Vice President of Operations. Cindy’s role included overseeing all aspects of the day-to-day operation, including new advisor onboarding, branch integration and managing the ARC processes. She was later promoted to Senior Vice President focused on organizational growth, operations process and agent development including agent trouble-shooting, coaching and counseling. Cindy’s deep understanding of the travel industry and agency operations positioned her well for her current role where she is responsible for the strategic direction and future growth of the Global Travel Collection brands.
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER & SVP, WESTERN REGION
A veteran luxury executive, Don Jones is highly-regarded in the travel industry. Prior to joining Travel Leaders Luxury Brands served as Executive Vice President for Cadence Travel and Vice President of Sales, The Americas for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Don is now responsible for guiding the leadership structure and strategic plan, as well as increasing market share and revenue, particularly for Protravel International and Tzell Travel Group on the West Coast. He is based in the Los Angeles-area. His distinguished career in the hotel industry included positions with the Beverly Wilshire, The Pierre as well as the Four Seasons Hotels in Atlanta and Newport Beach. “Joining iconic brands like Tzell and Protravel is a privilege and an honor,” said Jones.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, UK
Jason Oshiokpekhai serves as Managing Director of Protravel International U.K., Tzell Travel Group U.K., Colletts Travel and Scotia Travel. Based in London, Jason oversees daily operations for the brands which serve luxury leisure, corporate and entertainment clients in the United Kingdom. Prior to his appointment, Jason worked as Director of Sales and Account Management for Protravel and Tzell Travel Group where he built the first-ever Sales & Account management team and helped to streamline sales operations. He has been instrumental in building corporate travel business for the UK market. Jason previously worked at Delta Air Lines and American Airlines, where he successfully led business development, agency & corporate sales teams. He is passionate about two things: (1) empowering his team to achieve higher levels of success and (2) giving back to local communities in need.
SVP, ADVISOR & PARTNER ENGAGEMENT
Karen Magee focuses on the growth of advisor luxury travel business through partnership initiatives, education, and resource development at Global Travel Collection. In her role, she is also responsible for facilitating and strengthening preferred supplier agreements and relationships within the Global Travel Collection network. Prior to joining Tzell, Karen has held positions with a focus on supplier relations management at other agencies as well as serving as a Global Sales Director for a luxury hotel company. Beyond that, Karen Magee serves on the board of a variety of luxury hotel brands, is a past board member of WinIt (Women in Travel), and co-founded YTP (Young Travel Professionals).
CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
Mark Munley brings over 25 years of IT leadership experience to his role as Global Travel Collection’s Chief Information Officer, where he oversees the information technology needs for all business divisions across the organization. This includes collaborating with business leaders to design and integrate technology solutions to streamline operations, enhance reporting, enforce accountability, drive innovation and align with the company’s visionary strategies and business objectives. Immediately prior to joining Internova, Mark served as Cision/PR Newswire’s Vice President of Global Technology Governance where he implemented their first 3rd party risk management program, led the integration of multiple regional technology teams and served on the technology governance committee. Mark is based in the New York Metro area.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Michele (LaRosa) Capaccio is a 35-year travel industry veteran. As Chief Operating Officer of Global Travel Collection, Michele oversees day-to-day operations of the organization. Michele brings a deep operational knowledge to her role, having first joined Protravel in 1986. She has held a wide range of responsibilities spanning accounting and office management to the integration of multiple new branches, HR administration, and the design and development of agent tools and resources. Her role also entails providing guidance and support to hundreds of independent travel advisors in a wide variety of areas. Michele lives in Long Beach with her husband and works out of Protravel’s New York City headquarters.
CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER & EASTERN REGION BRANCH MGMT.
Monty Swaney is a travel industry veteran with extensive experience in both the operations and sales sides of the business, making him a strong partner to guide Global Travel Collection agents to success. Monty began his career as a front-line corporate agent for Hyatt in New York. Moving to the agency side, he worked with Linden Travel as head of Corporate Sales, moving up the ranks to become Director of Corporate Operations then Vice President of Linden, which merged with Frosch Travel. Monty joined Tzell Travel in 2009 as Vice President of Operations. He was later promoted to Senior Vice President and then President. His deep knowledge of the corporate and entertainment travel, allows him to work closely on recruitment and management of this important segment of Global Travel Collection.
SVP, WEST COAST OPERATIONS
Sara Sessa has been with Tzell Travel Group for 25 years and was an integral part of the team that built Tzell’s West Coast operation, evolving it into the tremendously successful and respected organization it is today. Prior to joining Tzell, she worked in the video production field. In her current role, Sara oversees all West Coast operations for Global Travel Collection, ranging from day-to-day operations to supporting agents in their career growth.
SVP, ENGAGEMENT & COMMUNICATIONS
Awilda Gonzalez began her professional career in radio before transitioning to the travel industry, first as a ticket agent with American Airlines and then as a travel agent before joining Tzell Travel in 1997. Over the past 20-plus years, Awilda has served in a variety of capacities on the leadership team, giving her a unique view of the independent contractor business model and an in-depth understanding of Tzell’s culture and position in the marketplace. Currently, Awilda serves as Senior Vice President of Operations and Engagement. In her current role she oversees agent relations and company culture, along with events and a wide variety of special projects.