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LIA BATKIN

CO-FOUNDER

LIA BATKIN

Co-Founder


Favorite Destination I would HIGHLY Recommend: Turkey (Istanbul and Turkbuku), India (All of it!!), and South Africa

Hotels I Wish I Lived in: Montage Beverly Hills, Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, Baccarat

Favorite Vacation Spots: Mexico, Napa, Cartegena, and St. Barths

Destinations I Most Want to Visit: Sri Lanka, Borneo, Bali, and Cuba

The Next Trips I Have Planned: Japan, annual trip to Ibiza, Portugal, Sicily

New Hot Spot: Sri Lanka, Portorož, Trancoso, Guatemala, Mexico City and Merida

What I Cannot Travel Without: My travel blanket, an ultra-comfortable scarf, black J brand jeans, Chapstick Medicated, and tons of Fashion Magazines to read on the plane

Best Travel Advice: Talk to locals (waiters, bartenders, shop owners, etc.) and ask them their favorites/what is a place most tourists would not find on their own. Also, find out if the city has any local holidays or a day most shops/ museums/ restaurants are closed so that you do not miss out on something you really want to see or do. To get great deals, travel right before or after a destination’s high season, when the weather is still great, but the crowds are no longer there - you will save a ton!

Biggest Luxury About Traveling: The cultures you get to experience, the amazing food you get to try, the wonderful people you get to meet, and the stories that you have for the rest of your life.

The Reason I Do What I Do: I have the best job in the World… I get to help create people’s memories that they go on to tell their grandchildren.

My Specialty: Coming up with really creative and customized ideas and suggesting things that most people never knew they could even do or existed.


lia@itkexp.com

212.776.1784


SETH KAPLAN

CO-FOUNDER

SETH KAPLAN

Co-Founder


Favorite Destination I would HIGHLY Recommend: South Africa – nothing beats a Safari!

Hotels I Wish I Lived in: Las Ventanas, Twin Farms, Le Toiny St. Barts, Baccarat NY, and Upper House Hong Kong

Favorite Vacation Spots: South of France, Balearic Islands, Miami, Brazil

Destinations I Most Want to Visit: Russian, Japan, and Cuba

The Next Trips I Have Planned: Ibiza, Marbella, Italy, Cartegena

New Hot Spot: Cuba and Oregon wine country

What I Cannot Travel Without: My dog – Maison, Blackberry along with extra batteries, EBOOST, and clear wireless

Best Travel Advice: When planning a trip, make sure you always have the most current destination information. The hotspots are constantly changing – what once was the trendy hotel, restaurant, or nightclub, may now be a thing of the past. Clients also tend to pack too many destinations, sites or doings into a limited number of days. It’s important to have a clear plan in order to maximize your time and experience in each destination.

Biggest Luxury About Traveling: I find nothing better than taking a break from your everyday life in order to immerse yourself in different cultures, customs, cuisines, and environments. I also love how you can travel from any major city to another part of the world in less than six hours.

The Reason I Do What I Do: I love making our clients’ travel dreams come true. I love how I can take a blank slate and create a memorable experience that will last forever.

My Specialty: Attaining the unattainable.


seth@itkexp.com

212.776.1347



AUSTIN ABRAM

DIRECTOR OF ENTERTAINMENT TRAVEL

AUSTIN ABRAM

Director of Entertainment Travel


Favorite Destination I would HIGHLY Recommend: Portugal and Nihiwatu in Indonesia

Hotels I Wish I Lived in: Corinthia Hotel London, Las Ventanas al Paraíso in Los Cabos, and The Greenwich Hotel in NYC

Favorite Vacation Spots: Mexico, Hawaii, and all over Europe

Destinations I Most Want to Visit: South Africa, Greece, & St. Barths

The Next Trips I Have Planned: Montana, London, Paris, & Austria

New Hot Spot: Iceland & Cuba

What I Cannot Travel Without: My iPhone, Kindle, Oribe Dry Shampoo Texturizing Spray, and in my dream world…a lie-flat seat in first class

Best Travel Advice: Before you start planning your vacation, you should thoroughly research your destination in order to make the most out of your experience. Make a list of everything you’d like to see and do - every neighborhood, museum, monument, etc. - in order to ensure your itinerary is tailored to your specific interests and vacation desires. You don’t want to miss anything! And of course, don’t forget a great camera or iPhone to document the trip!

Biggest Luxury About Traveling: Getting to see, experience, and interact with different people and cultures around the world.

The Reason I Do What I Do: I love to travel, I love to plan, and I enjoy playing a part in creating memorable experiences for our clients.

My Specialty: Planning and organizing the most extravagant and over-the-top trips.


austin@itkexp.com

646.738.3870


AMANDA GARD

ACCOUNT MANAGER

AMANDA GARD

Account Manager


Favorite Destination I would HIGHLY Recommend: Sydney, Australia and Cinque Terre, Italy

Hotels I Wish I Lived in: Villa Rockstar at Eden Rock

Favorite Vacation Spots: Barcelona, Mexico, Italy

Destinations I Most Want to Visit: Israel, St. Barts, Ibiza

The Next Trips I Have Planned: Milan, Lake Como & Jamaica

New Hot Spot: Cuba

What I Cannot Travel Without: iPhone, Aquafore, workout clothes and a good book

Best Travel Advice: Research your destination and branch out after visiting the tourist hotspots to find some of the locals' favorite areas

Biggest Luxury About Traveling: Taking a break from your everyday life to experience some of the world's most unique cultures and destinations.

The Reason I Do What I Do: I love playing a role in creating lifelong, unforgettable memories

My Specialty: Details, details, details!


amanda.gard@itkexp.com

646.738.3874


JOLIE GOLDRING

LUXURY TRAVEL CONSULTANT

JOLIE GOLDRING

Luxury Travel Consultant


Favorite Destination I would HIGHLY Recommend: Italy

Hotels I Wish I Lived in: JK Capri and the Baccarat

Favorite Vacation Spots: Cabo Mexico, South of France, Amalfi Coast

Destinations I Most Want to Visit: South Africa, Thailand & Vietnam

The Next Trips I Have Planned: Croatia

New Hot Spot: Havana, Cuba & Boscas del Toro, Panama

What I Cannot Travel Without: My workout clothes and my music

Best Travel Advice: Don't over plan or pack too much into 1 day. Having some flexibility is key.

Biggest Luxury About Traveling: Experiencing world class spas and extraordinary cuisine.

The Reason I Do What I Do: I'm a hotel junky and never get tired of learning about new destinations, room products and properties!

My Specialty: Luxury family travel. I cater to every detail ensuring my clients' can fully enjoy every moment of their travel planning and their trip!


jolie@itkexp.com

203.629.7013


EMMA LIPNER

COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT

EMMA LIPNER

Communications Assistant


Favorite Destination I would HIGHLY Recommend: Morocco and Copenhagen

Hotels I Wish I Lived in: St. Regis New York & Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Favorite Vacation Spots: Hawaii & Israel

Destinations I Most Want to Visit: Cuba, South Africa & Bali

The Next Trips I Have Planned: Costa Rica

New Hot Spot: Puglia & Cuba

What I Cannot Travel Without: Chapstick, my iPad stocked with the latest thriller reads and L’Occitane Lavendar hand cream

Best Travel Advice: Though planning is a crucial aspect for creating an unforgettable trip, welcome the spontaneous experiences as well. I'd also suggest not squeezing too much into one day. Take some time to enjoy and relax wherever you are!

Biggest Luxury About Traveling: Meeting new people and getting to experience different tastes, sights and smells

The Reason I Do What I Do: I love making people's lives easier by handing all the details to ensure a seamless, unforgettable trip!

My Specialty: Discovering the next-big-thing and supporting all trip aspects both big and small.


emma@itkexp.com

646.738.3872


PAT DE VIVO

FLIGHT GURU

PAT DE VIVO

Flight Guru


Favorite Destination I would HIGHLY Recommend: Positano, Italy, Rothenberg, Germany and New York, NY

Hotels I Wish I Lived in: Chateau Marmont, West Hollywood, Trump International Hotel and Tower, New York, Le Sirenuse, Positano Italy

Favorite Vacation Spots: Italy & France

Destinations I Most Want to Visit: The Azores, Maldives, Australia

The Next Trips I Have Planned: Hawaii, Aix En Provence, France

New Hot Spot: Berlin

What I Cannot Travel Without: My e-ticket!

Best Travel Advice: If you don't travel, your heirs will. Traverse as many time zones as you can. Experience different cultures, different cuisines and always, always, use a travel professional.

Biggest Luxury About Traveling: Being able to exercise our fundamental right to travel. Travel is, and always will be a gift. Though we are in the social media age, there is nothing more rewarding than actually shaking someone's hand, and/or helping an elderly person with their groceries in another country.

The Reason I Do What I Do: Your travel experience today begins the moment you enter the airport. We are committed to making our client's travel experience uneventful, until they arrive at their destination.

My Specialty: Getting you there, getting you around and getting you home — the way you want it.


pat@itkexp.com

516.869.4264


MAGGIE STEIN

DIRECTOR OF LEISURE TRAVEL

MAGGIE STEIN

Director of Leisure Travel


Favorite Destination I would HIGHLY Recommend: Capri and Amalfi Coast in Italy and all of Argentina

Hotels I Wish I Lived in: Farm at Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand, Vines Resort & Spa in Mendoza, Le Royal Monceau in Paris, Nizuc in Mexico

Favorite Vacation Spots: Anguilla, Costa Rica, South of France, Berlin

Destinations I Most Want to Visit: Turkey, Puglia, Thailand, Tanzania

The Next Trips I Have Planned: Panama, Germany, Austria

New Hot Spot: Nicaragua, Croatia, Patagonia

What I Cannot Travel Without: Tinted SPF lip balm, a 4 wheel suitcase, my kindle and a good pair of socks in my carry-on

Best Travel Advice: When traveling to a foreign destination, I always recommend booking a tour guide for your first full day instead of waiting until later in the trip. That way, you can get a thorough orientation from the start, instead of winging it on your own and missing out. Also, you can pick their brain for great tips and local suggestions to use during the rest of your stay.

Biggest Luxury About Traveling: Being able to escape your everyday life

The Reason I Do What I Do: Travel, entertainment, good food and great experiences are what everyone works hard to be able to include in their lives. I am lucky enough to have a job that revolves around these things and making them realities. What’s not to love?

My Specialty: Getting to know my clients’ personal taste and interests and then being able to match them up with the destination or hotel that’s perfect for them.


maggie@itkexp.com

646.738.3872


KATIE CHERICO

ACCOUNT MANAGER

KATIE CHERICO

Account Manager


Favorite Destination I would HIGHLY Recommend: Bordeaux – the city, and the surrounding wine region!

Hotels I Wish I Lived in: Coworth Park in Ascot, Meadowood in Napa Valley, and The Beaumont in London

Favorite Vacation Spots: Uruguay & Nantucket

Destinations I Most Want to Visit: Sri Lanka; Madagascar; Niseko Region, Japan

The Next Trips I Have Planned: Isla Holbox, Palm Beach, Lijiang

New Hot Spot: Thessaloniki & Halkidiki, Greece

What I Cannot Travel Without: An eye mask, L’occitane After Sun Balm, Oribe dry shampoo and a good book!

Best Travel Advice: When traveling, I always like to pick up a copy of a local newspaper or magazine, such as Time Out, to read over breakfast. Regional publications are a great resource for tips on experiencing the destination like a local. Often times they will include restaurant reviews and events that were not published during the planning process of your vacation, as well as clue you into where the most of-the-moment spots are.

Biggest Luxury About Traveling: Getting to see, experience, and interact with different people and cultures around the world.

The Reason I Do What I Do: I love being able to share my favorite experiences and travel recommendations (as well as dream up new ones) on a daily basis.

My Specialty: Planning unique, creative and unforgettable events.


katie@itkexp.com

646.738.3873


JOSH ZIPKOWITZ

EVENTS & CONCIERGE MANAGER

JOSH ZIPKOWITZ

Events & Concierge Manager


Favorite Destination I would HIGHLY Recommend: Mykonos, Tel Aviv, Forte de Marmi

Hotels I Wish I Lived in: Bulgari Milano, One&Only Ocean Club, Montage Beverly Hills

Favorite Vacation Spots: St. Barts, Aspen, Tulum

Destinations I Most Want to Visit: St. Moritz, Bali, Tokyo

The Next Trips I Have Planned: Cannes Film Festival, Yacht Week in Croatia, Coachella!

New Hot Spot: Cartagena, Tel Aviv and Dubai

What I Cannot Travel Without: Good company ;-)

Best Travel Advice: Do as the locals do. Always over-pack.

Biggest Luxury About Traveling: Being pampered with exceptional service at the world’s most premier properties.

The Reason I Do What I Do: I am passionate about providing access that often seems impossible, all while maintaining the highest caliber of around the clock service.

My Specialty: Never missing a phone call.


josh@itkexp.com

646.738.3875


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DEVON BRODSKY

DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER

DEVON BRODSKY

Digital Marketing Manager


Favorite Destination I would HIGHLY Recommend: Morocco, Puglia and St Moritz

Hotels I Wish I Lived in: Four Seasons Resort Lanai & Palazzo Parigi in Milan

Favorite Vacation Spots: Capri

Destinations I Most Want to Visit: Kyoto, South Africa & Bali

The Next Trips I Have Planned: Aspen & Hawaii

New Hot Spot: Lisbon, Portugal

What I Cannot Travel Without: Caudile Lip Conditioner, Beats Headphones, Morgan Lane Eye Mask, and an oversized scarf to double as a blanket

Best Travel Advice: Expect the unexpected. And if all doesn't go to plan, laugh it off.

Biggest Luxury About Traveling: Someone picking up your towel after you ;-)


devon@itkexp.com

646.780.4200


ALEX BOXER

ENTERTAINMENT ASSISTANT

ALEX BOXER

Entertainment Assistant


Favorite Destination I would HIGHLY Recommend: Australia

Hotels I Wish I Lived in: The Greenwich Hotel & The Corinthia London

Favorite Vacation Spots: Greece & Thailand

Destinations I Most Want to Visit: Japan & South Africa

The Next Trips I Have Planned: Croatia & Los Angeles

New Hot Spot: Cuba

What I Cannot Travel Without: My neck pillow, Sour Patch Kids, and most of all, good company :)

Best Travel Advice: Be sure to ask locals for recommmendations. They have infinite knowledge of their cities and it can be a way to experience a city in an extremely authentic way.

Biggest Luxury About Traveling: Getting to see how the other half lives. There is nothing more enlightening or life-changing than experience other cultures.

The Reason I Do What I Do: I love learning about new places and connecting with people from all over the world. I have the best job in the world, I am constantly learning, while giving people memories that will last a lifetime.

My Specialty: Making the impossible, possible!


alex@itkexp.com

646.738.3876


 
 

MAISON KAPLAN

PET LIAISON

MAISON KAPLAN

Pet Liaison


Favorite Destination I would HIGHLY Recommend: The Resort at Paws Up in Montana (each April, they host “Wine & Bitch,” a luxury vacation designed for the canine and owner, where humans will enjoy wine tastings and rustic ranch cuisine and dogs will rejuvenate with doggie spa treatments and gourmet treats)

Hotels I Wish I Lived in: Acqualina Miami Beach (they gave me a personalized water bottle upon arrival, the dog butler took me for a walk, and gave me treats) and Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale (they gave me a personalized blanket, collar, and doggy bed)

Favorite Vacation Spots: South Beach and Park City

Destinations I Most Want to Visit: St. Tropez (hopefully my owners will take me next year!)

The Next Trips I Have Planned: Palm Beach and Brazil

New Hot Spot: Hotel deLuxe Portland – the entire 3rd floor is dedicated to dogs, and the services range from dog room service to dog massage to even a dog psychic!

What I Cannot Travel Without: Bully sticks and my American Apparel sweatshirt

Best Travel Advice: Before travelling internationally, be sure to check with your vet and the local consulate to make sure you have all the correct shots and paperwork.

Biggest Luxury About Traveling: Getting pampered by the hotels and getting to explore new grounds.

The Reason I Do What I Do: It’s an easy life…

My Specialty: Snuggling