‘Traveling’ always makes the short list of New Year’s resolutions. Not only do we understand the draw, but we’re in the business of making it happen. Our advice to kick off 2018: don’t wait. Travel plans don’t happen by themselves. And we never know what tomorrow will bring. Just do it. We’re here for you. Wishing you a rich and meaningful year ahead!
Erika Reategui and Fernando Gonzalez
A chance part time job during college has turned into a seven-year career for millennial travel account manager Jonathan Garcia. Today he’s taking care of prestigious modeling agencies, entertainment clients, investment firms, and apparel brands.
Maybe the job choice wasn’t so surprising. After all, Jonathan’s mother Miriam is an accomplished F1S agent, who taught him the ropes. Still as part of the new generation of travel advisors, Jonathan likes to carve out his own path and approach. He explains, “The impact that social media has on the industry is incredible. I’ve found that it’s the perfect marketing strategy to gain clientele and to expand your brand through the Internet.”
Being surrounded by travel professionals at a young age had other perks for Jonathan. His family trips included adventures to Peru, the Grand Canyon, and Niagara Falls and Washington, DC.
His earlier years in the business were spent in the “back office.” A business management degree from St John’s University came in handy. After several years in accounting at F1S, he moved to sales, where he honed his particular specialty in hotels. “I can negotiate hotel rates that cannot be found anywhere else,” he admits.
The most rewarding aspect of his job is keeping clients happy by “paying attention to detail and providing the best service possible.” He also loves being part of a community where he can “connect with hoteliers, clients and other travel agents. It’s great to pick their brains and learn a thing or two.”
In his downtime the native New Yorker makes the most of his city. He enjoys museums, concerts, baseball and, of course, travel. The past few months have already taken him to Tokyo and Paris. Next on his bucket list are China, Dubai, Australia and South Africa.