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New Faces at F1S

Our team across the country – and world – is growing with some of the most talented names in the business. Meet five of our newest travel specialists.

Deb Roche
Corporate and leisure specialist, Hong Kong and San Francisco
Deb was first exposed to the world of travel as a young fashion model living in New York, Paris, and Milan, and later after marrying an architect who travelled worldwide for projects. Her travel career training began 25 years ago in the Midwest. After attending travel school, she joined the owner of the school’s agency. Quickly promoted to vice president, Deb successfully grew the agency, bringing in corporate business and agents with upscale leisure clientele. Other travel related career changes followed. Today she spends her time between Hong Kong and San Francisco, serving a global clientele.

Favorite destinations:
 Florence, Milan, Venice, Capri, Sardinia, Tuscany, Paris, St. Tropez, French Caribbean, New York.

Next stop in 2016:
Venice. After 20 years away, I’m looking forward to an update. Other destinations are definitely on the radar!

I love travel because…
every destination is a broadening experience, and each has indelible elements, from architecture, to culture, food, shopping, and hotel amenities.
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Joanna Kuflik
Leisure specialist, New York
 
A native New Yorker, Joanna began a fascination with travel at a young age, which materialized into a full-blown passion after studying abroad in Prague. An early career in advertising introduced her to global travel clients ranging from Air France to Hyatt.  In 2014, after years of planning high end trips for friends and family, Joanna turned a passion into a career, and has been building an impressive name for herself in the luxury travel industry ever since. A huge foodie, Joanna is always looking for the next cool place to grab delicious eats. She loves helping her clients experience our great big world- in style!

Favorite destinations:
 Cape Town, Amalfi Coast, Bali, Lisbon, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Shanghai…do I have to stop!?

Next stop in 2016:
Morocco in September. Can’t wait to get lost in the souks and venture into the Sahara desert.
 
I love travel because… it opens your eyes to different cultures and new experiences, giving you an entirely new perspective on the world.
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Kevin Royer
Corporate specialist, Miami 
Kevin recently joined F1S to return to his passion for the travel industry following a successful career in real estate. His early days in sales at Delta Airlines taught him the inner workings of the travel business. His real estate years built his reputation as a trusted advisor for high net worth individuals and corporations. Today, he looks forward to building his clientele. Kevin received his BA in Economics and International Studies from Florida International University. He speaks Spanish fluently.

Favorite destinations:
   Costa Rica and Moorea.

Next stop in 2016
: Trinidad Carnival later this month, and Morocco, Turkey, and South Africa.

I love travel because…
it gives me the opportunity to experience of new cultures and make friends with people from all over the world. I travel not to escape life but for life not to escape me.
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Leah Winck
Leisure specialist, Los Angeles 
Born of Chilean and German parents, Leah has always had an affection for all things international. Whether it was studying Spanish, Portuguese and Italian at once, seeking adventures while studying in Spain, or marrying a native Brazilian, Leah is passionate about the world. She has worked in many facets of the travel industry for over 15 years including broadcast media, corporate account management, and wholesale. As a leisure specialist since 2014, Leah is a pro at discovering places off the beaten path, and loves to help her clients realize their own unforgettable experiences.

Favorite destinations:
 Brazil, Chile, the Tahitian Islands, Bermuda, Belize, and Morocco. And, of course, Europe, especially Spain, Italy and France.

Next stop in 2016:
Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Patagonia, Chile.

I love travel because…
it opens my eyes to world culture – the sites, history, arts, music, languages, food – I want to experience it all!
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Stephen Scott
Corporate and leisure specialist, New York 
A native of Chicago, Stephen grew up in the travel industry as his parents owned and operated a travel agency for 7 years.  After studying sales and marketing at DeVry University, Stephen began his career in corporate sales at United Airlines.  His accomplishments working with United’s high profile corporate and TMC accounts led him to a management opportunity with Royal Caribbean International, where in 2015, he earned the Chairman’s Award for top sales performance. He also serves as the New York City Board manager for Young Travel Professionals.

Favorite destinations:
 the Caribbean, Asia, and Europe.

Next stop in 2016:
I just got back from Israel last week – amazing!

I love travel because…
there are so many amazing people in this world, and I wish to experience the world they live in, and make as much of it my own as I can.

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