The initial management team depends on the founders of Panache Travel Group and the current employees of Barkley Roberts Travel. George Raymond will act as General Manager. As PTG grows, a board of directors will be formed and additional employees will be added in support, sales, field and marketing.
Panache Travel Group will begin operations with 4 full-time positions and employ independent contractors where necessary for sales and field operations. It will use the service of the certified public accounting firm of Terry Price & Wunderli for payroll, taxes, and accounting. The positions are as follows.
General Manager, LC Partner and President: George Raymond
Marketing Director, LC Partner and Vice President: Dominque Pascal
Travel Director, LC Partner and Vice President: Alica Marques
Office Manager and 2nd Travel Agent: Suzy Brown
General Manager and Development Director
George Raymond, 47, B.A. History, M.A. Comparative Literature, University of California, PhD.Comparative Literature, University of Utah. Seven years as Adjunct Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Utah. A life-long world traveler and sophisticated bon vivant who speaks French fluently and can make himself understood in myriad other languages. So well-traveled there isn't a silver/gold/platinum metal precious enough to indicate the millions of frequent-flyer air miles he has flown around the world.
Marketing and Sales Director
Dominque Pascal 48, B.S. History, English, Yale University. Twenty-five years of experience with Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc., Junior League of Westchester, and personal family offices of financiers Willam Dupont Jr., and marketing director of Deluxe World Tours. Mother of an 3 adult sons, an accomplished cook and an avid reader, she has lived in New York for over thirty years and led many lives.
Alica Marques, 39. Twenty years experience in the travel business, including two years as managing partner of Barkley Roberts Travel. With extensive travel experience she has first-hand knowledge of many locations. An expert on CRS and other travel-related computer applications, Alica has many contacts in the industry, knowledge of critical daily operations, and speaks Spanish.
Office Manager and Travel Agent
Suzy Brown, 26. Five years experience in travel, including her work as the current office manager of Barkley Roberts Travel. Not only familiar with the CRS system, she is a wizard with TRAMS, a back-office accounting program designed specifically for the travel business.
The personnel plan of Panache Travel Group depicts anticipated head count for the start-up year. The following table provides more detailed information. PTG anticipates the need to increase personnel in the first 2-3 years, but will need to significantly increase independent contractors for sales reps and tour guides, who will be paid on a commission basis.
*Positions marked with an asterisk, in addition to their base salaries, also receive commission from sales and hosting tours. The cost of paying these commissions is built into the cost of the sale.