PATTY PAE New York City, Southeast New York & Long Island
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"Be brave, take risks, nothing can substitute experience."
Discovering new places and exploring new cultures has always been a passion for me, even as a child going on long hikes in the woods to satisfy my curiosity of where “the other side” ended. Half of my career has been in the travel industry and I am so thrilled to continue my passion for travel professionally and personally by joining the Trafalgar Sales team.
My sales career started in the information technology industry working for IBM resellers providing hardware, networking and enterprise wide infrastructure solutions to mid and large sized organizations. As my passion and love of travel nagged me, I was presented with the opportunity to change my career to the corporate travel industry and joined American Express Global Business Travel as Director Business Development targeting Fortune 1,000 clients in OH, NJ, PA and NYC over an 8 year period. I jumped at the chance to join the leader in the travel industry and one of the most trusted global brands! Through a partnership relationship, I was introduced to Travelink American Express, a Centurion American Express rep agency, and invited to lead the business development strategy for their incentive travel and employee vacation programs as an employee, customer and partner engagement strategy and personal travel benefit to Fortune 1,000 companies. Blending my corporate travel experience with leisure travel services, my purpose and passion focused on helping employees understand the corporate culture crisis of unused PTO (over 658 million unused hours in 2016…..yes, 658 million hours) by introducing vacation experiences and the importance and relevance of using a travel advisor. Working closely with Trafalgar and many TTC sister brands as a key supplier relationship through our marketing programs, I quickly became impressed by the products and the people of the company so much I took three different guided and river cruise vacations introducing me to the most amazing, culturally enriched and intimate experiences I have ever taken I couldn’t resist the chance to join the company.
As a travel professional, it naturally merges with our personal lives and I have been fortunate to have traveled to some bucket list destination such as Egypt, Greece, Spain, Central America, Nordics and various places in Europe but there are many more to check off such as Asia, South America, and Africa. Born in Minneapolis, MN but growing up and living in Northeast Ohio until 2004, my Midwestern roots are evident even though I reside in Brooklyn, NY after living in Bucks County PA. During my free time, I enjoy strength training and keeping active with cycling, hiking or outdoors activities in addition to attending live music events, museums, flea markets and discovering hidden-gem dining spots.
My 'bucket list' destinations
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