A 25-year veteran of the wholesale travel industry, Charlie is committed to growing and enhancing the business of TI Groups through creating strategic initiatives, keen business development, and providing straightforward leadership to the Groups Department. His emphasis on service is a point of pride and an inspiration to his team; in fact, one of his key legacies at Travel Impressions has been the launching of the Bethlehem, PA call center in 1995, a resource that he assisted in building through effective recruitment and management.
Previously, Charlie served as Senior Director of Sales for Travel Impressions for 15 years; however, the breadth of his career has spanned from Director of Sales and Marketing for Apple Vacations to Regional Sales Director for MLT Vacations, where he was responsible for introducing MLT and its brands, Delta Vacations and United Vacations, to the East Coast. Other professional achievements have included the start-up of the AAA National Agreement with TI in 1993—a partnership that remains in place today—and a deep understanding of consortia/host account management, charter sales, and, of course, strategic management and consistent incremental growth of group sales. In terms of personal achievements, his two children, Elliott and Emily, with wife Dr. Carol Gullo Mest, top Charlie's list.