Tzell Travel Group has announced the promotions of two senior level executives, Awilda Gonzalez and Karen Magee, to the roles of senior vice president of operations and engagement and vice president, partnerships and leisure service, respectively.
Awilda Gonzalez, a retired U.S. Army reservist, has been promoted to senior vice president of operations and engagement, where she oversees travel advisor relations and company culture.
Prior to joining Tzell Travel in 1997, Gonzalez began her travel industry career with American Airlines as a travel agent. She spent 20-plus years in a variety of leadership capacities, learning multiple aspects of the business, including understanding of the independent contractor model and Tzell’s position within the marketplace. Gonzalez reports to Cindy Schlansky and Monty Swaney, co-presidents of Tzell Travel Group.
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Additionally, Karen Magee has been promoted to vice president, partnerships and leisure service. She oversees Tzell’s industry partnerships and leisure department. Her team focuses on developing Tzell advisors’ luxury travel business through partnership initiatives, education and resource development. In her role, she is also responsible for facilitating and strengthening preferred supplier agreements and relationships within the Tzell network.
Karen will also report to Schlansky and Swaney. Prior to joining Tzell, Magee held a number of supplier relations management positions at other agencies, including Frosch and Ultramar Travel and Transport, as well as serving as a global sales director for The Doyle Collection. Beyond that, Magee serves on the board of a variety of luxury hotel brands and is also a past board member of Women in Travel and co-founded Young Travel Professionals.
Both Gonzalez and Magee are based at Tzell's headquarters in Manhattan at 1633 Broadway.