Company: Janine Cifelli Representation
Position: Managing Partner
Years in Industry: 28
Years ago, Janine was heading to warmer shorelines (Hilton Head SC) to launch her hospitality career when travel guru Bill Faber decided she was ‘on the wrong luxury hotel path,’ and convinced her to come to work for him in New York City instead. Under his mentoring wing, Janine quickly learned the ins and outs of luxury travel sales, reservations, marketing & PR, and was soon responsible for helping to launch the many Richard Branson properties. Now, 28 years later, Janine stewards her own namesake company; representing the best-of-the-best, most exclusive hotels, resorts and private islands in the world. And like her own mentor before her, is excited to guide and help the younger generation carve their niche in the travel industry.
“It’s very fulfilling to know my experience can help someone new,” says Janine, who defines the industry as “a happy place. Travel is about fulfilling dreams,” she says. “It’s exciting to share an extraordinary place, hotel or country – its sights, sounds, smells. Every day is new. It’s so fun to come to work and never be bored.”