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Mina Agnos

Mina is a life-long traveler and is included in Travel + Leisure’s A-List: World's Top Travel Agents. Her passion to travel compelled her in 2001 to co-found Travelive, a company in which personalized travel experiences are created based on guest preferences and expectations. She has traveled extensively throughout the world, hand selecting hotels, meeting local representatives, and amassing the top local guides; assembling exceptional lifetime experiences for Travelive guests.

Position: Co-Founder and President
I am From: Kansas City, Missouri USA
Education: MA in Tourism Management, New York University
Honors & Awards: Travel + Leisure (US Ed) A-List: World's Top Travel Agents PhocusWright's 2010 Top 35 Travel Professionals
Interests: Local Wine and Cuisine, Spa, Beaches, City Sightseeing, Sailing, Sea and Adventure Sports, UNESCO World Heritage

Sonia Athan

Sonia's adoration for the Mediterranean is contagious and she recently moved back to Greece for the second time! Born and raised in Miami, Florida and holding many key positions with five star travel companies, such as Signature Travel Network, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens, Sonia is passionate about crafting truly exceptional and memorable experiences for her retail agency partners around the globe.

Position: Vice President, Agencies
I am From: Miami, Florida USA
Education: BA in Telecommunications & Advertising, University of Florida
Interests: Traveling to parts unknown, weekends on the beach, local cuisine, spending time with family, a good bottle of wine, laughing with friends, reading, sports, keeping healthy

Desi Dinou

Desi has been living in Greece for the past 23 years. An Interior Designer that gradually moved into the industry of Hospitality. Her extensive experience involves VIP & Luxury Tourism- including Destinations, 5 star Hotels, Creating Events, Mega Yachts and Marketing. Liaising and working with very high profile individuals. Famous celebrities, Heads of State, Royalty and Fortune 500 Billionaires. She was also the former CEO/General Manager of Make-A-Wish Greece Non Profit Organization and remains a passionate volunteer to this cause.

Position: Director of Sales
I am From: Melbourne, Australia
Education: BA Interior Design, Greece
Interests: Designing, Reading, Traveling, Food & Wine, Philanthropy, Animals, Yachting

Renata Ferreira da Silva

Renata brought to Travelive extensively experience and passion for travel. She is a dynamic professional with over 15 years in the luxury travel industry. Her passion is to assist travelers with their dream travel experience, by designing unique and fully customized vacations and honeymoons. Following her own dreams and desires she has traveled throughout North and South America, Pacific Island, Australia, China and Europe.

Position: Sales and Product Development Manager
I am From: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Education: BS in Travel Administration, University Anhembi Morumbi
Interests: Art, History & Culture, Food & Wine, Music

Marina Kiriazi

Marina has a passion for traveling and experiencing new places. She has enjoyed the opportunity to explore many different countries including Greece, Turkey, Italy, Egypt & Jordan since a young child. Applying her love for history, cultures, and foreign cuisine, she now gets to work with clients to create a personal travel experience and life-long memories.

Position: Sr. Mgr, Travel Agency Sales
I am From: Atlanta, Georgia USA
Education: BS in Communications with Marketing Minor, WCU
Awards: Travel Agent Magazine's Top 35Under30 Agents 2011
Interests: Traveling, Reading, History, Food and Wine, Photography, Outdoors, Languages

Faye Mantzari

Faye was born in Canada and moved to Europe at a young age.  She has been in the travel industry for over 10 years having management positions in several 5 star Hotels. Up till now she was in the position of making people holidays special on site. Now, at Travelive, she has the opportunity to create the experience and share the “little secrets” with clients in order to create unique travel experiences. Her goal is to make each vacation an unforgettable one!

Position: Manager, Travel Sales
I am From: Montreal, Quebec Canada
Education: S.T.E Tourism School, Athens, Greece
Interests: Traveling, Reading, Movies and Theatre, City Sightseeing

John Grigoras

John has been travelling ever since he could remember and always had a passion for the Mediterranean.   His love of Greece made him relocate to Athens where he has been living for the past 8 years.  Based on his personal experiences, he strives to offer each of his clients with a vacation that will leave great impressions in addition to everlasting memories.  Whether the goal is relaxation, beach, food and wine, history and archeology, John believes that each trip is an important investment that needs to be maximized to the fullest!

Position: Manager, Travel Sales
I am From: Easton, Pennsylvania
Education: B.S. Marketing and International Business, Penn State University
Interests: Travelling, Local Culture and Traditions, History, Food and Wine

Mario Janku

Since he can remember, Mario was fascinated with globes and maps, curious to discover every inch of the world. Soaking up new cultures, visiting historical sites and meeting many new people along the way are just a few of the things that he loves. His journeys throughout Greece, Turkey and, most recently, Italy, have filled him with the desire to visit inspiring destinations with great historical background. Mario is excited to be part of a company that allows him to explore his passion for travel and adventure.

Position: Project Manager
I am From: Tirana, Albania
Education: B.S. International Business with Management Minor, SUNY
Interests: Traveling, Photography, Movies, Soccer and Cycling

Nicola Comunian

Nico was born and raised on the island of Sardinia in Italy, before moving to the United States and the United Kingdom to complete his college education and start his career. He has traveled extensively throughout North and Central America, the Caribbean, and Europe, both for pleasure, as well as managing groups. He brings to the company his knowledge of our travel destinations, as well as his passion for his clients and his determination to make their vacation dreams become a wonderful reality.

Position: Travel Consultant
I am From: Oristano, Sardinia, Italy
Education: MA in Tourism, Environment, and Development, King's College of London
Interests: Sustainable Tourism, UNESCO World Heritage, Local Wine & Cuisine, Exotic Beaches, Cityscapes, Foreign Cultures and Languages, Sailing

Jeanne Amrein

A citizen of the world, Jeanne lives to meet new people and discover new places. Some of her favorite places are Turkey, Italy, France, Peru and Argentina. Finally, she has settled in one place and is happy to call Greece home. With a diverse career in international relations and customer service, Jeanne is dedicated to creating once in a lifetime experiences for her clients.  She is excited to share her enthusiasm for beautiful landscapes, wine and delicious food paired with history and culture.

Position: Travel Consultant, Travel Agencies
I am From: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Education: BA in International Relations, Xavier University, MPA Monterey Institute of International Studies
Interests: Traveling, Running, Wine, Cooking, Reading, Coffee with Friends

Harry Klonaridis

Born in Belgium, raised by a Belgian mother and a Greek father in Uganda, he feels like a global citizen. Since he can remember, he has travelled to many different countries with his family and experienced very different cultures. He has always been fascinated by what each location has to offer from food, history, local customs and more. Moved to Athens, Greece to complete his higher education then moved to Tanzania to begin his career. However 3 years later, Greece pulled him back and now he feels confident in saying that he is at home and pursuing a career he is passionate about.

Position: Travel Sales Coordinator
I am From: Liege, Belgium
Education: B.Sc in Business Administration with a major in Operations Management, The American College of Greece.
Interests: Traveling, Local Cuisine, Fitness, Movies, Cultures, Sightseeing, Reading

Anne Riihimaki

Originally from Finland and having traveled extensively Anne’s favorite destinations have always been Mediterranean countries – especially Greece, Italy, Spain and France. She decided to follow her dreams and settle in Greece, where the natural  beauty of the country never ceases to amaze her. Armed with 5-star hotel experience and positions in multinational companies working with clients from all over the world, Anne is eager to share her enthusiasm for travel and Mediterranean with Travelive clients, ensuring they will experience a trip filled with priceless moments and life-long memories!

Position: Travel Sales Coordinator
I am From: Vaasa, Finland
Education: M.Sc. in Economics, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
Interests: Traveling, Latin dances, Gym, Mediterranean diet, Museums, History, Reading, Movies

Isidora Makrinos

Born and raised in Michigan, U.S.A, Isidora always loved to travel to Greece, especially due to her Greek descent. Hence as she finished school there, her 'first class' ticket to Greece was her studies. Travelive gave her the opportunity to combine both her organizational and management skills, along with her passion for traveling into providing the best customer service.

Position: Senior Operations Specialist
I am From: Michigan, Detroit USA
Education: B.S. Business Management and Advanced Security Management, New York University
Interests: Traveling, Dancing, Hiking, Movies, and Learning New Languages

Odysseas Thomassin

Odysseas was born and raised in Athens, Greece and has travelled extensively throughout Greece as well as many destinations in the Mediterranean including Italy, Spain, France and Morocco. A dedicated traveler, Odysseas always seeks new destinations to discover. Main areas of interest include food and wine, sports, and local customs. At Travelive, Odysseas helps create fantastic trip plans for all interested travelers.

Position: Operations Specialist
I am From: Athens, Greece
Education: HND in Travel and Tourism Management, Bachelor in International Hospitality and Tourism Management
Interests: Traveling, Movies, History, Sport Activities, Food and Wine

Argiris Hios

Argiris has over 10 years experience in the travel industry working in tour operators, managing tourist itineraries and organizing travel packages while traveling throughout Greece and Europe. His studies in tourism management enable him to provide excellent service while his passion for traveling provides him with extensive local knowledge. Being a part of Travelive he enjoys making the best arrangements and offering memorable travel experiences.

Position: Operations Specialist
I am From: Athens, Greece
Education: Diploma in Tourism Management, Tourism Business Administration
Interests: Traveling, Sport Activities, Cooking, History, Local Culture

Elena Stoufopoulou

Elena always loved the American lifestyle and so started at an American College. She has a passion for traveling and discovering new places, cultures and languages. Through Travelive she has the ability to combine her organizational skills with her love to travel, in order to prepare the best travel packages to our clients.

Position: Operations Coordinator
I am From: Athens, Greece
Education: BA in Busienss Administration, BCA Business Collge of Athens
Interests: Traveling, Local Culture, Dancing, Movies and Languages

Ricardo Cortez Gilbert

Ricardo was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and raised in Athens, Greece. His love of travel started when studying Italian in Florence at the age of 16 and traveled extensively to Central and Northern Italy. Ricardo is excited to be a part of a company that can encourage him to travel and discover new places and contribute as much as possible so, clients can have the ability to live an unforgettable experience through their trips.

Position: Sales & Data Assistant
I am From: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Education: BA in Economics, the American College of Greece
Interests: Traveling, Movies and Theatre, Local Culture, Languages

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