Preston is Chairman and founder of Celebrated Experiences. Preston lived in Italy during the 1950s while serving in the US Army. After a successful 30-year career in the fashion industry, he made a bold transition to the travel industry. With his wife Leni, he launched Celebrated Experiences in 1990. Now in his 80s, Preston keeps blazing a trail doing what he loves–personalizing itineraries. He works on Mary Beth’s Team, where clients leverage his extraordinary knowledge and relationships.
Jonathan is President and Owner of Celebrated Experiences. Jonathan lives for personalizing beautiful experiences in the UK, Ireland and Italy. When not at work, Jonathan can be found hiking or cooking for his family on his Big Green Egg. He is passionate about wine, beer, scotch whisky, football (both types) and photography.
Neelam is our Chief Administrative Officer and has over 15 years of experience in all facets of accounting. She feels strongly about leaving a positive imprint on people's lives through professional and personal relationships. She lives with her significant other and 2 wonderful boys in Atlanta, GA. In her spare time, she loves to experiment with new recipes and spend time with extended family.
Ty is Chief Revenue Officer and works closely with our hotel and agency partners. He has over 15 years of experience in sales & marketing in luxury hotels. Ty is a big fan of his husband, dog, tennis, football, hiking, and full bodied red wine and peat whiskey.
Dana focuses on Celebrated’s mission to design meaningful itineraries and to help our travel advisor clients grow their businesses. She has over 15 years of strategic marketing experience in the luxury consumer space, most recently as Tourism Ireland’s Vice President of Marketing in the United States. Prior to this, Dana led Tourism Ireland’s operations in Canada. Before joining the travel industry, she worked at Cineplex Entertainment in Canada focusing on their premium experiences. Growing up as a competitive figure skater, sports play a big role in Dana’s life. She enjoys running and is learning how to surf on the beaches of Northern Ireland. She is passionate about time with family and friends, in particular at Charleston Lake near her hometown in Canada.
Chris is passionate about providing the very best partnership support to our incredible Celebrated Hotels, Homes, Guides and Drivers. Chris has over 25 years senior director level commercial experience working, building, and developing many of the best luxury hotels in the UK & Ireland, including long-standing Celebrated hotel partners like Chewton Glen, Cliveden House and Dormy House. When not engaging with partners Chris can be found on the golf course, or enjoying walks, and dining out with his wife Sarah and their dog Freddie.
In addition to managing her own Travel Design Team, Olive works hard to develop new experiences for our clients. From unique farm visits to meeting local artisans in their workshops to culinary experiences and more, Olive is focused on showing off the best of our destinations to our clients. Olive’s own Travel Design Team primarily focuses on golf, special groups and other unique itineraries. She is based in Cork and worked previously at hotels in the UK & Ireland for over 20 years. She loves traveling, laughing, music and enjoying the outdoors with her husband and two children.
For nearly a decade Jennifer has managed her own team as they have created brilliant personalized itineraries. As our Vice President, she also oversees our entire Travel Design Team structure and process. She is always focused on innovations and best practices that lead to even better itinerary planning and design. She has traveled to Ireland extensively and loves everything about Ireland, especially the many friends she has made there. Aside from traveling, Jennifer loves spending time with her wife, decorating, Alabama Football, baking and her two dogs (Teddy & Sadie).
With over 15 years experience in finance and accounting, playing key roles in the finance teams for companies such as Diageo, Zoltan has a passion for planning and analysis and is excited to be leading strategies for growth at Celebrated Experiences. Zoltan is based in Atlanta, having moved here in 2016 from Budapest. Zoltan spends his free time with his wife, son and dog, Rover, visiting new parts of Georgia and the U.S. He enjoys cooking and starting the day with an early morning run!
There has never been a time in Lorri’s life that she was not immersed in Italy! Her immigrant grandparents taught her to love their culture so at age 25 she moved to Central Italy, where for almost 2 decades she worked as a tour guide, at hotels and tourist offices and raised 2 amazing boys. Her deep passion for Italy has only grown stronger over the years and she is thrilled to be on year 16 of designing Italian itineraries. She is actively involved with her local Make-A-Wish chapter as a fundraiser and wish granter and has had the privilege of planning Make-A-Wish trips to Italy.
While boasting proud Italian heritage, Frank is a born and bred Londoner. A key player on our London-based team, Frank has 35+ years of experience as a Les Clefs d'Or Concierge serving at some of the most prestigious hotels in the city. He has been named “Best Concierge in the World,” and his long-standing relationships enable our team to access the best event tickets at extremely competitive prices, including Wimbledon, Premier League Football, London Theatre, and other special events. Frank loves family – and notably has 35 first cousins! He is an avid Chelsea fan, a keen skier, and a passionate cyclist, raising funds each year for Le Cure, a breast cancer charity, by taking on some of the Tour de France’s challenging Alpine climbs.
Caitlin is our Director of Operations. She loves the little details, and most of her time is spent making sure each one is perfect, while also finding new, fun ways to keep the Celebrated team awesome. Caitlin enjoys traveling with her husband and has a passion for finding a unique story in an unexpected place. When not at work, you can find her at a local coffee shop or at home with her dog, Dez.
Simone is based in London and supports our Celebrated Hotel partners with their sales activities. Simone is the key point of contact for our travel advisors clients, and he spends much of his time visiting them across North America. He is completely focused on ensuring they receive the support they need. Originally from Rome, Simone moved to the UK in 2005 when he joined the travel industry. He has worked for Virgin Atlantic, American Express Centurion member services, and one of Scotland’s most elite Celebrated Hotels. He loves cooking and entertaining his friends and family, while also being a bit obsessed with Cross Fit.
Ashleigh enjoys all things British, from its rich history to the evolving food scene. As much as she wishes she was a Londoner, she can’t wait to throw on her wellies and get out into the countryside! Ashleigh has been with our team since 2008 and her first trip “across the pond” was to Ireland. She can’t wait to get back over and explore more of the Emerald Isle. She shares a similar passion for Scotland and has been celebrating Burns Night since she was wee bairn, thanks to her father’s love/obsession with his Clan Campbell roots. Originally from sunny San Diego, she now works from Memphis. Ashleigh loves speaking with Travel Advisors and coming up with imaginative trips, highlighting clients’ interests and really making sure visitors leave the country already planning their next trip back.
Ivana lends key support to our incredible Celebrated Hotels, Homes, Guides, Drivers, and Experience Makers, curating the very best collection of partners and always on the hunt for the best new experiences, guides, and properties. Ivana has 20+ years of experience in the travel and tourism industry in Europe, climbing to elite management positions for respected travel companies. Ivana was born in Croatia, where she lived until she was 18. She then emigrated to Greece and spent ten tears there studying and working in travel and tourism before moving to the UK in 2011. Ivana loves England, and when not sourcing the best new experiences, she loves watching Manchester United, spending time with Fergie (her cat named after Sir Alex Ferguson!), and traveling.
Katy is based in Scotland and joined Celebrated Experiences in 2023. She brings 15 years of luxury hotel and travel experience to our team, and is an innovator in this space. Working alongside Dana, Katy loves to engage with our travel advisor clients and it gives her great satisfaction to support their businesses. When Katy is not working she can be found exploring new places, with her husband, two young boys and tiny dog!
Mary Beth loves a good challenge & thinking creatively about each itinerary. She has risen through the ranks, starting as an Assistant, and now she manages her own Travel Design Team. Outside of the office, she can be found exploring her new home of Chattanooga and taking her pride and joy, Hudson the Golden Retriever, to the dog park. If you are looking to bribe Mary Beth, she accepts bold red wines, Dalmore 15, and Irish gins.
Katie is based in New York City and joined Celebrated Experiences in 2021. Previously, Katie spent 8 years as a luxury travel advisor. Katie focuses on creative ways to ensure travelers enjoy authentic connection with a destination and its people. Her love for travel began at a young age when she visited Australia and New Zealand. With her camera in hand, Katie is always looking for the next adventure. She enjoys the outdoors and is most happy when immersing herself in a culture. Katie volunteers for a service dog program called Puppies Behind Bars, where she helps socialize dogs that become service dogs for wounded veterans and first responders.
Audrey has been with Celebrated since June 2015 and has enjoyed expanding her knowledge of the U.K. & Ireland to help plan fun-filled trips for her clients. One of her personal favorite trips was exploring Northern Ireland with her now-husband, Trey, and seeing the Giant’s Causeway together. When not trying new restaurants and exploring Atlanta, she enjoys cooking, needlepoint, photography, speaking French, and wishing she could tag along on every trip she helps to plan.
Lisa DeRemer is one of our Travel Design Managers for Celebrated Italy. With over 7 years of Italian travel planning experience, we are more than thrilled to have her on the team. She began in the hospitality industry behind the front desk of a hotel and later became both a corporate and leisure travel agent, while also working with a private jet chartering company. When not working, she is usually found on a sports field cheering for her son during all of his high school football and baseball games.
Born in Venice, this is also where Marianna began her career in the luxury travel industry. For over 20 years she worked for a number of the finest hotels in Venice and other regions of Italy. She loves to share her knowledge of her home country, especially off-the-beaten-path destinations and experiences. From grape stomping in Tuscany to scuba diving in Ischia, she enjoys designing special itineraries. Marianna now lives in Chicago. She loves the Windy City and enjoys its restaurants, museums and beautiful Lake Michigan with her two active boys.
With a Master’s Degree in Tourism Management and years of experience working in both incentive and luxury travel, Sara knows the ins and outs of travel design! Based in her home county of Cork with her fiancé and daughter, Sara loves exploring Ireland and the U.K. and is passionate about getting visitors to go off-the-beaten-path with experiences that truly resonate and bring joy. In her down time, Sara enjoys the simple pleasures of a handwritten card and a pecan pastry. A big fan of outdoor activities, she loves team rugby, rock-climbing and snowboarding. She’s also an unashamed language nerd who relishes studying grammar and the nuances of meaning!
Born and raised in a small village near the beautiful Val d’Orcia region of Tuscany, Margherita has been travelling around Europe with her family since she was very young. This sparked her love for discovering unknown places, experiencing new cuisine, learning about different cultures, and sharing her knowledge with others. Margherita lives in London, where she has worked in various roles in the hospitality and travel design industry. She even has worked at our Celebrated Hotels! Her favorite part of the job is searching for authentic experiences and discovering unique destinations.
Ekaterina grew up traveling the world and has visited over 30 countries! Born in Belarus, she speaks five languages and has lived in Russia, New York and now London for the past 16 years. Ekaterina has over 10 years of significant experience in the travel industry and is an expert on designing itineraries in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Ekaterina is a valued member of our UK & Ireland Team. Her primary focus is designing once in a lifetime trips, making the most of her strong relationships in our destinations. When she isn’t designing itineraries, Ekaterina is passionate about exploring our destinations with her husband, fashion, music, and sampling new cuisine.
Shawn is a key part of our Celebrated Italy Team. He is a keen team player and immediately made an impact. Born in Sri Lanka, Shawn has lived in England for many years and now lives with his wife in the scenic countryside of Hampshire, England. A dedicated travel specialist with 20 years experience in the industry, Shawn is always looking for innovative ways to turn a great vacation into something truly unique and personalized! When not creating special itineraries, Shawn loves long coastal walks and epic road trips across the UK and Europe with his wife and dog, Cooper!
Julia ushered in a new chapter at Celebrated Experiences as our first team member to be based in France! Based on Olive's team, Julia brings over a decade of experience in the luxury travel and tourism space. Julia thrives on navigating the intricacies of high-end travel experiences, and brings a heartfelt passion for our Collection and experiences in her homeland. Living in Paris, she enjoys immersing herself in modern and contemporary art, unique city experiences and spending time with friends. With an impressive MBA in Cultural Entrepreneurship and Tourism/Art Management, Julia can also speak three languages!
Sarah joined our Operations team in 2021. She loves combining her love of travel and perfectionist tendencies as she pours over every last detail of each itinerary to ensure each trip is perfect as she creates client documents. She loves exploring new destinations, focusing on architecture, history, and local cuisine. When not at work, you can find Sarah horseback riding, reading, or sipping bourbon while planning her next trip.
Eneida is our Finance Manager and has been with us for 6 years, and has a wide range of accounting expertise. When not working to make sure our agents and hotels are paid on time, she spends a vast amount of energy being the best mom and wife for her family of three. She enjoys old school reading (non e-books), cooking Central American cuisine, and watching old Law and Order shows.
Meagan is a Senior Travel Design Coordinator at Celebrated and has enjoyed every minute of her time planning travel. She specifically loves to plan driver and guide experiences. Meagan has loved her inspection tours to the UK and is so passionate about England that she married an Englishman!
Madie was new to the travel world when she joined the Celebrated team but has always loved to experience new places and things! She graduated from Florida State and moved to Atlanta from Orlando. After assisting the UK/Ireland Team for 2 years she successfully crossed over to our Italy division and is now a senior coordinator on Lorri’s team. In her free time she enjoys trying fun restaurants, spending time with her Celebrated office mates, reading, cooking and is a super fan of Harry Styles and Taylor Swift!
Norma works in our Cork office with Olive. Norma originally spent time working in both London & Irish hotels before then spending 20 + years both installing software & training in a range of four & five-star hotels in Ireland. She lives with her husband Tim on their farm, rearing a herd of Angus Beef Cattle.
Lexie discovered her love for travel after spending a semester abroad in Florence, Italy. Ever since then she has had a passion for travel and exploring new places. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, wine, reading and spending time with her dog Griffey and husband Daniel.
Claire’s love of travel began long ago in a 7th grade geography class and continued on as she majored in geography, studied abroad in London, and worked for one of the world’s top travel agencies, Brownell Travel. She feels like she’s won the lottery, as she absolutely loves that she has the opportunity to create itineraries for the UK & Ireland every day. Connecting to new cultures and landscapes through travel is one of her greatest joys, and she appreciates every opportunity to broaden global perspectives for herself and others. She spends her spare time making pottery, learning French, hiking, and learning as much as she can about wine.
Moving back to her hometown of Detroit after living abroad in Australia and Spain, Erica transitioned to the travel industry. She learned the ropes as a luxury travel advisor for a top agency before joining Anna’s Italy travel design team. Her passion for travel stems from its inherent quality of cultivating personal growth, and she hopes each traveler returns home with a broadened mind and greater respect for the people and places they visited. Outside of the office, Erica is active in her local yoga community and ends each day with a good book and a cup of tea.
Amy made the jump to travel after years of experience as a Visual Manager for one of North America’s leading bookstores. With a keen eye for detail, she plays a key role in our Operations Team working with Caitlin and Sarah, especially focuses on our confirmations and client documents. When not working, she loves to spend time with her husband John enjoying their cabin in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Traveling has always been a great passion for Amy, and she also loves reading and cooking, and even occasionally tries her hand at quilting and painting.
Molly has always loved to travel and try new things, and her favorite place to visit is Europe. She graduated from Florida State in 2021, where she majored in Hospitality. She grew up in Florida and relocated to Atlanta, where she is based in Celebrated HQ. In her free time she enjoys health and fitness, finding unique restaurants, and trying new craft beers and wine with friends.
Cori joins Celebrated Experiences after spending the past seven years in wealth management and financial services. She has always made travel a personal priority, and is excited to turn this passion into profession assisting others build their dream itineraries. Outside of work, she likes to spend her time traveling, checking new restaurants off her list, cooking, listening to music (preferably live) and reading.
Emma graduated from Drexel University in 2022 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management. Before joining the Celebrated Italy team, and while a full time student, Emma played a leading role with an important New Jersey restaurant group and ascended to the position of restaurant manager at five of their locations. Upon accepting her role with Celebrated Experiences, Emma chose to work at Celebrated HQ in Atlanta rather than working remote which meant moving from her home on the Jersey Shore! While she misses New Jersey, she loves her Georgia home, especially Atlanta’s breweries and dining scene (including its epic holes-in-the-wall). She spends much of her time exploring the city with her pup, Jersey Lee, and sipping wine on her balcony.
Erin was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. She now lives in Barcelona with her husband and three children. She has always been active in her local community, and that continues today in Spain. Prior to working in travel, Erin was in learning and development in higher education. An avid lifelong traveler, Erin has spent significant time in South and Central America, Asia, and all over Europe. She is passionate about food as well, and she feels it broadens one’s perspective and access to new cultures and lifestyles. Her favorite location in Italy is along the coast of Sorrento.
After a short 16 year career break to focus on raising her three children Avril joined Celebrated Experiences in 2016 and works alongside Olive in our Cork Office. She loves designing personalized Itineraries for our fabulous clients and in her spare time, Avril enjoys gardening, walking and weekends away with her family. She also loves reading and is a member of her local Book Club. This photo was taken when Avril walked resident Irish Wolfhounds Cronan & Garvan while staying at Ashford Castle.
Although new to the travel world, Brittany’s adventurous spirit thrives on the Italy Team. She works with Lorri and Madie to design beautiful and exciting itineraries. She graduated from the University of Florida and moved to Atlanta to pursue a career as an actor in the TV and Film industry. In her free time, she enjoys binge watching the newest shows on Netflix, playing video games, doing puzzles, and spending time with her girlfriend and their sweet corgi pup, Willow.
Prior to making the transition to the travel industry, Kimberly was a social worker. She has always had a passion for helping people and now assists our clients as part of Ashleigh’s Travel Design Team, where they create beautiful itineraries for the UK and Ireland. Born and raised in Georgia, and touting a Master’s Degree from the University of Georgia, she always looks forward to traveling and exploring new places. When not working, she enjoys binge watching the latest shows, reading, playing card games, camping, and spending time with her husband, Cody and their dog, Cypress.
Armed with a passion for travel, family and horses, Vanessa works on Mary Beth’s travel design team crafting stunning itineraries for the UK and Ireland. Based in Ireland, she spent most of her youth immersed in the world of everything horse related and after finishing school, she moved to Switzerland to work with horses. When she returned to Ireland, she worked as a front of house receptionist at the legendary Dromoland Castle. After a few years away from the Castle to focus on family, she returned to Dromoland for 8 years as part of their reservations team. In her spare time, she loves snorkelling, walking, reading, exploring off the beaten track parts of Ireland, and most of all - quality time with her family and two pups, Daisy & Lily.
Amanda began her journey into the travel industry focusing on sustainable luxury in hospitality at 1 Hotels. Now a key part of Lorri’s team, Amanda brings her passion for meaningful, sustainable and transformative travel experiences to our Italy itineraries. Amanda has traveled extensively, and out of the 30 countries she has visited, Italy remains her favorite. A University of Michigan graduate with a double major in Communications & Media Studies as well as Psychology she has held positions with the U.S. Olympic Committee and Netflix. A native of Chicago, Amanda is now based in Los Angeles, Amanda enjoys hiking with her rescue pittie, Ringo, followed up by a terrific wine.
Ali is a Travel Design Assistant on the Celebrated Italy team working alongside Lisa and Emma. While she is newer to the travel industry, she is passionate about helping create amazing travel experiences in Italy. Studying abroad in England as a Theatre performer and touring the U.S. as a musician sparked a love for travel and a passion for discovering new places. Ali is based in Michigan and prior to her time with us she worked at impressive companies such as Shinola in Detroit. When not focused on a client trip or her own adventures, you can find her cozied up with her cat and dog or challenging her husband to a game of Gin.
Tori joined the Celebrated team shortly after graduating from the University of Tennessee, with an impressive degree in Kinesiology. She plays an important role on our UK & Ireland Team always bringing her positive energy and desire to help others. Before coming to Celebrated, she worked for our hometown team, the Atlanta Braves! Tori enjoys spending the weekends with her friends, going to concerts, and catching up over good coffee. She is also an early riser, enjoying sunrise hikes to start the day right.
Cait Stevens is based in our Atlanta HQ and joined Celebrated after working in wealth management for a leading financial services company. A graduate of Florida State University with degrees in Accounting and Finance, she also spent time studying abroad in Florence, where she fell in love with Italy. Her passion for Italy is on display every day in her diligent work as a key member of Lorri’s Travel Design Team. Born in Louisiana, Cait is also passionate about great food and loves recommending great dining experiences for clients!
Born and raised in Cork, Cathy joined Jenn’s UK and Ireland team after graduating with an accounting degree from University College Cork. Cathy loves discovering new and exciting gems in our destinations, and is always eager to find the most special and unique experiences for clients. Her passion for travelling was first sparked when her family went inter-railing around Europe when she was eight years old. Now, she loves traveling to festivals with friends, shopping for pre-loved vintage clothes and exploring her scenic surroundings with her two rescue dogs, Bieber and Cody.
After graduating from Arkansas with a degree in Communications and Marketing, Maggie was hired by one of America’s leading independent travel agencies in Little Rock. Now based in Charleston, she joined Celebrated as a member of Ty’s Travel Design Team. Maggie’s passion for travel was sparked by a family trip to London when she was five, and she most enjoys connecting clients to new cultures and communities. When not elevating our itineraries, Maggie loves exploring the outdoors with her 85-poud dog, Ziggy. Despite her South Carolina home, her favorite hobby is skiing!
Born in Italy, Soraia has lived in three different countries. experiencing a wealth of diverse cultures and perspectives. With a background in logistics and real estate for an investing firm, Soraia decided to pursue her passion in the world of travel! Based on Marianna's team designing itineraries in Italy, she always brings a positive outlook, and a bright smile to work. Soraia finds joy in exploring new destinations - especially with a glass of fine wine and a good book in her hand!
Alexa grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, where she still lives today, playing a key role on Ashleigh’s Travel Design Team. Before joining Celebrated, Alexa worked on political campaigns across the country, including elections in over 10 states! Alexa loves keeping busy and when she isn’t at work she loves reading, running, needlepoint, DIY projects, and antiquing – to name just a few interests! A detailed organizer, she is known for her party-planning skills and loves making people feel special.
Born in Italy, Soily grew up exploring the riches of her native country as travel was always important to her and her family. After an exciting, life-changing move to the US, Soily joined Celebrated as a Travel Design Assistant on Lorri’s Team. Her deep understanding and passion for Italy is supplemented by her attention to detail and passion for assisting clients. Based in California, when Soily isn’t working on Italy itineraries, she enjoys spending time with her husband, loyal dog and pet bunny.
Before starting in Travel Design, Jersey had a prolific career in New Jersey, ranging from Child Actor to College Professor. Upon receiving an offer from Celebrated Experiences, Jersey relocated to Atlanta to join the HQ Team. Though she is often seen sleeping on her desk (and occasionally under it), it is only because she exerts so much energy sharing her passion for Celebrated Hotels. When not educating clients on hot culinary experiences in Italy, Jersey can be found lavishing love on her coworkers, hanging in Jonathan’s office, listening to Springsteen, or waiting for someone to ring the doorbell.
Truman followed Jonathan to Celebrated in 2006. When not preparing sales and marketing plans, Truman lays around a lot, licks windows and patiently waits for guests to stop by the office. He is passionate about 19th century English literature, Scottish history, Italian sports cars and Guinness. Sadly, Truman passed away in November 2019 but we just can't remove him from this page as he always will be with us in spirit. RIP Truman.