Preston is Chairman and founder of Celebrated Experiences. Preston lived in Italy during the 1950s while serving in the US Army, and he married Leni in Verona in 1957. In 1990 they launched Celebrated Experiences. After all these many years, they're still passionate about travel, family and serving our clients.
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.
Ty is Chief Operating 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.
Neelam is our Chief Financial Officer has more than 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.
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).
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.
Bekah is our Vice President of Sales & Travel Agency Partnerships. Much of Bekah’s time is spent traveling with our hoteliers and visiting travel advisers. She has enjoyed 11+ yrs in the industry, which has taken her from the southeast to Ireland to the Caribbean. In her spare time, she enjoys watching her golf game get progressively worse, running & great pinot noir!
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.
Anna is Director of our Italy Division. Anna has lived in six countries, including Italy, where her love for all things Italian began – beautiful properties, food, wine, fashion and art are her loves. She enjoys sharing her passion for travel with everyone she meets.
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.
Kirsty is one of our Travel Design Directors, with a focus on exceptional experiences. She is based in the glorious English countryside just outside of Royal Tunbridge Wells with her husband and two young children. She specializes in all things British and designs itineraries that are not only tailored to each client’s individual passions but can bring a little of the “out of the ordinary” to make for a truly exceptional trip. Kirsty loves good food and wine, and when she is not sampling the latest new restaurants she is cooking for her friends and family.
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.
Nicole Baratelle is a Travel Design Director at Celebrated and works with Jonathan on creating customized itineraries. She has a degree in nutrition and loves all the unique food and restaurants experiences the UK & Ireland has to offer. She moved to the south to escape Northeastern winters and is happiest when relaxing anywhere with a beach and a good book. When not at work, you can find Nicole cooking, enjoying craft breweries, or playing with her dog Kona.
Audrey has been with Celebrated since June of 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.
Sue has been in the travel business since 1983 and is a key member of the Celebrated Italy team. She loves being surrounded by family, friends and her adorable dogs. Sue enjoys knitting for charities and traveling to find new yarn stores!
Margaret is one of our Travel Design Directors for Celebrated Italy and has over 15 years of experience designing itineraries for clients. As a Navy wife, she has traveled the globe and moved more times than she can count. She also enjoys entertaining, hearing the sound of laughter and is passionate about travel.
Eneida is our Accounting Specialist and has been with us for the past year, 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.
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 went on to become 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.
Alex was born in London and has lived there all his life. He grew up in a family travel business, so the industry has always been close to his heart. Alex travels whenever he can, has a passion for exploration and loves creating itineraries to introduce people to new experiences in London and throughout the UK and Ireland. Outside of work he has a passion for all food, all drink (mostly whisky or beer), many genres of music and especially sport.
Mary Beth loves a good challenge & thinking critically about each proposal. Though she has a passion for proposals that are about taking it slow, her travel style is the complete opposite! Outside of the office, she can be found at her local craft brew spot or pretending to be a sommelier in her own home.
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.
Taylor works on Mary Beth's team, designing trips to the UK & Ireland. She attended Clemson University where she minored in Travel and Tourism, and interned in New Zealand which solidified her love for exploring new places, meeting people and enjoying local cuisine. In her spare time she travels as much as possible, and loves hiking, watersports and cheering on her Clemson Tigers.
Madie is new to the travel world but loves to experience new places and things! She graduated from Florida State in 2017 and in her free time enjoys exploring her new city of Atlanta, as well as trying fun restaurants, spending time with friends, and days spent in the sun.
Beth is a Travel Design Coordinator and is based in London which she has called home since 2017. With a degree in Travel & Tourism, and years of experience working in luxury travel, she has a huge passion for the industry and takes great pleasure in planning the most amazing trips for others! When not working or travelling herself, Beth enjoys jaunting to London’s many food markets, coffee shops (or wine bars) and loves fashion and photography.
While in school at Temple University, Dakarai developed his love for the industry. Throughout college, Dakarai worked for Hyatt Hotels, completing their Management Trainee Program. Present day, Dakarai has joined the team in order to tap into a new spectrum of the industry.
Mary works on the Celebrated Italy Team. Prior to Celebrated Experiences, she worked in hospitality as an innkeeper/general manager for two historic B&Bs in Virginia. She has a passion for hospitality, customer service, and travel and loves helping clients make meaningful memories by sharing what various regions have to offer. In her spare time, she enjoys time with family, friends, dogs, and wine!
After a short 16 year career break to focus on raising her three children Avril joined Celebrated Experiences in 2016 and works alongside Olive, Norma and Regina in our Cork Office. She loves designing personalised 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.
Regina is based in our Cork office, working on itinerary design and special projects with Olive. A native of Zurich, Switzerland, she is a graduate in hospitality management and has worked in the United States, Asia and the Middle East across front of house and revenue. On relocating to Lee side, Regina treasures Cork’s celebrated culinary heritage and markets. At weekends Regina enjoys spending quality time with family, relaxing with friends and exploring the many hidden oasis found along the rocky Atlantic coastline.
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.