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Monday,  April 15, 2024 7:54 AM 

ACV strengthens sales team with new hires & appointments

ACV strengthens sales team with new hires & appointments
From left (of ACV): Elish Tait, Bruce Parkinson, Anna Teglasi, Clementina Iannuzzi. (Supplied)
Pax Global Media

Air Canada Vacations (ACV) is officially announcing new members to its sales team, and appointments, strengthening its ongoing commitment to the travel industry.

“I’m happy to welcome Clementina, Bruce, Anna, and Suzanne to Air Canada Vacations," said Ana Paula De Souza, director of sales at Air Canada Vacations. “These appointments and new additions underscore our dedication to building strong partnerships, providing unparalleled support, and driving growth opportunities for the travel community and our travel partners.”

Elish Tait has been appointed to the pivotal role of manager of national accounts, bringing with her a wealth of experience and strategic vision. 

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In her new capacity, she is responsible for supporting national partners and solidifying ACV's market presence from coast to coast. With her most recent position as area sales manager for Toronto North, Northern Ontario, and Toronto East, including Kingston regions, "Elish possesses a strong background in the travel industry and a profound understanding of the importance of supporting our partners at the travel counsellor level," said ACV in a news release. 

Prior to joining ACV, Tait held a key position at The Travel Agent Next Door, where she played a pivotal role in providing agency support and spearheading special projects over the past seven years.

Introducing four area sales managers

Ontario Region: Covering Southwestern Ontario to Windsor, Clementina Iannuzzi joins Air Canada Vacations’ sales team from Travel Experts, where she served as a BDM.

With several years’ experience in the industry, her expertise promises invaluable insights and support. 

With over 13 years' experience in various roles at Flight Centre, Bruce Parkinson steps into the role of area sales manager. 

Both Iannuzzi and Parkinson report to Erminia Gallina, general manager for the Ontario, and Atlantic Canada regions, joining her team alongside Dianne Pedroso, Judy Munden and Krista Rothfuchs.

Western Canada Region: Overseeing Burnaby, Tri-Cities, Fraser Valley, Okanagan & Northern BC regions, Anna Teglasi brings a wealth of international experience from the luxury cruise sector and entrepreneurial ventures. 

Her dedication to sales excellence and empowering advisors will drive success in the region. Responsible for the Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba regions, Suzanne Morgan brings over 15 years of travel industry expertise, including a rich background as a travel advisor. Her passion for discovery and commitment to client satisfaction will enrich Air Canada Vacations’ partnerships. 

ACV's Suzanne Morgan. (Supplied)

Both Teglasi and Morgan report to Marigold Frontuna, general manager for the Western Canada region, joining her team alongside Rose Siu.

ACV@Home: as previously reported, Tina Kensett has been appointed as the area sales manager for the ACV@Home program in Western Canada. She brings strategic leadership and a focus on advisor support.

From left (of ACV@Home): Tina Kensett and Krista Rothfuchs. (Supplied)

Additionally, Krista Rothfuchs has been promoted to independent advisors manager, ensuring her continued exceptional support for Ontario and Eastern Canada.

Furthermore, ACV's Quebec team consists of Marco Gagnon, general manager for Quebec, and area sales manager, Helena Inacio Silva, along with Nicolas Thériault and Jean-Luc Tremblay.

At the heart of Air Canada Vacations’ sales team is the sales support team led by Christine Faulkner, manager of sales operations and polanning. 

The team includes Barbara Mengué Mbo, recently promoted as sales operations and trade communications manager, Erin Craft as coordinator sales marketing along with Sabiha Guzel, Christina Hipolito, Claudia Jamett, Kathryn D’Mello, and Diana Gerardi, who all play roles as sales operations coordinators.

“Welcoming these talented individuals to our team is a testament to our dedication to building strong partnerships and delivering exceptional service,” said De Souza. 

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