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Heidi Verschaeve – Director of Business Development for Sandos Hotels & Resorts
Heidi Verschaeve started her career in Tourism in September 2001 as a Destination Specialist for Thomas Cook Continental Europe. Climbing up the career ladder throughout the 8 years she worked for the company, she became the Destination and Quality Manager for Mexico in 2006, specializing in all the destination had to offer, including weddings. In 2009, Heidi made the move to the hotel business, initially as Sales Manager for Sandos Caracol Eco Resort, but soon became part of the Corporate Team, in charge of the 4 Sandos Hotels & Resorts in Mexico. One of her main achievements was setting up the Weddings Department and creating the brand new Collection of Sandos Weddings.
Aaron is taking over FTA social media April 18-26 during his family’s trip to London.
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About Your Host
Aaron Schlein visited 12 countries on four continents before his 18th birthday—all thanks to the generosity of his grandmother. The impact of those trips convinced him that travel is an essential part of life.
Becoming a father inspired Aaron to become an advocate for youth travel and create media content that encourages parents to travel with their kids.
“Traveling adds immeasurable positivity to my life.” Aaron says. “I’m working to ensure that young people have the same inspiration and opportunity to explore that world that I had.”
Aaron is the founder of Dramatic Media LLC—a multi-media company that promotes the power of travel through video, audio, photo, and written content.
Aaron is also the host of Family Travel Radio—a podcast presented by The Family Travel Association and produced by Dramatic Media LLC.
Aaron lives in Sacramento, California with his wife and two children (who are growing up too fast!)
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