The Team

The Team

The Family Travel Association was founded in 2014 by Rainer Jenss and a steering committee who recognized that too many parents do not take advantage of the amazing travel opportunities available to them and their children. Considering that family travel constitutes approximately one third of all leisure travel, and has seen steady growth in family and multigenerational travel, the time has come to create a single and collective voice on behalf of the travel industry and those companies that serve traveling families.

If you are involved in the travel industry and offer products and services specifically for families, you have a place in the association. Go to Become A Member to find out how the Family Travel Association can help you be more connected, profitable and informed, or call us at 1.845.689.9033.

Rainer Jenss

President & Founder, Family Travel Association

Having traveled to over 60 countries and counting, Rainer is an authority on the subject of family travel and how it can be used as a learning tool. During his family’s around-the-world journey, Rainer reported for National Geographic Traveler’s award-winning Intelligent Travel Blog, recognized as one of the Top 25 Family Travel Blogs by Babble.com in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, Rainer founded Smart Family Travel, Inc., an interactive media and marketing company dedicated to helping families enrich their children’s lives through travel. In 2012, he joined forces with Scholastic to direct a new family travel initiative and content development for the “Smart Family Travel” feature in Parent & Child magazine.

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Peter Bopp

Director of Strategy

Peter Bopp serves on the Board of Advisors of the Family Travel Association, and works on our strategy, marketing, consumer research and insights. He has managed our family travel research partnership with NYU’s Tisch School of Tourism and Hospitality, and is building the FTA Consumer Panel for ongoing research and feedback benefitting the industry and our member organizations.

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Richard D’Ambrosio

Communications Director

Richard D’Ambrosio has been a professional communicator for 30 years, graduating with a journalism degree from New York University.

He spent about seven years as an award-winning airline reporter for Business Travel News, before taking on media relations for Boston-based Thomas Cook Travel U.S. After assisting with the integration of Thomas Cook when it was purchased by American Express Business Travel in 1994, Richard became a communications consultant.

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Laura Davidson

Public Relations

Laura Davidson is the creative force behind LDPR, a leading New York-based public relations agency that specializes in travel and lifestyle clients. For more than 20 years it has been in the vanguard of its industry, constantly stretching the traditional boundaries of PR, embracing new digital solutions and adding services for its roster of top international clients. Today LDPR’s client list includes destinations like Scotland; Sydney, Australia; and Portland, Oregon; global hospitality brands like Aman Resorts and Abercrombie & Kent; luxury resorts such as Park Hyatt St. Kitts, Las Alcobas Napa Valley, the Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI, and Gleneagles in Scotland; and the ultimate family travel destination, Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas.

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Sally Black

Chair of Travel Agent Initiative

Sally Black considers herself extremely fortunate to be able to spend her days working on her two favorite passions in life – parenting and travel. She established Vacationkids as one of the first home-based travel agencies back in 2001 as a means to balance family and career. Sally created Vacationkids with the notion that a family vacation is much more than just a week at the beach. Travel offers parents a vital means to teach important life lessons to kids in a fun and engaging way, while creating family bonds that will last for generations.

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Diane McLevy

Director of Membership Services

Diane is a multi-faceted and seasoned professional in the events and conference management field with over 25 years' of event management operations and programming experience. She started her career in the print advertising field in NY followed by a marketing position at Guinness Import Company in Stamford, CT, but found her true passion in running and organizing meetings and events on both the corporate side and the events industry side.

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Jo-Ann Maude

Director of Membership Services

With over 25 years' experience in all aspects of event and project management, ACEM president, Jo-Ann Maude, began her career working side-by-side with the owner for Performance Seminar Group to organize over 1,000 one and two-day seminars per year in North America and the United Kingdom.

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