SAN JOSE, April 25, 2011 – Classic Vacations, a top luxury travel wholesaler, announced today that two key sales positions have been filled with the promotion of Dave Ferran, Senior Director of Sales; and strategic new hire, Libby Thorton, Regional Director of Sales.
Dave began his Classic Vacations career in 1991 and has held a variety of sales positions. Prior to joining Classic, Ferran was a Global Account Director for Starwood Hotels and Resorts. He will continue to lead Classic’s sales efforts in the Western United States while taking on new responsibilities at Classic’s San Jose headquarters, including being the primary liaison with two of Classic’s major consortia partners, Virtuoso and Signature. He will report directly to Greg Bernd, Co-President.
“Dave has done a great job in the West executing effective sales strategies and growing sales from our retail partners. We are excited he will be joining the team in San Jose,” says Bernd.
Classic is also pleased to welcome Libby Thorton to one of the leading travel industry sales teams in the nation. Libby is a seasoned veteran, with over 25 years in the travel industry, having held a variety of hotel/wholesale field sales positions. Most recently she held the position of Regional Director of Sales/Unique Vacations (Sandals Resorts); overseeing 24 BDM’s within 22 states. As the newest Regional Director of Sales at Classic, Thorton will oversee the Rocky Mountain, Midwest and Southeast regions. Six BDM’s will report directly to her.
“Libby brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Classic team. Her insight and perspective will help us achieve greater account penetration and overall sales results,” says Bernd.
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