David Hu is President of Classic Vacations, the leading luxury travel provider in the United States and a wholly owned subsidiary of Expedia, Inc. He was appointed to the position in early 2009. Previously, Hu served as the CFO and Vice President of Business Operations at Classic Vacations, where he was responsible for leading the company's strategic and financial planning efforts, helping build and run much of the company's operational infrastructure.
Hu came to Classic in 2006 from Hotwire, where he served as Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for 3 years. Prior to Hotwire, Hu served as a Consultant to turnaround HCP Travel, an educational tour operator. He also spent 3 years as a Senior Mergers and Acquisitions Associate with Morgan Stanley in New York and Singapore where he worked on some of the largest IPOs and M&A transactions in Asia. Hu is a CPA and was a Manager for 5 years with Price Waterhouse Coopers in Hong Kong and San Francisco. Hu holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the Haas School at the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Anderson School at UCLA.
Sr. Director, Marketing
Bari Jain is the Head of Marketing at Classic Vacations. She oversees and directs all company marketing and branding initiatives, including both Online and Offline Campaigns, Design & Creative, Publishing, Promotions, Email, PR, Social Media, Website and Content.
Bari began her career in consumer marketing at Leo Burnett, Inc, in Chicago. After a move to the Bay Area she continued her career in the advertising and marketing sector at Gardner, Geary, Coll and Young in San Francisco. She joined Classic Vacations in 2008. Bari has hands-on experience introducing new products and services and implementing innovative and successful marketing strategies. Her business career spans brand strategy and consulting, product positioning, strategic analysis and marketing across a wide variety of consumer packaged goods, retail, restaurants, toys, health insurance and the video gaming industry. However, she can confidently say that no other industry or product has spread so much joy or had the scope and reach of travel, her current passion. Bari holds a Master of Science in Marketing and Communications from Northwestern University, Chicago.
Sr. Director, Business Operations
Denis M. Fastert is Sr. Director, Business Operations and has been with Classic Vacations for 12+ years, serving in various roles from Finance to Affiliate Partnerships. Currently, he’s responsible for the Agency Call Center Operations team, including Concierge, Customer Service, Flights, Product Operations and Reservations.
Denis started his career as a Mechanical Engineer, eventually earning an MBA, and working in a broad range of high tech companies in Silicon Valley from Fortune 500 to 10-person start-ups. In his free time, he enjoys camping, golf, building houses in Mexico with his church, and travelling the world with his wife and 12 year old daughter.
VP, GM - Groups
Chris Griffith is the General Manager of the Classic Groups division. She has been in the travel industry for 25 years and with Classic for over 20 years. Chris has worked in multiple departments at Classic including heading up Reservation Operations. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Santa Clara.
Sharon Conway is the Director of Finance at Classic Vacations and serves as the key financial leader of the division. An employee of over ten years, Sharon leads the Accounting, FP&A and Financial Operations teams.
She enjoys working very closely with all aspects of the business to ensure both strategic and financially sound decisions are made. Prior to Classic Vacations, Sharon held several finance management roles in the Semiconductor Industry, where she spent much of her time in revenue management. Sharon received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis. In Sharon’s spare time, she can be found competing across the United States with her horses at American Quarter Horse Association competitions. A very successful breeder, owner, and competitor, she has earned several top five world show standings with her equine partners
Dajana is the Director of Information Technology, and usually has the last word on all things tech within Classic. She heads a small but very dedicated team of eight. In 1994 she left her native Croatia for the promise of a new future in Silicon Valley.
After completing a degree in computer science, Dajana became a Systems Administrator for what was then Classic Custom Vacations. In her 20 years with Classic she has supported the company through several tech iterations as well as an acquisition by global travel powerhouse Expedia. She counts deployment of a new booking platform at Classic as one of her greatest achievements. When she's not working, you'll find her adding to her collection of shoes, swimming laps at the local pool, or doting on her precious grandchild.
Joelle A. Apilado
Director Product Development
Joelle A. Apilado is Director of Product Development at Classic Vacations and oversees global strategic initiatives for worldwide hotels and tours, as well as contracting and partner relations, and conducts market research and analysis, to support aggressive growth goals.
Joelle grew up on a small island in the Pacific Ocean called Guam and prior to Classic she was a Travel Agent with the Japan Travel Bureau in the South Pacific. Joelle loves to cook, read, travel the world and enjoys finding new authentic experiences and discovering new destinations. Her favorite quote is “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” – St. Augustine. She is celebrating her 20th anniversary at Classic in 2018.
Sr. Director, Sales
Dave Ferran is the Head of Sales at Classic Vacations and a 20+ year employee. Dave started in the Call Center before quickly entering Sales as a Business Development Manager in the Los Angeles area. From there he moved into sales management taking on the position of Regional Director - working with West Coast BDM's and top accounts.
Over the years, Dave has worked in most regions of the country and with most of our top accounts. In 2011, Dave returned to San Jose taking on the role of Senior Director of Sales supporting the VP of Sales as well as the field sales team. And in 2013, he became Head of Sales responsible for executing Classic's strategic sales plan in collaboration with Classic Field Sales. Dave also manages National Accounts and Inside Sales. He is a resident of San Francisco, CA and a graduate of UC Berkeley.
Sr. Director, Global Product
This year Jonna Jackson will celebrate her 25th year at Classic Vacations. She started as a reservation agent when the company was still called “Classic Hawaii”. Over the years, she’s worked in Reservations, Marketing, Operations and Product Development.
Jonna currently enjoys her role as “Jackson of All Trades”, or more formally “Head of Strategic Partnerships”. She oversees many of the non-traditional products (Rail, EAN, Viator and Insurance), plus runs the Classic Connections referral partnership program. She also leads other business development projects, including launching the Canadian dollar reservation platform. Jonna’s parents, Ed & Carla Nelson, opened a “mom and pop” travel agency, AV Travel in San Jose, in 1976. She grew up with a love and a passion for travel. Before attending UCLA, where she majored in Geography, she visited Egypt, France, the Caribbean, Australia, Hong Kong, Brazil, Fiji and many other exotic places with her parents. Today, when she’s not at work, you will usually find her at the ball park or soccer field, watching her 9-year-old son compete in his favorite sports. She also enjoys spending time with friends, wine tasting and of course, traveling. Jonna recently traveled to Thailand with her husband and last year their family visited Kenya and Dubai. Trip of a lifetime! Next, on her “map-pin wish list”, is Argentina and Ireland. Her all-time favorite places to visit are Italy and Tahiti.