Our Travel Experts
Colin Hall, Principal
Hall has over 20 years of experience in the business and travel industry. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. His passion for travel at a very young age led to a position with a major airline where he was able to hone his skills in business operations, customer service, and management. Realizing the need for a high-end, boutique-style international travel agency, he founded Alpha International Travel, LLC in 1994. Since then, the organization has served individuals and international corporations with repeat business in travel planning, corporate retreats, luxury accommodations and more. Hall lives in New York City where he is active in UNCF’s Gates Millennium Scholarship Fund and a number of social and community-based projects with his national fraternity. He believes in remembering his roots as a young entrepreneur, and remains a hands-on manager who gives back to his community.
Wanda Ortiz, Business Development Executive.
Instrumental in the transformation of AIT as a globally recognized travel agency, Ortiz is responsible for creating long-term value for the corporation through the acquisition of new customers, larger markets, and deeper relationships. She is also responsible for developing and implementing the comprehensive internal and external marketing plans for the company. In her varied roles, Ortiz utilizes her existing network within the travel industry to identify new business opportunities through and with corporations, hotels, airlines, non-profit organizations, RFP's-contract procurement and other related businesses. In addition to finding channels and markets for new business, Ortiz creates various strategies that bring value and generate revenue for the company. Ortiz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Roosevelt University and served as Public Servant for the Chicago State and Local governments for 20 years.
Martha Corazzini, Manager of Corporate Travel and Team Lead
Corazzini has two decades of experience in managing corporate and VIP travel clients. She has been with the company since its inception in 1994, and she is an expert in frequent flyer programs, international and domestic business, and leisure travel, handling travel groups from 10 to more than 500 with ease and professionalism on a daily basis. Over the years, she has refined her skills and expanded the scope of her extensive contacts regarding minimizing costs and maximizing convenience using her knowledge of respective travelers and their personal account status with the company. Corazzini earned a Bachelor of Science in Financial Accounting from the University of New Haven in Connecticut and holds an Associate Degree in Travel Administration.
Oni Guzman, Manager of Group Travel
A native of Santiago, Dominican Republic, Onilda began her travel career in 1988 with Gil Travel as a corporate travel consultant. She joined AIT in 2001 as a specialist in group travel for large non-profit/profit organizations, handling all aspects of travel (including domestic, international, hotels and conventions). Her degree from O&M University (1992) is in Engineering in Computer Science, with a Masters in Business Travel Administration. She is also a Certified Agent with Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC), and International Airlines Travel Agent Network (IATAN). She’s Fluent in Spanish with basics in Italian and Portuguese. Oni is extremely knowledgeable with Sabre Reservation system, Periskope reporting system, and Concur.
Maria Helena Beharovic, Travel Consultant and Manager of Latin Market
A long-time employee of Alpha International Travel since 1996, Beharovic is currently Assistant Manager in the New York office. During her tenure at AIT, she has been instrumental in developing the Latin American Division; she also assists in training new staff members. One of her key roles is the organization of specialty familiarization trips. With excellent communication skills, impeccable organization skills, and a keen eye for details, she operates efficiently under pressure. Maria multi-tasks as needed to help both business and personal travellers achieve success on every trip. She holds a degree in Business Administration, and is fluent in Portuguese with a working knowledge of Spanish.
Jean-Marc Mériné, Business Development
Mériné has served as one of Alpha International Travel’s business development team for the past two years. As the business development personnel, Jean-Marc works on gaining new clients/customers for which to sell Alpha’s amazing products while maintaining our existing customers and building stronger relationships. Prior to joining Alpha, Mr. Mériné worked over 20 years in the financial industry as an investment professional. Jean-Marc was the co-founder of Suoritus Partners, a New York based fund of hedge funds with over $350 million under management. Prior to forming Suoritus, Mériné was a senior portfolio manager for a $2 billion Greenwich, CT based fund of hedge fund. Mériné began his investment career at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Jean-Marc attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute where he majored in Electrical Engineering and Math. Mr. Mériné earned his Bachelors of Science from New York Institute of Technology, majoring in Finance. Jean-Marc is extremely active in the global community from his participation in the Haitian Fund for Innovation and Development to his involvement with the Bowery Mission.
Deborah Cohen, Travel Specialist and Manager of European Market
Deborah was born in Japan and raised in Italy, Israel, and the US; her multicultural background has fueled her passion for travel from a young age. She is multi-lingual, fluent in English, Italian, Hebrew, with knowledge of French and Spanish. Having been surrounded by various languages and cultures her whole life, Deborah has learned to appreciate diversity and the exciting, dynamic world of travel. She is an expert in the European travel market. Deborah studied mathematics and computer science at Tel Aviv University, where she sharpened her problem solving abilities. She uses this skill in her travel work still, as she cooly approaches each client request as if it were an unsolved equation. Deborah, an effective communicator, is always eager to expand her network across the globe. Her job at Alpha Travel lets her do just that.
Julie JH Kwon, Manager of Asian Market Division and Public Relations
Kwon is our great connection to the East, here in the West. With over 8 years of experience in client management, and marketing for 1st place ranking companies like AdAsia, Julie is amazing at developing winning relationships with Alpha’s clients. She graduated from Sejong University of Seoul, South Korea in 2003 with a B.A. in English Literature. Julie got her certificate of Finance and Investments in Contemporary American Business in 2011. She has a decade of experience as an interpreter, speaking fluently in English and Korean. Her communication skills are strong in maintaining the silent bond between Alpha’s vendors and clients. Her Sales and Public Relations duties at Alpha also include developing the Asian American division, and preparing promotional materials and displays.