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Shireesh Sharma
President & CEO - Celebrations!

Shireesh’s tourism career began with a British company that is one of the oldest travel companies in the world. After training in London, Shireesh returned to India and subsequently migrated to the United States, where he has been involved in marketing global destinations and leisure products for over two decades now. His knowledge of the British market does not emanate solely from his training in England, but also from the training he received from his father who studied at Oxford. Shireesh is best qualified to navigate the challenging tides in UK for business generation. He comments, “Education in India and training by the Brits gave me a solid runway to understand, learn and master the American marketing skills, which unarguably are the finest in the world.”

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India:

Ashish Sharma
- Vice President & COO Celebrations!

 

Every successful organization has a deity who inspires passion and creativity – and another who brings in efficiency and discipline. The latter pretty much defines Ashish’s character and role in Celebrations! Born and brought up in the world renowned city of Udaipur in Rajasthan, tourism became an obvious choice to begin his career. Widely traveled and trained in almost every segment of the industry, Ashish now lives in India and manages the overall operations of the organization. His belief that there isn’t any ‘problem’ that does not have a ‘solution’ speaks well for his unique ability to anticipate challenges in the field of tourism marketing.

 

Kristin Pichler
Kristin has a lifetime of experience connecting people with their passions.  Travel and tourism come naturally to Kristin as she lived in Germany as child, studied in Salzburg, Austria and lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the US and Australia.  After college, she explored her own passion for travel, destination sports, and a global lifestyle as a PSIA (Professional Ski Instructor Association) Cert 2/Children Accredited ski instructor in Vail, CO, Maria Alm, Austria, and Perisher Blue, Australia. Kristin’s professional experience produces a strong commitment to customer service, product knowledge and honed negotiation skills has given her the foundation for working in the travel industry.

 

Ashok Banthia
Director - Global Site Locations Mumbai
 

Based in Mumbai, Ashok Banthia has spent over 20 years in the film, television and theatre industries as an actor, producer and director of numerous full-length plays, serials and feature films. He is a graduate of the National School of Drama, New Delhi. Currently, he is Secretary of the Society of National School of Drama Graduates. He has written, produced and directed a mythological play on Kanha - "Shri Krishna Sharanam Mamah" which are staged in India and abroad from time to time.

 

Piyush Prakash
- Project Consultant

 

A graduate from the prestigious School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi, Piyush in his 25 years of practice, has designed diverse kinds of facilities including stadium, both open & covered, hotels & resorts, schools, colleges, hospitals, commercial complexes including facilities for IT services, shopping malls, farmhouses, villas and large industrial buildings.
Winner of several Architectural competitions Piyush, is the Managing Director and the principal designer of the Architectural firm DAAT India Private Limited (www.daatindia.com), which provides complete design services in Architectural & Interior Designing, Urban & Town Planning, Landscaping & Horticulture, Structural, Electrical, Sanitary & Public health, HVAC, Fire Fighting and related fields.
DAAT under the able guidance of Piyush, endeavors to create facilities relevant to their environment & times, appropriate in their use of materials & technology and above all energy conscious and sustainable in today’s context.

America:

Ted Stubblefield
- Consultant
 

With over 37 years of federal service in a natural resource management agency, Ted brings us extensive experience at providing and managing ecosystems as well as providing recreational experiences for millions of visitors. Directing the development of $40,000,000 worth of interpretative services for the public at Mount St. Helen's National Volcanic Monument is just one of the more recent accomplishments while leading sustainable forest management practices throughout the west coast of the United States. Ted's hobbies include investment consulting, skiing, white water rafting, travel, and camping.

 

Van Youngquist
Consultant
 
Van Youngquist has a long and distinguished career in the fields of agriculture, government relations and tourism. He played the lead role in responding to the eruption of Mount St. Helens and obtained over $1.2 billion dollars in disaster funds from the federal government. He is widely recognized as a person who can put together partnerships and funding packages that pay large dividends to the participating partners. He took the Mount St. Helens disaster and turned around the local economy by creating a tourism department that now draws over a million people to the local area each year. As a farmer, he has a 24 acre corn maze which is one of the largest in America and draws nearly 10,000 visitors every year.


UK:

Tony Connor
Marketing Manager - UK and Ireland
 

Tony brings with him over thirty years of marketing experience and a strong emphasis on consumer products and services. Senior sales and trade marketing positions within consumer focussed multinationals such as Sanyo and 20th Century Fox in his earlier career have been followed by over twenty years running his own international marketing company with clients in Asia, Central and Eastern Europe. Since 1994, Tony has run a successful event design and management company which has also included a sports tour business for affinity groups both inbound to the UK and outbound to Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Scandinavia. Tony brings with him both an extensive knowledge of consumer products and services and an entrepreneurial outlook necessary for building successful long term relationships with trade partners

   

China:

Eileen Zhang
Marketing Manager - China
 

Eileen has over seven years experience in the Marketing, Sales, and Operations of Chinese outbound tourism market. Having worked for China Space, China Post & Telecom International Travel and Beijing North Star International Travel (first opened 9 ADS Travel Agencies in China); Eileen is a seasoned industry professional who is adept at operations, airline ticketing, visa procedures and sales. She has worked closely with MICE agencies and leading media in Beijing. In the past four years she has been involved in successful marketing of several key destinations, attractions, hotel chains, resorts and leading DMC’s. Eileen is qualified to translate documents and press releases in native Chinese language.

A native of Beijing, Eileen graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University with major in Business English. She then worked for a leading IT company before moving to pursue her passion for tourism industry. She truly believes that travel can bring people and cultures together and build meaningful relationships around the world. In her spare time she enjoys traveling with her husband.

   

Dubai:

Mr. H.L. Sadh, Ms. Wen Xue
 

Celebrations! has launched their Dubai Office under the leadership of Mr. H.L. Sadh who is assisted by Ms. Wen Xue. Both Mr. Sadh and Wen bring a world of experience in marketing, logistics, project management and business development. Additionally, Wen brings her linguistics experience of fluent Chinese while based in Dubai. Our decision to expand into Gulf countries is aimed at providing our existing and new clients the opportunity to capture a share of the growing tourism industry from the Gulf region. The area boasts excellent air connectivity with the world, thus providing easy accessibility to both incoming and outgoing traffic. The infra-structural growth in the region has led to the development of diverse product offerings ranging from family vacations, to business meetings to leisure segments. “Expanding our network in the Gulf region was not only a strategic initiative but also an inevitable necessity to meet the business development expectations of our clients”, commented the COO, Mr. Ashish Sharma.

   
Germany:

 
Neena Hartmann, Dipl. Bio (MSc.), MBA, Managing Director, Indien Aktuell, Germany  

 

Consultant for International Marketing and Tourism Promotion. She is directly involved in promotion of various Indian Tourism destinations and events related to Tourism for the last 15 years. She believes in integrated marketing approach where each entity is crucial.
She follows the doctrine of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam in her way of living were "vasudha",means the earth; "eva" = emphasizer and "kutumbakam", "family"). Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam is a sanskrit phrase that means that the whole world is one single family.Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam could be considered as an equivalent to the concept of global village, by Marshall McLuhan and the ancient African concept of  like Ubuntu focusing on people's allegiances and relations with each other.
Born in India she has been educated in India, Germany and the UK. She feels at home in  German, English, Hindi, Punjabi and Bengali languages. She loves elephants, reading current affair magazines, her family and cooking and is currently working on her first Indo-German cookbook.