TravelMole, North America
Frances Kiradjian is a longtime senior executive of the travel and tourism industry having spent the last 20 years in business development and marketing consulting for companies such as Carlson Wagonlit and North America’s largest and internationally renowned travel agency and corporate hotel marketing and preferred rate program which she founded and later sold her interest in. Most recently, she launched The Kiradjian Group, introducing companies to the industry she knows best, travel and tourism with a strong focus on hospitality.
In addition, she was named CEO of TravelMole for North America. TravelMole is known as being the “Most Respected Global Online Publication for the Travel and Tourism Industry” by their more than 450,000 travel industry subscribers in 132 countries. TravelMole operates 8 online media publications and distribution of video to both the travel industry and 80 million consumers via travelmole.tv.
Frances assumed leadership roles in a great number of professional organizations in and around her home city of the Los Angeles area. She is past-president of the Greater Los Angeles chapter of HSMAI (Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International), a global organization of sales and marketing professionals representing all segments of the hospitality industry. She’s also served the past 2 years as a Judge for HSMAI’s prestigious Adrian Awards, an Advertising, Public Relations and Web Marketing Awards Competition.
Frances is also responsible for a number of innovations within the travel industry. Her implementation of the industry’s first single-search travel agent portal for booking multiple hotel inventory types from one screen, guaranteeing the agent’s commission, was a precursor to today’s travel industry Internet portals. Prior to creating the program in 1993, Kiradjian completed the Executive mini-MBA program at the University of Southern California.
A prominent speaker at many industry events, Frances is also a community organizer and supporter. Travel Agent magazine, a leading industry publication, has in the past named her as one of “The Most Powerful Women in Travel.”
Over the course of these 20 years, Ms. Kiradjian traveled the world visiting the finest hotels and sampling many world famous restaurants. Frances resides in the Los Angeles area along with her husband and 13 year old daughter. Both Frances and her husband are avid amateur chefs, spending time entertaining friends and family and competing for production of the best new recipes.
Visit www.kiradjiangroup.com, www.travelmole.com / www.travelmole.tv