Olga Ramudo: Company founder optimistic about travel industry’s future
The travel industry was one of the most affected once the pandemic began. But despite this unprecedented challenge, Olga Ramudo, president and CEO of Express Travel, is optimistic about the future of the business.
Since she co-founded the company in 1989 with her sister and her best friend, she has overcome numerous challenges and survived the changes technology brought to the industry.
Express Travel comprises corporate, leisure, groups and meetings, cruise, and study abroad departments. Over the years, the company has kept its place in South Florida by serving a wide clientele, including national and Latin American companies.
Ms. Ramudo climbed from being a stay-at-home mom to being appointed by President Barack Obama to the US Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, which advises the White House on travel and tourism. She has been reappointed by two administrations.
Ms. Ramudo also is treasurer of the Beacon Council and board member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the Tourism Development Council of Miami-Dade, the World Trade Center Miami, and an appointee by Mayor Daniella Levine Cava as her representative on Miami-Dade County’s International Trade Consortium.
Additionally, she is a member of the American Society of Travel Advisors national board, chair of the Coral Gables Economic Development board, part of the US Department of Commerce’s District Export Council South Florida, South Florida Business Council – Tourism Embassy (incoming chair), and member of Facts about Cuban Exiles (FACE).
While she runs her businesses and serves the community, she still makes time to be with her family.
She was interviewed by Miami Today reporter Gabriela Henriquez Stoikow
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