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Born in Arkansas and raised in California and Texas, Shawn attended New York University after a 10 year career as a competitive figure skater. Upon graduation, Shawn made NYC his permanent home and began his profession in the hotel industry. After less than one year at The Inn at Irving Place, he was promoted to General Manager – a position which he held for 17 years. During his tenure at The Inn, he established their famous afternoon tea service at Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon, a service which grew into one of the most popular tea salons in the city. Shawn was also responsible for expanding the room inventory by converting nearby apartments to create 52 Irving Residences as an integral part of The Inn’s room options. As a member of Small Luxury Hotels, maintaining The Inn’s reputation as a truly unique and exquisite hotel in the busy NYC marketplace was only one of Shawn’s responsibilities. In owning Selected Escapes (in business for over 25 years), Shawn brings his solid relationships with top travel agents and background as a hotel General Manager as the perfect and cohesive addition to this well established company.
Today Shawn resides in NYC and maintains an active role in figure skating, serving as an Olympic/World level judge and an elected member to the ISU - International Skating Union.
Raised in Costa Rica, Cali (Carlos) attended the University of Costa Rica where he graduated with a Bachelor of Human Resources Administration. At age 21 he moved to Chicago prior to moving to Los Angeles where he has lived ever since. Cali has been involved in the travel industry for over 16 years and all of that time as a Luxury Leisure Travel Specialist, associated with New Act Travel, a virtuoso agency. Previous to joining the Travel Industry, he worked for the State of California in Development for UCLA and has an extensive background in Customer Service. His love for travel and for the outdoors were instrumental in his decision to pursue a new path and a career away from the corporate environment. Cali’s experience as a travel advisor and his understanding of both the travel partners and suppliers’ needs is the force that motives him. Cali lives and breathes this amazing industry and is constantly working on ways to create positive and productive change beneficial to both travel advisors and hotelier partners. He is thrilled to be joining Selected Escapes and starting the next chapter in his travel profession journey.
When he is not working, Cali finds himself hiking or camping in amazing destinations and finding places to discover both locally and globally.
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