Meet our team – Neutral Bay
Claudia Rossi Hudson – MBA, TM – Managing Director
Claudia joined her successful mother, Mary Rossi, in the business whilst still at university in the 1970’s.
She quickly became proficient at all aspects of organising both itineraries for individuals and groups. Escorting Mary Rossi Travel tours to Europe and the Middle East re-enforced the importance of thoughtful planning and attention to detail.
Claudia had a change of career in the 1990s and became a financial planner, managing a team of talented professionals in a highly respected firm. She returned in 2000 to the top job at Mary Rossi Travel.
Her passion for travel was probably in the blood and it has been suitably indulged over many decades of fine touring, active journeys and family holidays. Enthusiasm for a great client experience from the moment planning begins keeps Claudia focused at the helm of Mary Rossi Travel.
Roger Hudson – B.Ec
Roger’s early training in Economics – Accounting/Management Consulting was an excellent foundation for a career in his family businesses. He was instrumental in developing the A. Hudson (that’s ‘Udson with a ‘aitch) retail timber and hardware stores in Sydney which he ran for many years. After 26 years in the timber industry Roger changed course, and now spends most of his time at Mary Rossi Travel which he owns with his wife, Claudia. Never happier than with a project in hand, whether it’s the new computer system, the client newsletter or the next trip, Roger makes things happen at Mary Rossi Travel.
Michael Schischka – Manager
International Travel Consultant, Accredited Cruise Consultant
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With over 30 years experience in the business Michael values the extensive relationships that he has developed with hoteliers and suppliers worldwide. ‘I enjoy making sure that just the right room is booked… to make sure that each trip is successful.’ Being a native of New Zealand (and avid All Black supporter) he loves the luxury lodges and easy touring options of his home country. Bringing families together for a holiday is his favourite – whether on a cruise or a villa in Italy or Bali. Let Michael share his expertise with you.
Arlette de Brey – International Travel Consultant & Accredited Cruise Consultant
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Arlette is our “global” staff member and is a native of Holland. She grew up in South America and has lived in Europe and the USA. She converted her passion and knowledge of travel to become an International Travel Manager over twenty years ago. As one client says about her and re-iterated by others: “I am writing to compliment Ms Arlette de Brey on her helpful, professional and friendly service in recently organising a villa in Provence for my family. It is refreshing to deal with a person who takes the time and the effort to ensure the client’s needs are properly addressed.”
Susan Aitkin – Dip. Travel and Tourism
International Travel Consultant & Master Accredited Cruise Consultant
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Susan has 25 years experience in the travel industry. She strongly supports our Mission Statement to provide quality service to ensure that each client will achieve the best possible travel experience. She has the knack of being able to to see things from her clients’ point of view. It is this skill that makes Susan a favourite with her regular travellers and new clients. Ask her about cruising!
Kate McLean- International Travel Consultant
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Kate came to Mary Rossi Travel to share her passion for travel with her clients.
Prior to joining the travel industry she spent many years in financial services where she honed her skills in accuracy and organisation. Kate has travelled extensively both as an adventurous sole traveller and en famille. Her love of travel will be evident in the quality of your own travel itinerary.
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Patricia McEwen-International Travel Consultant
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Patricia has a wealth of travel experience-she began her career in travel as a consultant in 1995! She was brought up in New Zealand and has also lived in Tokyo and Copenhagen. Her travels have taken her all over the globe, and most recently on safari in South Africa and to the temples of Angkok Wat in Cambodia. She’s mother of three girls, a keen skiier, and she loves walking in the great outdoors.
Carina Tanna – International Travel Consultant
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We’re excited to welcome Carina back to the team at Mary Rossi Travel. Now her kids are more independent, she’s returned to us part time to take up where she left off. She has a degree in Archaeology and a real passion for Italy, Greece and the wonders of the Middle East.
Marcela Hrncir – International Travel Consultant & Master Accredited Cruise Consultant
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Marcela has joined Mary Rossi Travel with over 25 years experience as an International Travel Consultant. She’s passionate about the outdoors and whenever possible you can find her enjoying pursuits like trekking, kayaking or scuba diving. Marcela is very widely traveled, and enjoys her regular visits to visit family and friends in South America where she spent her childhood. While she’s there she loves to discover places she hasn’t previously been and seek out new adventures. Interested in travelling to South America? Then Marcela is your expert!
Ruth Walsh – International Travel Consultant. BA (Hons), Dip Ed, Dip IATA/UFTAA
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Ruth has a background in research and senior teaching and has had her own travel agency in Adelaide for over 15 years – she is a born-and bred Adelaidean! Her passions are classical music, art, food & wine and she has spent many years taking her clients on journeys which explore these interests, particularly through regions in France and Italy. Ruth believes in the importance of updating one’s knowledge and to this end she has travelled widely.
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Vera Konsuo – International Travel Consultant
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Vera joined the travel industry in the late 1970’s and brings a wealth of experience with her to Mary Rossi Travel, much of it in senior management positions. Her passion is going the extra mile for her clients – listening to their travel dreams and creating a journey that meets (and hopefully exceeds) their expectations and is within their budget. She’s very well travelled and would love to help you with your travel plans.
Caroline comes to us with a background marketing some of life’s greatest pleasures, including fine wines and travel. Brought up in a family that loved to travel, she had no option but to follow in their footsteps, developing a real passion for experiencing new countries and cultures. She is now enjoying being able to balance her family life with her part time role as Marketing Co-ordinator.
With years of industry experience including marketing and travel consulting, Joanne now turns her capable hands to all aspects of administration and accounting at Mary Rossi Travel. We clamour for her attention as does her young family. Ask a busy person…
Joanna has worked in the Travel Industry since 2000 and has discovered a passion for adventure and ski holidays. Although her trekking days are on hold as a busy mother of two, she now works part- time and her focus is to support the administration team.
Reception and Administration
Jane joined the Mary Rossi Travel team part time in 2013. With a background in hospitality, she now helps run our busy reception desk.