What Award-Winning Incentive Programs are Doing Differently
Expect a fast-and-furious flow of new ideas, strategies, and insights from this panel of award-winning incentive experts — featuring some of the top emerging voices in incentive travel. Our speakers, which range from SITE Young Leaders to veteran incentive professionals, will share what they're doing to create incentive travel programs that stand out from the competition and drive rewarding results. Tune in for tons of actionable takeaways (and an insider secret or two) for elevating your own incentives, and to get inspired about showcasing your own award-worthy achievements!
Kev B Shannon
Director of Sales and Marketing
Meet Kev, Director of Sales and Marketing at Odyssey, a leading Destination Management Company. Kev's love for his job, the industry, and the people is evident in everything he does. Kev has a passion for Ireland, its wonderful landscape, welcoming people, and its superior rugby team. Since he poured his first pint at age 17, Kev has loved hospitality and being able to share Ireland with the world.
Kev is a true ambassador for his country.
Kev is also a skilled problem solver, always on the lookout for ways to match his clients' needs with the perfect programme to suit their tastes. Whether it's a corporate event or a personal celebration, Kev has a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of what it takes to create a memorable experience.
Kev is a people person at heart. His love for his job and his country is infectious, and he's always on the lookout for new opportunities to showcase the very best of Ireland.
In 2018, Odyssey made history by winning the SITE Crystal Award for the largest ever incentive programme to Ireland. The programme hosted an incredible 2600 people from North America, making it the largest single wave incentive trip to Ireland to date.
Regional Director of Sales, Costa Rica
Andres, with over 10 years of experience, is a MICE industry professional who proudly represents the land of Pura Vida, Costa Rica, currently holding the position of Director of Sales for Amstar DMC, a leading DMC with presence in 6 countries. With a passion for travel, networking and creativity, helping people is a key aspect of Andres’ work, and this is reflected in his dedication to creating unforgettable destination experiences on every executed program, making sure each attendee takes back home a taste of Costa Rica.
In February 2023, Andres and his team were recognized for their exceptional work in the industry, winning the SITE Crystal award for Best Destination Experience, being a SITE Young Leader, making history for Amstar and Costa Rica. This award serves as a testament to the hard work and dedication to providing exceptional service to their clients.
Overall, Andres loves the industry and will keep working to make a significant impact to the destination, the clients and the community and is sure to continue making waves in the years to come.
Vice President Sales
Her extensive experience includes, Project Mgmt, Ops, Business Development, Industry Relations, Strategy, Communications, Business Solutions, Creative Services, Sales, Mktg and Leadership.
Brewer is VP of Sales at Motivation Excellence, past Pres of SITE & Board of Directors for 6 years . She is involved in SITE at both the global and chapter level & is a SITE Foundation trustee .
Joint Managing Director
Rajeev Kohli, CIS, CITP, DMCP was born into the industry and has a passion for travel and showing India to the world. With over 26+ years of industry experience, today he is Joint Managing Director of Creative Travel, a family legacy of two generations that has showcased this part of the world for over 44 years. Creative has grown to become a prominent, respected, and independent DMC offering the finest of cultural experiences, personal immersions, and natural wonders all over India and South Asia. At Creative, he focuses on marketing and strategy initiatives. He has also contributed to making Creative the most globally awarded DMC in South Asia winning over 82 global and nationals awards & recognitions for our service and creativity. Rajeev is also passionate about incentive travel and has taken his team to win 7 SITE Crystal awards for excellence in incentive travel programs, the most of any company in all of Asia.
Following his strong family tradition, Rajeev too has significantly contributed to the development of the tourism industry at different levels. He currently is the President 2020-2022 of the global DMC group, EUROMIC, the oldest DMC alliance in the industry (www.euromic.com ). Rajeev is also a member of the CII National Committee of Tourism (Confederation of Indian Industries). He was the first Asian to ever take the leadership position of Global President of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE; www.siteglobal.com), completing two terms in 2016 & 2017. He is the past Senior Vice President of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO; www.iato.in), India’s apex body for the incoming tourism industry, and was on the IATO Executive Committee for 6 years. Rajeev has been the Vice Chairman of the India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) and past President of the India Chapter of the American Society of Travel Agents. Rajeev also speaks at various industry forums across the world and has many articles and thought papers under his name. He feels that his upbringing has taught him to respect people, to uphold and value integrity, and to spread happiness.