Who: Tensi Westreicher, 47, of Hialeah
New position: Office Manager at Special Needs Group in Dania Beach
About the company: Special Needs Group provides medical equipment and mobility aides to cruise, airline and hotel travelers including motorized scooters and oxygen rentals. Facebook.com/SpecialNeedsGroupInc or 800-513-4515.
Start date: Sept. 17, 2012
Previous position: Office manager/assistant to the chief executive officer at Ituran USA in Fort Lauderdale
Why the move: I saw it as a great opportunity to work in a different sector of the industry I love; Travel & Hospitality. With the added bonus of feeling really good at the end of the day when we've been able to facilitate the freedom to travel to people who might not otherwise have the opportunity.
Experience: Worked at Rembrandt Diagnostics in For Lauderdale as an office assistant in Fort Lauderdale, owned a travel agency franchise and worked in marketing and sales for Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.
Awards/honors: Account Executive of the Year (Royal Caribbean National Sales), Employee of the Year (Celebrity Cruises).
What have you learned about this industry: Twenty-four million Americans with disabilities have indicated that they would travel or travel more often if only their needs were met. In addition, tens of millions of potential/existing clients who are seniors, and have "Special Needs," are still seeking the pleasure that comes from the ultimate freedom; the freedom to travel.
Top goal in your new position: Training, supporting and encouraging our team as we provide our clients with superior customer service.
On the side: I love to spend time with friends and family enjoying food, wine and good company. I love photography and all things fashion. I Participate in fundraising, bringing awareness and/or contribution to American Heart Association, Breast Cancer (Susan G. Coleman; participated in Avon Walk for Cure in NYC a few years ago and plan to do so again) and Cure for Childhood Cancer.
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