Meet The Team

Giuseppe Di Palma

Giuseppe Di Palma

Owner & Founder

Based in New York Metro-Area
E-mail Address: gdipalma@lushexperiences.com
Tel: 973-368-3380
Mobile: 646-209-6391

Giuseppe has over 25 years of experience in the Travel Industry, including time as Director of Leisure Sales in North America for Concorde Hotels & Resorts, and Associate Director of Sales at The Carlyle. In addition to his North American experience, Giuseppe spent more than 12 years working in luxury hotels in Italy, including holding the position of Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hotel Santa Caterina in Amalfi. He specialized in the top consortiums throughout the industry including American Express, Virtuoso, Signature, and Ensemble.

Outside of Lush Experiences, Giuseppe belongs to both MAPTA (Metropolitan Association of Professional Travel Agents), and 41-74 Club. His passion and knowledge for travel is well known, and over the years, he has forged strong relationships with the most respected and successful travel professionals in the business, where he has become a trusted resource for many in the luxury travel sector.

Christina Willett

Christina Willett

Director of Sales Western Region of USA & Canada

Based in Los Angeles
E-mail Address: cwillett@lushexperiences.com
Tel: 310-855-3590
Cell: 312-927-3062

Christina’s focus with Lush Experiences as the Director of Sales throughout the Western Region will be travel professionals main contact throughout her respective territories, visiting offices providing updates and overall educating Travel Agents on the Lush Collection, and lastly attending various events on behalf of our Lush Members. With 15 years of sales, development and marketing experience working with high-end hotels, and fashion brands, Christina brings experience, a warm demeanor, and a discerning eye for style and luxury.

Her passion in the hotel industry is for one-of-a-kind, carefully curated properties that are each unique to their corner of the world. Former hotel affiliations include Winvian Farm, Villa Feltrinelli, the Soho House Group, Dunton Hot Springs, Hidden Pond, Kamalame Cay and more. Most recently, Christina was working for the London based company, Global Hospitality Services, to scout hotels throughout the Americas looking for new partners to  add to their global sales and marketing portfolio.

Christina hails from Michigan, and lives in the land of entertainment and sun, Los Angeles, with her dog as well as her two sons and husband – the three handsomest men she knows.

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Angel Mejía

Director of Sales

Based in Bloomfield, New Jersey
E-mail Address: amejia@lushexperiences.com
Tel: 973-368-3380
Cell: 718-676-7704

Angel Mejía obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Management from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic. He began his career in Luxury Hospitality as a Sales Coordinator for The Mark then part of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in 2002. During this first tenure at The Mark, Angel occupied the positions of reservations and Sales Manager, moving on to the opening of Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya as Leisure Sales Manager for the US Travel Industry market in 2007.

In 2011, he returned to The Mark in the capacity of Travel Industry Sales Manager and was eventually promoted to Director of Sales in 2014. In the span of fifteen years, Angel has cultivated and maintained a consistent rapport with a great number of the most reputable luxury travel advisors in the United States and Latin America, as well as, high profile clients worldwide. His experience has been greatly complimented by working alongside some of the travel industry’s most highly regarded companies and professionals.

Sandie Gillespie

Sales Coordinater

Based in Bloomfield, New Jersey
E-mail Address: info@lushexperiences.com
Tel: 973-368-3380

Sandie can be found in Lush’s home office located in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Here she handles the daily office activities such as coordinating sales appointments, billing, managing the database, providing support to the sales team as well as other office managerial duties.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Sandie currently lives in Bloomfield with her husband, two teenage sons and one beautiful Siberian kitty.

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Serena Socha

Marketing Manager

Based in Brick, New Jersey
E-mail Address: marketing@lushexperiences.com
Tel: 973-368-3380

Serena, born and raised in New Jersey, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Montclair State University. Her experience includes outreach marketing, data management, and visual communication from her days of working in higher education as the Senior Executive Ambassador in the Undergraduate Admissions office at Montclair State.

As the Marketing Manager, Serena is improving marketing efforts by creating both digital and print content, overseeing social media channels, and generating email campaigns. Through these activities, she is able to successfully bring awareness of the Lush Collection and their respected destinations to our extensive database of travel advisors.

Residing in Brick, NJ, Serena has a love for all things sports, coffee, and Sudoku puzzles.