Linda LaFollette Cross

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Title: Owner

Company: Hotel Manoir d’Auteuil

Location: Quebec, Canada

Linda LaFollette Cross embarked on her career in the hospitality field by opening a restaurant with her partner at the age of 21. After a few years, they sold the business and in 2002, they purchased a historic hotel in Quebec and moved their family there. Hotel Manoir d’Auteuil started with only 14 rooms and has now expanded to 27 rooms, each of which has its own charm and story. Ms. LaFollette Cross has received numerous TripAdvisor awards for her beautiful establishment, including being ranked as the 15th most romantic hotel in Canada. She believes she has been able to excel in her endeavors because she comes from a family of entrepreneurs. Her family inspired her to follow her own dreams, and she has achieved great success in turning around businesses in the restaurant and hospitality industries. Read the rest of this entry »


Patricia Henderson

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Patricia Henderson 1634386Title: Managing Director

Company: Lavender B&B

Location: Coatesville, Auckland, New Zealand

After spending 25 years working in the corporate world and 18 years operating six private training schools, Patricia Henderson wanted to change her lifestyle and realize her dream of running a luxury rural bed and breakfast. Ms. Henderson was influenced by her travels and made the decision to grow something with a Mediterranean theme, which how she got involved in lavender farming. She expanded to include olive and lemon groves and eventually got approval to build on the land. In 2006, Coatesville Lavender Hill – Luxury B&B officially opened and became a quaint and scenic place for weekend getaways and a prime location for weddings and events.

Ms. Henderson draws on her past experience and management skills to make the bed and breakfast a widely popular destination for tourists visiting from around the world. As the managing director, she is responsible for overseeing daily operations of the bed and breakfast and farming activities, greeting and receiving guests, ensuring that their rooms are ready, serving breakfast in the morning, ordering, doing inventory, and handling the manufacture of specialist products.

Aside from running the bed and breakfast, Ms. Henderson is getting involved in manufacturing soap and skin care and is deeply invested in horticulture, with lavender, rosemary, lemons and olives. She intends to manufacture specialty lavender and olive oil gift items, soaps, spritzers, skin care products, olive oil, Limoncello and other lemon products. Read the rest of this entry »

Nicola Filosa

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Nicola Filosa 1690220Title: Chief Financial Officer

Company: Vacations 7 Resorts International

Location: Ontario, Canada

A master at interacting with people and building strong partnerships, Nicola Filosa is an invaluable asset to Vacations 7 Resorts International, a vacation agency that offers apartment rentals in Turks & Caicos and Canada. Mr. Filosa has garnered 30 years of professional experience and has been in his current position for the past three years. A trusted adviser, he handles a myriad of responsibilities. Mr. Filosa oversees daily business operations, including marketing, financial forecasting, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, public relations, and vacation rentals and excursions. Read the rest of this entry »