Meet the Team
To combine her passion for travel with a desire to see people happy and their dreams fulfilled, Wendy founded Wegner Associates over twenty five years ago. She was a visionary who recognized the specific niche of luxury hotel representation. As travel advisors grew more influential and became an important part of planning travel and special services for affluent travelers, Wendy realized that there was a keen need for a liaison between travel professionals and the managers of privately-owned luxury hotels and resorts worldwide.
Peter Island Resort and Spa was Wendy’s very first client–and remains her client to this day. Since then, Wendy has steered the company’s growth by remaining dedicated to the travel professional, only representing hotels and resorts that she feels a passion for, and, as a boutique representation company, carefully keeping the business at a size that ensures her hotel clients always receive personalized service.
Wendy’s other passion is her love for animals. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation and spends her weekends on Long Island devoted to fundraising, animal welfare and community events.
You might also find Wendy on the tennis courts in Southampton, on the ski slopes of Vermont, gardening on the rooftop of her Manhattan home, but most often she is on her way to JFK Airport to discover another special place.
Ellie Abbott Tsurdinis
Ellie discovered her love for travel at a young age. Her father’s position as an Air Force pilot required her family to move every two years, and by experiencing different countries and cultures, it was inevitable that Ellie would pursue a career in the travel industry. She began her career with Hyatt Hotels, during which time she was honored for being appointed the youngest director of sales in the company. Ellie then moved to Trusthouse Forte Hotels where she worked for 12 years, earning a position as Vice President – Exclusive Hotels Division before leaving to work with Wegner Associates.
Now with Wegner for 18 years, Ellie has truly enjoyed working with a passionate and service-oriented team to promote our luxury portfolio to the travel industry.
Ellie is married to Evangelo Tsurdinis, an electrical engineer, born and raised in Greece. The couple, with their two daughters Alexandra and Christina, live in Westport, CT and enjoy all types of outdoor activities, spending time on Long Island Sound–especially in the summer, and attending shows at the Westport Country Playhouse.
Tara, formerly a luxury travel advisor, comes to Wegner Associates with a true passion for travel that has been such an integral part of her life from a young age. Growing up in Youngstown, Ohio, her father was a mechanical engineer that traveled the world. She would flip through his photo albums as a child and be in awe of his photos of the Sphinx, the Great Wall and the Taj Mahal. She can remember vowing to herself as young as the age of 5 that travel would be a very important part of her life.
Tara attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and graduated with dual degrees in Political Science and International Studies and minored in both East Asian Studies and Mandarin. Immediately after graduation in 2002, she traveled to China for 6 weeks to study, and explored Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Dongguan and Hong Kong. Tara has always had an appreciation for culture, ethnicity and diversity, however, this trip just solidified that drive within herself to make her life one of travel and wanderlust.
Since entering the travel industry, Tara has specialized in experiential travel for millennials and young families; making luxury travel not only an aspiration for her clients, but a reality. She has convinced many that not only can they stay at the best in the world if they have flexibility, but that the luxury travel industry is truly catering to millennials and children now more than ever.
Tara resides in New Jersey with her husband Sal, and children, Salvatore and Ava. In addition to travel, Tara is also extremely passionate about lifestyles; cooking, mixology, wine, fashion, interior design and the arts.
As our Sales Manager, Joe keeps the day-to-day operations running ever so smoothly with quick wit and charm. Drawing upon over twenty years in the luxury travel service industry with Leading Hotels of the World and the Venice Simplon Orient-Express, our in-house miracle worker coordinates strategic travel agency scheduling, client invitation events, and inside sales and service.
You can find Joe at the helm of our New York City office or if it’s summer, you are sure to find him at a New York Yankees game or at one of our local beaches.
Tiziana joined the Wegner team as a college intern and loved it so much she decided to stay! With a flair for creativity and a passion for technology, she’s the one to call when there’s a computer ‘SOS’. As Marketing Coordinator, Tiziana enhances our marketing efforts and handles website design, industry research, sales activity, and roadshows.
Tiziana enjoys a country-side life with her family, relishing the great outdoors, and works diligently to raise awareness for the Autism community.
Blake is an accomplished filmmaker and marketing consultant who has joined Wegner Associates to develop brand identity, digital strategy and support social media.
His work as a freelancer has given him a unique perspective on a variety of different industries, and he uses this knowledge to craft unique marketing strategies with an emphasis on visual storytelling.
As an avid traveler, Blake enjoys exploring new places with a camera in hand and loves sharing those experiences with the world.
Amanda Wowk joins Wegner Associates as a Contributing Writer and Social Media Consultant. As founder of Amanda Wowk Creative, she has provided writing, editing, and social media consultancy services to businesses in the travel, women’s lifestyle, digital art/photography, and luxury spirits industries.
Her two passions are traveling and writing, preferably combined. She has written about travel for The Points Guy and The Huffington Post, as well as a number of clients. Her home away from home is Edinburgh, Scotland, and when she’s not traveling, you will find her running loops in Central Park or perfecting her crow pose in her local yoga studio.