We are a boutique, family-owned and operated travel consultancy affiliated with Brownell Travel (the oldest travel agency in the US) and Virtuoso, a network of thousands of luxury hotels and tour companies that offer priority VIP services and consideration to our clients. We prefer the title “travel advisor” instead of “travel agent” because we strive to provide personalized, curated experiences for our clients.
Our goal is to give you the best access and experiences possible by becoming experts in your travel style and leveraging our partnerships with experts in the top luxury travel products and destinations around the world.
Our Tailored Luxury Team
Our travel consultation and itinerary design service allows you to enjoy the fun parts of travel planning while leaving the headaches for us to worry about. Our colleagues at Brownell Travel have developed a unique planning process that we use to work collaboratively with you to identify your travel needs and then develop a strategy for getting all of the planning completed so you can focus on the fun part of anticipating your vacation! We start with a call to learn more about your dreams for your next trip, discuss the important details related to your destination, and develop a strategy for how to make the dream a reality. We work with our partners around the world to develop a personalized proposal for your itinerary. With your feedback and involvement, the end-result is a highly-personalized travel experience.
Jessica Ourisman, CEO
Travel Personality = The Voyager – Follow Jessica on our blog
Jessica Ourisman brings a unique blend of experience in entertainment, technology, and corporate communications to the team. This translates surprisingly well to luxury travel. When not focusing on the behind-the-scenes business management of Ourisman Travel, Jessica spends her time focusing on our Tailored Luxury planning process. If you are planning a personalized itinerary with our team, chances are that your project will start with a phone conversation with Jessica.
She works closely with clients to understand the ultimate goals of a trip and providing the background knowledge to help clients decide the best way to manage their itineraries. With eclectic taste in food, wine, and culture, Jessica understands the demands of clients who want to explore beyond a resorts’ walls, connect with a new environment, or indulge in a unique adventure. Her true passion in travel is luxury safaris and her goal is to visit Africa at least once a year. If you are curious about taking an African safari, Jessica will be happy to tell you all about her favorite continent!
Samantha Dorfman, Travel Coordinator, Itinerary Design Specialist:
Travel Personality = The Wanderer – Follow Samantha on our blog
Samantha has a sharp eye for recognizing when our clients could benefit from more in-depth itinerary consultation. If you’re struggling to select the right hotel for your trip, Samantha provides a deeper level of consultation to help you find the perfect fit. Samantha’s focus is on providing you with the best planning route for your trip and needs. You can trust her intuition on the best approach to planning your trip, whether it’s Tailored Luxury or Hotel Reservation management. Samantha knows that the difference between a good trip and a great trip can be as simple as a 15 minute consultation call. She is always happy to help clients work through their travel needs & vision for a trip and provide insight to help find the best option out there.
When she isn’t providing our clients with top-notch service, she is planning her own trips around the world. Next up: Samantha is looking forward to a little R&R in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Iana Drennan, Travel Coordinator, Itinerary Design Specialist
Travel Personality = The Wanderer – Follow Iana on our blog
Iana is our main support for our Tailored Luxury trips. She ensures all emails are seen, noted, and properly filed to ensure quick response times. Iana also focuses on building our proposals and itineraries, scheduling phone calls, and helping brainstorm once-in-a-lifetime experiences for our clients. She has a knack for thinking outside the box to create a truly memorable experience for you; connecting with our clients on a personal level is easily her favorite part of her job!
When she isn’t at her desk, Iana is doing one of two things – cheering for her favorite football teams and (in the off-season) she is dreaming up itineraries for herself. Most recently Iana traveled to Argentina, a trip that sparked a true love for South America. She hopes to return to Argentina again to see more of Buenos Aires and spend time getting to know more about Patagonia.
Our Luxury Hotel Management Team
Our business was built on David’s intense interest in luxury hotels; he has developed a unique expertise and is now focused on transferring that deep knowledge to our team. We leverage our luxury hotel expertise to help you choose the right hotel and we lean on our vast network of hotel partnerships to extend value-added amenities to your reservations. We know our clients take many trips that do not require a lot of planning or orchestration. Sometimes, all you need is a hotel recommendation and the thrill of enjoying exclusive perks and VIP treatment! Our team is here to make that happen as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Angela Valenti, Luxury Hotel Specialist:
Travel Personality = The Wanderer – Follow Angela on our blog
Angela is our resident hotel booking specialist. With a keen eye and extensive knowledge of our partners and their various amenity programs, Angela is on the case to find the perfect hotel and program for your needs. She is able to attend to your requests quickly and efficiently. She is always on the lookout for interesting promotions and strives to make the Hotel Reservation Management side of Ourisman Travel quick & enjoyable with a personal touch.
Angela’s attention to detail and desire to be efficient doesn’t just begin and end with Ourisman Travel. She has spent years planning her own family vacations and, when she isn’t in office, she is working the wedding circuit as a wedding coordinator. She brings the same love to her travel clients and their trips that she does to her brides, and we wouldn’t have it any other way! Angela enjoys traveling to new destinations and loves to return to Anguilla & New Orleans whenever she can. The Maldives is the next destination high on her wish list!
David Ourisman, Founder
Travel Personality = The Connector – Follow David on our blog
David knows hotels! He has spent the last decade building Ourisman Travel and developing a vast and deep knowledge-base of luxury hotels around the world. He has pioneered our unique primary focus on luxury hotels with value-added amenities. David frequently shares his insights and expertise on his blog, Travel Horizons and travel forums such as FlyerTalk.
As a Connector, David loves exploring new cultures and finding opportunities for artistic expression; he loves capturing each destination’s distinctive landscapes on camera. After spending ten years tied to his desk looking up hotel rates for 12-hours a day, we are finally setting David free to explore the world! David is taking a back seat to our day-to-day operations, but he will still be very involved in the business. His new focus on his own travel will help us strengthen our hotel relationships, diversify our hotel knowledge, and bring you fresh ideas for where to lay your head around the world! Most recently, David returned from a trip to Vietnam and Myanmar and you can read about his trip here.
Claire Capuano, Sales Assistant
Travel Personality = The Adventurer (Coming soon!)
Claire is the newest addition to Team Ourisman and she will be diving in to support all of your hotel reservations. Claire’s background in media sales and athletic training give her a unique set of motivational skills and self-discipline that will help us stick to our promise for fast, efficient, and intuitive service. Claire’s hobbies include yoga and sailing and she loves to be on the water near her home on Maryland’s eastern shore.
Our Operations Team
Rebecca Kelly, Operations Manager:
Travel Personality = The Adventurer – Follow Rebecca on our blog
Rebecca is obsessed with organization. She is responsible for keeping our work neat and tidy, an ensuring our internal processes translate to a seamless travel planning experience for you. Rebecca has a sharp eye for details, which as you can imagine are important when our clients are traveling the globe!
Before Rebecca moved into the role of Operations Manager, she spent 4 years working as an administrative assistant and travel coordinator. She has been responsible for helping us fine-tune our back office procedures and work flows. Even before you were hearing from her directly, Rebecca had a hand in making sure your trips went off without a hitch! Though she may be a bit of a homebody when she isn’t traveling, vacation provides her with the opportunity to get out of her comfort zone and take it all in! Next on her travel wish list is Ireland, Scotland and Jamaica.
Micheal Estevé, Operations Assistant
Travel Personality = The Wanderer
Michael works alongside Rebecca as the first line of defense for our sales team support, making sure every detail is handled so that the sales team can focus on you. When he isn’t working to make sure our team has everything they need, he turns his attention to all the detailed work that happens after you’ve confirmed your reservations. Every Ourisman Travel trip goes through our VIP process and Michael is responsible for collaborating with our Travel Coordinators to ensure that client preferences are communicated to our vendors each of our clients’ experiences is personalized and special, no matter the travel occasion.
Michael brings a special level of organization and genuine affection for his work to the team; it is evident that he cares about all trips, big and small. When he isn’t supporting the sales team, Michael is busily planning his next great trip! With a soft spot for National Parks and world history, Michael’s unique perspective travels with him as he traverses the globe. Michael is looking forward to diving deeper into history with his upcoming trips – touring in Gettysburg and his next big trip, a return visit to France!
Josh Ourisman, Director of Technology
Travel Personality = The Wanderer
We are a busy team working from remote offices and we require a lot of technology to help us get the job done! Josh’s responsibility is to identify and develop the best digital tools to help us serve you efficiently and with precision.
Prior to joining the team, Josh helped found Chalk and Chisel, an interactive design agency, in Baltimore, MD. Past projects have included creating websites, apps, and interactive installations for Discovery Channel, Livestrong, Nike, and NASA. Josh has been a wanderer of the world since childhood and he’s excited to combine his love of technology with his passion to experience global cultures. Tops on Josh’s travel bucket list are: Peru, Easter Island, Greenland, and Ukraine.
For Us, Travel is All About Family!
You might be wondering how we’re all related… David is Jessica’s father-in-law and Jessica is married to Josh. David and Jessica have been collaborating together on how to grow the business from the beginning. In fact, the first time they met was the “meet the parents” dinner when Josh and Jessica started dating in 2006. David likes to joke that Josh is an excellent head-hunter! Once Jessica joined the company full time, she brought on Rebecca as her assistant. Rebecca also happens to be Jessica’s sister! The rest of our team may not be related by blood, but they are absolutely part of the family!