YPN Spotlight: Olga M. Ramudo of Express Travel

Posted:  July 19th, 2012 by:  YPN MIami comments:  0

After years of being a stay at home mother, Olga Ramudo decided to venture into the travel business by becoming an independent contractor for a small travel agency.  Partnering with her sister and a best friend, that part time job took them further when they decided to start their own business in 1989.

Specializing in the Hispanic market and with a strong commitment to community involvement and customer service, Express Travel became one of the top ten travel agencies in Miami, later expanding its reach to the State of Florida as well as offering services all over the world.

Olga Ramudo has conspicuously pioneered and led the charge to not only promote and grow the South Florida tourism industry, but also has provided an outstanding public role model as a successful women owned business who has always found the time to serve the South Florida community and her industry through leadership appointments on numerous local, state and international organizations.  She has been a prominent tourism community leader for over 20 years and has volunteered for leadership positions on hundreds of local events, which have resulted in millions of dollars of economic impact and new jobs for South Florida’s local and State tourism.  Additionally, Olga has donated her time and experience to many organizations serving on committees to promote bilingual education in order to maintain the “Gateway of the Americas” designation for South Florida.

Express Travel has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout the years, including one of the largest and fastest growing Hispanic companies in the nation, and one of the largest women owned business in the State of Florida

Olga Ramudo has also been recognized as one of the top influential women business leaders in Miami Dade County by Camacol (Latin Chamber of Commerce and  listed as one of the “Best of Miami 2007” by Miami Today in recognition for promoting international trade. Owit of Florida bestowed her with the 2008 International Business Woman of the Year award and most recently the American Society of Travel Agents paid tribute to Olga at their annual gala dinner by bestowing her with  the national advocacy award in recognition of her significant contribution on behalf of the travel agency community before federal state and local governments as well as recognizing her as travel agent of the year for 2011 .  The World Trade Center Miami awarded Olga with the 2012 International Woman’s Day Award for her contribution in promoting international trade in the Americas.

On January 2012, the Secretary of Commerce appointed Olga Ramudo to the U. S. Travel and Tourism Board. This board advises the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the travel and tourism industry in the United States.

Olga Ramudo sits on the Board of Directors of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Camacol (Latin Chamber of Commerce) and Ana G. Mendez University of Puerto Rico.   Miami’s Board of County Commissioners appointed Olga to Dade County’s Tourism Development Council.  Olga chairs the International Committee for the Greater Miami Chamber of commerce as well as the  joint  Hispanic initiatives committee for ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) and NTA (National Tour Association)

Express Travel is comprised of corporate, leisure, groups and meetings, cruise and study abroad departments.

Olga studied in Puerto Rico and has two grown sons, Luis and Daniel. For more information, visit  www.expresstravelus.com.

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