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An Avenue Apart

Meet the Team

Todd Bliwise
Founder and Owner
New York, NY

Todd says “Travel is and always has been one of the richest and most magical things we can do and with this short life we have-we should be out there seeing all we can at every turn. I can only rest my head soundly at night when I know that every client that books with us is out there experiencing the world the way it was meant to be explored. In that way, just maybe I can inspire the next dreamer to dream far beyond his wildest imagination and reach for the stars.”

Born in California, Todd has always had a drive to explore the world. On his 15th birthday, he gave himself the goal of traveling to 50 countries by the time he was 25. He knew that somewhere on this incredible journey he would discover what it is he wanted to do.

Over the 10 years that followed, he traveled to 60 countries and flew nearly 1,500,000 miles across this beautiful planet. He learned and studied every trick in the book with respect to airlines and airfare, learning the ins and outs first of every economy cabin, then business class, and eventually first class cabin. Paying his dues as he did, he prided himself on experiencing every airline on earth, learning every product, every seat type, plane type, and frequent flyer program. Throughout college as an international Business Major at the University of Redlands in Southern California, his business emerged. While he was studying and along with other academic responsibilities, he took every opportunity to travel somewhere, whether it was freshmen year of college hopping on a 15 hour flight to China for 72 hours during fall break or spending a semester abroad studying in Milan, Italy, living with a local family and studying at an Italian university; his time spent traveling across the world taught him many lessons, lessons about people, about life, humility, relatively, and happiness. At a relatively young age he experienced lavish wealth juxtaposed next to indescribable poverty. He found kindness in the most unexpected destinations and he saw beauty beyond his wildest dreams. He discovered that the very art of travel is being able to accurately define who you are based upon finding your place in the world, and even now he still wants to learn more about the world we live in.

This all lead to the founding of An Avenue Apart, which he describes as the easel within which we paint everyone’s perfect trip. Along with all the airline studies he had also begun studying hotels and destinations the same way while in school. From relaxing in the turquoise blue lagoons of Tahiti to hiking the peaks of New Zealand, to exploring the villages of Nepal and Bhutan, he learned there is something out there for everyone and he made it his personal responsibility to make sure to match the client with their perfect destination based upon all that he saw and experienced. The differentiation strategy for An Avenue Apart is that he (along with the growing team) spent and continues to spend so much time on the road actually experiencing these properties and destinations first hand, that they never have to send clients anywhere An Avenue Apart doesn’t already know. Todd lives by the moto that he never wants to be a run of the mill travel company who searches things we don’t know;  An Avenue Apart should be a never ending encyclopedia of knowledge-and we are doing just that. The love and passion he has for what we do stems from the same passion that drove him to explore the world in the first place. He makes sure that he and his team work hard to not just plan trips for people, but that we really spend the time getting to know the client to find the root of what is driving an individual to a particular destination and design a unique and customized trip that will shock and awe at every turn.

As of Summer 2019, Todd had reached his next goal of flying over 2,000,000 miles and 75+ countries as he continues to explore the best the world has to offer for An Avenue Apart clients.



Stephanie Salm
Admin Team Lead
Tampa, FL

From a young age, Stephanie gravitated towards travel as she had a passion for meeting new people and exploring new places. At the age of 19, she studied and lived in Madrid, Spain for a year, which aided her to become fluent in the Spanish language. Soon after Madrid, she found herself solo travelling throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. Stephanie obtained an International Languages and Cultures bachelor’s degree, with a concentration in Spanish from the University of South Florida. The Hispanic culture plays an important role in Stephanie’s life. Stephanie taught English for several months in a small town in Colombia, where she found herself in an incredible community, where she continues to frequently visit. From this experience, she now calls Tuluá, Colombia her home away from home. Stephanie has continued her journey and she is excited to work with An Avenue Apart clients and to help them find their ideal travel destinations for unforgettable experiences.



Angela Petrie
South Africa

Having lived in South Africa all her life, Angela has been ‘raised’ on the incredible diversity the country has to offer. Passionate about wildlife, the majestic mountain ranges, and contrasting coastal offerings, she has experienced all that South Africa is renowned for, with personal and vast experience to some of Africa’s wildlife hotspots. While she is a great ambassador for her country she has also travelled extensively internationally and enjoyed some of the most captivating places around the world.

Being a Project Manager by profession, Angela’s attention to detail is part of her DNA. She thrives on excitement, embraces challenges and creates experiences that will leave you wanting more. She believes that travel enriches your life and leaves an imprint on your soul. She prides herself on excellent service delivery and her ‘down to earth’ approachability and innate desire to serve makes her an excellent choice when looking for someone to arrange your travel dreams.



Olivia Christians
Dallas, TX

A true adventurer at heart, Olivia fell in love with travel at a young age. Ever since, she has been on a mission not only to see every corner of the world, but to eat its best cuisine as well. Through her travels, she’s found herself water skiing on Lake Como, practicing archery at a castle in Ireland, creating hand-rolled pasta with perfect Bolognese in Italy, enjoying private boat rides around the Amalfi Coast and exploring the most pristine beaches in the Bahamas.

Olivia pours her passion into creating personalized and unique luxury travel experiences that can’t be replicated through Internet searches. Olivia has the innate ability to communicate with her clients and gather a deep understanding of their dream trip, allowing her to anticipate her clients’ needs. With Olivia’s southern hospitality and keen eye for curating once in a lifetime memories, she elevates vacations from the ordinary to the unforgettable.

Olivia is also a member of the national GenerationJOY Committee, part of the Joyful Heart Foundation.



Tracy Effron
Miami, FL

Tracy Effron speaks the language of hotels and hospitality.  She lives, breathes and sleeps luxury.  Some of Tracy’s favorite pastimes include traveling the world, experiencing the unknown, rejuvenating her senses, lounging Miami Beach style and catching spectacular sunsets.

With a degree in Hospitality Management & Travel Tourism under her belt, Tracy loves to connect with people and curate personalized and memorable experiences.  Her passion for culture- and cultures- has led her to enjoy incredible experiences such as shopping at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, private wine tastings in the Austrian countryside, yachting around The Caribbean and discovering treasures along historical streets in Lisbon.

With Tracy, opulence is always an option!



Alexandra Denniston
Rhode Island, USA

Ali lives and breathes luxury service. Her passion for creating unique experiences for her clients began with designing and executing high-end weddings and events and has lead her to extend those skills to travel planning. Some of Ali’s favorite memories involve travel to far off destinations, exploring off the beaten path, and enjoying new cuisines along the way!

With a BS in Sport & Event Management, a Masters Degree in Hospitality Management, and several years under her belt working at Forbes Travel Guide 5-Star rated hotels and resorts, Ali is well-versed in the hospitality and service industries. Her passion for providing personalized service to her clients makes her an exceptional resource for newlyweds dreaming up their Honeymoon itinerary or travel junkies looking to plan their next adventure. Ali takes pride in offering clients tailored direction based on their needs and understands the importance of attention to detail when planning a trip – no matter how big or small.

While her favorite destination is a stunning local beach in her hometown in Coastal Rhode Island, she is always ready for the next opportunity to explore somewhere new!



Abby O’Gorman
London, UK

Abby’s passion for seeing the world began at a very young age as she explored the world with her family she ultimately knew whatever career path she would later pursue; it would have to involve travel. She worked as a flight attendant and travelling to new destinations as much as possible in her free time – 35 counties and counting! Ten years later, she hung up her wings and packed her bags to move to London, England where she worked in the tailor-made luxury travel sector.

She enjoys creating bespoke itineraries by helping people discover and explore new places. With a passion for bringing history and culture to life, promising interesting, authentic and unique holiday memories that will last a lifetime. She enjoys the challenge of pairing the right destination and experiences with each client’s personality.



Marissa Heiken
Admin and Team Support
Las Vegas, NV

Getting a late start on travel Marissa took her first international trip in college when she lived in Florence for five months. During this time she fully embraced the ten dollar budget flight and saw as much of Europe as possible. Ever since then she’s had an insatiable desire to explore the world (and has since refined her taste in airlines). Her travels have brought her to eating her way through the floating markets in Thailand, to dancing in the streets at Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

With each new adventure grew her passion to help others experience moments like these and inspire them to visit new destinations. Marissa is at her happiest when designing unique and unforgettable trips that speak to each individual.




Simon Lee
Atlanta, GA

As a child, Simon has always been excited by travel. Then growing up and having the opportunity to travel on the amateur ski circuit opened his eyes to the amazing cultures and food that can be found throughout the world. Simon has since lived in Taiwan, snorkeled in Japanese powder, dune bashed in Dubai deserts, enjoyed a family dinner at a local Italian vineyard and honeymooned in the Maldives. The experiences around the world has ignited Simon’s passion for thrill seeking adventures and amazing food. Simon comes with a background in management consulting, working with high profile clients and understands the importance of detail oriented plans when making the perfect itinerary. Being a traveling consultant, Simon has also learned the ins and outs of almost every frequent flier program and points currency to maximize client’s travel budgets. Simon’s unique business background and personal experience with luxury travel helps him create the perfect trip for any kind of adventure.


Lindsey Johnson
Dallas, TX

Lindsey took her first solo trip when she was 16 and immediately fell in love with travel. Since then, she has found as many excuses to roam the world as possible. In the last 10 years, Lindsey has cared for sloths at a Costa Rican wildlife sanctuary, dove the Great Barrier Reef, explored the souks of Doha, and eaten every variation of croissant in Paris.

As an attorney by training, Lindsey is meticulous, well-organized, and a skilled researcher. She is able to curate unique experiences and plan for clients’ needs before they arise. Lindsey is passionate about designing itineraries that make destination dreams a reality.



Holly Rueger
Springfield, MA

Holly has been planning trips for family since she was a child, travel guides were her top choices on trips to the library. Since college she has traveled extensively herself, including spending a year in Sevilla, Spain (and traveling all over Europe), as well as a grant funded trip to Burkina Faso, a work exchange and surfing in Costa Rica, and northern lights chasing in both Norway and Iceland. Having served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala, she is passionate about exploring everything you won’t find in a guide book, adventure and cultural
travel, and getting the most out of every trip.

Holly’s background is in youth program development and grant writing. She enjoys working with clients to create individualized trips that bring destinations to life. She is well organized and can expertly design an itinerary to include the wants and needs of a client and believes that a well crafted itinerary is its own kind of art.


Hannah Simmons
Philadelphia, PA

Hannah was bitten by the travel bug in college when she traveled to Kenya to build a school and go on a Safari. While that experience was enriching and life-changing, it was when she studied abroad in the south of France that she fell in love with luxury and travel. In her extensive time there, she explored the French Riviera, Monaco and northern Italy. And in the years that followed, Hannah was able to travel multiple times to France and Italy, focusing on Paris, Florence and Sicily. She also visited Croatia, exploring the beautiful and often underrated coastal cities and islands there.

The only thing that comes close to Hannah’s love of travel is helping other people have amazing life changing experiences around the world. It is Hannah’s ultimate goal to travel the world and experience the amazing foods, peoples and activities it has to offer, and help others do the same.