Meet the Executive Team


Clive Jacobs

Clive Jacobs

Chairman

Clive Jacobs is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and invested in businesses for over 30 years. He is best known for being the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of holiday autos, which grew from a small room into the world’s largest leisure car rental broker before being acquired by lastminute.com plc. Clive is currently the owner of Jacobs Media Group, Europe’s largest travel and hospitality B2B media business. He became involved in Tully Luxury Travel back in 2014 and continues to invest in businesses, both established and start-ups, is advisor to banks and private equity companies, and mentors young entrepreneurs.

Mary Jean Tully

Mary Jean Tully

Founder and CEO

Mary Jean Tully, Founder and CEO of Tully Luxury Travel, has been on the cutting edge of luxury travel for years. First established in 1987 as The Cruise Professionals, Tully’s travel agency has recently added African Dreams and Private Travel Designers to its roster of brands. Recognized by Forbes and Condé Nast Traveler, and named one of the most powerful women in travel by Travel Agent Magazine, Tully is renowned for her expertise, philanthropy, and enthusiasm. She sits on the Advisory Board for many leading cruise lines, hotels and travel suppliers, and has received numerous accolades identifying her agency as one of the best luxury travel providers in the world. An avid Conservationist, Tully is passionate about the protection of wildlife in Africa, where poaching poses an urgent threat to Elephants, Rhinos, and Big Cats. “Pay it forward” is Tully’s favourite expression.

Jason Sarracini

Jason Sarracini

Chief Operating Officer

Jason Sarracini was born with the travel bug and continues to be inspired by an industry he loves. His grandfather started one of the first ethnic travel agencies in 1967. At age nine he was on a bus to Boston with his school choir. At age 21 he was living in Florence where he met his wife. Together they have travelled the world from Bangkok to Bermuda. Prior to joining Tully Luxury Travel, Jason founded an online travel agency called Target Vacations which was acquired by the Torstar Media Group. After leading the travel team at Torstar, Jason went on to manage the Canadian operations at Travelzoo. Jason has been fortunate to lead in most sides of the travel industry: retail, commerce, technology, wholesale and media.

Julie Boucher

Julie Boucher

Vice President of Finance

Julie Boucher is a CMA, CPA with 15 years of experience in various progressive Finance roles. After a brief year of auditing in Montreal, Julie started her career in the travel industry in Toronto in 2002 with North American Leisure Group, which later became MyTravel. Five years later, she became Director of Finance and eventually lead an extensive team of 60 people for TravelBrands. Prior to joining Tully Luxury Travel in 2005, Julie was the Director of Finance at Flight Network, an online air consolidator.

Aida Silva

Aida Silva

Executive Vice-President

Aida Silva has been with the company for 27 years, starting as a Junior Sales Consultant in 1990. The office had a total of only 6 employees at that time. After 4 years in a successful sales position, she took on the role as Office Manager. As the company continued to grow and expand, her leadership skills directed her to become Executive Vice President in 2002.

Kelly Sousa

Kelly Sousa

Vice-President of Sales

Kelly Sousa started with Tully Luxury Travel in 1996. After completing her internship with The Cruise Professionals, she graduated from Humber College in Travel & Tourism, and began her now 20 year career with what was already known as the Leading agency for Luxury Travel companies in North America. Initially accepting a position as an administrator with the company, her passion and excitement grew, leading to her involvement in each department including documentation, accounting and sales support. With her expertise in customer service and outstanding leadership skills, Kelly took on the VP of Sales role in 2002. She continues to work with the growing team of Travel Designers in servicing clients with all things travel!

Pat Lista

Pat Lista

Vice-President, Product & Contracting

Pat Lista has almost 30 years' experience in the Tourism industry, with a strong background in contract negotiations, sales, marketing, budgets and supplier relationships. With an experienced and passionate mind, Pat is a fluid thinker who finds innovative solutions to drive business forward and to navigate teams through changing business models. He is a strong leader with a vast experience working in international/multicultural environments, with a deep understanding of diverse cultural and business practices.

Cathy Holler

Cathy Holler

Vice-President, African Dreams

Cathy Holler is a highly-regarded tourism executive with 30+ years of experience working with the global travel industry, from early-stage companies to established multi-national organizations. Over the course of her career she has worked for tour operators, luxury hotel chains, tourism boards and travel consortia. She also founded a tourism consultancy where she provided her expertise to travel companies and governmental organizations in Canada, the US, and internationally; and she has cultivated a vast network of business relationships around the world. Cathy has spent much of the past decade in executive positions in the U.S., most recently as Vice President, Business Development and Product Innovation for luxury tour operator, Travcoa. Prior to this, she spent five years with luxury travel agency consortia Virtuoso, first as Vice President, Destination Sales, then Vice President, Member Sales & Service - USA & Canada. Cathy’s visionary and strategic abilities, her entrepreneurial spirit, and her compassionate and ethical approach to business, combined with her passion for and destination knowledge of Africa, provide Tully Luxury Travel with the strong leadership that will enable the African Dreams division to achieve its' ambitious goals.