We’re thrilled to welcome a new team member – Steve Torres joins Epperly Travel as a travel advisor! After 14 years of experience at Four Seasons, Steve made the move to change careers. From being a former global account director for one of the most renowned luxury hotel corporations, he ventures into the industry as an independent contractor.
A Luxury Hotel Expert
In his previous role as the global account director at Four Seasons, Steve acted as a brand ambassador to all leisure and corporate buyers within the Midwest and Southeast regions. Additionally, he educated the travel community on the Four Seasons’ brand and the compelling benefits of each destination. The role brought an in-depth understanding of the decision-making process from both the clients’ and the supplier-advisor perspectives. As a result, this forms a unique vantage point that gives Steve an advantage in the travel advisor business.
From Supplier to Advisor
Throughout the years, his love for travel has never faltered. During the pandemic, he grew increasingly curious about becoming an entrepreneur within the travel industry. “Deciding to crossover from the supplier side of the travel industry to the advisor side kept lingering around in my mind for a few years,” says Steve. Although, he didn’t have the time to pursue this journey before 2020.
While Covid-19 resulted in a large number of layoffs, Steve’s position included, the obstacle wouldn’t bring him down. With Steve’s ambitious personality, he quickly found the silver lining. He used this time as an opportunity to deep dive into what he wanted in all aspects of life. With his husband’s support, he re-invented himself and his career. In time, TORO Hospitality was born. Now, he documents their adventures together in the new world began as #TheTravelingToros.
The Traveling Toros
#TheTravelingToros is an embodiment of Steve’s love for travel and his perseverance. As a Taurus and avid traveler, The Traveling Toros perfectly suited this new venture for Steve and his husband, Mark. Steve used the image of a Taurus or Toro – the bull – as a representation of what he and his husband were going through in 2020. Their resilience to be able to pick up the pieces and re-invent themselves is inspirational.
Joining the Epperly Team
As the next step, Steve searched to find his ideal host agency. Specifically, he wanted an agency that would allow him to be himself while providing support, innovation, a good reputation, but most of all – fun! Steve and Lindsey Epperly, Founder of Epperly Travel, worked together throughout the years and their interactions were gracious and upfront. “She is a go-getter, a leader, and an individual who works relentlessly to improve our industry in one way or another,” says Steve. The evolution of Epperly Travel was precisely what he was looking for. Once news broke that Epperly Travel acquired another reputable boutique agency, Jetset World Travel, the decision was easy. He was confident that he would be joining a dynamic team with plenty of knowledge to share. Likewise, the Epperly Team ecstatically welcomes Steve.
Want to Know More About Epperly Travel?
At Epperly Travel, we’re dedicated to modernizing the traditional host agency structure. We believe in providing a strong community of advisors and increasing business clarity with our mentorship program. We see independent contractors as entrepreneurs and have created a financial structure to remove the cages that cap an advisor’s upside potential. This allows them to reap the benefits of their growth.