HILO'S LEADERSHIP TEAM
Meet the team that brings the magic to Travel With Hilo. We are a group of Florida based travel pros, providing world class white glove & personalized service to our patrons.
Aloha! My name is Hilo Ka Popoki and I hail from the big island of Hawaii via Toronto Canada and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Yes, I am quite the travelling cat. Travel with Hilo was inspired by me! After travelling with Michael and his husband Marcio for many years I quickly learned that they know how to plan and travel well..
I asked Michael to consider opening a small boutique travel agency that can provide personalized service, after all he has many years in the travel industry and has incredible insight from travelling the globe. I am sure you will see the difference in all the little things we do that will greatly enhance your experience. Mahalo and Meow.
Meet Hilo Ka Popoki
President and CEO
After career achievements with Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines, Air France, along with other key roles in global airlines and travel management companies, you’d expect Michael to be all business. But, he never lets the rules overrule common sense or a great relationship. Following the acquisition of Northwest Airlines by Delta Air Lines, Michael was selected to lead in a newly-created role of Manager of Specialty Sales for the Canadian market.
Meet Michael E. White
Michael ended his career at Delta in the Global Agency Sales team and managed high-visibility, global accounts of critical importance, dedicated to the Carlson Wagonlit Travel team and the Global Energy Sector. Michael is thrilled to bring his wealth of travel industry knowledge and expertise with the launch of Travel with Hilo.
Bill Furman brings 30 years of travel industry experience to his role of Manging Partner with TWH. HIs experience is vast and robust including several key roles at Trans World Airlines before transitioning to positions within the Travel Management sector of the industry. Bill's broad agency tenure encompasses numerous specialties including corporate, government, entertainment, leisure and group travel.
Meet William E. Furman
He also played a key role in the implementation of travel operations for the United States Department of Homeland Security's TSA/Federal Air Marshal program. Bill has known Hilo and Michael for many years and is the perfect Managing Partner to fulfill Hilo's vision of excellence.
Marcio Duarte brings a diverse background that specializes in many technical and creative disciplines that make significant contributions to Travel with Hilo. Marcio is directly responsible for data management, information and CRM platforms which includes analytics, reporting, trending and database management.
Marcio also directs the companies social media strategy, customer experience touch points and operational processes.
Marcio has a passion for travel and at last count, he has visited over 25 countries, spanning the globe from Tahiti to Iceland.
Meet Marcio Duarte
Joe began his travel career in the early '90s at a prestigious travel school in the Northeast where the curriculum focused on all aspects of the business and leisure travel segments. After graduation, Joe was recruited by a Global Travel Management company where he was hired in the role of Corporate Travel Counselor, serving Fortune 500 companies. His responsibilities included assisting executives with their complex global travel arrangements, including Air, Hotel, Ground Transportation, and Visa Processing.
Meet Joe Zavacki
Associate - Cruise Specialist
Joe believes in highly personalized services and takes pride in working with clients to achieve their travel goals. Joe's passion for travel, culture, and diversity has taken him around the world, including the major capitals of Europe, the Caribbean, and Asia. Over the past few years, Joe has become enamored with cruising. To date he has spent months on ships across the world's major cruise lines. His extensive knowledge has served his clients well.