Original SeaDream Member Gets Tapped for Key Post

Gretchen Bell has been named Vice President Sales, the Americas for SeaDream Yacht Club. A member of the original SeaDream team that put together the classy operation in 2001, Gretchen Bell has served as Director of Business Development and National Accounts since that time.
“Gretchen is still seeking new challenges,” said Bob Lepisto, SeaDream’s President. “That’s why we tapped her for this important expanded role.”
“She is a total professional, highly respected in the travel industry and has shared our excitement about our SeaDream yachting adventure since the beginning,” Lepisto said.
Gretchen Bell steps into her new role following staff reorganization in January this year when SeaDream owner and Chairman Atle Brynestad took over the reins as CEO. At that time he named Bob Lepisto, also a member of the original SeaDream team, as President. Lepisto had been Senior Vice President worldwide Sales and Marketing.
Gretchen Bell will oversee the SeaDream North American business development staff, plus that of Brazil and also continue her responsibilities for the national accounts program as well as relationships with international yacht brokers.
“Gretchen will wear several hats and she will change them frequently. Furthermore, we all know that she is capable of wearing all of them at the same time, which is an important element since we have a small, highly energized staff,” Lepisto said..
She will continue to be based in SeaDream’s Miami headquarters and will report to Lepisto.
Gretchen Bell has a distinguished professional background: Before joining SeaDream in 2001 she was with Cunard Line Limited where she was Director of National Accounts. Earlier she was with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and rose from District Sales Manager to Manager of National Business Development. Earlier she was a Regional Sales Manager for Commodore Cruise Line and manager of a wholesale tour company. She began her travel industry career in 1978 as a retail travel agent.

Contact: Ernie Beyl
Director, Corporate & Marketing Communications
ebeyl@seadream.com
beyl@earthlink.net
October 6, 2009