NEWPORT, RI, November 9, 2009 – It's no secret that some of the world's wealthiest people - including entertainers, athletes, and entrepreneurs - prefer to vacation in villas. It's the privacy that attracts them most of all - the ability to spend peaceful, relaxing time with loved ones, in complete seclusion, far from the madding crowd.
Jay Sapovits has been selling private jets and villa rentals to discerning clients for years. Just hired as VP of Sales for WIMCO, the private villa rental company for the Caribbean and Europe, Jay will be leading the sales effort as the company continues to meet the demand for the private and personalized villa vacations. "Jay's experience with our clientele - and his track record of success in the luxury travel business - is just what we were looking for at this stage in our growth," says Barclay H. Warburton IV, Wimco's CEO.
"Today's affluent travelers know exactly what they want," says Mr. Sapovits. "Our villa agents have visited and stayed in the villas they sell. They are able to meet the precise villa requirements of our clients - in addition to providing desired concierge services such as a private chef or yoga instructor. WIMCO agents are second to none, and WIMCO has been the Tiffany of luxury villas for 23 years, offering some of the world's most beautifully furnished and maintained villas. Our customers appreciate these unique properties from the moment they walk in the door. I'm excited to be joining Wimco as villa vacations become more popular worldwide."
In his role as Vice President for Marquis Jet, Mr. Sapovits opened the Boston office for the startup private jet company with the Chairman and CEO. From 2001 through 2006 Mr. Sapovits personally generated more than $50 million in revenue.
Throughout his career, Mr. Sapovits has shown a passionate ability to identify market opportunities. Mr. Sapovits’ career highlights include creating the most successful single-day special event to the PGA Tour, The Exelon Invitational hosted by Jim Furyk. Mr. Sapovits actively sold over $2 million in sponsorships and procured top PGA Tour stars including David Duval, Jesper Parnevik, Joe Durant, Nick Price, Lee Janzen, Sergio Garcia, Davis Love III and Justin Leonard.
Wimco Villas is an award-winning luxury villa company, providing access to some of the world's most beautiful and exceptional villas in Italy, the South of France, Mykonos. In the Caribbean Wimco Villas represents over 260 villas on St Barts and offers an expansive selection of private villas throughout the region including St Martin, Barbados, Anguilla, Jamaica, The US and British Virgin Islands, Mustique, Nevis and the Cayman Islands. Wimco also recently introduced a selection of private villas in Maui, Oahu in Hawaii and Punta Mita and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Per-bedroom villa rentals can range from $100 to $1000 a night.
Voted 'Best Presented Villas' by the readers of Condé Nast Traveller, Wimco strives to make the best match between our clients and villas. Wimco's reservations agents take annual familiarization trips to our destinations to tour the villas, re-educating themselves on the amenities of each villa and ensuring they meet Wimco standards. As well as providing accommodation and destination information, Wimco Villas can tailor make the villa holidays to suit each client's needs, whether it be arranging for private chefs, yoga instructors, yacht charters or simply a restaurant reservation.
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