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Maria is always willing to go the extra mile for our corporate travel management clients—putting the F1S motto of fanatical service into play every day. Maria helps lead our corporate team, ensuring we meet the needs of travelers and travel managers. Whether she’s providing the best booking experience or hands-on, personalized support, she puts our clients first and always exceeds expectations. (On a recent trip to Italy for a group of 800 physicians, she organized a meeting with the Pope!)

Getting to Know Maria

Five Favorite Spots

Turks and Caicos

Exceeding Corporate Client Expectations

In the travel industry for 26 years and with F1S for 22 of those, Maria is based in New York—and calls her trips to India and Bariloche in Argentina among her favorite travel moments. When she’s not trying her hand at challenging activities like rock climbing, you can find her relaxing to jazz and soft rock.

“At the core of my travel philosophy is the word ‘humility’. It begins with one person. Each individual who visits a new place may have an everlasting impact there. Make it a positive one. I strive to facilitate the making of that impact for my clients by using my own experiences, creativity, leadership and discipline.”
Maria Mendez

Meet & Greet

I can’t travel without:
My running shoes and my phone. I use my phone to document all of my experiences, since it takes great photos and is much easier to carry than a bulky camera
An idyllic place to live would be:
Bariloche, Argentina. It’s a beautiful city with stunning views—and the people are amazing!
My favorite meal:
I love French cuisine—my favorite is Pot-au-feu, a traditional French beef stew. I also love my husband’s summer barbeque
Next up on my must-visit list:
A work trip to Australia, with a crew of influencers
Something you don’t know about me:
I love fitness and being pampered! My favorite things to do besides traveling is to reward myself after a hard workout with a spa massage
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