About the Team

Our Corporate mission is to provide exceptional service with satisfaction guaranteed.

Meet the New York Guest Team

John Williams, PRESIDENT

John, a co-founder of the family-owned company, brings a tireless ability to accomplish every task in a manner designed to reflect so very well on our clients. Involved in hospitality at an early age, he has the skills developed only from doing the hardest and most challenging jobs. His leadership is defined by respect, reliability, and the highest level of integrity. John and his wife reside in New York and are the proud parents of two daughters and a son.

jwilliams@americanguestusa.com

Richard Williams, CEO

Richard is involved in nearly every project or task. A co-founder of the company, he recruited a team that works with a personal dedication to excellence. For over 30 years, Richard has had ownership and partner roles in hospitality and planning companies. Whether in marketing, sales or operations, he is known for an ability to sense the client's core needs and set up a plan to exceed their goals. Married with 5 adult children, he resides with his wife 30 miles east of Manhattan.

rwilliams@americanguestusa.com

Julie Roth, VICE PRESIDENT

Julie is one of the most engaging and respected executives in the industry. With a personal commitment to clients and an attention to detail, Julie enjoys a wonderful reputation among both corporate clients and business associates. From California to the east coast, from Canada to Mexico, Julie has created lasting professional relationships that transcend the assignment and enjoys a level of trust from her clients that only excellent performance can produce. She grew up near Main Line, Pennsylvania with a strong Canadian heritage and is well travelled both domestically and internationally.

jroth@americanguestusa.com

Carolina Neri, GROUPS & INCENTIVES MANAGER

A people person by nature, Carolina has an innate ability to create those special client relationships. Her ability to tackle any situation or task with comfort and dexterity makes her an invaluable resource. With good knowledge of international markets and various culture backgrounds, these skills enhanced our customer service portfolio, adding to an effective work at New York Guest USA. Native Brazilian, Portuguese speaker, with more than 6 years of experience in coordination and management of projects, Carolina has a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality Tourism Management - New York City College of Technology/CUNY.

cneri@americanguestusa.com

Vanessa Alfonso, PROJECT MANAGER

Vanessa is the consummate professional in the design, sourcing and planning of corporate Incentives and Meetings; as well as larger leisure groups. A native of Colombia, she has been involved in similar programs in France and Holland. Speaking and writing to clients in Spanish, French, and English, she focuses on serving clients from France, Spain, South and Central America, and Mexico. With her experience across multiple industries, she offers clients a multi-cultural understanding of their special requirements so that programs exceed client expectations. She is known for her attention to detail, depth of design and uniqueness. She is concise and very well organized for both the client and the supplier. Married to a French national, she has two sons and resides in New Jersey

valfonso@americanguestusa.com

Maria Basiou-Petropoulou, CONTROLLER

Maria Petropoulou is among the longer tenured staff members. She joined the Accounting Department nearly 10 years ago after working at HSBC-USA. In her role as a Controller in the company, she focuses on the key financial analytics and assists management in maintaining banking and financial relationship and on efficient A/P and A/R tasks. She works very well with both clients and suppliers alike. Maria has a BBA from Zicklin School of Business - Baruch College. Originally from Greece, she in now a resident of NYC where she resides with her husband.

mpetropoulou@americanguestusa.com

Kelly Colmenares, SALES COORDINATOR

Kelly Colmenares, is a graduate of the University of Florida, with a degree in tourism and events management. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Kelly was raised in New York and Miami. She is bilingual in English-Spanish, and speaks and understands Italian as well which she learned while studying abroad. She relocated to New York to pursue a hospitality career. At American Guest, Kelly is primarily an incentive planner.

kcolmenares@americanguestusa.com

Myriam Baldi, SALES COORDINATOR

Myriam Baldi, a graduate of the University of Strasbourg, France, role includes development of social media links, creation of newsletters and website maintenance. Originally an intern, she is an active member of the incentive planning team. From French-Moroccan origins, she has a degree in Foreign Languages and Civilizations and has travelled and lived on the East and West coast of the United States. A naturally enthusiastic and creative person, she is excellent at program development.

mbaldi@americanguestusa.com