Phil and Doris Davidoff have been successful parents for more than forty years and successful businesspeople for more than thirty-five years. They own and operate a successful travel agency and a consulting firm. Phil was President of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), the world’s largest and most powerful travel trade association with worldwide membership of more than 22,000 people. In 1991, he was named “Travel Person of the Year” by the industry’s oldest and most prestigious magazine. That same year, another important publication’s readers voted Phil and Doris “Travel Agents of the Year.” In 1988, they were awarded the Society of Travel and Tourism Educators’ most prestigious award.

Together, they have authored eight textbooks (five published by Prentice-Hall, two by Irwin Mirror Press (now owned by McGraw Hill), and one by Delmar on subjects ranging from sales and marketing to financial management as well as numerous trade and public press articles. These books include: Sales and Marketing for Travel and Tourism (first and second editions), Tourism Geography (first and second editions), and Financial Management for Travel Agencies. Doris Davidoff is also a member of the Society of American Travel Writers.

Both the Davidoffs have been acclaimed seminar leaders for more than thirty years on a variety of managerial subjects, including personnel management, marketing, financial management, and automation, and have consulted with numerous companies, both large and small.

Donald M. Davidoff is the eldest child of the family. Trained as an engineer at MIT, he spent almost four years as a program manager for the Air Force, responsible for the development of more than $1 billion in research of high-tech equipment for missiles, before leaving to join the family businesses. He has authored numerous articles as well as a textbook on customer service, Contact: Customer Service in the Hospitality & Tourism Industry, published by Prentice-Hall. He was awarded a $10,000 first prize in American Express’ 1994 Annual Review of Travel International Essay contest. Donald has consulted with companies ranging from Northrop Electronics Systems Division to Ball Aerospace to Carlson Travel Network. Today, Donald is Group Vice President, Pricing & Revenue Management at Archstone-Smith, one of the largest multi-family housing REITs. His team is responsible for pricing $1billion in annual revenue. Prior to that, he was a business consultant with Manugistics, Inc., a high-tech software company with clients including Disney, Delta Airlines, ABC Network and other leading Fortune 500 companies.

Douglas Davidoff is the middle child of the family and brings a unique array of management and sales experience. He is a Certified Financial Planner and a Certified Professional Salesperson and was the youngest regional sales manager in the history of the Hertz Corporation before leaving to join the family business. He has consulted with hundreds of small businesses and was a financial consultant with Merrill Lynch for five years specializing in retirement programs for businesses and individuals. Doug created The Thrid Wave Selling Process™ in 1995 after a very successful career as an "old-school" salesperson. In 2004, Doug left Merrill Lynch to start his own companies, Imagine Financial Services and Imagine Consulting.

Together, the Davidoffs present a unique group of writers for this project. They have extensive experience in business—both big and small. They also bring the experience of their family's trials and tribulations—a natural angle for good PR. The authors are available to make whatever time and effort is needed to fully support the book. They are accomplished speakers and are neither intimated by large crowds and media nor above being willing to speak to a small group of interested readers. They have all received media training through their various previous positions and are comfortable in the spotlight if that will help sell books. They will, of course, promote sales of the book at the various seminars they conduct throughout the year.

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