Bryan S. Smith of Wales, N.Y., has been appointed vice president of worldwide marketing at Freed'Amour Travel, a boutique travel company headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Conducting tours globally as a certified International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) tour director for the past 15 years, guest travelers have enjoyed an experience of a lifetime, especially to Smith’s favorite destination—Italy. The Tuscany region offers a complete immersion in the Italian tradition of culture, art, history and food and wine.
Smith’s extensive travel portfolio began while working in the commercial airline industry for over 30 years with management assignments in New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Dallas, TX., Phoenix, Ariz., Denver, Colo., and Pittsburgh, Pa., to name a few.
His airline connections include US Airways (now American Airlines), United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and Allegiant.
With a career that began as a flight attendant, Smith prospered as manager of Inflight Communications at US Airways until 2002, and in a communications/marketing capacity within the industry through 2016. His travels have taken him from New Zealand to Moscow and numerous places in between.
He has also been responsible for corporate branding and position policy, including external corporate communications.
Smith has a lifelong interest in media and the arts. In 1980, he joined a Media Study Project in Buffalo with Gerry O’Grady, from the University at Buffalo. “It was exciting to be creative and work with many talented artists, including Bill Viola, James Blue and Hollis Frampton,” he said. “A small team of artistically trained professionals from all over the country produced a series of documentaries in film and for radio as a member of one of the most progressive ideas about society and art, showing documentary and experimental films, in an atmosphere constantly changing, developing and restructuring contemporary thought.
Smith became a writer for “Weekend at Your Service” with Andy Thomas at WEBR radio in Buffalo (now WNED). The popular call-in show increased in ratings from dead last to first in six months.
Smith holds a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University [State College] where he won a full-ride scholarship to play football for The Fighting Scots from 1975 – 79. He was invited to a tryout with the New England Patriots in 1980, under head coach Chuck Fairbanks. Having never played on Astroturf, he slipped and fell during his 40-yard dash test. The rest is history.