J.MAK isn't just about a great hotel room. There is much more to it, where Hospitality meets Personality. Please meet the Personalities behind the Hospitality of these great places and spaces. J.MAK is a brand that emphasizes the importance of relationships, social media, constant activity, and most importantly, success. J.MAK helps clients find their individual flair, relax, feel confident and stand out from the herd. Clients learn to trust their instinct and create their mark, focusing on what makes their property or service so attractive and unique. We work together combining our passion for the industry that is so deeply embedded in us.
Throughout my career, I have explored the many facets of the business from front desk, to hotel openings, to positions of increasing responsibility before opening J.MAK. I reside in Rhinecliff, NY with my husband, 5-year-old son, baby daughter, and two cats. I have become known for fast (and I’d say funny) responses to email. Just try not to call me!! My mother still maintains that my first two words were “room service”!
The mission is simple:
- Contact identified travel industry partners to build relationships, increase reservations, and awareness.
- Organize creative sales calls and events consistently and enthusiastically.
- Share a comprehensive database of key clients in relative markets.
- Create close working relationships with other J.MAK properties and partners.
- Actively promote Hospitality. Personality. – exemplified in each J.MAK Personality to top tier U.S. media and influencers.
Alex Pangelinan is a hotel and travel professional with over 20 years of hotel experience both in global sales and on property. A.PAN has worked for luxury brands based in North America, Asia and Europe with hotels all around the globe. His favorite part of the industry, besides the traveling, is helping others make the most of their travel experiences. Alex recently returned to Los Angeles after over 5 years living in New Zealand with his partner and his beloved Labradoodle, known as “The Dood”.
Jeff Sirota is excited to be part of the J.MAK team, coming on board as Sir.J. He started in the industry working as a Virtuoso travel agent, and comes to us from one of the top producing agencies in the network where he oversaw travel trade marketing and partnerships. In between, Jeff worked on property at a boutique hotel in Los Angeles and is probably best known for the role where he first worked with J.MAK: eventually making his way up to role of VP of Sales for Small Luxury Hotels. Needless to say, he brings in a perspective from both sides of the business. Sir.J currently resides in New York City, just blocks from J.MAK HQ: what a perfect commute! Aside from his love of travel, he enjoys fitness, cooking, and discovering all of the exciting elements of life in NYC. Even J.MAK's mother loves him!
Rob Tourtelot—sometimes known as R.TOU—handles all things digital for J.MAK. A creative technologist, Rob has spent his career building digital platforms for media companies and start-ups, including Pump Audio and WhoSay. Originally from Los Angeles, but a citizen of the U.S. and Australia, Rob now lives in New York's Hudson Valley, where he's lucky enough to have J.MAK and his family as almost-next-door-neighbors. Rob enjoys cooking and pretty much all manner of outdoor activities with his wife and kids.