Experienced Leadership Team

The Lodging Interactive team provides varied skill sets in design, search engine marketing, online advertising, social media marketing, copywriting, analytics, account management and technology. Our team consists of nearly 50 professionals who serve over 650 hotels, resorts, spas and restaurants worldwide.

DJ Vallauri

DJ Vallauri

Founder & President

DJ provides the overall company direction and continues to develop leading technology products and services for the hospitality industry. He has held sales, marketing and business development positions with companies such as Meridien Hotels, Reed Travel Group, American Airlines‘ - AMR Information Services, Cendant’s subsidiary WizCom International and Prime Hospitality Corp. In addition, he founded two e-commerce businesses, which he subsequently sold in early 1999. DJ also serves on the HSMAI Greater New York chapter Advisory Board as the Director of Social Media. twitter.com/djvallauri

Alicia Pavignano

Alicia Pavignano

Director, Client Services

After nearly 10 years in media and advertising, with a degree in Business Management, Alicia oversees the Lodging Interactive team to ensure the highest level of support services and works closely within the department to help determine the best solutions for our clients’ needs.

Rosella Virdo

Rosella Virdo

Managing Director, CoMMingle Social Media

Combining 27 years of advertising and marketing experience with a college major in Hotel/Restaurant Management, Rosella leads the CoMMingle team in the ever changing world of social media while keeping a balanced perspective for every client’s business need. Rosella also serves as a Social Media Marketing Committee Member of HSMAI Greater New York chapter.

Andra Chin

Andra Chin

Director, CoMMingle

Andra has over 15 years of developing and leading high performance teams in areas of product and program development. With her attention to process and methods, she applies these core principles to the social media field. She manages CoMMingle’s daily operations with oversight of key accounts ensuring quality engagement from evolving best practices.

Alexandru Dan Georgescu

Alexandru Dan Georgescu

Creative Director

Dan provides all creative design and development direction for all our new client websites. Over the course of his 15-year career he has worked for a number of interactive companies, where he was responsible for creating the information architecture, user interface, search engine optimization (SEO) and HTML/CSS production for a variety of websites.

Gouri Karode

Gouri Karode

Manager, Paid Advertising

Gouri is instrumental in both the strategic direction and day to day operational management of the search marketing team. She provides key insights into search marketing innovations and oversees all media planning for paid search accounts.

Gouri is a paid search management veteran, managing complex search marketing campaigns since 2009 for fortune 500 companies and internet companies in US, UK and France.

Gouri Karode has earned a M.S. in MIS from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). She also holds Digital Marketing Certificate from NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Additionally she is Google and Bing Search Advertising Advanced certified.

Mary Jo Caruso

Mary Jo Caruso

Manager, Search Engine Optimization

Mary Jo “MJ” Caruso began her Search Engine Optimization (SEO) career in 1997 when she developed her first e-commerce website selling chocolate on the Internet.

Her love of SEO caused her to sell her company to pursue her SEO & digital marketing dreams. From there, Mary Jo went on to work with Fortune 500 companies, honing her SEO & Internet marketing talents learning about the auto, healthcare, real estate and hospitality industries. MJ’s primary focus now is making our clients happy by offering them SEO solutions customized to their overall company goals.

Dong Chen

Director, Development & IT

Dong oversees and manages the Company’s information technology & development. Dong has over 18 years of experience in enterprise application development, specializing in web and mobile technologies.

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