Jim Rye founded RYMARK International on the principle that “people do business with people they know and trust.” Since the start of the company in 1994, that principle still remains a guiding cornerstone of RYMARK International. Jim’s vision is for select, strong relationships built in partnership with each client. He firmly believes in absolute ethical, personal service delivered by RYMARK International’s group of highly-skilled, knowledgeable experts. The RYMARK International team is one that cares about their clients and is motivated to help them achieve a successful meeting or event – anywhere in the world. Prior to opening RYMARK International, Jim worked over 30 years with the Walt Disney Company as General Manager of Resort Sales and Services, and was responsible for marketing, sales, coordination and administration for all group and convention activity at the Walt Disney World Resort®. Also, he was a key member of the advance team for the opening of the EURODISNEYLAND® project in France where he managed sales, marketing, strategic planning and distribution. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing from the Pennsylvania State University.
Vice President and General Manager
Cathy Rye joined RYMARK International as the former Sales Manager of Meetings and Incentive Travel Magazine in Canada. Holding a degree in marketing, she was instrumental in developing international recognition for the publication and for the creation of CMITS, the Canadian Meeting and Incentive Show. During this tenure, Cathy spoke at industry seminars and meetings and incentive conferences for government tourism associations. In the early 1990s, she formed Integrated Destination Marketing Services to assist clients in targeting their combined sales and marketing efforts toward the meetings and incentive travel industry. In 1996, Cathy joined Jim in Orlando as VP and General Manager of RYMARK International. “Believing in building strong business relationships as trusting partnerships,” she works toward growing and maintaining them with the firm’s clients. “The best compliment that we can receive is a recommendation from one of our existing clients – reputation is everything to us!”
Terri Bisignano joined RYMARK International in 2003 after building an extensive career in the hospitality industry, with an impressive 18 years in hotel sales and marketing. She believes that “positive value and attentive service are of utmost importance in meeting clients’ needs.” She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Administration from the University of New Orleans in 1985 and moved to Florida shortly thereafter to start her career. From the early 1990s until joining our team, Terri held the position of Director of Sales and Marketing for the Buena Vista Palace Resort & Spa where she was responsible for a staff of thirty people, revenues of $78 million, and more than five hundred annual meetings and conventions. Terri’s years of earned industry knowledge are truly a valuable asset to RYMARK International’s clients.
Tricia Daniels, CMP
Director - Sales and Event Management
Tricia Daniels joined RYMARK International in January 2007 with over thirty years of experience in the hospitality industry from the Walt Disney Company®. She has earned the prestigious Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) awarded by the Convention Industry Council, as well as her Sommelier Certification. Solidly trained in catering sales and convention services, she held the position of Catering & Convention Services Director at Disney where she was responsible for a team of seventeen people, revenues of over $17 million and more than 1,200 annual events. She believes that, “all events can be successful with detailed planning, a flexible approach, and consistent follow-up.”
Director - Sales and Technology
Don Fagan, officially joined RYMARK International in 2010. Previously he had been working with RYMARK International staff members utilizing their conference and hotel/site selection resources for various corporations and companies that he is affiliated with. Don has created, coordinated and project managed (hands-on) hundreds of large (60,000+) and small events, conferences and trade shows for a variety of businesses in a wide range of industries, including: legal, healthcare, technology, hair profession, and governmental. Most unique, Don has a high degree of technical expertise combined with his experience and training in marketing and creative advertising. Experience includes internet technology project manager with Safeport Network Services being responsible for creation and marketing for hundreds of IT projects, websites, and E-commerce. He holds an M.B.A. an a B.S. Degree in marketing, plus extensive training in web based IT. Don is excited to be a part of the RYMARK team to offer clients very unique and creative ideas for meetings and conferences - small or large.
Sales and Event Management
Mark has been involved in the travel industry since 1981. He has enjoyed success in both management and sales within a wide range of industries and companies in North America. Having worked extensively in all areas of hospitality with two major travel companies worldwide, as well as being an owner of two others throughout his career, RYMARK Internatonal is privledged to add Mark to the team. His education includes Upper Canada College, and Carleton University, both in Canada. "In today's environment success is all about understanding the client, their company and their needs and wants, all within the scope of building trust."
Administration and Project Manager