David Harris | Chief Executive Officer
David Harris was appointed to the newly-created position of CEO of Ensemble Travel Group in March 2019.
He joins the team with more than 35 years of experience, working in the travel industry for his entire professional career following his completion of a B.A in Mathematics from York University.
In fact, travel runs in his blood. His parents opened a travel agency franchise in 1982 that Harris purchased when they retired in 1995. He then served as the President and sole Owner of M. Ross Harris Travel Limited, operating three consumer-facing travel brands – Orion Travelinx, Voyageur Travel and Charrisma Travel Group (all Ensemble members for 19 years) – until he sold the business in March 2019 to assume his current position.
Harris has a proven track record of helping build Ensemble’s strategic vision, championing member-centric initiatives (such as Shareholder parity) during his service as Chair and Vice Chair of Ensemble’s North American Board – positions he held for four years. He has also participated in the business as a Director on numerous committees of the Board including Finance, Australia, Executive, Acquisitions and Compensation & Review. In addition, he was first elected to the Canadian Advisory Board for Ensemble in 2008 and was then nominated and elected as a Director to the North American Board for Ensemble in 2013. In 2017, Harris and his daughter Lauren were awarded the Ensemble Agency Excellence award for engagement.
Harris is based in Toronto but spends up to two weeks each month in New York.
Don Kennedy | Vice President of Business Development, North America
Kennedy joined Ensemble Travel Group in April 2015. He oversees new member growth and retention in the U.S. and Canada and manages a sales team aligned to deliver value to its shareholders and preferred partners. Kennedy’s more than 25 years in the industry include executive positions, both nationally and globally, with such well-known leisure and corporate agencies as Toronto-based Corporate Travel Management Solutions (ctms), TRAVELSAVERS, Travel Leaders Associate Division (formerly Carlson Wagonlit Travel), Travel and Transport, and AAA.
Much of Kennedy’s managerial style has been shaped by completing the highly regarded “Leadership at the Peak” curriculum at the Center of Creative Leadership, a program designed to help top leaders perform at maximum levels and accelerate organizational goals. He and his wife Rita live in the Minneapolis area and have two sons in college. They are avid boaters and world travelers with Cuba and Moscow on his wish list in the not-too-distant future. He also enjoys playing an occasional round of golf.
Carl Schmitt | Vice President of Marketing, North America
Schmitt joined Ensemble in 2017. He brings nearly 30 years’ experience in global brand strategy, customer relationship management, and B2B sales and marketing having served in senior management roles at PFP Services (credit union and life insurance provider), Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories (international physician B2B services), Constellation Management Group (strategic marketing - CVS Pharmacy), and Avon Products. Schmitt’s collaborative, creative and analytical skills form the foundation for his results-driven marketing and business solutions approach. His experience developing businesses and working with clients on strategic planning and problem solving is integral to ensuring success for Ensemble members.
He and his wife Kathy have two adult-aged sons. His travels have taken him from admiring Art Nouveau architecture in Helsinki to photographing Coqui frogs in the El Yunque National Forest. On the adventurous side he has found himself zip lining on Mount Washington, jet boating on Howe Sound, Vancouver and enjoys playing hockey as a goalie.
Helen Enriquez | Vice President of Product Development and Technology Solutions, North America
Enriquez joined Ensemble Travel Group in May 2017 to lead a global Product Development and Technology Solutions department. She and her team are passionate about exploring and developing both third-party partnered and self-built technology platforms, portals and tools, with a focus on enhancing the agent experience and supporting members with the growth of their business. Enriquez spent much of her career integrating products and services across various industries including healthcare, banking, spirits and entertainment before entering the travel field. Her subsequent 20+ years of travel industry experience come from partnering on innovation from the corporate buyer side at a global manufacturing company, deploying Sabre’s GetThere corporate products, and managing and collaborating on travel technology platforms across The Travel Leaders brands.
Enriquez first caught the technology bug at New York University after switching from her passion for creative writing to a focus in New Media and Internet Technologies. She equates the adventure that is travel with the journey to creating happy technology customers. Much like her many journeys to visit family in Serbia and the Adriatic coast, explore the highlands and lochs of Scotland, and tour the canyons of the western U.S. by motorcycle, Enriquez says technology allows her to venture into the unknown and has become a place she likes to visit over and over again!