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Ms. Andjela Kessler

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President

Incentive Travel & Meetings
970 Clementstone Dr Suite 100
Atlanta, Georgia 30342
United States

Company Description: Since 1975, Incentive Travel & Meetings has been a leading provider of meetings, incentive programs, destination management and group travel to corporations...   more
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Staff & Board « 7 Stages Theatre | The Revolution is Inside
www.7stages.org, 21 July 2013 [cached]
Andjela Kessler - President, Incentive Travel & Meetings, Inc.
Incentive Travel and Meetings - ITM | Media | USAITM.com
www.usaitm.com, 9 July 2014 [cached]
Andjela Kessler, President, Incentive Travel & Meetings has been appearing on CNN and has been interviewed by various broadcast and print media.
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Andjela Kessler, President, Incentive Travel & Meetings
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"Nothing succeeds for companies like incentives to motivate their employees to work together, or to reward them for doing a good job, like being the top sellers in their organizations," said Kessler.
Advantages of being small Kessler competes for blue-chip clients with larger companies by emphasizing her firm's flexibility. Although small, Kessler said the size of her firm is an advantage in an industry in which clients typically request last-minute rescheduling of activities to accommodate unexpected corporate adjustments. "When you're small, you can move faster. I can make decisions faster in the interest of my clients," said Kessler.
Being small is advantageous because she has recruited a team of logistics and creative personnel who handle everything from meeting arrangements to the design of trophies. Kessler developed her firm conservatively - primarily through outsourcing - until she felt financially comfortable to add full-time staff. Because she did not finance the company with a bank loan, she said, she used limited personal funds to pay her expenses until she built consistent business from clients. During the firm's start-up, Kessler rented office space from her former employer, Adweek, until she was able to move to her own location.
Challenge of getting paid But there are some disadvantages to her firm's size. Kessler said one of her biggest business challenges is timely payment of bills by some clients whose finance departments regard marketing incentives as a low payment priority. "We do a number of projects that also require that we pay up front. I have to come up with the money," said Kessler.
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Kessler prides herself in achieving the desired results for clients, but from exotic settings. The native Yugoslavian believes her ideas for adventures suit employees in today's high-tech and global economy.
Kessler's operation is an interesting business practices study, according to Deborah Lester, a marketing and advertising professor in the Coles School of Business at Kennesaw State University.
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For the past six years, Kennesaw business students have been challenged to emulate Kessler and other business people.
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Kessler said ITM is careful not to exploit the native residents whom clients encounter on their trips. ITM intends to serve as an "ambassador from Atlanta" to bridge cultures around the world, she said.
Kessler wrote "The International Friendship Book" as a practical guide for businesses and people relating to world communities. 'Me self-published book came out in May 1996 and sold 50,000 copies by the time the Olympic Games ended in August.
She dedicated the book to her father, Milan Loncaric, who was an international lawyer who moved his family around the world as assignments dictated. Because of her early exposure to living in foreign countries, Kessler said her work is in part a tribute to her family. Also in 1996, Kessler was a finalist for the Atlanta Convention and Visitor's Bureau award for individuals who have best sought meaningful relationships with other cities, countries and cultures.
ITM's clients are not exclusively large U.S. corporations. Kessler works with small domestic companies as well, because she wants to "meet every budget. ITM has been expanding its services to international firms that want to reward employees and customers with travel and entertainment to Caribbean and U.S. destinations.
"When I bring the Dutch to an African-American church in Atlanta, it's no different than taking Americans to a rice field in Thailand. Everyone needs to really experience a new culture," said Kessler.
Kessler said. She got the assignment and took the risky leap to becoming an entrepreneur. Kessler, however, never viewed her move as a risk. "Our company is known for its creativity," she said.
She said that travel is always emphasized because informal market research shows employees and customers remember exotic trips more than how they spent a monetary bonus, especially if it was a meager amount.
Interview: executive producer of Radical Love | Technique
nique.net, 14 Feb 2014 [cached]
We got a chance to speak with Andjela Kessler, president of Incentive Travel & Meetings, owner of ITM International Art Brokers, proud parent of a Georgia Tech student and the Executive Producer of the play.
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Kessler: "Inspired by a true story, Radical Love is an internationally relevant play, dealing with pressing Global issues - Muslims and Christians; military intervention or not; tolerance or intolerance; love or hate.
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Kessler: "It all begins with the Playwright, as the Playwright is the one that comes up with the story, develops the concept, the characters, and the dialogue and gives this all a form by writing the play.
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Kessler: "Yes, it is a world premiere in the entire world of theater."
Technique: "Why was Georgia Tech chosen for such a premiere, what makes this theatre program so strong?"
Kessler: "As the Executive Producer of the play, I approached Georgia Tech because I knew of your Artistic Director Melissa Foulger's expertise in international theater and the quality of her work with Georgia Tech students.
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Kessler: "With Radical Love play, DramaTech students are getting an international experience, not only because of the topic of the play and the playwright's origin, but also the director, Prodan Dimov is internationally award winning"
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Kessler: "It was a thrill to work with very bright young people."
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Kessler: "They are amazingly detail oriented and organized.
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Kessler: "February 14, 8pm, Friday at DramaTech (Ferst Performance Arts Center, DramaTech entrance). Five shows will follow (www.DramaTech.org/reservations)."
Technique: "What kind of experience should students expect going into the show, and what do you hope they get out of it?"
Kessler: "It will be an eye opening experience. The play is inspired by a true story. Just learning that kids your age succeeded in overthrowing a dictator by using humor as a weapon is thrilling. They will also find out how US politician's mistakes traumatically affect the lives of ordinary people across the world."
Related: Andjela Kessler, Drama Tech, theater, Entertainment
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Ms. Kessler in no way represents America as a whole.
7 Stages
www.7stages.org, 22 June 2010 [cached]
Andjela Kessler Incentive Travel & Meetings, Inc.
Andjela Kessler, president, ...
www.meetingsfocus.com, 1 Feb 2011 [cached]
Andjela Kessler, president, Incentive Travel and Meetings, Atlanta: I'm seeing a lot more integration of incentives with meetings.
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Kessler: I think there is a definite shift in perception, with resorts and luxury properties getting off the black list.
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