MEET THE TEAM

DANEL KURMANKULOVA
TRAVEL ADVISOR

Danel spent most of her childhood in Kazakhstan where she was born. From a young age she enjoyed traveling and exploring new places. When she was 16 she moved to China.

 

After 5 years of hard work and diligence she graduated from the University of Science and Technology Beijing with a Bachelor's Degree in International Economics and Trade.

 

Since I joined Global Travel Concepts I have acquired a knowledge of high end hospitality that has allowed me to create unforgettable experiences and work with a variety of VIP clientele.

 

I am always thinking one step ahead and paying attention to the smallest details, in order to make your trip unforgettable. I believe that hard work and persistent will take us anywhere that we want to go. In my free time, I love to surf, travel to new destinations and read.  

Hilary Murray
LUXURY TRAVEL ADVISOR

Born and raised in the Nation's Capital, I was raised a sports fan. I have great memories of sitting in the back seat of my grandfather’s car on Sunday’s, for a trip to RFK stadium, to watch the (The Commanders) hopefully beat the Cowboys. My fandom became a passion and led me to a career in sports. I was first involved in the sports marketing industry, where I actually helped sign Shaq to his first trading card deals. From sports marketing I went into television, where I helped in the production of live events mostly featuring the Cubs and the Bulls, oftentimes getting Michael Jordan’s M & M’s. My television career was interrupted (permanently) by the best job in the world, becoming a wife and a mom. 

 

Traveling at the different stages of life required learning (sometimes the hard way), how to plan in detail, to satisfy everyone’s needs. I was self-obsessed with making sure our trips were as stress free as possible from the moment of departure, through the moment of return.

 

That personal passion turned into a vocational pursuit and in 2017 I started work at Valerie Wilson Travel, where I was trained in the world of luxury travel. As Valerie Wilson grew I realized I could no longer satisfy my clients with the level of attention they needed and deserved and wanted to work for a more intimate, boutique agency.

 

Now, at Global Travel Concepts, I can commit the necessary time, have the full resources necessary, and partners around the world, to make sure your travel experience is unmatched.

 

Please let me plan that next great experience for you.

MASHA BALENZANO

CEO

Travel is a part of our DNA. It’s the feeling that we have when we’re caught in life’s routine. When we have the opportunity to travel, we realize who we are and what is truly important to us. My life has always been centered around this idea, that the people we are surrounded by and the experiences we create, define us. No matter where you travel, the goal is to have unique experiences, find your people, and your place in the world.

 

After decades of experience in the travel industry, I created Global Travel Concepts with this goal in mind. That no matter where you are in the world, the world is your oyster. That your travels are authentic, welcoming and one-of-a-kind opportunities that change your life. Empowering you to see the world from a new perspective, with a renewed sense of yourself, that makes you want to return, time and time again.

 

For me, travel has always been about discovery. Experiencing a destination, a cultural practice, a way of life, and ultimately, finding yourself. This is the defining pillar that has helped me build the luxury agency that Global Travel Concepts is today. We have incomparable knowledge and passion for all the small details that make for unforgettable travel experiences.

 

We provide unparalleled expertise, with a level of style that's unmatched. Our service is truly unique and personal.

 

Travel with me my friends… Together we'll create memories to last a lifetime.

MARINA PROSKURINA
ACCOUNT MANAGER

Marina joined Global Travel Concepts in July of 2021. She has previously worked in the finance & insurance industry. She has a B.S. in Economics. A few years ago, Marina relocated from Siberia, Russia to USA with her family, in order to pursue her professional goals and explore new cultures, lifestyles and meet new people.

 

Marina likes to travel and organize trips for her family. Specifically, she enjoys researching and finding local experiences (food, wines, artisan shops, nature excursions) that make every trip she plans, truly unique.

 

I am very excited to be a part of the travel team, a team that helps our clients explore their passions for travel and adventure. Traveling is a breath of fresh air. It is a surge of strength, that cultivates our inner enrichment and development.

 

Let your thoughts dissolve into the mountains, or admire the sunsets on the coast. What is your dream trip? Let me know and we will make it happen!