Marivi Prado – President
Marivi Prado is President of Mapa Travel Group. Her position in the Catholic academic arena for the past eight years has expanded her strong network of civic, business and religious leaders; dioceses; parishes; university professors; lay ministry groups and other faith-oriented constituencies in South Florida and the United States. She has received numerous community leadership awards and her articles have been published in El Nuevo Herald, Diario las Americas, Florida Catholic, and human rights publications. Fluent in four languages and a world traveler, the University of Miami graduate has demonstrated over thirty years’ community activism. Her understanding of various multicultural backgrounds as well as her international marketing experience that includes academia, tourism/hospitality, non-profits, banking and healthcare industries contribute to her understanding of discerning travelers and pilgrims’ needs.
Prior to joining St. Thomas University and to establishing Mapa Travel Group, Ms. Prado directed public affairs in Miami-Dade County government and owned Marivi Prado & Associates, a marketing and public relations agency that specialized in developing the Florida market for off-shore clients. These included major hospitals, banks, art galleries, upscale restaurateurs, chambers of commerce, and tourism/hospitality accounts.
Ms. Prado became a specialist in marketing five to six-star travel concepts as former Global Marketing Director of the World of ResidenSea, the oceangoing “condominium” ship that travels the world with onboard residences that range from US$2,000,000-$8,000,000. Constantly traveling The Americas and Europe, she managed the brand and all promotional operations, new market development, off-shore European launches, multilingual presentations and all publicity efforts, linking marketing efforts from Miami, New York and Los Angeles to Barcelona, Marbella, Paris, London, Oslo, and mock-up ship apartments in the outskirts of Vienna. Ms. Prado developed her expertise in capturing the upscale, discerning traveler interested in arts, cultural immersion and off-the-beaten path travel.
Since 1988 Ms. Prado has led a Florida non-profit – Women for Human Rights International – representing the NGO in the United Nations, OAS Commissions, the White House Office of Women Liaison and community-based organizations. The growing solo women travel segment is thus one of Mapa’s niches and Ms. Prado makes sure independent women travelers feel at home, protected, and nourished by wonderful new friends. Her long and cumulative community track record includes membership in Miami-Dade County government boards such as the PAB (Planning Advisory Board), which provided recommendations to the Mayor and Commissioners on critical issues. She also served as Co-Chair of Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy Carter project in Liberty City, the Coalition of Hispanic American Women, the Social Advocacy Commission of the Miami Archdiocese, and various Hispanic chambers of commerce.
Antonio Prado – Vice President
Antonio (Tony) Prado is Vice President and Director of Mapa Travel Group. His professional experience includes service as President/CEO of The Hamilton Group where, for over thirty years, he was a developer of commercial and residential communities. His professional leadership also includes service as a Director of Pacific National Bank in Miami since its founding in 1985, including the last 5 years as its Board Chairman until retirement in 2009. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Boston University. Mr. Prado provides crucial financial management oversight to Mapa Travel Group to assure day-to-day business operational accountability.
Mr. Prado is an experienced world traveler, knowledgeable in the four and five-star cruise industry and the area of gastronomy-oriented travel. This expertise enhances the rich perspective that Mapa brings to the worlds of the arts, culture, and gastronomy through his collaborations with such organizations as Relais & Chateaux. Prado has been an active participant and leading figure in the book discussion groups sponsored by BOOKS & BOOKS, the leading independent bookstore in Greater Miami, founding, in 1997, and moderating for its first ten years, the Spanish Literature Great Conversations Group, a first of its kind in the city. There, he has also been a continuing member and frequent guest moderator of its Great Books Discussion Groups, which have gathered at the Coral Gables store twice-a-month continually for over twenty years. This intellectually rich background permeates the pre-trip gatherings of Mapa Travel Group. His wealth of information on literature, haute cuisine, wines, and cruising will bring unique ideas and suggestions to Mapa Travel as they meet in Miami.
With over twenty-five years of experience as community volunteer and Director of numerous nonprofits, Mr. Prado currently serves as pro bono Executive Director of the Collective Empowerment Group of South Florida Inc. (CEG), a consortium of over forty two mostly African American churches engaged in a wide range of economic justice programs in the community, including: real estate development, homeownership promotion, encouraging nonprofit excellence through consulting and training, youth leadership mentoring and development, and education and job creation for the new global economy. This dedicated record of community service permeates Mapa’s customer-care philosophy.
Mr. Prado’s service currently includes: Board Director of Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida. Past activities include AIJ/Americans for Immigrant Justice (formerly FIAC), service and Board Director and Treasurer of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, East Little Havana Community Development Corporation, and as a Director of the local and national Boards of Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. He remains truly connected to the business establishment in South Florida, to the non-profit community and various faith-oriented organizations, enhancing the sense of “traveling community” to specially designed journeys.