Valerie Wilson Travel Hires Former Protravel President as SVP

Patrick Fragale, formerly president of Protravel International, has joined Valerie Wilson Travel (VWT) as that agency’s senior vice president. In the new role VWT said that Fragale will work closely with Co-President and Co-Owner Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg, focusing on business development, as well as serving as a member of the travel agency’s executive committee.

Fragale’s hiring comes on the heels of the launch of VWT’s 2020 strategic plan, which has included a new flagship headquarters office in New York City, a restructuring of the management team, and the hiring of new talent, including a vice president of technology and a controller.

Fragale has over 30 years of experience in travel management and the hospitality industry, VWT said. He served as president of Protravel from July 2014 through June 2016. Our partner publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, profiled Fragale during his time there, when he oversaw over 900 employees and contractors at 18 branches in the United States and United Kingdom, with sales exceeding $900 million. From 1993 to 2013, Fragale was president and chief operating officer at Direct Travel, where he successfully negotiated the acquisition of several agencies as well as the buy-out and stock transfer of the company to a private equity firm in 2011.

Fragale has served on a number of advisory boards and panels within and outside the travel industry, including Continental Airlines (now United Airlines), Delta, Travelport, the Maryland Hotel/Motel Association, Morgan State University Hospitality Program, Southwest Academy of Tour Travel and Hospitality and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Fragale lives in New Jersey and is the father to five children.


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