about us

about us

Built to help you travel easier

With partners who have been in the travel industry since the mid-1970s, Avanti has the experience to navigate through the travel service industry. We are headquartered outside Jacksonville, Florida but service clients all across the USA. Our team is comprised of talented and knowledgeable individuals with extensive hotel, travel industry, and event planning experience.

Our Goal

From conversations with our travel clients, they do not want to feel like just one of the masses nor a proverbial square peg forced into the round hole of traditional travel agencies and meeting planners. Our promise to all our clients is not to let you feel this way. Our mission has always been to be your complete travel concierge so that the “big business” remains personalized, attentive, convenient, and focused on your vision and expectations.

Our Team

Our team is comprised of talented and knowledgeable individuals with extensive hotel, travel industry, and event planning experience. Our sports travel specialists have been competitive athletes, have spouse/siblings/children involved with competitive sports, and are true sports enthusiasts.


Bob Marotta


Bob has been involved in the travel industry for over 40 years and has traveled to every corner of the world. In the 1970's, he purchased a lone, small travel agency and developed it into one of Jacksonville's leading individual, corporate, and meetings & group travel businesses. Since selling the agencies, Bob has continued his love of travel specializing in tailoring exclusive group travel programs and selective individual travel. He has invaluable depth in his travel industry knowledge and contacts. Bob spent his non-travel career in senior management of major international insurance companies.

Patti O'Brien

Vice President

Patti, the daughter of Bob, grew up working summers and school vacations in her family's travel agencies. She spent almost 15 years living in England and has traveled extensively around Europe and other areas of the world. In the predominantly packaged-tour European travel market, Patti was sought out by friends and colleagues to tailor trips that better met their travel dreams--particularly for families. For the past decade, Patti has directed and managed the spectacular growth of our sports travel business, which started out with managing the hotel reservations for her own kids' sports teams and now encompasses prestigious national events. Patti is a graduate of The Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania) and Oxford University (England) and was an investment banker specialising in tax-driven oil & gas finance.

Angela Grieco

Senior Leisure Consultant

Angela has been traveling the world for over twenty years: England, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Romania, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Morocco Tunisia, Egypt, Kenya, Seychelles Islands, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Cambodia, Burma, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Tibet, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, Antarctica, Chili, Argentina, Hawaii, Bali, Mexico, Eastern & Western Caribbean Islands, Canada, and parts of the US. She has traveled extensively in Italy and France. Angela has also sailed approximately 30 cruises: Radisson, Silver Sea, Costa, Royal Caribbean, Windstar, Clipper Line, Oceania and their predecessor Renaissance.