Peter Cuocolo, President and Owner
Peter has been a leader in the Hospitality, Medical Education, Special Events & Meeting Planning Industry for 30 years. His affiliations over the years include: MPI, PCMA, ASAE, NYSAE, HSMAI, SGMP, ABC, Visit Charlotte and others.
Peter Cuocolo’s career in the hospitality industry started in 1987 when he created “White Glove Affairs,” a highly sophisticated Meetings, Events, Wedding Planning and Destination Management Company in New York City. White Glove Affairs was a trendy and very progressive company. He featured upscale and unique venues for all his events. These locations included: Yachts, mansions, penthouses, lofts, atriums, ballrooms, museums, private clubs and other unique locations throughout the New York Tri-State area.
Once Cuocolo made his mark in the NYC lime- light he sold his business in 1996. From 1996 through 1999, Cuocolo was director of sales and marketing at the VIP Country Club, New Rochelle, NY and the Huntington Conference Center, Huntington, NY. He next ventured into the medical education industry as a senior meeting planner at Ventiv Health Communications, EDU Medical Management and IntraMed.
Peter moved to Charlotte in January, 2005. Peter quickly accepted a position at the Hilton Charlotte University Place Hotel as National Sales Manager until October 2007. He accepted a similar position at the Omni Charlotte Hotel where he worked until February 2010. He decided it was time to venture out on his own again to establish his new destination management and tour companies, the Charlotte Special Events Group & Soaring Eagle Tours.
Cuocolo is well known in Charlotte, NC and through-out the states as being a creative and “make it happen” professional in the hospitality industry. There is nothing that can’t be done. Cuocolo’s philosophy since 1987 has been; Only your imagination can hold you back!!
Barbara Sylvester, Sales Manager
Barbara Sylvester is a polished professional with an extensive history in real estate, banking, sales and marketing. With a goal of accomplishing any venue to its maximum potential, Soaring Eagle Tours finds that her expertise in social interaction brings a sound ingredient to the foreground. The focus of marketing skills is centered in our company’s business development which within a new aspect of an established company is a valuable necessity. Barbara’s educational degree is mostly from the school of life, having worked within these fields for over thirty-five years, and she continues now as she looks forward to an exciting and rewarding relationship with Soaring Eagle Tours.
Jim Graziano, Lead Photographer
Jim Graziano is owner of snapWerx LLC, a Charlotte-based commercial photography company. Jim is originally from Long Island, New York but has spent many years in the south in Tennessee and North Carolina. After spending over 30 years in manufacturing industries, first in technical as an automation controls engineer and manager, then in industrial automation sales, Jim started snapWerx in 2009 to bring quality photography to small, medium and large businesses. His vast experience working with some of the largest chemical companies in the United States has given him a unique approach to the business of commercial photography. snapWerx has recently added event photography to the list of services and Jim personally contributes time to photography for non-profit organizations, such as The Sandbox, a Charlotte non-profit that works with children with cancer and their families.
snapWerx joined the Soaring Eagles Tours team in June of 2013 and photographed all of the Charlotte events with the Puerto Rico Council of the Boy Scouts of America, both before and after their 2013 Jamboree.
Andy Thompson, Director of Transportation
Andy Thompson joined his father H.A. in the business when it was a one-car operation out of their driveway in 1985. He and his brother Jeff drove the limo for weddings and parties, bringing the Thompson hospitality to life. He has supported the company’s growth into a multi-million dollar company employing over 90 with a fleet of over 50 vehicles.
As the company grew, Andy eventually moved out of the driver’s seat, taking up the mantle as Vice President/Co-Owner. He has been responsible for the Sales Department -developing the company’s affiliate network, as well as partnerships with many well-known organizations in Charlotte including the Westin, ACN, Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Checkers, Charlotte Knights, and most of Charlotte area educational institutions.
Andy was recognized as a Mover and Shaker in 2012 by Business Leader Magazine. He also currently serves on the Passenger Vehicle for Hire Review Board (PVH) appointed by the Charlotte City Council.
When Andy isn’t supervising sales or building new partnerships for Rose, he can be found spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and children, Hunter and Lana, or playing golf with his dad. With his vast experience and connections, Andy is a great addition to our team here at Soaring Eagle Tours.
Simona Foit, Office & Program Manager
Simona Foit was born in Czech Republic, where she was in the travel business for twelve years. She worked as sales manager and travel guide for few different tour operators. She organized numerous tours to Italy, Greece, Croatia, Spain and other European popular destinations. Tourism and travel is her lifelong passion. Her personal interest drew her to Asia, Africa, South America and North America, where she found her second home. For eight years, when Simona lived on west coast, she helped organize many trips for Europeans visitors and also actively traveled by herself. She recently relocated to Cornelius, North Carolina where she is currently employed at the Charlotte Special Events Group and Under A Cuban Sky Tours. She speaks Czech, Slovak, German and Russian. She has a master degree in marketing.