Lina Broydo – Travel Expert and Community Service Extraordinaire
SVT: Where are some of the places you’ve traveled to?
LB: All over the world, almost
SVT: When you travel do you stay at a major hotel or a boutique property?
SVT: What’s the best travel experience you’ve had? The worst?
LB: The best: traveling on the ANA 787 Dreamliner to Japan; The worse: Lufthansa
SVT: Please tell us about your dream job and you the dream person for that job.
LB: UN Ambassador to Israel
SVT: How long have you been in your current position?
LB: 4 years
SVT: What destination(s) do you still want to visit that you haven’t yet?
LB: Scotland; Vietnam
SVT: What is your favorite weekend getaway in Northern California?
LB: Half Moon Bay
SVT: Do you enjoy staying at B&B’? Do you have a favorite(s)
LB: Villa Ines in Lido di Venice, Italy; at Auberge du Soleil in Napa, CA
SVT: Tell us about yourself –
LB: 10 years with Executive Sports International PR; 22 years Public Relations for the Fairmont Hotel; 4-years with Star PR Public Relations and Marketing
SVT: Where did you grow up and go to school and what did you study?
LB: I was born and grew up in the Soviet Union. Studied chemistry in Israel. PR & Communications in United States.
SVT: A storied career, what prepared you for a career at the Fairmont Hotel?
LB: Passion for people and its community. You either have it or you don’t.
SVT: What were some of your most memorable experiences?
LB: Too many to mention…
SVT: Your office “wallpaper” was wall to wall pictures of you and your VIP guests. If a picture is worth a thousand words – what many millions of words can you tell?
LB: Dreams, Fascination, Infatuation
SVT: Now in retirement from the Fairmont, busier than ever, you are anything but retired
LB: I have not retired, I have graduated. Retire should be used when people are buried
SVT: Tell us about your amazing years of experience with Rotary?
LB: Joined 12 months ago – It has been a memorable year of meeting and listening to interesting speakers and get involved in gratifying projects locally, nationally and internationally, never alone, always with a team of wonderful people.
SVT: Who would you like to have met you was never able to?
LB: All actors who played agents James Bond 007
SVT: Who and what has inspired you?
LB: My family: every single day
SVT: Do you have a favorite breakfast place and do you have a favorite breakfast?
LB: Hobbie’s; French toast
SVT: Name three inventions you’re most grateful for:
LB: Penicillin, X-ray Machine, Aspirin
SVT: Do you have a favorite quotation(s)?
LB: Common sense is very uncommon
SVT: Did you think growing up you would be doing what you’re doing?
SVT: What do you like most about living in the Bay Area?
LB: The natural beauty and the weather
SVT: What do you do in your spare time?
LB: Visit my grandkids
SVT: What’s your favorite TV show(s)?
LB: “Mad Men” “Homeland” “Downton Abbey” “In Therapy”
SVT: What are your 3-5 favorite travel destinations (in order)?
LB: Italy, Israel, Switzerland, Montenegro, Japan
SVT: What are 3-5 favorite hotels in the US and around the world (in order)?
LB: All nine The Peninsula Hotels; Cipriani in Venice, Italy; Bellaggio on Lake
SVT: What’s the most amazing place(s) you’ve gone to? Times you’ve had?
LB: Venice, Italy; Jerusalem, Israel; Kotor, Montenegro; St. Petersburg, Russia; Krakow, Poland
SVT: What’s the most amazing person (or people) you’ve met?
LB: Collin Powell; Rudolf Nureyev; Madame Cheng
SVT: Do you have hobbies?
LB: Metal Sculpture; Tennis
SVT: What are your three favorite books you’ve read?
LB: Anna Karenina; War and Peace; Everything Is Illuminated
SVT: What is the last book you read and what are you reading now?
LB: Books written by my uncle who lives in Paris, France
SVT: Do you have men heroes and mentors?
LB: My Father Boris, my husband Sasha and my son Mark.
SVT: Women heroes and mentors?
LB: My Mom Dina and my Daughter Leora.