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?

LB: Both

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?

LB: No

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
Como, Italy

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.

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