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5 in 5! with Heidi Androl, Co-founder and CEO of Truffle Travel

May 3, 2013

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Heidi Androl is an authority on navigating the world as a powerful woman who knows what she wants and is willing to take risks to make her dreams come true. This accomplished, enthusiastic young woman grew up a farm girl, a ball player and a model and transitioned to a career as a power player in both domestic and international business, a sports broadcaster for several networks and teams, a producer and a writer.

You may know her as a finalist from Donald Trump’s The Apprentice, or from hosting and sports casting the for the NHL Network, Fox Sports covering the Kings and UFC or ESPN and Showtime Sports where she covered MMA and Boxing. But soon you’ll know her as your curator of the most delectable and unique experiences, your purveyor of a vacation richer than you thought possible. Soon TRUFFLE will be your empowering, savvy, and fun guide whispering all the best secrets a city has to offer.

1. How did you get started in the industry? How can someone who is interested in your work get started?

I was newly single with a bucket list a mile long. I made a pact to stop procrastinating and do the things that I had dreamt of doing. I was going to check off that list. AND I DID!

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Heidi Androl, Truffle Travel CEO

It was the travels on that list (and a vintage necklace from Paris) that inspired TRUFFLE Travel. I needed a travel resource for discerning women craving culture and insider knowledge! I did not want the Big Red Bus and the run-of-the-mill book that every tourist had. What I was looking for did not exist … 3 years later, with the help of my Aussie partner-in-crime, TRUFFLE Travel was born.

Dream big, believe in your dreams and do the WORK to make it happen. I always say everyone has opportunities every single day. It is only when that opportunity comes along and you are ready for it that dreams come true. Put positive vibes into the universe, start with a solid plan, get feedback from your network and BE READY!

2. What’s the future of your industry or job?

The future of the travel industry is constantly evolving and with new technology emerging every single day, the future is exciting!

“At TRUFFLE Travel, we strive to give travelers insider knowledge and the feeling of being a local even if only for a few days or a few hours. We personally try and test every single product.”

The internet has changed all industries, specifically travel. With so much information research can be overwhelming. So many travel sites offer great content, but conflicting, untrusted, user-generated reviews. We wanted to take the work out of sifting through all the confusing commentary and trying to figure out if you even relate to the person reviewing. We have curated an amazing collection of travel must sees and dos and our algorithm tailors them exactly to each unique traveler.

One thing is for sure. Travelers want instant gratification and easy access to the local culture. At TRUFFLE Travel, we strive to give travelers insider knowledge and the feeling of being a local even if only for a few days or a few hours. We personally try and test every single product. Our staff is discerning and inquisitive.

3. What do you look for when you hire an intern or entry-level candidate?

truffletravel logo square 5 in 5! with Heidi Androl, Co founder and CEO of Truffle TravelThe first thing we look for is someone who loves travel and has a passion for discovery. Without that, they will not understand the philosophy behind TRUFFLE. Candidates have to have a positive attitude and love life! Detail is very important in the content business, so being detail-oriented is essential. Out-of-the-box thinkers who have an entrepreneurial spirit. Equally as important is finding a self-starter who has the drive to make their mark in the world and who thrives on the grind of building a startup.

4. What is one thing an intern can do to make a favorable impression?

Take the initiative, bring innovative ideas to the table and honestly, the one thing that will never go unnoticed is hard work.

5. Can you share a positive intern story and an intern horror story? No names needed…

We are currently in the process of hiring our first interns at TRUFFLE Travel, but in previous jobs I have been very very fortunate to have self-starters. These individuals took the lead on projects without being asked and emerged into the work world with an amazing portfolio and great experience. We even had one intern that grew into management.

My advice is to intern in many areas around what you think you want to do. You never know how valuable the variety of tools and skills you will acquire will be or where the journey will lead you. I am living proof of that!

TRUFFLE Travel launches this spring. Join them as they begin their journey – they’re hiring interns, apply now!

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