Shari CritchleyPresident & CEO
Shari Critchley is the President and CEO of Paradise Groove Productions. She has twenty years of experience in the cruise line and group travel industry. Her career began as Regional Sales Manager for Carnival Cruise Lines in Central Pennsylvania and Southern New York. During that time, her responsibilities included the introduction of Holland America Line, Windstar Cruises, and Seabourn Cruise Line to the marketplace. It was Shari's passion for the industry that brought her to Washington DC as the Director of Market Research for the American Society of Travel Agents. During that time she developed strong relationships with industry suppliers and was quickly recruited by Orient Lines to join their new team as Director of Sales for the Mid-Atlantic States. After seven phenominal years with the company, Shari left the line that she loved to move to Florida and pursue the broader group and incentive sales market as the Vice President of Sales for Leviathan Meetings at Sea. This position gave her the opportunity to extend her cruise industry knowledge to resorts and all-inclusive vacations. She cultivated new incentive and affinity groups, one being the legendary band Little Feat. In 2004, Shari left the corporate world to realize her new dream of expanding and growing the destination concert market. After seven years her aspiration has come true.
Email her at Shari@ParadiseGroove.com or call her at 703-517-2926
Donna Beattie Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Donna Beattie is one of the newest members of the Paradise Groove team. Donna brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in managerial, accounting, operations, conference planning and event programming skills. A 16 year veteran of an entrepreneurial consulting firm in the highly competitive electronic payments industry, Donna has worked directly with corporate leaders around the country. Her love of travel and the excitement of the music industry prompted her to abandon the corporate world and join our team. She is incredibly organized and a cherished addition to the Paradise Groove family.
Email her at Donna@ParadiseGroove.com or call her at 800-456-4440 x101
Denny Jones joined Paradise Groove Productions as our Logistics Consultant after a stellar 40 year career in the music industry. While working as Little Feat's road manager, Denny met Shari and together they planned the first "sold out" Feat Fan Excursion in Negril, Jamaica. Having been the road manager for some of the greatest artists in recent history, including Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Frank Zappa and of course Little Feat, Denny's hands-on approach makes everything run like clockwork. His knowledge and expertise in handling cargo, immigration, customs, transportation, FOH and backline, staging, lighting, and his uncanny way of knowing, not only a band's needs and requirements but each individual member's likes and dislikes, makes Deny an invaluable and prized member of our team.