In 1993, Michele Olivier ’92 MS took a six-month gig as a tour
guide in Aruba. She stayed there 11 years. Then she went on to live and
work in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Barbados for hospitality
companies including Elegant Hotels Group and InterContinental
Hotels Group. “The Caribbean caught me,” says the Dartmouth,
Olivier now works out of Miami as regional vice president of sales
and marketing for Jewel Resorts, a division of Aimbridge Hospitality,
but travels to the Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort in Ocho Rios,
Jamaica, every few months. When there, she works with JWU
alumnus, Scott Robbins ’85, the hotel manager.
Dunn’s River is the first Jewel to launch and boasts a 250-room,
luxury, adult-only, all-inclusive resort on 25 acres. It houses six
restaurants, four tennis courts, a tennis pro for instructions and pool
concierges swimming up to customers lounging on pool floats, to serve
drinks and spritz them with eucalyptus water.
Olivier, whose job includes strategic planning, development, sales, public relations and marketing, has her finger on
the pulse of tropical tourism. The most obvious trend she’s seeing is destination weddings. “It can actually be less expensive
to get married on an island than in a typical city venue,” she says.
Also popular are girls’ weekends, men’s group golf trips and couples traveling with other couples. Opportunities
abound for ecotourism and volunteer vacations including projects around rainforest conservation, research on wildlife and
helping build homes for locals.
Is the Caribbean Olivier’s favorite place to vacation? You bet. “We’ve got adventure, gaming, romance, history and
culture,” she says. “You can always find good deals in the Caribbean, especially in the fall and spring. And it’s hard to get
sick of the beach.”
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Connecting assets and missing heirs
Whether you’re single, married, with or without children, you should make it known in writing to whom or where
your assets should go when you die. Have a will or an estate-planning document drawn up, urges Alberto Jose
Delgado ’99 MBA.
Delgado is associate counsel with Assets International in Southfield, Mich., a private investigation agency that
specializes in finding missing heirs and beneficiaries around the world. The company has located the rightful
owners of bank accounts, stocks, mineral rights and “pretty much anything imaginable,” he says.
Although a lawyer isn’t required to create a will, Delgado says, “If you’re making a will it’s because you have some
assets, so I always suggest hiring an attorney, at least to consult and see what is the best avenue [for you].” If you don’t
have a will or other estate-planning instrument, the decision about where your assets go falls to a probate court.
Beyond his day job, Delgado uses his legal expertise to help others through Service to Soldiers: Legal Assistance
Referral Program in Michigan, that offers pro bono, nonmilitary legal services such as preparing wills and powers of
attorney for soldiers getting ready to deploy. It’s one less thing to worry about if something should happen while
Delgado’s wife, Amanda Leigh Delgado ’14 is in JWU’s online food service management program. “She likes it
because she can do it at her own pace,” which is helpful for the mother of a two-year-old, says Delgado.
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