Joyce Landry is CEO of Landry & Kling Inc. She and her business partner, Josephine (Jo) Kling, formed the company in 1982 as the first to specialize in corporate events at sea.
Joyce began her career in the cruise industry at the age of 23 when she implemented the first air/sea department for Holland America Line. Prior to launching Landry & Kling, she also served as regional sales director of Delta Queen Steamboat Company.
Landry & Kling pioneered the use of cruise ships as floating hotels, and Joyce has been at the forefront of many projects involving dockside charters including the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Super Bowl 2005 in Jacksonville Florida, the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies, and most recently the 2009 Summit of the Americas in Trinidad.
Over the years, Joyce has shared her passion for cruise ship events as an industry speaker for organizations such as the Financial and Insurance Conference Planners Association (FICP), Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the Society of Incentive Travel Executives (SITE). She has served on several cruise line advisory boards, and was instrumental in persuading cruise line executives to incorporate meeting facilities into new ship designs.
Joyce has been nominated for several prestigious awards from organizations like the Athena Foundation, which recognizes women for their professional excellence and community service. She was named to the Women’s Hall of Fame by the City of Miami, as well as one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry by Meeting News magazine. Joyce is a founding board member of the Deborah Natansohn Foundation which awards scholarships to women in need, to advance their journalism and tourism careers.
CLIA (Cruise Line International Association) honored both Joyce and Jo when they were inducted into the CLIA 2009 Hall of Fame. The honor recognizes their accomplishments and innovations, including advancing cruise ships as viable meeting venues since 1982.
Joyce is an avid adventure traveler, and has visited six out of seven continents for business and pleasure. She enjoys photography, hiking, and competitive sports. After learning how to row in 2006, she won her first gold medal two years later in the women’s master’s 1,000 meter race at the Miami International Regatta. Joyce has trekked solo in the Himalayas and recently, she and her husband Gene were married on the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.