Joyce Landry

CEO of Landry & Kling, Inc.

Joyce Landry is CEO of Landry & Kling Inc. She and her former 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.

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Jo Kling


In 1982, entrepreneurs Josephine Kling and Joyce Landry founded Landry & Kling Inc., a new breed of travel company, and the first to specialize exclusively in cruise sales. The company provided the first distribution channel between cruise lines and corporate America by selling and operating incentive cruises and meetings at sea for Fortune 1000 companies such as GE, Radio Shack, AFLAC, Motorola, Miller Brewing, EDS, and others who use incentive travel to motivate peak performance.

Kling and Landry started their venture in New York City, with Kling responsible for marketing/media relations, finance, retail sales and administration. In 1988 the business relocated to Miami, Cruise Capital of the World. From a $26,000 start-up, annual sales grew rapidly by focusing on full-ship charters for corporate groups cruising in worldwide destinations,

As a pioneer of corporate cruises, Kling became a virtual industry spokesman, developing a reputation with journalists as a reliable source for consumer and trade publications, speaking to MPI, SITE, Seatrade and other industry groups, serving on cruise line advisory boards, writing a regular column for “Incentive” magazine, and appearing as a cruise expert (twice on NBC’s Today Show). Landry & Kling Inc. is now one of the most highly visible and widely imitated companies in the incentive cruise industry.

In 1998 the company was sought after and purchased by a public company, Travel Services International, the first specialized distributor of leisure travel to be traded on Wall Street. And in May, 2005 the partners completed the buy-back of Landry & Kling Inc. with plans for growth well underway.

Kling started her cruise career as marketing & sales coordinator for Royal Viking Line in San Francisco. Later, moving to New York City, she worked as an advertising account manager for Scali McCabe Sloves; then joined Holland America Line as director of program planning & passenger research, where she developed the business plans of 5 vessels in worldwide destinations, and started a long friendship with Joyce Landry.

She serves on the advisory board for The Commonwealth Institute of South Florida, a non-profit organization founded to help women entrepreneurs build successful businesses. She’s also a family partner for Habitat for Humanity and helped launch their first Women’s Build in Vero Beach, FL. In 2004 Kling was a delegate to the Riga Women Business Leaders Summit in Riga, Latvia, a business development initiative in the Baltic sponsored by the US State Department. Kling Also serves on the board of directors of a steel fabricating business in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Ronalisa Ogden

VP, Finance & Controller

Ronalisa is responsible for the daily management and control of the financial and accounting functions for the organization. For dockside charter projects, Ronalisa will prepare reports such as financial analysis, Excel based scoring matrix, ship cabin pricing analysis and evaluation report of ships and brands suitable to meet accommodations needs.

Long-term, she will be essential to charter contract process, as liaison between the cruise line financial/legal teams and the SC, managing timelines for contract execution.