Kirsten Schmidt

Agency founder Kirsten Schmidt brings a unique bi-cultural and bi-continental background to her work. Born and raised in Germany, she moved to Los Angeles in 1986, where she continued her education and started her travel industry career. She founded KMS Communications, Inc. in 2001, and has since enjoyed getting the word out on international destinations, services and brands.

Following her passion for travel, Kirsten started touring her native Europe in her teens – and so far has visited some 43 countries. Her enthusiasm for travel has shaped her career and fuels her desire to give her clients the greatest possible commitment and expertise. She holds a Masters Degree in English, Business Administration and Spanish, and a Professional Designation in Public Relations.

Astrid LaMarche

Originally from Austria, Astrid has worked in Asia, South America and Africa. Before signing on with KMS Communications, Inc. as Account Executive Destination Sales, she extensively travelled the English speaking world on behalf of Vienna Tourism. Astrid knows the ins-and-outs of the U.S. and Canadian travel industry, as well as the European tourism business.

Fluent in three languages, Astrid loves experiencing new cultures and destinations. She can’t sit still for long. Her perfect day starts with a Venti Starbucks and a long run on whichever beach she can get to. Astrid went to Business School in Austria and the Netherlands, she also holds a Public Relations certificate/diploma.

We are supported by a virtual team of experts in special interest/niche communications, branding, design and social media, as well as large-scale campaigns.