Vivian Deuschl is an award winning public relations practitioner with more than 40 years of experience as a journalist and public relations professional. Currently president of VDHPR, based in Northern Virginia, Deuschl has represented a variety of clients including luxury resorts and hotels, prominent lawyers, authors of bestselling travel books and acclaimed artists. For 25 years she served as a senior public relations executive with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company corporate office. There, she opened properties in China, Berlin, Moscow and New York, among other dateline cities. As the official spokesperson for the global company, Deuschl also handled crisis management for Ritz-Carlton, including terrorist attacks on 9/11, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the SARS outbreak in Asia. She was named winner of the prestigious Winthrop Grice Award for lifetime achievement in public relations by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association (HSMAI) and one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Travel by Forbes Life Executive Women. She also served two terms as President of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Associates Council.