23 Questions with Bond Collective is a series highlighting the impressive 1,000+ person community spread across the Bond Collective portfolio. The series will feature members from 60 Broad, 55 Broadway, Gowanus and Flatiron locations and Bond Collective employees as well. 23 Questions will explore all different walks of life and show just how unique and vast the Bond Collective network continues to become.
Elise Tagatac is the Global Head of Partnerships at Mr & Mrs Smith and a member of Bond 60 Broad. Although born in Chicago, Elise spent most of her childhood growing up in Freehold, New Jersey. Elise attended The Hotel School at Cornell University, which is where her love affair with hotels began. At Mr & Mrs Smith, Elise and the team are a London-based travel club that specialize in booking the world’s best boutique hotels and luxury villas. As Global Head of Partnerships, Elise oversees new business development as well as the curation, contracting, and commercial performance of Smith’s hotel and villa partners.
A resident of Crown Heights (although she lives on the line of three staple Brooklyn neighborhoods), Elise can be found grabbing a slice at Emily Pizza or relaxing with a beverage at Sisters Bar. Out of the office, Elise is planning her upcoming September wedding, fixing up a lake house, and loves being on the road. Never one to be in one place for too long, Elise is an avid scuba diver and enjoys traveling to exotic destinations like the Galapagos Islands and South East Asia. At Bond 60 Broad, Elise enjoys being in a space that is lively at times with like-minded businesses, as the majority of the Mr & Mrs Smith USA team resides in Los Angeles. Bond 60 Broad gives her New York team a proper office base. An adventurous spirit combined with a warm, friendly demeanor makes Elise a vibrant member of the Bond 60 Broad community and someone we just had to get to know more. We asked Elise a few questions...
1 - First thing you do in the morning?
I feed my doxie Oso.
3 - Favorite coffee shop and go to order?
Outpost in Brooklyn for an iced coffee and the best fresh lox on a bagel in town.
4 - Gmail or Outlook?
5 - App you can’t live without?
This one is tough because I use so many great travel apps, but I would have to say Kayak.
6 - First job?
Sales Manager for Kimpton Hotels in Washington DC. I have always been in the hotel industry.
7 - Favorite lunch spot?
Open Market is my go-to
8 - Early or late?
Working for a London-based company has turned me into a morning person.
9 - How do you unwind after a long day of work?
A long walk home over the Brooklyn Bridge. I love all of the excited tourists taking in the beauty of our city.
10 - What’s your lucky charm?
My hubby. I'd bring him with me everywhere if I could.
11 - What inspires you?
Traveling and meeting new people abroad
12 - Social Media account everyone should be following?
@smithhotels for a daily dose of travel inspiration of course! Or @thejungalow for a splash of color in your feed, they have amazing bohemian photos of interiors.
13 - Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Money doesn't buy happiness, but poverty doesn't buy anything.
14 - How long did it take you to get to work this morning?
30 minutes I think? I'm already head down in emails and don't really pay attention.
15 - When’s the last time you celebrate a win?
This morning. I think I'm pretty good at celebrating the little things in life.
16 -If you could squeeze one more activity into your daily life, what would it be?
Early mornings at the dog run.
17 - If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
18 - What is the most interesting thing about you?
I will try anything once. I have been skydiving without a guide and scuba diving below 140 feet.
19 - Last show you binge watched?
GLOW on Netflix. It was fabulous and easy to binge.
20 - Biggest Cheerleader?
My family (you should see our text chain).
21 - Call or text?
I am indifferent...
22 - Favorite book?
If I could squeeze in another activity to my life (along with the dog run) it would be reading!
23 - Name 5 people (dead or alive) you would invite to a dinner party.
Michelle Obama, Anderson Cooper, Bob Marley, Bill Murray, and my Filipino grandfather who I never got to know.
Images courtesy of our in house photographer, Hannah Cohen. Check out her work here!
PS don’t forget Bond Collective members get special perks for booking through Mr & Mrs Smith. More details here: https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/bond-collective