Founder & Principal Curator
“No machine will ever match an expert tailor. Travel is just like that. Truly great journeys are mapped out by human beings.”
Eric’s first stamp in his passport came before his first birthday and he’s been traveling ever since. He’s explored the souks of Morocco, trekked across Botswana’s Okavango Delta and perused the floating markets in Bangkok. Over the past 10 years, he’s visited nearly 40 countries and stayed in over 100 luxury hotels and properties.
Eric loves new places. For him Istanbul is just as much about exploring the Hagia Sophia as it is scouting hotel rooms with the most picturesque views of the city. A consummate travel geek, Grayson realizes that his clients not only appreciate his advice on local sites, but also his analysis of a city's top hotels--right down to the quality of the linens.
Prior to founding Discover 7, Eric worked in client services at The Carlyle Hotel, The Pierre and The Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. He also designed bespoke travel experiences as an advisor for Frosch Travel. Recently, Eric founded a social networking company designed to match like-minded travelers from around the globe.
He currently resides in New York City and enjoys playing basketball, golf, and is a pilot.
Michael A. Micalizzi
Director of Business Development
Michael A. Micalizzi is Discover 7’s Director of Business Development. Michael focuses on new business opportunities and builds and maintains our industry partnerships around the world.
With a parent in the commercial aviation industry, Michael’s exposure to travel began as soon as he was old to fly standby. A New York native, Michael has also lived in Rome, where he studied Italian food, culture and theater. Recently, his most recent trips include visits to Amsterdam, Taormina, Málaga, Mumbai and St Maarten.
In addition to traveling, Michael is an avid fan of film and theater. He earned his B.A. from Wheaton College in 2007. He has been part of the Discover 7 team since 2014.
Director of Client Services
Lauren Kenny is the newest member of the Discover 7 team. A recent graduate of Quinnipiac University, Lauren began her career by working for a leading public relations firm that focused on luxury travel. In search of a more hands on role, she joined Discover 7 as the Director of Client Services. In her current position, she specializes in researching new destinations and assisting in the creation of memorable and adventurous vacations.
Most recently, she traveled to the sugar cane villages of the Dominican Republic to provide urgent support for communities that lack basic necessities, including drinking water and in-door plumbing. While there, she played a pivotal role in assisting aid workers as they constructed sustainable housing for the local population.
Her favorite travel experiences include investigating haute couture boutiques on the Parisian Left Bank, visiting Umbria when the leaves turn, and taking afternoon tea in view of the Slieve Bloom Mountains at Ireland's Ballyfin Hotel.
After honing her skills in the luxury beauty and fashion industries, Samantha Kahn's unique grasp on client services, marketing and social media has made her the perfect fit for the elite travel sector.
The daughter of a licensed pilot, Samantha traveled to destinations far and wide from an early age. Her favorite travel experiences include indulging in Rose Macarons at quaint cafes in Paris, camping out in Israel's Negev Desert in Israel with her IDF pals and testing out her high E in The Sydney Opera House.
Samantha graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a B.A. in Business and minor in Vocal Performance.