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Claudia Reynolds Harris

Claudia Harris is the founder and president of Adagio. A native of Charlotte, NC, Claudia lived in Southern France, Venice, Milan and Florence as part of her undergraduate studies at Wake Forest University and her JD/MBA program at New York University.

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Claudia Reynolds Harris is the founder and president of Adagio. A native of Charlotte, NC, Claudia lived in Southern France, Venice, Milan and Florence as part of her undergraduate studies at Wake Forest University and her JD/MBA program at New York University. From 1993 – 2002 Claudia was an international corporate lawyer who worked in New York as well as several major European cities. She had the good fortune of spending several years working in northern Italy in the late 1990s/early 2000s.

Claudia’s unique approach to travel combines the gracious hospitality of her Southern upbringing with a spirit of adventure and years of experience living and working around the world. She founded Adagio in 1999 to seek out other curious souls like herself and to create and cater their journeys of a lifetime.

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Nolie Barnes

Nolie Barnes

Nolie Barnes has spent most of her life in Virginia although she took her first trip to Europe in the seventh grade and has been travel-addicted ever since! While Nolie’s professional career has centered on the clinical and business aspects of healthcare, her avocation has always been travel. She has…

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Nolie Barnes has spent most of her life in Virginia although she took her first trip to Europe in the seventh grade and has been travel-addicted ever since! While Nolie’s professional career has centered on the clinical and business aspects of healthcare, her avocation has always been travel. She has planned and hosted many international and domestic trips over the years for both friends and family and enjoys the planning almost as much as the travel. In fact, Nolie’s travel itineraries are researched, detailed and unique … to the point that friends have even “cloned” them for their own journeys.

With both a love of entertaining and a passion for travel, Nolie has a true knack for creating wonderful travel experiences beyond the typical tourist attractions. She finds the unique character of a destination and bores deeply into its culture in a way that brings it to life for travelers. Those who journey with Nolie experience new places and all that goes with them…. the food, drink, art, terrain, music and most importantly, the people. The joy for Nolie comes from creating these experiences and sharing them with others. It’s more than just travel and it is done with great attention to all the details that set Adagio apart.
With personal friends in France, Nolie has traveled frequently in both France and Italy over the years. We welcome her on board!

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Susan Eckis

Susan Eckis hales from Conroe, Texas and currently resides in Richmond, Virginia. She has excelled over the years at event planning, sophisticated catering, and teaching others methods for entertaining that dazzle the guests without killing the cook.

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Susan Eckis hales from Conroe, Texas and currently resides in Richmond, Virginia. She has excelled over the years at event planning, sophisticated catering, and teaching others methods for entertaining that dazzle the guests without killing the cook. Her latest venture is a pop-up private restaurant, open only 24 nights a year, where diners are treated to ever-evolving menus of interesting seasonal ingredients, crafted with unexpected combinations. Claudia was completely wowed by Susan one evening at her restaurant and the rest is history. Susan adores travel, and since 1990 has hosted villa vacations for family and friends in Italy and France. Her flawless taste and gift for bringing people together make Susan a fabulous addition to the Adagio team.

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