Corporate and International Travel Specialist
You could say I started my travel career at a very young age, traveling around the world with my father starting at the age of 7. We worked as missionaries in many countries, but with a focus in Central and South America. At this young age I developed a love of travel, and airplanes in particular and knew that I wanted a career in the travel industry.
At the age of 20 I went to work for American Airlines and thus began my career. After being laid off from the airline, I attended travel school and went to work for a small "mom and pop" travel agency with a wonderful, well traveled man, who to this day I consider my mentor.
From there, I went on to manage several large local/regional travel agencies until starting my own in 1999, thus realizing a life long dream.
At Piedmont Travel, we specialize in both corporate travel and planning that perfect vacation or cruise for you. With our travel industry partners we can offer you the best deals, and yes sometimes cheaper pricing than you can find online!
I have over 24 years experience in the industry and will put every bit of that into, planning that special family vacation that you have been waiting on, the once in a lifetime retirement trip or cruise or if corporate services are needed, give me a chance to show you what real personal service is all about and what we mean when we say, "Integrity in Travel Management".
Here is a little more about myself and Piedmont Travel:
Piedmont Travel was founded in 1999 on the believe that personal service still makes the difference. We know that you have many choices when selecting a travel management company. While most offer the same or similar choices in booking technologies, the Piedmont difference has always been our belief that the people we employee and train, make the difference. Our employees undergo a rigorous training and customer service program that is second to none. Whether a small account being booked at our office or implementing a customized automated booking solution in house, we will not stop until you are 100% satisfied with our work. We are a family owned business, not a mega agency that is only interested in a bottom line. YOU and your company are the reason we are here. We answer every call, not automated systems, or long hold times. Our dedicated account managers are empowered to handle any issues that may arise, on the spot. No waiting for endless lines of management approval. We fully trust our people so that you will as well. We offer both Italian and Spanish bilingual agents as an added service. Piedmont Travel specializes in international travel and specifically to Asia. Our owner having grew up abroad as the son of missionary parents, developed a love of travel at a young age. This passion of travel assisted his decision to go to work for American Airlines straight out of college and then later on, to found Piedmont Travel. He has over 27 years experience in the travel industry and is in the office every day, managing hands on. He is involved with every aspect of the business and encourages every new client to keep his cell phone and call night or day if needed. Online TMC's cannot match that. Piedmont Travel is a full Travel Leaders Associate Member and along with nearly 7000 other independently owned locations can offer significantly more buying power resulting in better deals for our collective clients. We truly believe that with this combination of locally owned service based leadership and international global reach that when booking with us, you truly will TRAVEL BETTER!We feel so strongly that once you give us a try, your search for the right travel management company will be over, we offer 90 days fee waived for every new account to try our services. We offer a free account review to let you know where we think you can save money. What do you have to lose? Give us a try risk free!Experience the Piedmont difference today!
Integrity in Travel Planning and Management
*Graduate of American Airlines Training Academy, Dallas, TX 1990
*Graduate of Lucas Travel School, Greensboro, NC 1992
*Received the CTA (Certified Travel Agent) designation from The Travel Institute 1994
*20 year member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents)
*Worldwide Marriott Hotel Specialist degree, awarded in 2014
*Fluent in Spanish
My Areas of Expertise