Our writers share an in-depth look at the "who's who" of group travel leaders, business owners and suppliers.
Eva Hotard was recently selected as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Trailways Transportation System, Inc., from a pool of 400 applicants. Hotard, who has been in the bus business for many years and is a talented leader, was chosen because of her experience and leadership skills. Gale Ellsworth, former President and CEO of Trailways, described Hotard as a "warm, solid, keen and savvy businesswoman."
Lisa Scalzo is described as a "very passionate student travel planner." A conversation with her proved this description fits her to a tee. Of her work, Scalzo says, "Heart and passion go far. I'll do anything to make my kids happy."
The International Inbound Travel Association recently announced that it extended Lisa Simon's contract, naming her Executive Director. Chairman Gary Schluter stated that the IITA Board of Directors and Associations International, the association's management firm, have been beyond impressed with Simon's leadership, forward thinking, and dedication to the organization over the past six months.
Jessica Pociask | Owner/Expedition Guide, WANT Expeditions
With hundreds of expeditions and 80 countries under her belt, Jessica Pociask is considered the most "adventurous woman in travel." From guiding travelers up a volcano to view an active lava lake in Congo (Virunga), to crossing the Greenland ice sheet via dogsled, Jessica's field experience is unparalleled. Her awards include 50 Tours of a Lifetime from National Geographic, DC Modern Luxury's Brightest Entrepreneur's Under 40, and being declared "your tour guide for crazy destinations" by the Washington Post.
Kaycee Sanford | Travel Specialist, Group Travel Network
Kaycee Sanford is a proud alumnus of the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida. While studying Event Management in college, she accepted an internship at Group Travel Network and fell in love with the industry. After graduation in 2013, she accepted a full-time position and is working on the logistics side of Student Tourism. Kaycee enjoys planning each customized group package and attending tradeshows such as SYTA and FMEA.