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Profiles

Our writers share an in-depth look at the "who's who" of group travel leaders, business owners and suppliers.

Ragan Myers was born and raised in the Long Beach, Washington, tourism community, and it’s easy to hear her enthusiasm for Long Beach and her job. With a face-to-face meeting or phone conversation, anyone could tell that she enjoys talking with people—the thing she loves most about her day-to-day life. Ragan doesn’t think of strangers as strangers, but rather people she’s just not friends with yet.

Through the eyes of her seventh-grade self, Morgan Maravich fell in love with Washington, D.C. Every year after that initial trip to the nation’s capital, her parents gave her the chance to travel back to the city she loved and leave her home in Pittsburgh, so she could keep alive her dreams of one day working for the city. 

Carey Kaspari began her career planning group travel for leading international travel companies, so it's really no surprise that she co-founded Global Tracks. Carey received business degrees in international studies and marketing, has traveled to more than ninety countries, and has a love of travel that continually grows as she strives to serve her staff and clients.

Lisa Itel had spent her whole work life in retail—until her general manager at Woodburn Premium Outlets in Woodburn, Oregon, gave her a tourism project she dove into with all she had. Seven years later, Lisa’s passion for tourism blossomed into her current job of bringing tourism to Oregon, working hand-in-hand with community partners (even in the surrounding states), and helping to give the travel industry a voice on Capitol Hill.

Next gens Elizabeth, Joe, and John Hall Jr. grew up together in the travel industry, under their father’s wing. They joined his tour groups in destinations such as Nashville, Florida, Arizona, and Alaska. When they were older, each sibling chose separately to rejoin their father and continue his business.

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This Wouldn't Look Better as a Lake

"Wouldn't this look better as a lake?"

I was staring out into Yosemite Valley. Half Dome and El Capitan loomed in the distance—two natural landmarks accomplishing what I thought impossible: Make the giant sequoias gathered below look small.

"What?" I turned to the man standing next to me.

"A joke," he said. "Someone once thought this valley would make a great lake."

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Route 66 sure gets a lot of hype, but have you sent groups along U.S. Route 50 lately? Probably not. In July 1986, Life magazine dubbed the Nevada portion, "The Loneliest Road in America." And yet, from rural mountain ranges to desolate deserts and miles upon miles of rich farmland, Route 50 stretches across 3,073 miles from Ocean City, Maryland to Sacramento, California. It spans 12 states and links four state capitals—offering the most complete cross-sectional journey along the United States midriff.

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