Lisa started her career in the travel industry in 1986. She joined Boca Raton Travel & Cruises in 1991. She has held several positions; including leisure sales, corporate sales, and management. She has loved learning and growing with Boca Raton Travel & Cruises and feels that she has found her niche in the fast paced environment of corporate travel and specialized air. Air travel has become more complex and with more options than ever before. She loves the constant challenge.
Karen started in this business as a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines in January 1971 and flew the friendly skies for 7 years. She found her home with Boca Raton Travel & Cruises in January 1993 and describes it as the best!
She is Manager of Leisure and Cruises and basically works with anything that floats. She prides herself in matching each and every person to the cruise of their dreams! Be it two people, a family reunion or celebration, a short getaway, or maybe a World Cruise, cruises are her specialty. Karen most recently sailed aboard the Crystal Symphony Canada/New England cruise from NY to Montreal. Crystal, being one of her favorites, is as wonderful as ever and then some.
Even though cruising is near and dear to her heart, Karen also enjoys booking tours, Tauck being one of her favorites. She likes the way Tauck takes care of her clients, just as she does!
Karen said that it is so difficult to select a favorite destination, but her heart goes between France and Italy as she just loves both! Don’t forget to ask Karen about some of the exotic destinations that have become so popular including Myanmar, Antarctica, Iceland and New Zealand.
Karen has received several certifications from all the major cruise lines.
Certifications: CTC, MCC
Kiddingly, Dee has said that she’s been in the travel business since “Noah sold the first two for one on the Ark”. She has been in travel since 1966 when, together with her husband Ron, they purchased their first of three full service travel agencies.
In 1986, they sold their businesses and she decided to specialize in selling and training within the cruise-only industry. She thus became affiliated, on a management level, with a major cruise-only selling entity and remained with them in many capacities for 20 years.
In August of 2009, she said that she was fortunate to become affiliated with Boca Raton Travel & Cruises and has enjoyed her entry back into the retail marketplace. She says that it has been challenging and rewarding, and has caused her to tap in to all of her data banks to be able to sell everything from cruises to safaris.
She is now practicing what she preached for all those many years as a trainer in travel – both in sales and marketing. Her job responsibilities with Boca Raton Travel & Cruises are in the leisure department, selling all forms of vacation programs to new and existing clients. As always, she endeavors to keep as current as possible within the industry so she is able to share this with her co-workers, as well as with her clients.
Many times the question is asked regarding her favorite destination and her answer usually is pretty much the same. She feels she has been very fortunate that over the course of time in this industry, she has gotten to travel far and near. She would have to say of those travels, Egypt has been one of her most unique and exciting experiences. She too has a “bucket list” and number one on that list is an African Safari which she is going to fulfill this January.
On one of Dee’s last vacations, she and her husband took a Tauck Tour, which took them out West to some of the National Parks , her reaction upon return from the trip, was she forgot just how beautiful the USA is.
Dee is a true believer in training and keeping current within one’s industry. She has participated in many certification courses that have been offered by cruise lines and hotel companies.
The most important thing to know about Dee is that she eats, sleeps and drinks travel. Always has and probably always will. She enjoys what she does, especially when interacting with customers either by phone or in person.
Being in the travel industry is always such an exciting experience, there are always new destinations ,new ships and new clients.
Certifications: MCC, CTC
Kim has over 22 years’ experience in the travel industry. She also lived in England for two years selling travel and working for the United States Air Force 48th Force Support Squadron at RAF Lakenheath. Specializing in all aspects of travel from air, cruising, private tours, hotels and rail; she draws upon firsthand experience and her connections to craft the perfect vacation for her clients.
Some of the bespoke experiences she has arranged for her clients have included: a 20th wedding vow renewal ceremony at a 12th century Palazzo overlooking the Amalfi Coast, New Year’s Eve celebration at the hottest Bangkok rooftop restaurant, and a Quinceanera photo shoot on the island of Mykonos.
She has traveled extensively and her most recent travels have included Canyon Ranch in Tucson, private island resorts in Fiji including the incredibly beautiful Laucala Island and Royal Davui, as well as the vineyards and wonders of Austria.
Carol Khoja started her career in 1974 in Boca Raton, Florida. In 1979 she joined Boca Raton Travel Agency and continued when it was purchased in 1989 and the name was changed to Boca Raton Travel & Cruises. She is a very experienced consultant specializing in domestic and international air transportation, hotels, and car rentals. Carol loves to cruise and has traveled extensively throughout the world. She prides herself with a high level of customer service and great relationships with the clients.
Margie’s interest in travel started by living in tourist mecca- melting pot cities of New York and San Juan, Puerto Rico. She eventually left these cities behind to study at Webber International University in Florida. Upon completion of her degree in Travel & Tourism/Hospitality, she worked in various sectors within the hospitality/tourism industry, which includes Air France Groups Department – Air/Sea specialist assigned to Concorde supersonic aircraft, various cruise lines, The Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Resorts, and American Express Travel – Platinum & Centurion. In addition, Margie has worked at several travel agencies in business development, management, and training.
Travel Weekly & TravelAge West magazines selected Margie to participate as a hosted elite travel advisor at 2016 Global Travel Marketplace (GTM) in Hollywood, FL due to her drive, sales success and professionalism in the travel industry. GTM is dedicated to making sure the best of the travel industry are recognized for their talent, knowledge and expertise in their field. Only the top 15 percent of the nearly 800 applicants were selected to participate. “A GTM advisor is one that recognizes the importance of creating new business relationships and fostering existing ones, and understands how crucial it is to be well educated in this ever-changing industry,” says Jacqueline Hurst, Director, Trade Recruitment and Engagement, Travel Weekly Events. “With up-to-date knowledge and valuable relationships in their arsenal, these advisors are fully equipped to provide each client with a unique experience, tailored to their travel preferences.”
Margie’s varied work experience allows her to anticipate client needs and exceed their expectations. Margie treats her clients as if they were her own friends and family, she will do everything possible to create an unforgettable experience for her clients. Margie has received certifications from cruise lines, resorts, travel suppliers, tourist boards and more.
In her spare time, Margie enjoys being with her family and friends, being outdoors, concerts & plays, and traveling as much as she can exploring our wonderful world. Some of her best trips include a Crystal Cruises 12-Night Mediterranean sailing to Ancient Civilizations, including Greece (Athens, Santorini, Rhodes, Corfu), Venice-Italy, Dubrovnik-Croatia, Egypt (Alexandria and Cairo) and Israel (Ashdod, Jerusalem, Bethlehem). In addition, an in-depth tour of England that included London, Bath and major attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Henry VIII’s Hampton Court palace, Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and famous English novelist Jane Austen;s final resting place in Winchester. Plus a luxury tour of Costa Rica’s popular areas of San Jose, La Fortuna – Arenal volcano/rainforest, Monteverde Cloud Forest and Manual Antonio National Park beach resorts.
Travel Specialties & Interest: Hotels | Ocean Cruises | River Cruises | Independent & Escorted Tours | Vacation Packages | Customized Trips
Languages: English | Spanish