Our Staff

Leadership

Olga Placeres

President & CFO

My career in travel began in 1988.

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Managers

John Burgess

Manager Leisure Division & Senior Travel Advisor

As the former owner of a prestigious, boutique travel agency, John realized that he was spending more time on administrative issues than pursuing his passion...

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Kristina Gear

Managing Director

Kristina is the 2nd generation of travel in Preferred Travel.

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Karen Pickrum, CTC, DS

Director of Marketing

Karen is a sales and marketing travel professional with over 30 years of experience in the industry.

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Jenni Pierce

Operations Manager

My career in travel began in 2003.

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Naples Headquarters

Esther Alvarez

Senior Travel Advisor

My career in travel began in Caracas, Venezuela in 1983.

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Donna Christensen, CTA, DS

Senior Travel Advisor

My career in travel began in 1994.

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Suzanne Dennis

Senior Travel Advisor & Assistant Leisure Manager

My career in travel began in 1980.

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Sandi Hamann

Travel Advisor

My career in travel began in 1987.

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Jessy LaPaglia

Travel Advisor

My career in travel began at a very young age when I frequented a travel agency in my hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania with my grandmother.

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Connie Moody, CTA, DS

Senior Travel Advisor

My career in travel began in 1983.

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Wendy Taylor, CTC

Senior Travel Advisor & Leisure Division Leader

Wendy's travel career took off in 1990 when she began working with Delta Airlines.

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Linda Walker

Travel Advisor

My career in travel began in 2008.

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Bonita Springs Office

Karen Berger

Senior Travel Advisor

My career in travel began in 1980.

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Margo Buttino, CTA, DS

Senior Travel Advisor

Margo's travel career began in 1969.

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Tina Callahan

Travel Advisor

My career in travel began in 1983.

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Cheryl Chegwidden, CTA

Senior Travel Advisor

My career in travel began in 1991.

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Stephanie Dean

Travel Advisor

My career in travel began in Alaska, where I worked for Holland America as a Guest and Tour Services representative.

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Debby Denham

Senior Travel Advisor

My career in travel began in 1992.

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Bo Gover

Senior Travel Advisor

My career in travel began in 1999

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Karen Kelley, CTC, DS

Senior Travel Advisor

My career in travel began 1975.

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Lillian Rudd

Senior Travel Advisor

My career in travel began in 1994.

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Susan Valentine, VTA

Senior Travel Advisor

With more than 25 years in the travel industry, Susan recognizes the importance of exceptional customer service.

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Marianne White, DS

Senior Travel Advisor and Implementation Specialist

My career in travel began in 1978.

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Air & Corporate Specialists

Teresa Parry

Air Specialist

My career in travel began in 1982.

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Carlene Wright

Air Specialist

My career in travel began in 1982.

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Marketing

Gretchen Berger

Marketing Consultant

My career in travel began in 2011.

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Karen Pickrum, CTC, DS

Director of Marketing

Karen is a sales and marketing travel professional with over 30 years of experience in the industry.

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Supporting Staff

Kathleen D'Amico

Accounting Assistant

Kathleen has been employed with 'Preferred Travel of Naples' for the past four years.

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Martha Kipybida

Independent Travel Advisor & Office Assistant

Straight from Long Island, New York, Martha has been in the travel industry for over 30 years.

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Kit Mathews

Independent Travel Advisor & Administrative Assistant

My career in travel began in 1975 with Trans World Airlines as a Flight Service Manager.

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Marianne White, DS

Senior Travel Advisor and Implementation Specialist

My career in travel began in 1978.

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Independent Travel Advisors

Linda Aubel

Independent Travel Advisor - Virtual

My career in travel began in New York City, many decades ago, working for Scandinavian Airlines.

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Diane Becker

Independent Senior Travel Advisor - Naples

For over 25 years, Diane has been selling and delivering specialized cruises to a wide variety of upscale travel destinations.

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Louise Brand

Independent Travel Advisor - Virtual

My career in travel began in the mid-80s with a travel agency in Huntington (Long Island), NY.

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Patricia Classen

Independent Senior Travel Advisor - Virtual

Pat has 16 years experience as a travel consultant with 'Preferred Travel'.

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Kimberly Coplon

Independent Travel Advisor - Naples

My career in travel began in 2018.

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Jennie Cox

Independent Senior Travel Advisor - Virtual

Jennie graduated from the University of Illinois-Champaign with a Bachelor of Arts in Education.

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Sharon Cumming

Independent Travel Advisor - Virtual

My career in travel began in 1956 when I became a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines. I flew for 13 years, including 6 months flying the military airlift command to Vietnam.

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J'Lene Gennaro

Independent Travel Advisor - Virtual

My career in travel began in 1986, as Director of Travel Services for Bonita Bay Club, a private golf course community in Bonita Springs, FL.

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Luci Griffith

Independent Travel Advisor - Virtual

My career in travel began in 2016.

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Peter Hartnedy

Independent Travel Advisor - Naples

Peter began working in the travel and hospitality industry in 2005.

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Elizabeth Hillman

Independent Senior Travel Advisor - Virtual

Liz's professional travel experience goes back over 35 years beginning as Reservations Manager at luxury hotels and working for Trans World Airlines.

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Annette Hostetter

Independent Senior Travel Advisor - Virtual

My career in travel began in 1977 when I begin working for a tour operator selling Mexico and Central America.

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Robert Hubbard

Independent Travel Advisor - Virtual

Robert specializes in Faith Based and Social Impact Travel Business.

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Carol Kuhn

Independent Travel Advisor - Virtual

My career in travel began in 1984.

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Martha Kipybida

Independent Travel Advisor & Office Assistant - Bonita Springs

Straight from Long Island, New York, Martha has been in the travel industry for over 30 years.

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Joan Leedy

Independent Senior Travel Advisor - Virtual

My career in travel began in 1981, and I've spent the past 26 years at Preferred Travel of Naples.

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Steve Lynch

Independent Travel Advisor - Virtual

My career in travel began in 1969.

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Cindy Macrides

Independent Travel Advisor - Bonita Springs

My career in travel began in 1981

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Donna Martucci

Independent Travel Advisor - Naples

My career in travel began in 1983.

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Kit Mathews

Independent Travel Advisor & Administrative Assistant - Naples

My career in travel began in 1975 with Trans World Airlines as a Flight Service Manager.

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Diane Moore

Independent Travel Advisor - Virtual

My career in travel began in 1982-owned an award winning travel agency in Youngstown, Ohio.

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Pamela Price

Independent Travel Advisor - Virtual

My career in travel began in 1980 as a flight attendant with Delta Airlines.

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Larry Rechlin

Independent Travel Advisor - Virtual

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Fran Shipman

Independent Travel Advisor - Virtual

My career in travel began in 1988.

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Bobbi Silberman

Independent Travel Advisor - Virtual

My career in travel began in 1977.

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Lisa Spiller

Independent Travel Advisor - Bonita Springs

My travel career began in 1993 as a member of the cruise and entertainment staff aboard luxury cruise lines.

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Kris Tripp

Independent Senior Travel Advisor - Naples

My career in travel began in 1983 with Regional Airlines and continued as I expanded my knowledge within the Hotel industry. It was a natural transition to join the Preferred Travel Team in 1999.

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Robert Wright, Jr.

Independent Travel Advisor - Virtual

My career in travel began in 2018.

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Preferred Travel Affiliates

Nadege Lark

Independent Travel Advisor

Limitless Larks

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Marisol Rodriguez

Independent Travel Advisor

Mari Travel Planner

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Nancy Zimmerman

Independent Travel Advisor

Nan Knows Travel

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