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I am the owner of Walker Travel and Cruises, having taken over the family travel business in 1970. Married to Diane Bryson Walker, in 1972. We have 3 children. I am a past Board Member of Mt Hood Community College, Portland State University Foundation, Mt Hood Medical Center, Rotary Club of Gresham, Elks, Boy Scouts of America.
My Education: B. S. Oregon State University - 1970, Officer in the US Army.
How Long in Travel: Have been in the travel business for 30 years.
My specialty is: Last minute flights around the world or just in the USA.
I have been with Walker Travel & Cruises since 1980 and have been Manager since 1983.
How long in business: 20 years
My Specialty: Corporate and some leisure travel
Places Visited: Hawaii, Mexico, Alaska, Canada and a number of United States cities.
Elli has been with Walker Travel & Cruises since 1990 and enjoys Corporate and Leisure travel. Elli and her husband do extensive travel.
How Long in Business: In the travel business for 9 years.
My Specialty: 4 Islands in Hawaii, Disneyland, Disney World, California, Victoria & Vancouver, Cruises, Reno and Las Vegas.
Places Visited: Washington, DC, Maryland, Gettysburg, Amish Country, Atlantic City, Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Seattle, Paris, Northern France, Globus Tours, London, Caribbean Islands (ST. Thomas, Aruba, Honduras, Grenada, Guadalupe, Cayman, Jamaica, Cozumel) Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo, Caracas, Venezuela, Orlando area, Tahiti and New York City.
I've been in the travel industry for 17 years. I met and married my husband, Mario, while traveling in Malta, where he was born. We have been married 9 years. I have 2 children: Christina 8 years, Julianna 3 years. We love to travel and we also love camping in our tent trailer around Oregon. We are also active in St. Henry's Parish.
How Long in Business: I have attended Travel School and many Travel Seminars.
My Specialty: I specialize in Europe and Italy.
Places Visited: Hawaii, England, Italy, Germany, Paris, Brussells, Amsterdam, Switzerland, Malta and Cruised the Caribbean (plus various places within the US). My favorite US Cities are: New York and San Diego. My favorite International City is Rome, Italy.
I owned my own travel agency for 12 years.
How Long in Business: I started in the travel industry working as a reservations agent for the airlines, 25 years ago.
My Education: Many training classes and extensive travel throughout the years.
My Specialty: International travel, specializing in the Orient, Europe and Mexico. Also groups and corporate travelers.
Places Visited: Europe, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Korea and Viet Nam.
How Long in Business: I started out in 1957, working for 2 years with Matson Cruise Lines in Los Angeles. Was Manager for Hawaiian Calls Tours in Los Angeles for 3 years. Unitours, May Company Travel - Buena Park, for 5 years. Milwaukie Travel for 10 years, Blaser Travel for 11 years.
My Specialty: The Orient. Have escorted groups and done seminars. Have taken 12 trips to Hong Kong, 4 trips to China, including Yangtse River Cruises, 3 trips to Thailand and 1 to Korea. I prefer and enjoy assisting with leisure vacations and cruises, both international and domestic destinations. I get gratification knowing that my clients come back happy with their travel experiences. I also enjoy taking shopping groups to Hong Kong.
Places Visited: Fiji, Hawaii, Europe several times including London, Paris, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia, Mexico City, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo, Mazatlan. Cruises: Alaska inside passage, Caribbean, Greek Islands and Turkey. Hawaii, Disneyland, Disney World. Recent Trips - Taste of Europe with Globus Tours and Branson, Missouri.
I began working in the travel industry while in college, working first in reservations for an airline and have been a Travel Consultant for almost 30 years.
My Education: In addition to traveling extensively, I have attended many educational seminars throughout the years.
My Specialty: International travel
Places Visited: All of the countries in Europe, all of the Orient, including China, the South Pacific, including Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti and Samoa, Africa, including South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Kenya, Egypt and Israel, Russia and Turkey, South and Central America, including Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica, Panama and Guatemala, many Islands in the Caribbean, Alaska and many Cruises throughout the world.
My name is Emy Villa, born and raised in the Philippines. I am 49 years and have lived in the USA for 3 decades. I met my husband in the Philippines, while he is working for GTE and have been married 29 years. We have 2 grown children, ages 26 & 27. I have traveled all over the USA because my husband's job required it. My favorite places are the Greek Isles and Maui, Hawaii. My hobby is cleaning my house.
My Education: Banking and Finance, 2 years College Far Eastern University, in the Philippines.
How long in business: 11 years
My Specialty: Mexico, Caribbean, Hawaii and Asia.
Places Visited: Hong Kong, Seoul Korea,Turkey, Istanbul, Athens Greece and all the Isles, Philippines, Mexico, Caribbean, Hawaii.
Married 47 1/2 years to a Physician, 4 children, 8 grandchildren. I love music and travel. Active at Mountainview Christian Church. I've had experience with groups and love people.
How long in business: 18 years.
My Specialty: All international, Hawaii, South Pacific, Scandinavia and cruises.
Places Visited: Russia, China, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand, Cook Islands, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Europe, Mexico, Canada, Alaska and cruises.
I grew up in the Fairview area, grades 4-12, in the Reynolds School District. Left to attend University of Washington for 4 years and spent the next 24 years in Seattle, before leaving for Hawaii (Oahu, Maui) for 8 years. I spent most of my time with family or else dreaming about my next trip, also making family scrapbooks. Hobbies are family gatherings, travel, photography, painting and playing catch with our dog, Lili at Cannon Beach, Oregon.
My Education: - MA, Library Studies at U of H, Manoa, 1992. BA, Social Studies at U of W, Seattle, 1971.
How Long in Business: 10 years full-time and 2 years part-time. CTC, 1985
My Specialty: Lived and worked in Japan and Hawaii, have planned several round-the-world trips for clients, also a Cruise Specialist.
Places Visited: Traveled to 45 states and 30 countries (Europe, Asia, Austria, North and South America). Would love to plan a trip to Antarctica!
Paula J. Heiberg
I owned my own Travel Agency for 21 years, I have been involved in the Leadership of the Travel Industry as well as Sales Agent for 24 years. I have been married to my wonderful husband, Bob, for almost 25 years. We have 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren.
My Education: Bachelor of Science and Graduate Work from Portland State University and Certified Travel Counselor (CTC).
My Specialty: Australia, Hawaii, South Pacific, Europe, Mexico, Cruises, Train, Golf and Disney packages.
28 years in Travel Industry
Group, Event, Incentive, Conference and Meeting Planning.
Destination expertise in: Mexico, Hawaii and Asia.
Creative and well experienced in complex and world-wide Travel Planning.
Passions in Organic agriculture and home based /small scale farming.
Family - Laurie (wife) and Jenna (daughter age 6).
I was born and raised in Oregon and attended Lane Community College and University of Oregon. I have been married to Ed Burnacci Jr for 21 years and we have three great sons, Joe age 20, Tony 17, and Nick 15. We have traveled around the Pacific Northwest and to Europe with our sons.
I retired in March of 2005 after working for Qwest Communications for 31 years. I recently completed Travel courses at Mt Hood Community College. I am excited to now be working in the travel industry. I look forward to specializing in European travel,especially, Germany.
Places visited: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Canada and 25 of the United States, including Hawaii.
I have been with Walker Travel & Cruises for 6 years and have managed and owned my own travel agency. I started working in the travel industry in 1983 after graduating from SST Travel School. I have traveled throughout Mexico, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Canada, Arizona, Southern California and Washington.
I have been married to my husband, Rick for 11 years and we enjoy golfing around the Northwest.
Native Oregonian, Married, three children, three grandchildren and one cat. Hobbies: redecorating our home, reading and cruising. Member: Vintage Chevrolet Club of America, Middle East Institute, University Club.
EDUCATION: Grant HS; Oregon State; City University, London, England; Certificate in Middle East Studies and BA Portland State University, 1979. Emmett Travel School, 1988.
TRAVEL: 18 years as Leisure Travel Consultant. I enjoy helping people plan their trips and cruises, particularly for first time cruisers. I like to find the best value for a client's travel budget, whether for birthdays, honeymoons, anniversaries, or family reunions. Individuals or groups have many options when looking for destinations that offer adventures in travel, learning experiences, as well as the choice to be active or simply relax and unwind to reduce life stressors
SPECIALIZING: Experienced travel with two trips to China; five times to Egypt with three Nile cruises; nine delightful visits to DisneyWorld; and special trips to Hawaii, Mexico, London, Paris, Athens, Istanbul, Vienna, Venice, Jerusalem, Alexandria, Cairo, Malta, Tunis, Tangier, Casablanca and several areas within the USA. Cruise experience: 28 cruises on 24 different ships (8 cruise lines) to Alaska, Mexico, Hawaii, Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda, Panama Canal, Black Sea, TransAtlantic, Great Britain with the North Sea, Europe, Mediterranean, North Africa, Asia.
Joined the travel industry after my first trip to Africa, realizing travel and other cultures were a world I wanted to be part of. That was over 30 years and travel to 23 countries ago, and I enjoy it as much today as I did then. I enjoy sharing the experiences I've had in such places at Russia, Kenya, Sweden, Finland, England, France, Turkey, Greece, etc., and helping clients realize the same pleasure I have. I began in Chico, Ca., managed an agency in Colusa, Ca., then to Walnut Creek and finally to Oregon And very proud to be a part of Walker Travel!
Alex J. Cernik
Born in the Central European capital of Prague, Alex Cernik has been a traveler and explorer all his life. Before moving to the United States, he had the opportunity to live in several European countries and speaks several languages fluently. He began working in the Portland travel industry nearly 30 years ago and his passion for helping his clients enjoy their travels as safely, securely, and trouble-free as possible continues to this day. Whether your plans call for a short hop to Boise or around the world year-long cruise, you will receive the same extraordinary concierge assistance from Alex and his staff.
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