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Rob Bennett
User Experience Manager, World Traveling Musician

What is your favorite tropical drink?

Piña colada

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

5

Where have you traveled?

Caribbean, Mexico, Europe/UK, the totality of North America

What’s your travel style?

Is that a drifter, or our hotel guest?

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

Secrets Capri in the Riviera Maya was one of my favorites. This past year I really quite enjoyed taking a cruise up the coast of Alaska. I also really loved Portugal.

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

Beach

Do you prefer an activity-packed vacation or lounging around?

1 day to lounge, the rest activity-packed

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

I’m gonna say my fiancé… unless she thinks she’d resort to cannibalism… then I guess a piano.

Melissa Brown

Senior Customer Care Manager

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Working in customer care at Apple Vacations gives me a unique perspective on travel – I hear the very, very good and, unfortunately, sometimes the very, very bad. Everyone has a travel story and I’m often the one listening on the other end of the phone or opening the e-mail describing the trip. I say it frequently, but it can never be said often or loudly enough. It is our goal at Apple Vacations to satisfy 100 percent of our travelers, 100 percent of the time. I’m honored to play a role in that mission.Personally, as a single mom of two teens, I know what it means to plan vacations for the whole family, as well as girls weekends away. I’ve found from talking with customers and experiencing it myself that beach vacations in the Caribbean and Mexico have something for everyone! My kids and I have gone to the Riviera Maya, Cancun and the Dominican Republic and always had a blast!

What is your favorite tropical drink?

Bahama Mama

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

I’ve taken a dozen (?) Apple Vacations – not enough!

Where have you traveled?

Cancun, Riviera Maya, Punta Cana, Jamaica.

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

Anywhere there is a beach!

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

Beach for sure! Although, I always appreciate a pool with a swim up bar!

Do you prefer an activity packed vacation or lounging around?

I am a lounger, perhaps even the Queen Lounger! My middle name is “Lounge!” However, if you are offering me a catamaran ride out on crystal blue waters, or a jet ski ride I am there!

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

That’s a toss up! Either my iPod or a good book to read! Oh, and that swim up bar!!

How many years have you worked in the travel industry?

4+ years

What do you do when you’re not at Apple?

I spend most of my time with my two teenage kids and our dog! The three of them keep me running from baseball fields to soccer fields, and everywhere in between. We live on the border of Valley Forge National Historical Park, and another 90-acre park that has disc golf, a putting green, and miles of bike paths. We spend a lot of time outside. We also try to squeeze in as many Apple Vacations as we can, of course!

Kasia Czaboryk-Barna

Group Sales Coordinator

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I started in reservations, then worked in Core Customer Service, now I work in Group Sales Department.

What is your favorite tropical drink?

Mojito

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

5 and counting

Where have you traveled?

With Apple I travelled to Mexico, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica. I also traveled throughout United States, Canada and Europe.

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

Punta Cana for beautiful beaches. My favorite place is also my home – Poland.

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

Definitely a beach person

Do you prefer an activity-packed vacation or lounging around?

Both – I like to relax on the beach but also explore the local sights and learn about the culture.

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

My iPhone

How many years have you worked in the travel industry?

2

What do you do when you’re not at Apple?

I enjoy cooking, traveling, spending time with my friends and family.

Stephanie Diehl

President, Travel Designed by Stephanie

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What is your favorite tropical drink?

Tequila…. Just good quality, sipping tequila – NO lime or salt with a side of sangrita, it’s like a little sweet and spicy Bloody Mary mix.

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

So many I have lost count. I traveled with Apple Vacations even before I became a travel consultant- now that is loyalty!

Where have you traveled?

Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Huatulco, Ixtapa, almost everywhere in Jamaica, Punta Cana, Antigua, St. Lucia, Bahamas, Curacao, Aruba, Bonaire, Alaska, London, Paris, Italy, Toronto, Vancouver, the Yukon and here and there in the US. Let’s just say, I LOVE to travel!

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

MEXICO and wherever it says on my next ticket.

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

REALLY, do I have to choose between my 2 loves?!

Do you prefer an activity-packed vacation or lounging around?

I like to split my time up between seeing sights, nature and cultural experiences with a couple of days relaxing at the resort.

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

My husband… I don’t go ANYWHERE without him and my camera! We’re a team.

How many years have you worked in the travel industry?

Almost 17 years now.

What do you do when you’re not selling Apple vacations?

I love spending time photographing nature and gardens—and my 4 grandchildren!

Sarah Flook

Product Manager Dominican Republic & Costa Rica

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What is your favorite tropical drink?

Mojito

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

Too many to count

Where have you traveled?

Europe, Asia, Caribbean.

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

Samana, Dominican Republic

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

Beach

Do you prefer an activity-packed vacation or lounging around?

Either, depending on the location. Costa Rica is great for activities and exploring and Punta Cana with its spectacular beaches is perfect for lounging around

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

Sunblock & a good book

How many years have you worked in the travel industry?

10 years

Jill Freimuth

Corporate Recruiting Manager

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What do you do when you’re not on an Apple Vacation?

Recruiting Manager

What’s your travel style?

I am not a light traveler and always over-pack!

What is your favorite tropical drink?  

Margarita!

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

2

Where have you traveled?

Outside the US I have traveled to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Rico, Cancun, and Rivera Maya.

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation? 

I love Mexico, but also love staying local and heading to the Poconos or Jersey Shore.

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

Both!

Do you prefer an activity-packed vacation or lounging around?

I prefer lounging around.

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

Celebrity magazines : )

Judy Heydt & Maria Thomas

Judy and Maria’s Travel, Inc.

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Judy & Maria’s Travel is an award winning agency located in Pennsylvania providing personalized service and knowledge. They offer their clients a top-of-the-line hotel portfolio to the Caribbean, Costa Rica and Mexico and specialize in vacations to the Dominican Republic (Cap Cana, La Romana, Punta Cana), Jamaica, Mexico and more. They welcome Family Reunion Groups, Family Vacations, Honeymoons, and Destination Weddings. Judy and Maria’s Travel is one of the top selling travel agency partners for Apple Vacations earning them the status of Crystal Apple Agency!

Kristen Kane, Esquire

Media Relations Coordinator
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I work with TV and radio stations, sports teams, corporations, tourism boards and hotel partners to coordinate advertising opportunities and sponsorships nationwide.

What is your favorite tropical drink?

Mojito sin Azucar! Although, when I say this, bartenders assume that I’m fluent in Spanish and that I’m dieting. I’m neither.

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

Seven! Holy mackerel!

Where have you traveled?

I spend a lot of time traveling with media groups in Cancun and Riviera Maya, but I’ve recently fallen in love with Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco, and Cozumel (for the diving- incredible).

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

Puerto Vallarta. I love having the mountains, the bay, and an incredible city in one place- it’s one of the best places to meet local people and really experience authentic Mexico. Although, every time I go, I always have this incredible urge to move there, become a dive master, and eat ceviche on the beach all day.

What’s your travel style?

I’m an off the beaten path, adventure traveler. I’m PADI advanced open water certified, so I go diving every chance I get. I’m always hiking, exploring, climbing, and in search of hidden trails or secluded coves. I also love eating, if that can be considered a travel style…?

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

Beach, although I spend the majority of my time splashing around in the ocean and not on the beach.

Do you prefer an activity-packed vacation or lounging around?

I always love relaxation time, but when I visit somewhere, I want to see the whole destination… So, I’m busy.

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

Christine May. For entertainment.

Sue Kitsemble

Regional Sales Manager – Chicago

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I have been with apple sales team for 15 years. I call on travel agencies in the North Shore & Northwest suburbs of Chicago as well as the east portion of Iowa. I love my job! This industry is ever changing and it allows you to learn something new everyday! I’m fortunate to be able to travel and show our clients (travel agents) our destinations and let them experience what Apple Vacations has to offer. My experiences have allowed me to help educate consumers and agents about our products. Helping people fulfill there vacation dreams is a pleasure!

What is your favorite tropical drink?

Pomegranate Margarita

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

So many I have lost count!

Where have you traveled?

All over I have been to Africa, South America, Indonesia, Europe, Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Costa Rica and various places in the United States.

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

Anywhere there is a beach!

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

Pool person

Do you prefer an activity-packed vacation or lounging around?

I do one golf vacation each year and then the rest more lounging around. If I’m in a destination like Hawaii or Costa Rica where there is so much to see and do and I’m not able to get there often I like to see as much as possible.

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

My cat Zoe

How many years have you worked in the travel industry?

34

What do you do when you’re not at Apple?

Golf, garden, attend sports events(Chicago Bears) my favorite!

Shannon McCain

Resource Development Manager

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I oversee Reservations’ training, fams, E-Commerce and Quality Assurance. Our department gets to be involved in many of the new and exciting projects at Apple – there’s never a dull moment!

What is your favorite tropical drink?

Purple Rain at Secrets Maroma

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

Lots.

Where have you traveled?

Throughout the US, Cancun, Riviera Maya, Cabo San Lucas, Curacao, Antigua, St. Lucia, Turks & Caicos, Jamaica, Nassau/Paradise Island, throughout the DR, Hawaii, London, Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. Oh, and I had to stop for gas in Liechtenstein so I’m counting that too!

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

Depends on what I’m looking for. London, Hawaii, the Riviera Maya and the Outer Banks are probably my top spots.

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

I am 100%, inflexibly, stubbornly and unwaveringly a beach person.

Do you prefer an activity-packed vacation or lounging around?

I’ll say both because I’ve done some pretty cool, adventurous things, but in all reality, I’d rather be napping.

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

I would bring my fiancé, and he would bring my iPhone. See what I did there?

How many years have you worked in the travel industry?

Twelve

What do you do when you’re not at Apple?

Cooking/ baking, shopping and of course, traveling.

Debbie Mishler

E-Commerce Marketing Coordinator

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What do you do for fun?

Spending time with my family and friends. Enjoying new experiences and eating great food!

What’s your travel style?
Small boutique style hotels.

What is your favorite tropical drink?
Margarita’s and the local beer selection

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?
A dozen and counting

Where have you traveled?
Punta Cana and Mexico

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?
Any where there is good food and great beach

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?
Beach person all the way

Do you prefer an activity-packed vacation or lounging around?
I try to take a relaxing vacation after busy season and an activity packed vacation before busy season.

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?
A beach butler!

Eileen Monroe

Sr. Manager Customer Service

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What is your favorite tropical drink?

Malibu Bay Breeze w/ Lime!

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

30 vacations

Where have you traveled?

Cancun, Punta Cana, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, St.Lucia, Antigua,

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

Riviera Maya

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

Beach

Do you prefer an activity-packed vacation or lounging around?

A little of both…. active morning/beaching it in the afternoon.

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

My family

How many years have you worked in the travel industry?

15½ years

Timothy Mullen

Co-President Apple Vacations

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Drives the initiative, vision and support for all customer touch points of Apple Vacations including E-Commerce, marketing sales, promotions, customer service, reservations and pricing.

What is your favorite tropical drink?

A cold Coors Light on a hot sunny beach

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

143 ½

Where have you traveled?

To all the beach resorts of Mexico, most of the Caribbean and Hawaii, as well as most of the domestic U.S.

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

Riviera Maya

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

Beach for sure

Do you prefer an activity-packed vacation or lounging around?

Both actually, but skew a bit towards activities. I get bored sitting around.

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

A good book, comfortable beach chair, and a pack of matches.

How many years have you worked in the travel industry?

24 years

Amy Ochoa

Marketing Manager

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I’ve been in love with travel all my life. I have been in the travel industry since 1997 and have had the opportunity to explore much of the world. In that time I have worked as a travel agent, tour leader, sales rep, trainer and marketing manager. I simply can’t imagine doing anything else; travel is in my blood.

What is your favorite tropical drink?

Anything with mango

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

I have been to Mexico over 30 times.

Where have you traveled?

Mexico, Across the US and North America, Western Europe, and New Zealand

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

Cancun, Mexico and Park City, Utah

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

Beach

Do you prefer an activity-packed vacation or lounging around?

Activity Packed

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

My iPod

How many years have you worked in the travel industry?

14 years

What do you do when you’re not at Apple?

Listen to live music, spend time with my seven year old son, Snowboard, Hike and Skydive

 

 

 

 

 

Brad Panik

Associate Director of Sales

What’s your travel style?

Casual

What is your favorite tropical drink?

Mojito

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

Believe it or not, 1 (and that was just recently)

Where have you traveled?

Cancun, Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, Belize, Grand Cayman, St. Thomas, St. Martin, Aruba, Jamaica, Nassau, Grand Bahamas Island, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Punta Cana, La Romana, Puerto Plata, Italy, Spain, England, France, Canada, Hawaii and most of the Continental US.

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

Virginia Beach, VA ( I know, out of the norm).

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

Beach for the sand, pool for the water.

Do you prefer an activity-packed vacation or lounging around?

Unplugging and lounging around

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

My sanity!

 

James Reese

Regional Sales Manager – Philadelphia Gateway

I’m a transplant from the South – Born in Arizona and raised in Southeast Texas! I started in the Travel Industry on the hotel side managing Hampton Inns and Holiday Inns in Birmingham, AL, and Nashville, TN. After several years I decided to try a new direction and went to work for a travel call center that handled travel clubs for several national companies. I went on, several years later, to manage a travel agency. From there, I was given the opportunity to start in Outside Sales with another tour operator in the South. That eventually led me to Apple Vacations!I’ve been in the Philadelphia area for about 6 years and I’ve loved every minute of it! The people, culture and history of this area are amazing! I love every aspect of my position but if I had to choose a favorite it would be Travel Agent Familiarization trips. I take groups of travel professionals to various destinations in Caribbean and Mexico to experience the destination and product first hand! I have the best job in the world!

What is your favorite tropical drink?

Lime Daiquiri

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

25+

Where have you traveled?

Cancun/Riviera Maya, Punta Cana/La Romana, Costa Rica, Aruba, Nassau, Jamaica

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

Neither but if I had to choose – Pool

Do you prefer an activity packed vacation or lounging around?

Definitely lounging!

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

A couple of great books.

How many years have you worked in the travel industry?

22 Years

What do you do when you’re not at Apple?

Read, Shop, Game

Kristin Sammartino

Air Contracting Manager

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Master of the Air Contracting Universe

What is your favorite tropical drink?

Margarita

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

Several

Where have you traveled?

Bermuda, Cancun, Jamaica, Nassau, Grand Bahama Island, Jersey Shore, Orlando…..

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

International – Jamaica, Domestic – Disney World!

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

Pool

Do you prefer an activity-packed vacation or lounging around?

Activities for sure, but I do need some down time with a good book, lounging at the pool

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

Ohhh, tough one. Can’t narrow it down to one thing. Guess I better never get trapped on a deserted island!

How many years have you worked in the travel industry?

18

What do you do when you’re not at Apple?

I’m a family girl…. You will catch me, my husband Mark and my sons either at a Phillies game, one of the kids sporting events or just having a catch in the back yard.

Angie Sievers

Business Development Manager

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My territory consists of travel agencies in Arizona, Nevada, Pacific Northwest, and Utah. I spend most of my time as an inside business development manager focusing on scheduled air business, as well as accounts that sell us nationwide.

What is your favorite tropical drink?

Strawberry Daiquiri

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

Too many to count!!

Where have you traveled?

Mexico – Can Cun, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo, and Caribbean – Jamaica, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas, US Virgin Islands, BVI’s and Hawaii – Oahu, Big Island, and Maui and Europe – England, Scotland, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

US Virgin Islands and BVI’s or anywhere in the Caribbean

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

I’m definitely a beach person now!

Do you prefer an activity-packed vacation or lounging around?

I like a combination of both, but prefer more lounging then constant activity.

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

My family

How many years have you worked in the travel industry?

14 years

What do you do when you’re not at Apple?

I spend all my time with my family and kids!

Karen Spinelli

Media Supervisor

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What is your favorite tropical drink?

Dirty Monkey (chocolate, banana and liquor blended together in a milkshake-like consistency is heavenly)

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

More than I could count

Where have you traveled?

Cancun, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Ixtapa, Cozumel, Punta Cana, Jamaica, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

Puerto Vallarta – love the blend of beach, city and mountains. And the food in town is fantastic.

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

Pool

Do you prefer an activity-packed vacation or lounging around?

Both. I enjoy some quality down time, but like to explore a destination and understand the people and culture.

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

A soft pillow

How many years have you worked in the travel industry?

4

How long have you been with Apple Vacations?

4

Sue Stoler

Promotions & Special Bookings Coordinator

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I started part time in Reservations, worked in Customer Service and now in the Marketing Department where I book trades, prize winners from radio promotions, and assist in various Marketing duties

What is your favorite tropical drink?

Mojito

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

Several

Where have you traveled?

Italy, Portugal, Hawaii, Bermuda, Jamaica, Cancun, Punta Cana, cruises

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

Ischia, Italy

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

beach

Do you prefer an activity-packed vacation or lounging around?

both

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

This is a tough one – family

How many years have you worked in the travel industry?

14

What do you do when you’re not at Apple?

Go to Cape May, try to go to as many Phillies games and Eagle games as I can; garden; have dinner parties

Larry Touhill

Director of E-Commerce

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I am the ‘online guy’. I work with a really great team who helps me manage the development and marketing of our electronic booking engines; applevacations.com and our for travel agents, myappleonline.com. Since the E-Commerce team and I spend a majority of our time online, we are always looking for ways to make it as easy as possible for our customers and travel agents to research, find and book their next Apple Vacation.When I travel, the experience I look forward to the most is taking in as much of the local culture as possible. I’m always up for any kind of adventure, from exploring the local nightlife to excursions to finding the best hidden destinations.

What is your favorite tropical drink?

I’d rather drink the local brew of the destination I’m visiting. While in Mexico, I enjoy Dos Equis and in the Dominican Republic, it’s Presidente all the way.

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

On average I take about 3 Apple Vacations per year, not including work-related travel. So having been with Apple for 13 years now, I would have to say that I’ve taken 30+ Apple Vacations.

Where have you traveled?

I have been to Nassau in the Bahamas, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic as well as Cancun, Riviera Maya, and Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. I have also traveled to a handful of cities within the U.S. including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Orlando.

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

My absolute favorite place to go is Puerto Vallarta. It’s is the perfect mixture of everything Mexico. There are charming cobblestone streets, a lively culture, incredible views, and a diverse choice of options for nightlife.

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

I’m a little bit of both — I don’t discriminate on either type of daytime lounging experience!

Do you prefer an activity packed vacation or lounging around?

During the day, I like to enjoy time at the beach and/or pool. I also like to work in some shopping and cultural sites during they day. At night, after enjoying a delicious dinner, I like to head to the downtown area of the destination I am in or enjoy dancing in the hotel disco.

How many years have you worked in the travel industry?

I have spent my entire travel career with Apple Vacations. I began in the industry in 1995 and have since worked my way up the corporate ladder to Director of E-Commerce.

Chau Tran

Punta Cana Revenue Analyst

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What is your favorite tropical drink?

Dirty Monkey

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

Too many, I’ve lost count

Where have you traveled?

Caribbean, Asia, throughout the US and Canada

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

Anywhere with a beautiful beach

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

Definitely a beach person, I love the smell of the ocean

Do you prefer an activity-packed vacation or lounging around?

Mix of both

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

Unlimited supply of food

How many years have you worked in the travel industry?

7 years

What do you do when you’re not at Apple?

I love spending time with my family and friends. Discovering new local music, attending Philly sporting events, shopping, cooking, reading and traveling.

Cindy Webster

Outside Sales Manager

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My territory is MN, IA, ND, SD NE.

What is your favorite tropical drink?

Jamaican Rum Cream

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

2 Vacations but many Apple Vacations trips. One to Cancun and one to Puerto Vallarta.

Where have you traveled?

Jamaica, Bahamas, Dominicana Republic, Cancun, Riv Maya, Pallarta Vallarta, Ixtapa, Mazatlan, Acapolco, Manzanillo, Costa Rica, Russia, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Puerto Rico

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

Any where in the world

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

Both, I love to walk the beach and I swim in the pool

Do you prefer an activity-packed vacation or lounging around?

I love to do a combination of both. I like to see the destination and a good way of doing that is to go on excursions

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

Another person

How many years have you worked in the travel industry?

16 years

What do you do when you’re not at Apple?

Work on my house and be with my family

Gina West

Senior Sales Manager, Northeast USA

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What is your favorite tropical drink?

Mojito

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

Dozens – I’ve lost count

Where have you traveled?

Throughout Mexico, the islands of the Caribbean, Hawaii and even Europe

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

La Romana in the Dominican Republic

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

I’m a BEACH person!

Do you prefer an activity-packed vacation or lounging around?

A combination of both but mostly water related activities

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

Room service! Ha!

How many years have you worked in the travel industry?

14 years

What do you do when you’re not at Apple?

Play with my dogs and take photographs

 

 

 

 

Bruce Wilson

Senior Sales Manager for New England, Albany & the Hudson Valley.

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I am Senior Sales Manager for New England, Albany & the Hudson Valley.

What is your favorite tropical drink?

Pina Colada, shaken not stirred.

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

673. No, wait. 674.

Where have you traveled?

Caribbean, Mexico, South America, Central America, USA, Europe

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

Caribbean, Mexico, South America, Central America, USA, Europe

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

Yes

Do you prefer an activity-packed vacation or lounging around?

Since my youthful party-days are now but a distant memory, I’d have to say lounging around unless I’m in visiting Panama, Costa Rica, or Europe where I tend to do a lot of venturing about.

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

Well, a motorboat would be nice.

What’s your travel style?

Well, I tend to be fairly quiet on airplanes but very loud on land.

Barbara Windish

Regional Sales Manager

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I’m part of the outside sales team that helps to educate our valuable travel agency community on all the newest resorts and destinations that Apple Vacations has to offer.

What is your favorite tropical drink?

Hummingbird – the best are made in Jamaica

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

Multiple and loved each one

Where have you traveled?

Most of the USA, Mexico, Canada, several Caribbean Islands, China, South Africa, Turkey, Tunisia, Malta, Israel and many European countries.

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

Europe, but I love a week relaxing on a beach too.

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

Beach – nothing better than feeling the cool breeze off the ocean and hearing the rhythmic sound of the waves

Do you prefer an activity-packed vacation or lounging around?

I like them both, it just depends on the destination.

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

I think the logical answer is Fire – if you want to survive – but music would be nice.

How many years have you worked in the travel industry?

33

What do you do when you’re not at Apple?

I enjoy time with my husband, caring for my garden, riding the various bike trails around town and dinner with friends.

Kim Wise

Creative Services Production Coordinator

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I help make things look and sound good.

What is your favorite tropical drink? Margarita on the rocks, no salt please!How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

10+

Where have you traveled?

Cancun, Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, and Jamaica with Apple Vacations. I’ve also been to various cities throughout the U.S.

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

Don’t make me choose!

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

I try to split my time between the two.

Do you prefer an activity-packed vacation or lounging around?

I don’t really like to plan ahead; I like to take it day by day and see what I feel like doing when I wake up.

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

A toothbrush.

How many years have you worked in the travel industry?

6 years, all at Apple Vacations.

What do you do when you’re not at Apple?

Depends on the weather – BBQ’s and outdoor activities in the summer; good books and a fire in the winter.

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