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Midwest Journey Group Reunites at Celebratory Golf Outing

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It was a day of celebration and long-awaited reunions because the Chicago-area journey group gathered at a golf outing on July 19 in Illinois.

The 2021 Chicagoland Journey Trade & Hospitality Golf Occasion came about at Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Itasca, Ailing. It was an 18-hole scramble only for enjoyable, together with a dinner, raffle and auctions of journeys, which raised cash for Make-A-Want.

Julie Barry and P. Craig Ochoa
Julie Berry, govt director of gross sales and advertising at Eaglewood Resort, and P. Craig Ochoa, a longtime journey govt now affiliated with You’re #1. (Photograph by Theresa Norton)

Past the golf, although, was the palpable sense of aid and happiness that the journey trade was collectively as soon as once more, after a tough 12 months for the trade. Final 12 months’s golf outing was canceled through the top of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most executives have been working at house, not in a position to conduct in-person visits. Some have been furloughed, laid-off or having to transition to jobs in several industries.

“We needed to return collectively to indicate the remainder of the world that we’re nonetheless right here – particularly in Chicago as a result of the Midwest was hit so arduous and it was such a tough lockdown,” mentioned Cheryl Gatto, director of latest enterprise growth for Viking Journey Companies in Westmont, Ailing.

Anne Mickey and Carnival's Tom Panici
Anne Mickey, strategic account supervisor for The Journey Company’s The Velvet Assortment, and Tom Panici, enterprise growth director for Carnival Cruise Line. (Photograph by Theresa Norton)

“So many journey companies have both merged or closed, however they’re coming again now,” she mentioned. “These of us that had been within the trade for a very long time needed to sit down down and are available collectively as one unit, one voice, to say we’re nonetheless right here, we haven’t gone away, and also you want us greater than ever.”

Gatto regarded round on the group mingling and catching up. “Have a look at how completely satisfied all people is! We’re so utterly jazzed to see one another,” she mentioned.

The occasion was chaired on a volunteer foundation by Dan Trankina, enterprise growth supervisor for Nice Holidays, together with P. Craig Ochoa, a longtime journey govt now affiliated with You’re #1, a promotional merchandise firm; Roger Kraemer, director of sales-Midwest at CIE Excursions Worldwide; and Graham Mosey, proprietor of World Group Journey and affiliated with Beef Shack eateries. Trankina additionally thanked Patty Corridor, who dealt with many administrative duties.

Michele Herron Penn of Couples and her husband Raymond Penn
Michele Herron Penn, regional gross sales supervisor for {Couples}, a sponsor of the golf outing, and her husband, Raymond Penn. (Photograph by Theresa Norton)

Afterward, Trankina mentioned that he felt “a way of pleasure” that the occasion got here collectively so efficiently. “This trade could be very resilient,” he mentioned. “This was particular as a result of folks hadn’t seen one another in so lengthy. It was a really particular, heat feeling.”

Julie Berry, govt director of gross sales and advertising at Eaglewood Resort, was thrilled to see the journey trade reunite at her property, which went via its personal travails and closures in 2020.

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From left, Pam Carroll of Gadabout Journey in Palos Hills, Ailing.; Katy Cannizzaro, strategic account supervisor of Royal Caribbean Worldwide; and Anne Mickey, strategic account supervisor for The Journey Corp.’s The Velvet Assortment, which incorporates Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. (Photograph by Theresa Norton)

“It’s a celebration. The grins on the gamers and all of the sponsors are unimaginable, they’re simply so completely satisfied to see folks stay,” she mentioned. “We’ve all been working from house or on furlough and attempting to remain in touch with one another. Kudos to Dan and Craig for placing this all collectively and staying in contact with all people and doing it for trigger.”

The date has been set for subsequent 12 months’s Chicagoland golf outing – July 18, 2022 – so mark your calendars.

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