Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, has made a number of moves this week, including appointing Matt Kruszewski to the newly created position of corporate director of finance and announcing a lineup of three travel agent boot camps.
Kruszewski comes to Cruise Planners with 10 plus years of experience and a background in finance with a special focus on technology. Prior to Cruise Planners, Matt worked at Oracle as an IT audit manager with a focus on IT operations, product development and cybersecurity. Prior to Oracle, Matt was a manager at Ernst & Young with a specialization in enhancing the processes and controls of financial services organizations. Matt received his Master of Arts in International Business from the University of Florida and a Master’s in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University. After graduation, he became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and recently become a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Three New Travel Agent Boot Camps
The franchisor has also announced three separate Boot Camps to service Cruise Planners travel agents across the U.S. The Boot Camps will be hosted in Las Vegas; Fort Lauderdale, FL; and Atlantic City, NJ.
The Boot Camps offer face-to-face opportunities with Cruise Planners Home Office Team members and are an opportunity for franchise owners and associates to leave with take-away tips on growing their travel agent businesses. This year, Cruise Planners will focus on agent-requested topics such as sales training, public speaking, agent success stories, and true hands-on technology workshops with exercises and creating results-oriented action items.
The Boot Camps will be hosted at:
- Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from March 23-25
- Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, NJ from May 2-4
- Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL from May 10-12
At the events, travel agents will be able to learn directly from Cruise Planners’ top executives and company owners, train on Cruise Planners’ proprietary technology through hands-on workshops and engage with key partners through presentations and interactive, one-on-one networking events. There will also be the chance to get tips and best practices from Cruise Planners’ top producers about how to run successful travel franchises.
Agents will also be able to interact with representatives from travel-industry brands and destination partners such as Norwegian Cruise Line, Travel Alberta, Visit Anchorage, Funjet Vacations, Air New Zealand Vacations and have time with each at a trade show featuring 50 preferred partners.