Diane Petras, a 20-year industry veteran and Trams, Inc. executive, has been named as operations manager for Leisure Pops, the newly launched agent desktop booking tool. Petras will be responsible for agency installations, support, and internal systems, according to Lee Rosen, Leisure Pops president. Rosen is the founder and former CEO of Trams Inc. and former general manager of Sabre Leisure.
“Leisure Pops is growing at a rapid pace, and we’ve reached a point where we need someone to step in and take over the day-to-day operations and customer communications” said Rosen. “I’ve known and worked with Diane for over 17 years and she’s got the right combination of management and communication skills. She’s worked as a travel agent, designed educational programs for the industry, and she understands the multi-tasking mind of today’s travel agent. She will fit in well with our organization.”
Petras started in the business as an independent contractor selling corporate and group travel. She later focused her organizational skills on managing conferences, and produced Technology & Marketing University (TMU) and Summer Camp training conferences while working for Trams in Los Angeles.
“I’m energized by the idea of working with the team at Leisure Pops. I believe in the concept and wish it were around when I was an agent,” said Petras. “I needed an assistant just to keep up with the volume of information that came across my desk, and that’s where Leisure Pops fits in. It brings critical pop-up information to the agent’s desktop at the point of sale and the agent stays in control of what pops on their screen. It speeds the booking process, passes data between sites, and does the shopping for you.”
Agents have high praise for Leisure Pops as an easy-to-use tool that has simplified the preferred supplier booking process, she notes. Visit www.leisurepops.com.