Travelink, an American Express Travel Representative
After 25 years as an agent, Beverly Gallant has built a comfortable niche. A top producer at Travelink, she brings in close to $2 million in annual sales. Her specialties are cruises, honeymoons and destination weddings. She’s a certified Australia, Tahiti, Hawaii, Southern Europe and Elite Cruise specialist.
“Hard work, dedication, constant training and staying on top of what’s happening,” are words she lives by. You can also add “giving back,” to the list. Gallant did just that in a big way this year. She helped create three volunteer events through social media that had wide-ranging effects.
The first campaign, #DaniellasWish, was for a two-year old with cancer in Miami. The project helped renovate the little girl’s backyard to provide a germ-free environment. The second, #BullockGarden, helped create an outdoor classroom in New Jersey to teach low-income children about healthy eating. The third, #AsterGardens, helped provide seniors, single parents and homeless with an outdoor gathering space in California.
“We came together with our AMEX preferred suppliers to get special rates on hotel and car rentals, then asked anyone for donations. It was amazing to see so many come together for something good,” says Gallant.
“The ripple effects were amazing,” she adds. “It made me a better travel advisor and person to give back to others. It helps to know anything is possible when you put your mind to it.”
Buoyed by the experience, she’s looking forward to new challenges in her professional life. Not surprisingly, she’s excited about one impactful trend she’s noticed in the travel industry:
“Volunteering while on vacation. It gives a deeper meaning to just a beach getaway and hits the heart and soul,” she says.