Jessica Kruse, 28
Cary Travel Express
Jessica Kruse is “a two-time recipient of the Outstanding Travel Advisor Sales Award for $750,000 and above in annual sales with MAST, and a recipient of the Million Dollar Agent Sales Award in 2017 with MAST,” she tells us.
Kruse, a destination weddings and honeymoons specialist, says she’s been able to find all of this success, even while taking maternity leave for three months last year.
Growing up, she had a bit of a head start into the world of travel. The mother of her childhood friend owned an agency and Kruse enjoyed helping her put together group trips for friends and family looking to travel during spring break. “I volunteered to help stamp brochures and do little tasks around the office. By high school I was planning my family vacations on my own.” That travel agency was Cary Travel Express and Kruse eventually ended up marrying her childhood friend. She’s been working there as an agent for four years now.
The most challenging trip Kruse ever put together was a destination wedding of more than 40 people to Punta Cana, which ended up coinciding with the September 2017 hurricanes. Two days before the scheduled departure, airlines were canceling and the bride was devastated at the thought of missing out on her dream wedding. Under Kruse’s direction, the entire Cary Travel team jumped into action. A personal call to a wedding coordinator and friend in Mexico at Dreams Playa Mujeres made it possible to schedule the couple for a wedding on the beach with all of the previously chosen details.
“They all went on the trip, had an amazing wedding, and had the time of their life. I was just happy that her special day was able to be saved.”