Kristen DeAngelo, 29
Kristen DeAngelo was in the midst of fulfilling a career as an early childhood teacher when she was struck by an uncontrollable desire to see the world. “One day it clicked — I wanted to travel, but I needed to find out a way to make that happen,” says DeAngelo, who is now in her sixth year as a travel professional. And so, she returned to college to receive a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism.
Soon after graduation, she landed an intern position at a local travel agency and from that day forward, there was no turning back.
Now, as the owner and travel designer for Dream Excapes, she enjoys the “responsibility to create unforgettable vacations…while also managing the back-end of my business, marketing to potential clients, networking in and out of the travel industry and completing trainings to expand my [travel] knowledge.”
This year, DeAngelo has been featured as an expert in several Caribbean articles in Travel Agent and spoke on two panels at the Travel Industry Exchange, which is owned by the magazine’s parent company, Questex.
“I’ve never had the itch to be a public speaker, but once I was up there the words flowed as I had the opportunity to speak about what I love,” she tells us. “Many colleagues and clients complimented and congratulated my performance on the panels.”
As a member of KHM Travel Group’s Pinnacle Elite Agent Program, DeAngelo “is among our host agency’s top-producing agents,” says Jenn Jankowski, director of programs for KHM, an affiliate of Travel Leaders Network. “Her dedication to serving her clients is evident in not only her impressive sales figures, but also in the great reputation of her business. Kristen is an excellent example of a dedicated and knowledgeable travel professional.”