La Jolla, CA
With over three decades’ worth of travel knowledge and an eagerness to share his expertise, it’s no wonder Steve Kuriga is known as “The Travel Professor” at Cadence. Besides being a successful top producer in his own right, Kuriga participates in agent message boards, sits on advisory boards, submits concepts to executive leadership and actively shares travel information on social media. And, like every great teacher, his door is always open to answer questions.
In fact, Kuriga is one of the few Independent Affiliates at Cadence who maintains an office at the agency’s headquarters. There he has a map above his desk with a pushpin for every country he has visited, a map which just got its 108th pin this year, which serves as an inspiration for other Cadence travel agents to “go and see it for yourself.”
Kuriga’s passion for education extends beyond the travel agency’s walls. For the past few years, he has flown to the East Coast to escort a group of 35 eight graders on an introductory travel experience. He is also active in Cadence Cares initiatives, with past causes including acting as Travel Ambassadors for Make-A-Wish San Diego, fundraising for Rady Children’s Hospital and the 2017 EPCAT commitment to join the fight against human trafficking.
Kuriga’s travel knowledge came in handy during a surprise 50th birthday trip for a client’s husband at The Cape in Cabo with more than 40 friends. In order to keep the secret intact, Kuriga had to stagger the airfare and accommodations so that it appeared to start out as an intimate trip for three couples, with more and more guests showing up at the property the following day. “When Steve heard that a guest chef from New York City was at the property, he managed to get him to prepare a private group birthday dinner, capped off with a three-minute fireworks display,” Cadence CEO & Founder Wendy Burk tells us.