Top 25 All Stars: Katie Cadar

Katie CadarTravelStore

Los Angeles, CA

Katie Cadar heads up Los Angeles-based TravelStore’s leisure team, which is no small feat, considering the company has locations throughout California and is a top producer within the Signature Travel Network. But that doesn’t keep her from being a high-producing advisor in her own right, bringing in more than $2 million a year in revenue, all as she tends to the tasks of a manager and, as a former teacher, mentors newbies coming on to the TravelStore team. In fact, Cadar is all about education (she was the very first Tiare Specialist ever and holds certifications for Scandinavia, Western Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, Hawaii, Fiji and South Africa). She’s also all about seeing locations up close; this year she went trekking to see chimpanzees in Africa, visited the new Brando resort on Tetiaroa and traveled on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train.

A recent “masterpiece” was booking a family of 13 to Zambia, South Africa and Botswana, which included “a day spent volunteering at a school in Kliptown, Soweto, and three days living with the local villagers in Kawaza, Zambia,” says SVP-Leisure Dan Ilves. The trip also included a walking safari in Zambia, stays at luxury camps in Botswana, Victoria Falls and a camp in Sabi Sands. “This gave them a different view of life and an introduction to the ‘real’ Africa,” says Ilves. “The family bond that grew from this, as well as the increased appreciation for cultures and wildlife was amazing.”

Cadar has organized participation in “Clean Up The Beach” for Heal The Bay, and she has donated prizes for that organization’s fund-raisers. Cadar is part of the TravelStore KIVA Team and has supported the company’s work with Venice Family Clinic. She has also volunteered with the TravelStore team for LA Works Projects.

“Katie is very much recognized and respected by industry suppliers as a dedicated and knowledgeable partner to work with, while clearly maintaining excellent relationships with her clients,” says Ilves. “This is more than a great agent, great manager, great mentor and great industry advocate—but all four wrapped in one fine package.”

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