High Point, NC
Pamela Seagle, co-owner of Travel Leaders in High Point, NC, nominated Kim Bristow for our prestigious list. Bristow, who brings in nearly $1.4 million in revenue a year, is a 26-year veteran in the business; she’s been with Travel Leaders for a decade now. And what a decade it’s been. Seagle says that Bristow’s best asset is her attention to detail when planning travel, whether it’s an airline ticket or a complex FIT. Education and first-hand travel knowledge is vital to Bristow who just spent three weeks in Australia and New Zealand to assist her in earning her Aussie Specialist Certification. “She is always willing to go the extra mile for clients and fellow advisors,” says Seagle.
That enthusiasm was recently raised to a new level, after Bristow was lured away by two corporate clients for a job outside of travel. After three weeks, this travel advisor had returned to her original role, reporting that she “missed the interactions with corporate clients and the friends she had made” over the past 26 years.
Bristow’s desire to meet her clients’ needs extends to her personal life, when she planned a dream vacation for her parents, which they insisted she accompany them on. This was a two-week trip carefully curated from start to finish (think first-class air and private tours), and concluded with a dinner in the tower of the Sydney Opera House. When a celebration of fireworks was launched as their meal concluded, her devoted parents refused to believe Bristow hadn’t arranged the display.
Bristow has also assisted with the care of a Huntington’s Disease patient for 17 years, and has headed up fund-raising at her children’s high school for three years. Cool Touch: Bristow assisted local police in solving a travel-related scam directed at senior citizens in her community.