|Koch with Collette Vactions Executive Vice President Kevn Kramich // (c) 2011 Collette Vacations|
At his company's biannual global sales meeting in New Zealand, which was held from May 9-19, 2011, Collette Vacations President and CEO Dan Sullivan Jr. announced the recipients of numerous awards for service, including an award for Sales Person of the Year. The award was presented to Bob Koch of Media, PA, a travel industry veteran since 1980, who was named Sales Person of the Year for the 17th consecutive time since coming to Collette in 1991.
The award honors the individual who generates the most sales revenue in the previous fiscal year. Sullivan, in speaking of the achievement, said that “Bob is an inspiration to his peers and the entire management team at Collette.”
In addition to Koch, Pam Strand of Haverhill, MA , senior district sales manager for eastern Massachusetts, was honored in the categories of most growth in overall passengers and most revenue growth, and Ron Fenska of Sicklerville, NJ, regional sales manager for the East coast and South, won numerous awards including region with the most growth and region with the most increase in passengers.
“Collette has one of the largest sales forces in the industry which allows us to work in a collaborative way with many travel agencies across the country,” said Sullivan. “The annual black-tie awards night is our opportunity to recognize the efforts of each of our 70-plus district sales managers while exposing them to a destination they might not have traveled to before.”
In addition to honoring the company's top-producing sales managers, the sales meeting also gave Collette and opportunity to shift a focus on New Zealand, especially Christchurch, which was damaged by an earthquake earlier this year.
“For anyone left wondering about the state of New Zealand’s South Island in light of the earthquake in Christchurch, everything is business as usual as the 100 or so Collette employees who traveled here can attest,” said Sullivan. “It’s a fabulous destination and our passengers agree--Collette’s revenue from travel to Australia and New Zealand is up 49 percent for 2011.”