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About Our People

Travel Square One exists to serve our partner agents and staff with the best resources.  We have experience, know how, technology and professionalism.

 

Bill O'Connor

Bill is the founder and Managing Member of Travel Square One, LLC.  He is also the Co-founder & Managing Partner of The Denver Consulting Group, Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in results-oriented change in the hospitality, travel and tourism industry.  He was also a founder and owner of The Travel Society, and has been in the travel industry since 1966.  Prior to 1986, Bill spent almost 20 years in sales, operations and marketing in the airline industry, with United, Frontier and others.  He has been an owner and manager of retail travel and tour companies since that time.

His skills fall into two general disciplines of Strategic Business Planning and Organizational Development. They include: Business Planning, Financial Modeling, Marketing, Advertising, Promotion, Pricing, Distribution Strategies, Electronic Distribution Alternatives, Goal Setting, Performance Assessment, Incentives and Compensation.  

His personal passions are: Fly-fishing, Mountain Hiking & Camping, Photography, Cooking, his near-mint 1962 MGA, and most of all his wife of 48 years, their four adult children, their spouses and grandchildren.  Click here for a full biography.
Email: boconnor@travelsquareone.com .

Anita Barnes 

Anita Barnes

Anita started in the travel business in 1997 after attending Colorado School of Travel.  She worked with Paula Wagner, then owner of Travel Square One until it was revamped in 2006.  Since that time, as one of the founding shareholders, she has been involved in training, corporate travel and co-managing the office. 

Anita's background began in a different arena; the mortgage banking industry, where she was a loan closer and was involved in post closing for a large mortgage bank in the Denver Area.  She then moved into commercial banking and was a supervisor in the load department, new accounts and safe deposit departments.  Anita is a graduate of the University of Wyoming, with a degree in Recreation and Park Administration.  She has two adult children and enjoys running  - and most recently competed in two "century" bicycling races.
Email: abarnes@travelsquareone.com.

Jeremiah Donahue 

Jeremiah Donahue

Jeremiah has been working with technology since he was in high school. Trained in electronics and receiving a degree in Network Systems Administration combined with experience he knows his way around our systems. He started working with the travel industry in 1999. Since then has become one of the few technicians that understands how to integrate the CRS systems in the travel industry with contemporary technology platforms.

Besides technology, Jeremiah enjoys time with his wife and children, playing music, fishing, bicycling, and true to his heritage, the occasional adult brew. He has been playing bass guitar since 1986 and currently plays with several local bands.

David Glanz (Destinations Revealed)

David has been planning FIT travel for the past 30 years as an Independent Contractor and principal in his own company, Destinations Revealed, LLC.  He is well known and respected in the travel industry for his expertise in Europe, Asia, and particularly Africa – for which he was recognized as a destination expert by Conde Naste. 

David has served on the national board of APTA (Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa).  He is an avid musician and a collector of unusual art and sculpture - much from his travels. 

While David arranges all types of travel for his exclusive clientele, he is best known for, and most fond of creating unique, personal international itineraries.
Email: dglanz@travelsquareone.com .

Tammy Hardin

Accredited Cruise Counselor
Destination Specialist
American Express Cruise Specialist

With more than 30 years in travel and an education in teaching, psychology, and coaching, Tammy began her career at People Express Airlines, followed with Continental Airlines, working in airport operations in Customer Service. She moved on to CUC Travel (now Cendant Corp, parent of Galileo and other travel businesses) where she worked initially selling air, car and hotel to “member-only” clientele. Tammy became Cendant’s lead trainer, responsible for all facets of travel as well as the development of training curriculum and materials. She was also instrumental in securing Colorado State accreditation, and as Manager of Training, was responsible for 4 offices.

Tammy left Cendant to join Virginia Horn Travel as Office Manager, where she learned first hand the agency business from “The Denver Travel Expert”. She was then made Office Manager at Frosch Travel Denver Office, who acquired Virginia Horn and has continued to develop her considerable travel knowledge since.  In 2010 she received American Express Specialist status in cruising.  Her passion is creating “dreams” for her clients, and she is a certified specialist in Cruises, Caribbean, Mexico – and actually loves doing airfare!

Africa became part of Tammy’s soul with her first trip to Africa in 2014 and her passion for the African people of Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, and Tanzania. She continues to support Rhino Force and has served on the Rocky Mountain APTA Board (Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa)
Email: thardin@travelsquareone.com

Margaret Beardall

Margaret was born and raised in Marion, Iowa. She has always had a passion for travel and faraway places.

Margaret obtained a Master’s degree in Spanish from Middlebury College in Vermont. After teaching English in Mexico City, Bogota, and Madrid, she moved to Denver in 1979 and began work as a travel counselor. Since then she has traveled to 59 different countries on 6 of the seven continents. She completed her Certified Travel Counselor degree in 1987.

Her favorite leisure activity is singing and performing with The Cherry Creek Chorale.
Email: mbeardall@travelsquareone.com

Ann Boyer

Ann is a Colorado native, born and raised in Colorado Springs. Graduated from Colorado University with a BA in teaching and a MA in Guidance and Consulting. She worked in Jefferson County schools until she became a travel agent in 1984.

Ann has traveled to every continent with the exception of Antarctica. She loves working with people and assisting them with vacation travel.

Ann is a past president of the Rocky Mountain APTA Chapter and a former national board member of APTA.

Ann is married with two grown children and 4 grandsons. Her hobbies are hiking , theater, reading and, above all - traveling!
Email: aboyer@travelsquareone.com

Valerie Sewell

Valerie Sewell brings over 30 years of experience in the travel industry as a front line travel agent in the United Kingdom and Colorado. After a successful career as a corporate travel agent, which included arranging travel for an NHL hockey team, she shifted her focus to specialize in high touch custom travel to Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. In 2007 she was asked by a friend and colleague to “be my tent mate” on a safari to Kenya, followed by trips to Zambia, Malawi and South Africa. Having become entranced by Africa, she again switched her focus to specialize in custom East African travel.  

A long-time member of APTA, she has served on the board of Rocky Mountain APTA as program chair. In 2012 she was elected to the National Board of APTA as events coordinator. This position puts her into contact with some of the most interesting, dynamic and passionate people in African travel community Her passion for Africa has continued to grow following several visits to the continent, summiting Kilimanjaro in September 2011.  In the autumn of 2012 and in 2016 she led small, exclusive groups of clients gorilla trekking in Rwanda and also escorted a group on a custom safari to Botswana.  Expanding her specialization, Val recently visited Chile, Argentina and Peru.
Email: vsewell@travelsquareone.com

Beth Lincoln (Sinbad Travel)

Years of living in different countries imprinted travel in her life.  She enjoys facilitating clients’ journeys beyond the ordinary to experience cultures as well as places.  Her interests include horseback riding and assorted adventures, music, art, cooking and meeting new people all over the world.

Beth has many years of experience and expertise in Africa and has served on both local and national APTA boards.
Email: blincoln@travelsquareone.com

 

Mandy Lippincott

Mandy is one of those rare Colorado natives - married with two wonderful, busy boys.  Hobbies include hiking, biking, camping, truly anything that includes being outside and enjoying the beauties of nature. 

With over 13 years as a travel consultant,  Mandy delights in making each clients travel special and hassle free.  Specializing in small groups and family travel.
Email: mlippincott@travelsquareone.com

Rachel Gelfer Hornaday (Central America Journeys)

Central America Travel Specialist

A passion for studying indigenous cultures led Rachel to a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Education.  In 2003 while on a break from teaching, Rachel spent one month backpacking through Belize and Guatemala. Falling in love with this area of the world, she decided that it was her calling to help other people experience the magic of these countries. Shortly after her return, she joined the travel industry. Rachel was selected in 2006 by Travel and Leisure Magazine as one of "Five to Watch" (A List Agents) and has been listed on the American Express Travel Specialist site as the Central America Specialist. Rachel returns to Central America annually to stay up to date on the hotels and tours. She enjoys being able to share her experience with her clients and assisting them in creating the perfect itinerary for their dream journey.

You can find more about Rachel and Central America Journeys at www.centralamericajourneys.com
Email: rachel@centralamericajourneys.com 


 

Elfi Smith

A seasoned industry veteran, Elfi, former owner for many years of Travel Counselors of Littleton, Elfi embarked on her travel career with Thomas Cook and American Express, helping them establish their presence in New York and Denver.

Elfi is very involved in the Littleton, Colorado community - as President of the Bega (Australia) - Littleton sister city, Rotary and extensive community activities.  She frequently escorts groups that she has created - traveling to diverse international destinations such as China, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, Israel and others - including her native land of Denmark.

She is married to her great friend and partner in life, Dwight, ex-chancellor of the University of Denver and active scientist, both of whom enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Email: esmith@travelsquareone.com

Diane Lascor

Diane has 39 years of travel agency experience, holding many specialist certifications incuding Egypt, South Africa, Israel, Australia and New Zealand. She is an active member & past Board Member of Rocky Mountain APTA, the Association for the Promotion of Travel to Africa & PROST, an organization of executive women in travel.

Diane has enjoyed travels to Europe, Australia & New Zealand, South America, the Orient and Africa - with her favorite trips being Egypt, China, East Africa - and Windstar Cruising in the Mediterranean.
Email: dlascor@travelsquareone.com

Cathy Neill

Cathy’s career in travel began with TWA while in college at St. Louis University. Several other industries beckoned her for several years, but she returned to travel with the goal of enriching her own life and her clients’ lives.

Cathy’s desire to live in Colorado and her passion for the travel business led her to acquire Care Free Travel, in Durango, CO. After 9 years she sold Care Free Travel to AAA Colorado, where Cathy remained as manager and lead agent for the next 10 years. Cathy worked for American Express Centurion Travel for over a year before joining Travel Square One in 2012.

Working from her home based office in beautiful Durango, Cathy counsels her travel clients from Colorado and several other states and countries with their plans to experience the world. She draws on her experience, having traveled to over 40 countries and most of the United States.

In addition to international and domestic travel, Cathy enjoys hiking, camping, river sports, rollerblading, reading, and get-togethers with family and friends. Cathy has 2 adult sons and 4 grandchildren in the St. Louis area and 1 daughter in Durango.
Email: cneill@travelsquareone.com

Kristi Zalesky (Explore Your World Vacations)

Kristi’s curiosity for exploring the world began when her mother became employed with Delta Airlines when she was ten years old. As the child of an airline employee she had the privilege to visit some incredible destinations across the United States, Caribbean, and Europe. She has a degree in event and activity planning for resorts and experience with a motor coach group tour company, a luxury destination club, and a retail travel agency. She associated her own company, Explore Your World Vacations, with Travel Square One in 2012.

Her niche market emerged after her own wedding and honeymoon. She is a recognized expert in romance travel, maintaining proficiency through experiencing the resorts and destinations first-hand, attending annual conferences for romance travel professionals, and develop relationships with representatives from the most sought after locations and hotels for destination weddings and honeymoons.   Her aptitude for family travel has further expanded as her honeymoon clients have had children as well her own family has grown to include two young boys.
You can find more about Kristi at www.exploreyourworldvacations.com.
Email: Kristi@ExploreYourWorldVacations.com

Lisa Mark

Lisa’s travel career spans over 20 years beginning with a Travel and Tourism degree from Florida Atlantic University. Her career began as a corporate travel consultant, then as a corporate travel manager in southeast Florida.
After a number of years in travel management, Lisa developed her passion for designing personalized travel for couples and families. She received certification as a Sandals specialist and a Regent Seven Seas University degree in planning luxury cruise vacations as well as her certification in the Autism-friendly program with Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise Lines.
Lisa also brings to Travel Square One unique knowledge of Italian travel. In addition to spending her summers in Italy growing up, she is highly knowledgeable of our industry’s highly preferred travel and tourism partners and their products.
Email: lmark@travelsquareone.com
 

Anastasia "CC" Walters

Anastasia was born and raised in Greece and lived throughout Europe, where she developed a passion for travel at an early age. Now, with over 21 years of experience in the travel business, she enjoys creating personalized itineraries for her clients to help them create memories that will last them a lifetime. Whether they want to experience the rich history and culture throughout Europe, relax at one of the beautiful Caribbean islands, or explore Costa Rica or Belize, hike and see the spectacular views of Machu Picchu, or have a magical day in Disney World, there is no vacation too large or too small. If you are planning a destination wedding or the honeymoon of your dreams, she will help you with all of your needs. She believes that being a travel professional requires experience of a destination first hand, making clients' travel a special and seamless experience.
Email: ccwalters1@gmail.com

Howie Perlin

Howie celebrates more than 40 years in the travel business and says, “I’ve done everything but fly the darned airplane.” Being part of the Travel Square One is a natural evolution after some 30 years representing a variety of international companies to retail travel professionals. Now he’s proud to be a consultant again with his best colleagues.
The exotic, especially Africa and the Middle East, are his travel passions. He relishes the challenge of the offbeat and exotic, whether it’s two cousins in their 80’s on an archeological journey to Israel and Jordan or sending his wife and her best friend to Papua Niugini, Bali and Sulawesi. He has been active in the Association for the Promotion of Travel to Africa (APTA} and is a past chapter president.
Howie and his wife, Susan, are long-time residents of Oakland, but of late have been shuttling to visit their granddaughter in Salt Lake City. A trek to see the Mountain Gorillas is at the top of their bucket list.
Email:  hperlin@travelsquareone.com

 

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