Our Agents

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Joy Sanders

During my 8 years with Columbus Travel® I have gained insight into cultures around the world. I have lived in Italy and traveled to various world destinations including: China, Italy, Switzerland, England, Scotland, Mexico, The Caribbean, and Hawaii and have traveled to popular destinations in the US including: New York, D.C., American and LDS church history sites, Orlando, Anaheim, LA, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and the Oregon Coast.

Destination Expertise: International destinations, customized Europe itineraries, Italy and Spain, Cruises, Hawaii vacation packages, All-Inclusive Cancun packages, All-Inclusive Puerto Vallarta packages.

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Linda Wangsgaard

I have worked at Columbus Travel® for 10 years and it has given me the opportunity to love so many different cultures and ways of life. I love working with people and love to travel, so being a travel agent is a perfect fit. My favorite places to visit are Italy, Alaska, NYC, Costa Rica, San Diego, Mexico, Hawaii, San Francisco, anything Disney and the Great Pacific Northwest. I would love to help you plan a vacation of a lifetime!

Destination Expertise: Escorted tours, Alaska Cruises, Hawaii Vacation packages, Disneyland, Disney World, All-Inclusive Cancun vacation packages, All-Inclusive Puerto Vallarta vacation packages, New York City, California, cruises.

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John Potter

I have been in the travel industry for 17 years. I have a great love for Disney and have been to Disneyland and Disney World more times than I can count. Disney Cruises are also a specialty I love.  I have graduated in both the standard as well as masters program with the Disney Travel College of Knowledge. I am a Commodore with Princess and have a PHD with Norwegian Cruise Line. Whether your travel is on land or sea, I will be happy to help you plan your next vacation.

Destination Expertise: Disneyland, Disney World, Disney cruises, Hawaii vacation packages, cruises, Alaska cruises, Caribbean cruises, escorted tours.

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Elaine Winslow

I have been a travel consultant for over 23 years and specialize in planning incredible vacations all over the world including cruises and destination weddings. I have traveled extensively in Europe and especially enjoy helping people plan custom vacations to the beautiful countries of Western Europe. I am a Certified Sandals Specialist and have visited all the Sandals and Beaches Resorts. There are so many wonderful destinations around the world, but my favorite places to travel in the world are Hawaii, Italy and Holland!

Destination Expertise: International destinations, South America, Europe, Alaska cruises, Caribbean cruises, China.

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Kathy Pickett

My first cruise was 20 years ago and I have been hooked on travel ever since! Ten years with Columbus Travel® have given me the opportunity to visit China, Costa Rica, Italy, Spain, Alaska, Cancun, Disney parks, Hawaii, the Caribbean and never enough cruises! Helping clients plan getaways and family vacations that provide them with unforgettable memories is what I love most. I would love to help you plan a simple getaway or that trip you have always dreamed about.

Destination Expertise: Disneyland, Disney World, Disney cruises, Hawaii vacation packages, cruises, Alaska cruises, Caribbean cruises, escorted tours.

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Rayleen Myers

Beautiful exotic beaches and unique cultures have enticed me to work in travel and experience many fabulous destinations over the past 25 years. I have visited the islands of Tahiti, Fiji and the Cook Islands as well as the countries of New Zealand and Australia, and I am a certified travel specialist for each destination. I am married to a wonderful Jamaican man and have visited this Caribbean island as well as Mexico and the Hawaiian Islands numerous times. I love assisting individuals with travel plans whether it is a quick getaway or an extensive travel itinerary in Europe.

Destination Expertise: International destinations, Pacific Islands, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean Hawaii vacation packages, All-Inclusive Cancun packages, All-Inclusive Puerto Vallarta packages.

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Linda Jensen

I love to travel! My areas of expertise are Hawaii, Mexico, Disney, all cruises, and family groups. I have traveled extensively to each of these destinations during my 15 years working as a travel consultant. My favorite spots though are Alaska, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Disneyworld. I also love to cruise! I have three wonderful kids and two sweet grandchildren. It is a joy to travel with them and a pleasure to help others make their travel dreams come true.

Destination Expertise: Alaska Cruises, Caribbean Cruises, Mexican Riviera Cruises, Hawaii vacation packages, All-Inclusive Cancun packages, All-Inclusive Puerto Vallarta packages, Disneyland, Disney World, escorted tours.

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Jenny Schwab

I started at a cruise only travel agency in St. Louis, MO and have now been working in the travel industry for over 10 years. I have sailed to the Western Caribbean and cruised from Rome to Athens, to name a couple. I have received my Certified Travel Associate from the Travel Institute, completed an agent education program at Disneyland and am a master destination specialist for Maui Nui. I am engaged to be married and we look forward to exploring the world and Utah together with our young son and family.

Destination Expertise: Alaska Cruises, Caribbean Cruises, Mexican Riviera Cruises, Hawaii vacation packages, All-Inclusive Cancun packages, All-Inclusive Puerto Vallarta packages, Disneyland, escorted tours.

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Judy Mann

I am the Manager of Reservations for Columbus Travel® and have over 25 years in the travel industry. I have worked for an airline, been an onsite travel manager at a major corporation in Utah, and now for the last 15 years worked in vacation travel. I love to travel and love to help others travel. The world is a wonderful place to see. I have extensive knowledge in airline routes and fares; cruise lines -large and small; and world destination experience and expertise especially in Alaska, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, South America, South Pacific and Asia.

Destination Expertise: International destinations, escorted tours, Hawaii vacation packages, cruises, Alaska cruises, Caribbean cruises, South America, Europe.

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Jane McBride

I started my travel career as a reservationist, then a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines for 7 years. I have had the opportunity to travel to many exciting places in Europe, South America, Central America, Mexico, and all the islands in Hawaii, including Lanai.  I lived in Taichung, Taiwan for 18 months and was able to visit South Korea, Japan, Russia, China and Hong Kong during my stay.  I have also been able to cruise Alaska, Western and Eastern Caribbean as well as a Disney cruise (my favorite). I would love to help make your travel plans smooth, especially when traveling with families. I am certified in the Disney College of Knowledge.

Destination Expertise: Hawaii vacation packages, All-Inclusive Cancun packages, All-Inclusive Puerto Vallarta packages, Disneyland, U.S. destinations.

Group travel agent

Groups and Incentives Manager, Jennifer Arnesen

I have been in the travel industry nearly 20 years, which has taught me a lot about the world we live in. I have planned travel for individuals and groups, but I currently work with group & incentive travel. My areas of expertise are beach and tropical destinations, cruises, and Disney. My favorite hotel stay was in the Disneyland Dream Suite with my family. I have completed full training and accomplished Commodore ranking with Princess Cruise Line, a PHD ranking with Norwegian Cruise Line, and am a Sandals Certified Specialist. I graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Business Administration.

 

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Groups and Incentives, Angela Sorensen

Before coming to Columbus Travel®, I worked for Delta for 14 years. I have enjoyed my experiences and, even more so, I enjoy the opportunity now to work with Columbus Travel®. I graduated from the Airline Academy in Daytona Beach and later graduated from the Disney College of Knowledge. I am a Commodore with Princess Cruises and continue to increase my knowledge to help clients get the best experience possible. My favorite spots to vacation are Gatlinburg, TN and Disneyland.

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Groups and Incentives, Valerie Christensen

Every person has a story and I love finding out what that story is. With over 17 years in the travel industry, I have gained knowledge, expertise, and a keen eye for trip details in planning a trips for others.  I have traveled to 5 of the 7 continents and have escorted tour and cruise groups to the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. Here at Columbus Travel®, I focus on group tours and cruises. I love to meet people on our tours and attend to their details because I know it’s the details that make for an unforgettable experience.

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Groups and Incentives, Robin Anderson

My love of travel began as a teenager when I was privileged to spend a summer as a foreign exchange student in Europe. Since then, I have been able to travel throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. I particularly enjoy cruising and all-inclusive beach vacations, but I will take a quick trip to Disneyland anytime.  I am a graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge and have completed training with Princess and Cunard cruise lines, achieving their Commodore ranking. I have worked in the travel industry for 9 years and have loved every minute of it.

CEO

CEO, Larry Gelwix

I am probably best known as the “Getaway Guru®” and host of the “Travel Show” radio broadcast on several radio stations. The weekly two-hour radio show highlights the best travel deals, lowest airline and cruise fares, and takes call-in questions from listeners. I also provide a travel segment that is broadcast on several TV stations. All across the country and overseas, I address groups on the dynamics of the travel industry as a motivational speaker.

My professional travel career includes CEO of an airline, member of car rental, airline, and cruise line national advisory boards, co-owner and Executive Vice President of Morris Travel, and published travel writer of books and travel related articles.

I graduated from Brigham Young University with a Masters Degree in Organizational Communications. My wife Cathy and I have five children and reside in Salt Lake City.

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President, Mark Faldmo

My first experience in the travel industry was when I was 6 years old and I sailed to Hawaii with my family. After 2 ½ years in Hawaii, my parents returned to Utah and began taking friends and neighbors to Hawaii. This grew into a full time business which I joined upon graduation from college in 1975. I have been in the travel business ever since.

I’m often asked what my favorite place is in the world and I always say that I have never been to a destination that I did not love. With that said, a few favorites of mine are Tahiti, Ireland, Costa Rica and Hawaii.

I grew up in Bountiful, lived in Hawaii for 2 ½ years, California for 2 years, and have lived the remainder of my life in Utah. For the most part, with a few exceptions, I know the world fairly well. I particularly enjoy putting groups together and operating them. I love different things about travel each day. I’m always dealing with new places and new people.

Marketing

V.P. Marketing, Mark Faldmo Jr.

As a third generation travel professional, I grew up in and around the travel industry. I started by mowing the lawn and doing other odd jobs at the family agency Faldmo Tours and Travel.   Later on, I worked briefly for the Mark Travel Company which owns and manages Funjet Vacation and Southwest Airlines Vacations among others.

I graduated from Utah State University in 2000 with a degree in Business Administration. I then joined my parents at Columbus Travel®.  From being a front line agent to marketing and sales, I have experience in all aspects of the travel industry.  Currently my duties include IT, marketing, training and supplier relations.

I have represented Columbus Travel® at several meetings with high level executives from several travel companies including Princess Cruises, Funjet Vacations, NCL (Norwegian Cruise Lines), Southwest Airlines Vacations and Royal Caribbean.

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Groups and Incentive Sales, Richard Doxey

When you ask a person what they got for Christmas last year or what gift they received for a birthday, you generally get a blank stare. Most people just can’t remember. But, when you ask a person what their favorite trip was, you get all kinds of details, including where they went, who they traveled with, and what they experienced. There is something magical about travel in how it motivates and excites people. We help companies create wonderful employee trips and have a fantastic group and incentive team.

One of my fondest travel memories was walking through the gate at Checkpoint Charlie, 10 days after the Berlin Wall came down. My wife and I love Hawaii, Mexico, Canada, The Panama Canal, Costa Rica and just about anywhere in Europe. If you are thinking about doing a company or group trip, give us a call, we can help!

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Latin America Sales, Carlos Fida

I am a native of Argentina where I held teaching positions at the University of Patagonia and at the Military Academy. I have lectured for university groups on the rich history of pre-Colombian and modern Latin American history.

After working for five years in the travel industry, I earned my Certified Travel Agent degree in 1985. Since then, I have devoted 39 years of my life as a highly qualified specialist in Latin American travel.

I was instrumental in setting the Latin American programs for LAN Vacation and United Vacations and was nominated among the top specialist in Latin American Travel by Travel & Leisure Magazine starting in 2006. My travels have taken me to every corner of Central and South America and some exotic countries like Madagascar and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Finance

Administrative Assistant, Michelle Garrett

I have worked with Columbus Travel® for many years, and those years have taken me to many places around the world. My favorite has been traveling to Ireland, England, Amsterdam, and the most gorgeous country of Norway.

Traveling around the world has given me a knowledge and understanding of people, places and cultures that you can’t read in a book or get from and internet search engine. Because of extensive travels around the world, I received my B.A. in History from Utah State University and traveling has only enlightened my understanding of the world.

I come to work every day to make sure our agents and company are taken care of by doing any job needed to be done in order to help our agents help you enjoy those same adventures of traveling the world!

Travel Agent

Receptionist, Rebekah Wilbur

My love of travel began as a child when each summer my parents would load up the family in our big Suburban and take off down the road on a new adventure. Since then, my passion for travel has only grown.

I have lived and worked in England, and in 2015 I embarked on the greatest adventure of my life – a solo backpacking trip around Europe. Although Scotland will probably always be my favorite country, I firmly believe that every destination has something wonderful to offer – whether it’s enjoying dinner in an Italian piazza or horseback riding in the Canadian Rockies – travel is always an enriching experience.

I received my B.A. in Political Science from BYU – Provo, and I love learning about the history and politics of each place I visit. I am so excited to be a part of the Columbus Travel® team!

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Group Sales Coordinator, Natalie Naegle

The travel industry is an amazing business where you not only get to help people see different parts of the world, but you also get a chance to alter their lives by giving an experience and memories that will never be forgotten. I have traveled extensively throughout South America and Europe and my favorite destination would be the small towns of Cinque Terre. I have a passion for travel and love my work in the Groups and Incentives department. My background is in business development and I received my bachelor’s degree from Utah State University in Business and Economics.

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Marketing and Sales, Haylee Mickelson

As a little girl, my Father instilled in me a love of traveling. Since then, I have gained an appreciation for the people and culture of the places I visit. I have lived in Ghana and Canada and I’m always itching to go somewhere new.  My current goal is to travel to every continent! Some of my favorite places I’ve been to include Alaska, Brazil, and British Columbia, Canada. Here at Columbus Travel®, I help with updating the website, which is full of amazing travel deals and tips. I graduated from Brigham Young University – Idaho with a Bachelor’s degree in English, emphasis in Technical Writing.

We do not sell travel to residents of Delaware, Iowa, Florida, Hawaii and Washington state. If you are a resident of one of these states, you may not purchase travel from our website.

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