TRAVEL SPECIALISTS
 
  
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TRAVEL SPECIALISTS

PresidentRUSS DUNLAP
Email: russ@platinumtvl.com

Interests & Specialties
  • Australia/New Zealand
  • World Cruises  
  • Walt Disney World
  • Celebrity Cruises & Holland America Cruise Specialist
  • Cunard Line Commodore (highest level of specialist training)
  • Graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge
  • Accredited Cruise Counselor (ACC)
  • Certified Travel Counselor (CTC)


Expert Bio
Russ is President of Platinum Travel, and enjoys putting together marketing plans and working on this very website.  Past positions at Holland America Line and The Walt Disney Company gave him lots of experience in working with a wide array of clients and diverse destinations.  His favorite destinations include Alaska and Eastern Europe, with his most favorite being Australia (he's an Australia Specialist through Tourism Australia).  If you're ever in the market for a phone call from Mickey Mouse, he does a great impersonation!

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EMILY BALDWIN
Email: emily@platinumtvl.com

Interests & Specialties
  • Certified Travel Associate
  • Corporate and Leisure Travel
  • All-Inclusive Packages
  • Honeymoon and Destination Weddings
  • Certified Sandals Specialist
  • Disney Specialist


Expert Bio
Emily is a Luxury Travel Advisor as well as Vice-President at Platinum Travel.  She brings a world of experience and a vast array of knowledge to the Platinum Travel staff.  Emily holds degrees in Travel and Tourism and Hospitality Management.  Emily's career background in both the leisure and corporate travel industry has led her to gain accreditation for various organizations.  In 2010, she was appointed by Travel Agent Magazine as one of the Top 30 Travel Advisors under the Age of 30 and in 2013 was selected as part of the Virtuoso Travel Advisory board for Islands Magazine, Caribbean Travel and Life, and Destination Weddings and Honeymoons.

Emily’s passion for the industry is brought out by the customized itineraries and attention to detail with her vast array of product knowledge.  She is eager to create lifetime experiences and states that being a millennial travel advisor in this industry takes more than having traveled all over the world; it is about being involved in all aspects of travel whether it is product training, networking with our Virtuoso consortia, or meeting her clients requests.  Emily also states that: “The ability to build opportunities and networks for Platinum Travel has been one of the greatest gifts of my profession and shows that I am passionate about giving others the opportunity to experience travel as well.”



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CHRISTINE BOLUS, CTA
Email: christine@platinumtvl.com

Interests & Specialties
  • Luxury Travel and Honeymoons
  • Gold Certified Sandals Specialist
  • Premier Aussie Specialist
  • Alaska Destination Specialist
  • Certified Small Ship Planner


Expert Bio

Christine has been with Platinum Travel specializing in luxury adventure travel and romantic escapes for over 15 years, and has been a travel consultant for nearly 25 years.  She loves to travel, and really enjoys sitting down with clients and planning the perfect trip for them.

Growing us as an Air Force "brat", she was exposed to many different cultures and destinations while living all over the U.S. and South Pacific, and, as a result of those experiences, has remained eager for new travel adventures.  Christine is Kentucky's only Premier Aussie Specialist, a Gold Certified Sandals Specialist, and was chosen in 2010 to be a member of the Virtuoso Travel Advisor Board for ISLANDS Magazine.

Her recent adventures have found her heli-flying over New Zealand glaciers (see picture), learning Aboriginal painting techniques in Australia's Outback, swimming with whale sharks in Mexico, running from hungry monkeys in Costa Rica, playing golf (poorly) at the beautiful Hamilton Island Golf Course, and seeing Paris as if for the first time again through the eyes of her children for a fabulous never-to-be-forgotten Spring Break.

Christine received her Scuba Open Water Certification this year, and greatly enjoyed diving in the Bahamas (including a dive with Reef Sharks!) and several locations on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.  She would love to help you plan your own adventures and memories for a true "Return on Life". 

 

 



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WILLO FALK
Email: willo@platinumtvl.com

Interests & Specialties
Leisure Travel Specialist - CTC (Certified Travel Counselor)

Expert Bio
Willo is a seasoned professional travel advisor with 29 years of experience.  She designs her clients' trips with a high level of detail, as if she were taking the trip herself!  And she's very well-traveled, counting Asia, Australia, Buenos Aires, African safaris, Russia, the Galapagos, and Whale Watching in Baja as some of her favorite places.  She enjoys booking the exotic and especially enjoys planning around-the-world adventures.  Contact Willo and test her travel knowledge!




ILENE GRIFFY
Email: ilene@platinumtvl.com

Interests & Specialties
  • Walt Disney World
  • Ireland
  • Mexico and Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Cruising


Expert Bio
Ilene is a seasoned travel advisor with over 25 years of experience in the leisure travel industry.  Ilene has been with Platinum Travel for many years, first as an independent agent and now for 5 years as a Luxury Travel Advisor with Platinum Travel.  Ilene displays her creativeness in her itineraries and displays her passion for the travel industry in finding her clients the best value and travel experience.  


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GLENDA CAREY
Email: glenda@platinumtvl.com

Interests & Specialties
  • Certified Travel Associate - CTA
  • Weddings/honeymoons
  • VAST (Virtuoso Active Specialty Travel)
  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Princess Cruise Line Commodore status
  • NCL Specialist
  • Disney
  • AMR Resort Specialist (Zoetry, Secrets, and Dreams Resorts)



Expert Bio
Glenda originally from Newfoundland, Canada is a veteran in the travel industry with over 15 years experience as a Travel Advisor.

"My love of travel started at a very young age. Our annual family vacation consistently took me to different parts of Canada and the United States. The experiences from these trips instilled a desire to see and experience all of the world’s different cultures. Throughout my experience as a Travel Advisor, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to Cuba, Hawaii, Panama, Mexico and several islands in the Caribbean.  My passions for travel have led me to several countries throughout Europe. Recently I traveled to Italy and Spain as part of a River Cruise Expedition on the Rhine.

The experiences gained from personal travels have become a great asset in assisting clients on planning numerous memorable vacations. When planning for my clients, I always use the same attention to detail as I would for myself."



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CANDACE DUPPS
Email: candace@platinumtvl.com

Expert Bio

As a double major in Communication and German Studies, it is obvious that I enjoy people and am extremely interested in foreign cultures. After graduating with these degrees in 2013, I lived in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany for a year and a half. I worked as a server, but I traveled during all of my time off. I made it to popular destinations in Western Europe and as far as Morocco and Thailand.

This incredible experience sparked my passion for travel, and I joined Platinum Travel in October of 2015 in order to turn this passion into a career. I am happy to be a part of Platinum Travel and therefore Virtuoso, so I can continue exploring the world and assisting our clients to do the same. From a relaxing week on a beach in the Caribbean or Greece to a two week, high-energy exploration of Europe or Thailand - I am happy to share my experiences and create an incredible experience for each and every client.

 



DEBBIE LAY
Email: debbie@platinumtvl.com

Interests & Specialties

Corporate Travel Specialist

 



Expert Bio
Debbie is the one to go to for the ins and outs of corporate travel.  She has the contacts and knowledge and experience to get all her clients from one place to another.  It's practically second nature to her, as she's been in this position for 25 plus years.  She loves it...and her clients love her.

Favorite places she's visited include Canada, Israel, Alaska, Hawaii, Bermuda, Ireland, and Western Europe, and she holds a Travel & Tourism degree from Sullivan University. 

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LISA LEWIS
Email: lisa@platinumtvl.com

Interests & Specialties
  • Western Europe
  • Music and the Arts
  • All-Inclusive Resorts
  • River Cruising
  • Caribbean (Certified Sandals Specialist)


Expert Bio

Lisa Lewis is Lead Agent in our Group Department, with a background of “dual” careers in business and music.   Lisa recently celebrated her 30th year as Organist/Choirmaster at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and also worked as a business professional in insurance and investment management for over 23 years.  Becoming a travel consultant recalls many happy days spent travelling in Europe, having spent the summer in Austria after high school graduation.  Three more tours of Europe followed, visiting France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, England and The Netherlands. 

“I’m excited about embarking on a new career path and designing unforgettable travel around the world.”



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BOBBIE THOMPSON
Email: bobbie@platinumtvl.com

Expert Bio
Bobbie has worked for over 10 years within a corporation doing their business travel and is now getting back into the leisure side of travel. She is using her administrative skills part-time in our Group Department and learning from the best!  She looks forward to helping groups of any size find the right vacation for them. 

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HAYLEY SMITH
Email: hayley@platinumtvl.com

Expert Bio
By degree, Hayley is a graphic designer, but her heart is in travel!  Hayley joined the Platinum Travel team as a Group Travel Advisor. 

Her passion for culture and travel was ignited by studying at the University of Louisville.  She refused to stay in one place for long after her first study abroad/volunteer experience in Costa Rica.  Naturally adventurous and a bit audacious, Hayley has skied the Swiss Alps, climbed the spurs of the Willkapampa mountain range in Peru, bungeed off of a bridge over Rio Colorado, and received her scuba certification in Florida, and also recently camped in the deserts of Colombia.   Additionally, she has studied Spanish and interned in Barcelona, and acted as an English Language and Culture Ambassador on the island of Palma de Mallorca with the Spanish government.

As a travel advisor, Hayley uses her travel experience, attention to detail and extensive travel network access with Virtuoso to create life enhancing experiences and memories full of adventure, culture, art, and...delicious food!


Sarah Bolus
Email: sarah@platinumtvl.com

Expert Bio

Having had a few exciting life experiences under my belt, I wish to spread the "travel bug" as I like to call it. Helping people break free of the monotany of every day life and sending them on a rejeuvenating get away would be the highlight of my life. I consider travel and tourism to be the most mind-opening experience a person can endure and if I can help get them to that faraway place then I've accomplished something really great. I am super excited to be on board with this amazing crew.



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