Highly successful and creative sales executive in the travel and cruising industry for 35 years.
Jeff has had an incredibly successful career in the travel industry. His career started in the late 1970s with Maritz Travel, which handled incentive travel for many of the Fortune 500 companies. From there, Jeff went on to a post with Lakewood Travel in Boulder, Colorado, handling incentive travel for Coors Brewery. In 1981, Jeff transitioned to the cruise industry, a move that would prove to be a very significant one.
Jeff was hired by Norwegian Cruise Line as a sales representative working out of Boulder. Between 1981 and 1986, he built a strong business selling charter cruises and was promoted to Director of Sales for the West Coast.
In 1986, Jeff, interested in trying the tour business, moved to Classic Hawaii as a Regional Director. With Classic Hawaii, Jeff began speaking at conferences and knew this was what he truly loved. From Classic, Jeff moved to Seabourn, giving him his first experience in luxury cruise sales and continued his speaking engagements at conferences, seminars and road shows. When Carnival purchased Cunard and merged it with Seabourn, Jeff stayed with them and moved to Miami.
Interested in moving back to his home town of St. Louis, Missouri, Jeff took a position with Intrav from 2000 to 2003, which offered small ship and riverboat cruising.
Late in 2003, Jeff heard about another cruise sales job with a new high-premium line called Oceania Cruises. Jeff was hired as Senior Vice-President of Sales, and Oceania was off and running. Jeff stayed with them as they flourished until 2012.
In 2012, Jeff was hired by a new river cruise line, American Queen Steamboat Company, to head up sales. After helping them grow into a very successful line, Jeff retired in 2014.
And now, Jeff is doing what he’s loved since the first time he took a microphone in his hand. Speaking to groups of people and entertaining them is what really excites Jeff, and he certainly will excite you.
To contact Jeff or to inquire about his availability for a speaking engagement, please see below.
622 Forest Court, Suite 3A
St. Louis, MO 63105