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Ursula Pearson
President & Virtuoso Advisor

Based In: Hoffman Estates, IL
Selling Travel Since
: 1965
Languages: English, German
Destination Specialties: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain

Interests:
History & Culture, Honeymoons, Independent Tours, Ocean Cruising, River Cruising

My Story

I immigrated to the United States from southern Germany in 1965. I quickly found my love of arranging travel when I began my career with Globus Tours in 1965.

Three years later, I started with Kobelt Travel in Chicago where I was taught all aspects of the travel industry. After growing the agency from 1 million dollars to 35 million dollars, the agency was sold.

In 1992, I began my own company, Travelex International. After 27 years, I had developed great relationships with my clients and was ready to use my extensive experience to build my own agency.

I have visited 6 of the 7 continents, including most European countries, Russia, Turkey, Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, Brazil, Argentina and other Latin American countries, most Caribbean Islands, Canada, Mexico and Australia. Antarctica here I come!

I look forward to assisting you design your next exciting journey to somewhere amazing!

Lisa Torgerson
Director of Leisure Travel Services

Based In: Hoffman Estates, IL
Selling Travel Since: 1990
Languages: English
Destination Specialties: Australia/New Zealand, Africa, France, Sweden, United Kingdom, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Jamaica, Norway, Russia, Austria, Mexico

Interests: Beach & Sun, Destination Weddings, Independent Tours, Ocean Cruising, River Cruising
Memberships: VAST (Virtuoso Active & Specialty Travel)

My Story

My history with the travel industry stretches back to high school, when I enjoyed learning about geography and how many exciting places there were in the world.  I then decided to pursue planning travel for others to these exciting destinations.

I have been in the industry for over 25 years and I enjoy creating trips that are more wonderful than clients ever expected. I go out of my way to find out details about the destinations I visit to be able to provide details that can’t be found on the internet. My continued education and travels continue to help me to better be able to assist my clients in planning the perfect travel experience for them along with listening to the details that are important them.

I know what a gift it is to be able to visit the places you have been dreaming about and it would be my pleasure to guide you towards creating the moments you will remember forever!

Dee Dee Werner
Virtuoso Advisor

Based In: Hoffman Estates, IL
Selling Travel Since: 1985
Languages: English
Destination Specialties: Australia, Iceland, Italy, Canada, South Africa, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Guinea-Bissau, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Romania

Interests:
Family Travel, Safari, River Cruising, Destination Weddings, Meeting & Incentive Travel

My Story

I love research and planning! As an experienced travel advisor with a strong background in event planning, I love adding my creativity and putting together the details to make your trip or event perfect in every way. Whether it’s your dream vacation, a corporate incentive trip, a destination wedding or a family reunion, together we will make your experience exciting, unique and memorable.

I have traveled throughout the world and love to share my knowledge and experience with my clients to save you time, worry and unnecessary expense…all while adding that extra “WOW”!

My areas of expertise are; independent European travel, All Inclusive vacations in the Caribbean and Mexico, cruises of all types. I have Disney College of Knowledge, and numerous other destination specialist certifications such as Ireland, Spain, South Africa, Australia, Vancouver, River Cruises, and more!

Q: What’s my favorite destination? A: The one I haven’t been to yet!

Amal Mulhem
Virtuoso Advisor

Travspire, An Independent Affiliate Of Travelex International

Based In: Hoffman Estates, IL
Selling Travel Since
: 1983
Languages: English
Destination Specialties: Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Jordan, Mexico, South Africa, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, China

Interests: Food & Wine, Culture, History & Arts, Safari, Adventure

My Story

My history with the travel industry stretches back to high school, when I received invaluable on-the-job training in an agency owned by my cousin. I continued to work as a travel agent in order to put myself through college. After I graduated, with a Bachelor of Business, from the University of Illinois, I realized my degree could’ve allowed me to go in any number of professional directions. However, I decided to pursue what I love: planning trips for other people. When I see the reactions of my clients, who’ve returned home from a perfect vacation beyond anything they’ve dreamed of, my job feels more fulfilling than any other career I can think of.

I like creating itineraries that turn out more wonderful than my clients ever expect. I do this, in part, by focusing on details. That conscientious attention to a client’s every need has led to many referrals, because people really appreciate attention to detail. I’m also a patient person, which helps me customize each trip according to the client’s desires. I listen to what they want to do on their trip, and give suggestions letting them know I’m someone who’s truly interested in their travel aspirations. My extensive classes, certifications, and studies have helped me hone my skills further. At the same time, I believe in the importance of learning by traveling, so whenever I go somewhere, I remember all the small things that can make or break a trip. For example, must see sites, the best restaurants, best shopping, how to get around, all of which adds perspective to a destination. I go out of my way to meet the residents of each place I visit, so that I can provide a richer sense of the destination when working with clients. I encourage people to learn about places ahead of time, and once they get there, to avoid acting like an outsider. As the old saying goes, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”

While I can put together a great vacation at any budget, I’m particularly adept at planning luxury, exotic, and culinary wine trips. My skills often exceed expectations, when planning for our clients who are looking for an upscale or off the beaten path experience. Considering how long I’ve been in the industry, I’ve done it all from planning a romantic honeymoon/anniversary celebration for two to destination weddings to escorting a group of 135 in Africa. I’ve visited many places I love, and have been selling travel for over 30 years to date.

My experiences have taken me across 52 countries and six continents. I also have many certifications by tourist boards including: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Chili, Brazil, Africa, China, Alaska, Italy, Germany, and France. Whether it’s Europe, the South Pacific, East Asia, the Middle East, Africa, or South America, I’m ready to help my clients discover their own little slice of heaven.

Debi Landry
Virtuoso Advisor

Wellness, Fitness, Family, An Independent Affiliate Of Travelex International

Based In: Hoffman Estates, IL
Selling Travel Since
: 1995
Languages: English
Destination Specialties: United States – SouthwestvSwitzerland, Greece, United States – Rocky Mountains, Costa Rica, Belize, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, French Polynesia, Saint Lucia, United States – Hawaii, Turks And Caicos Islands, Anguilla, Jamaica, Canada

Interests: Adventure, Family Travel, Sports & Outdoors, Spa Vacations, Beach & Sun

My Story

Nothing excites me more than travel! I am an avid traveler and have been to many countries and locations throughout the US, Caribbean Islands, Central America, Canada, and Europe. Some of my favorite places so far include, Switzerland, Greece, Zion, UT, Bora Bora, Anguilla, Costa Rica, and Belize. My hobbies include biking, hiking, downhill skiing, golf, wine tasting, and pilates. I love to take active adventures, as well as, relaxing beach vacations. I have been planning vacations for my family and friends for over 25 years. In addition, I am a Certified Pilates Teacher! Want to plan a wellness trip? I would love to host a Pilates retreat!

Sue Bethke
Virtuoso Advisor

Based In: Hoffman Estates, IL
Selling Travel Since
: 1995
Languages: English

Interests:
Escorted Tours, Family Vacation, History & Culture, Ocean Cruising, River Cruising

My Background

I love my job!  I enjoy working with clients who like to travel well, but who struggle to find real value. I have extensive experience in helping clients plan new and exciting trips.

Let me help you design a vacation to remember!

Judy Fishburn
Virtuoso Advisor

Based In: Hoffman Estates, IL
Selling Travel Since: 1976
Languages: English

Interests:
Adventure, History & Culture, Independent Tours, Ocean Cruising, River Cruising

My Background

My formal education was in…Education – and I taught in the local school system after graduation from college.

However, while I was still a college student…the “Travel Bug” was already biting me  – in the form of 2 Trans-Atlantic crossings – and 7 weeks of travel across Europe. Actually, I would say that the “Travel Bug” ate me up!

My career in education was a short one – for aviation was calling my name – so I entered the exciting and exotic world of “Stewardess with Trans World Airlines”! Here I was awarded the unique view of air travel from the “other side of the seat belt” – and it merely fueled by hunger for more travel.

Marriage – and a couple of Baby Carriages later – I heard the Travel Bug’s voice again – and so opened the first office of Getaway Travel, Inc. Two more Getaway Travel offices  followed – along with The Getaway Travel Academy. This opened the Exit Doors out to the “Travel World” for many an adult student!

In 2009, I became affiliated with Travelex International – a forward thinking and communications savvy young office.  Travelex opened the world of Virtuoso to me – and thus to my Clients.  I value each client’s expectations, interests, time and lack of it!

This is really all about YOU! I gave in to the Travel Bug’s magic long ago – and now I just love “spreading the Travel Bug around”  to as many folks as I meet!

I invite you to bring your family, your friends and your travel dreams to me – and let’s see what we can create!

Bring me your Bucket Lists – your “Non-Negotiable Must-See’s and Do’s”!

Let’s dive right in!   The water is always fine.

Diana Chartier
Virtuoso Advisor

Based In: Hoffman Estates, IL
Selling Travel Since
: 1988
Languages: English
Destination Specialties: United States – All, Canada

Interests:
Adventure, Beach & Sun, Sports & Outdoors, Ocean Cruising, River Cruising

My Background

I’ve always had a service oriented career. Starting out as hairstylist for 23 years and then progressing into travel for now over 25 years. If cruising would had been as prevalent back then as it is now I would have been a hairstylist on a cruise ship that would be combing both my passions. I traveled extensively in the United States growing up and I believe their is many experiences in North America that people have not even realized are there to experience.

Greg Pearson
Vice President & Virtuoso Advisor
Greg Pearson

Based In: Hoffman Estates, IL
Selling Travel Since: 1996
Languages: English, German, Norwegian
Destination Specialties: Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom, Argentina, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Austria
Alliance Programs: VAST – Virtuoso Active & Specialty Travel

Interests:
Adventure, Destination Weddings, Food & Wine, History & Culture, Safari

My Story

Travelex International, which is a family business established in 1992, is comprised of three business segments – corporate travel management, personalized leisure travel, and custom group travel. Ursula and I along with a dedicated staff of travel professionals have worked hard at building a brand based on High Touch (exemplary service) and High Tech (state-of-the-art travel technology & social media).

My background is based on a deep love for travel and in building relationships based on 25-plus years in corporate America. My purpose as your travel concierge is to inspire your imagination.

I have had the pleasure of traveling extensively and have enjoyed experiencing different cultures throughout the world. Based on these experiences, I thrive on creating unique travel experiences for my clients.

I have a particular strength in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific as I am a Premier Australian and a Kiwi specialist. I am actively involved in producing food & wine tours on board ocean and river cruise ships and in producing opera & classical tours throughout the world. Adventure & specialty travel is my next horizon to explore for my clients.

As a travel professional, my business is full service and over one – half of my business is to international destinations. Chances are that I have been where you are going.

So, let my experience be yours!

Ted Bethke
Virtuoso Advisor

Based In: Hoffman Estates, IL
Selling Travel Since
: 2014
Languages: English
Destination Specialties: Bermuda, China, French Polynesia, Italy, Germany, Norway, United States – All, United States – Alaska, United States – Hawaii, Ireland, Spain, Iceland

Interests: River Cruising, Culture, History & Arts, Ocean Cruising, Family Travel, Food & Wine

My Story

I have 40 years’ experience in the corporate business world. Over the years I have had numerous opportunities to travel. My involvement with locals in various counties has allowed be to understand their culture and individual’s family life.

As I partner with my wife Sue, we strive to find value in your travel and the discovery of new and exciting areas of the world to learn about.

Charles Lobraico
Virtuoso Advisor

Barrington Travel

(847) 381-3495
charlesl@travelexinternational.com

Barrington Travel
237 E Main St, Barrington, IL 60010

Pia Lobraico
Virtuoso Advisor

Barrington Travel

(847) 381-3495
pial@travelexinternational.com

Barrington Travel
237 E Main St, Barrington, IL 60010