Andrea began her travel odyssey at the tender age of 18, working for a corporate agency in Manhattan. Barely a year later she opened her own agency in Queens with the emphasis on personalized, ‘custom’ leisure travel – the same model she employs today. In time Andrea married and started a family – and decided it was time to set down roots in a community where her family would thrive – she chose Stony Brook.
In 1978 she brought her agency (then known as Personal Travel), to Stony Brook. Over the past years the Stony Brook location moved three times to accommodate a growing clientele and the changing times; what has never changed is her love of travel and her commitment to excellent customer service. That she now plans travel for the second (and third!) generations of her clients’ families bears testimony to her exceptional service, her knowledge and her enduring interest in her clients’ satisfaction.
Over 36 years of experience have sharpened Andrea’s ability to find exactly the right arrangements for every customer. Though Andrea has traveled extensively she has no “favorite” destination, although she admits to a fondness for planning ‘special holidays’ in Italy – perhaps because the ‘romantic feeling’ Italy exudes matches her own romantic soul. No matter where her clients roam, they always return – with happy memories, broad smiles – and a desire and interest in their next destination already brewing!
Kimberly Scharf has had a variety of experiences in her 25 plus years working in the travel industry, including corporate, retail and even some time with The Love Boat. All of this has helped her accumulate a diverse amount of knowledge that she continues to expand.
Her varied interests and her love of culture has sent her on amazing adventures and introduced her to some incredible people. The many Surf Competitions she has attended all over the world, Skydiving the North Shore of Hawaii, Shark Feeding in French Polynesia, dining with the chef at a Michelin restaurant, viewing Edvard Munch’s The Scream with the Queen of Norway, are just some her favorite memories of her travels.
Most recently she toured Ireland and Northern Ireland staying in Castles, eating and drinking all along the way. She also has spent a lot of time in the Caribbean, has driven cross country 3 times, the California coast more times than she can count and at one time spent 3 days every month in Las Vegas.
Kim is known for saying “It is not what’s best, it is what is best for you” and her clients, who have become friends, are always excited when she advises them of something different that fits their personal style. Her eclectic taste in movies and music can also find her clients watching or listening to something to get them even more excited about an upcoming vacation.
If it is a quick get-away to the Caribbean, a few nights in Vegas, family cruise or a detailed independent European vacation, Kim works hard to make it unique to the interests of the client.
Krysta Kunze began her career in travel over 20 years ago. There have been many changes in the industry and keeping up with the different travel trends is what makes Krysta a valued and sought after member of the Blue Ribbon Stony Brook Team. She has a strong and longtime connection to the Stony Brook area and understands the varied needs of its community.
She enjoys different types of vacations. She loves Florida and California, but Hawaii is one of her favorites. She has visited many Caribbean islands, loves go sightseeing, and her relaxing spa time is the best part of those vacations. Iceland was unexpected and a different type of vacation that she equally enjoyed – it combined her love of spas with a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon and her love of adventure. It was also her first trip to Europe.
Being a part of her clients’ travel memories and amazing experiences is the most fulfilling part of Krysta’s travel career, with most of her clients becoming longtime friends. She enjoys seeing them through all of their happy milestones. Krysta looks forward to continuing to help create personal and family memories with all her clients, both new and long-standing.
Pat Buto began her career in 1978 at Prima Travel in east Northport, ny for 10 years then moved on to Michael Levine travel in Deer Park, NY. She became the manager there within the first six months and became an expert in Cruise Travel. She moved onto Journey travel in Smithtown, NY. Pat has over 75 cruises under her belt covering the world.
Now at Blue Ribbon Travel with 38 years of experience, she always caters to her clients needs and goes above and beyond to make their trip the best and most memorable.
Call Pat at 631-360-3600 or email her at Pat@travelblueribbon.com
Sandra has been in the travel business for many years, Starting with Pan American Airways in New York as a tour consultant and then moving on to training new personnel. Pan Am sent her to Beirut, Lebanon and Rome, Italy to assist with overseas reservations. With the extensive network that Pan Am offered she had the opportunity to travel the world and brings that expertise with her. After taking a hiatus to raise her family she returned to the travel industry as a travel consultant with Smithtown Travel, Journey Travel, and currently with Blue Ribbon Travel. Sandy is experiencing the budding river cruises and taking advantage of the smaller ships sailing the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Baltic seas. After hiking the Great Wall, riding camels in Egypt, and being impressed with the ruins at Ephesus her favorite destination remains Florence, Italy when visiting family.
Her other love is golfing and she has had the luxury of playing some of the great golf courses.
You may reach her at Sandy@travelblueribbon.com or 631-941-0100 for any of your travel needs.
Jeanette started her travel consultant career with The Branch Travel agency in Smithtown, New York. She joined Journey Travel, Smithtown for many years planning extensive itineraries and advising her clients on the many exciting destinations that travel offers.
Having taken many Caribbean cruises she has a myriad of experience to rely on when advising her clients who have followed her. Her favorite destination is Italy, having stayed in a beautiful villa in Tuscany with her family. Her wish list includes Australia and New Zealand. Honeymoons and the Caribbean are her specialities.
You may contact Jeanette at Jeanette@travelblueribbon.com or 631-941-0100.