Travel Agents Select Favorite Sales Representatives at 2017 WAVE Awards

Deaner Snively, Hilde Mason, Michael Weldon and Linda Kay Barber were honored at the 12th annual WAVE Awards By: Michelle Juergen
Linda Kay Barber Also pictured: Scott Clifton (far left) and Keith Lane // © 2017 Volker Corell
Linda Kay Barber Also pictured: Scott Clifton (far left) and Keith Lane // © 2017 Volker Corell

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Favorite Individual Hotel Sales Representative: Deaner Snively of Marriott International
Deaner Snively’s extensive experience and knowledge of the travel industry make him an indispensable part of the Marriott International team, but even more invaluable are his great relationships both within the company and in the agent community.

“His passion for our industry shows through daily, and his positive attitude not only drives results but inspires those around him,” said Sharon Gonzalez, area director of travel industry sales for the U.S. and international for Marriott.

Favorite Individual Tour Operator Sales Representative: Hilde Mason of The Mark Travel Corporation
Hilde Mason is recognized by both her colleagues and travel agents as determined and always willing to go above and beyond to connect and service the travel advisor community.

“She is very passionate about her work and, more important, has a very caring attitude,” said Gerald McGaughey, regional director of sales for The Mark Travel Corporation.

Favorite Individual Cruise Line Sales Representative: Linda Kay Barber of Celebrity Cruises
Linda Kay Barber is a multi-time DSM of the year winner, and this is her third year winning the WAVE Award for this category.

“Linda has demonstrated strong business acumen and knowledge of the cruise industry and is recognized by travel agents as being a results-oriented, responsive and creative sales manager,” said Scott Clifton, director of market sales for Celebrity Cruises. “After nearly 15 years with the same company, in the same territory, this sales manager truly knows what it takes to deliver results.”

Favorite Individual River Cruise Sales Representative: Michael Weldon of Viking River Cruises
For the sixth year in a row, Michael Weldon took home the WAVE Award for Favorite River Cruise Sales Representative.

“Viking is proud to congratulate the very best of the best,” said Michele Saegesser, vice president of sales for Viking River Cruises. “It is a privilege to be a part of Michael’s winning streak for being the best river salesperson. Michael’s integrity and pride in his work always keeps him top in the field.”

Photos & Videos
Favorite Individual Hotel Sales Representative: Deaner Snively of Marriott International // © 2017 Volker Corell

Favorite Individual Hotel Sales Representative: Deaner Snively of Marriott International // © 2017 Volker Corell

Favorite Individual Tour Operator Sales Representative: Hilde Mason of The Mark Travel Corporation // © 2017 Volker Corell

Favorite Individual Tour Operator Sales Representative: Hilde Mason of The Mark Travel Corporation // © 2017 Volker Corell

Favorite Individual Cruise Line Sales Representative: Linda Kay Barber of Celebrity Cruises // © 2017 Volker Corell

Favorite Individual Cruise Line Sales Representative: Linda Kay Barber of Celebrity Cruises // © 2017 Volker Corell

Favorite Individual River Cruise Sales Representative: Michael Weldon of Viking River Cruises // © 2017 Volker Corell

Favorite Individual River Cruise Sales Representative: Michael Weldon of Viking River Cruises // © 2017 Volker Corell

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