Koch was honored with the Collette Sales Person of the Year award at its sales meeting in Jerusalem, Israel.
Collette Vacations held its annual sales meeting in Israel and Jordan. Eighty employees, including 70 district sales managers, executives and staff, toured historic sites in Israel, including the Sea of Galilee, Mount of Beatitudes, Masada and the Dead Sea. The group visited the cities of Tel Aviv, Tiberias, Haifa, Acre and Jerusalem. The group also visited Jordan’s stone-carved city, Petra, and Wadi Rum.
“This was a remarkable opportunity to familiarize and train our sales staff on the wonders of Israel so they feel confident presenting it to travel agents as a destination for their clients to consider,” said Dan Sullivan Jr., Collette Vacations’ president and CEO. ‘“We know because we go’ is really applicable here. Until you have seen these ancient sites and met the warm, welcoming people of Israel, it is easy to fall back on the comfortable, traditional destinations.”
On the final evening of the meeting, Collette held its annual awards banquet at the King David Jerusalem Hotel in Jerusalem, Israel. Taking the honor of Collette Sales Person of the Year for the 16th consecutive year was Bob Koch of Pennsylvania. Ryan Mikucki, district sales manager from Canada, came in first in 2009 sales for most revenue growth; and Ed McKenna of Michigan placed first in the most revenue.