Group Specialists and Customized Experiences
At 15 I started a small house painting venture with my school friend and we suddenly became overwhelmed with the amount of opportunities. As a result we each paid cash for our first car 1 month before we could legally drive. This small venture built the ground work for what was to become the foundation for my future. Hard work, determination, positivity, a no matter what attitude, networking, sales, customer service and above all the determination to succeed and overcome any obstacle.
In 1987 I partnered and opened a travel office in some sub-divided space I had in the video store I owned. I soon understood that my new business partner in travel wasn’t as eager to succeed and after 6 months I inherited the business. Luckily, I had hired a fantastic manager and we began to grow with my role being business development and marketing. In 1989 our small office was awarded as the top producing independent travel agency in Northern Alberta and Northwest Territories for Canadian Holidays.
In 1992 I merged with another small independent travel agency and we later joined the UNIGLOBE Travel franchise.In 1998 I divested my interests in the travel business and returned to school. I attended the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology for two years and completed the Computer Systems Technology program.
In 2000 I returned to the travel industry as a partner with UNIGLOBE Geo Travel. In addition to many achievements and accolades, in 2016 our team was awarded as the highest volume agency within the UNIGLOBE travel franchise world.
As we navigate our way through Covid-19, I'm eager to begin the next phase of my career journey as the founder of a new start-up company called Network Travel. My priority is our team, thus ensuring our customers receive the highest level of service with integrity. With this business model, success will follow.
My career has taught me many things that I live by:
- Lead by example and respect is always earned
- Love what you do and success will follow
- Integrity is not just a word on a company mission statement
- Work should include FUN and not a place of drudgery
- Customers are not always right
- The best way to predict the future is to create it
- Most importantly: Family always comes first
Testimonials I've Received!
Rick has been an absolute breath of fresh air for our company. He designed and escorted a customized program for our out of country conference in Europe. Our membership still talks about how well the program was executed. Shelia M
We've been working with Rick for many years and appreciate his honesty and judgement. Rick creates our employee incentive group and the launch is always the highlight at our AGM. Ron B
Our dream destination wedding was something we brought to Rick and his team, not knowing if it was even possible. We were absolutely thrilled; getting married on the Serengeti was no easy feat and every detail was perfectly taken care of. Fantastic Job! Sarah & Jim
My Areas of Expertise
A Lifestyle Experience - The Iberostar Selection Playa Mita just North of Puerto Vallarta, has one of the most beautiful roof top terraces overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The unforgettable sunsets from the terrace bar is what makes this resort so unique.
The Iberostar Selection Playa Mita is one of our favorites with amazing service, excellent food... Read more from my Mexico Getaway - Amazing Resort, Beach & Golf story.
Superb experience start to finish
Hope to see you again soon. Thank you so much for your support!
Paris, River Cruise and the Riviera!
Thanks so much, I really appreciate you taking the time to write a review. Your business and support is very much appreciated. All the best, Rick
France at its finest
Thanks so much Jude. It's a pleasure working with you and we truly appreciate your business.
Mexico Family Vacation
Thank you so much!
All our trips using Rick have been top quality !
Thanks so much! Your support is so appreciated!
Golf trip extraordinaire!
Thank you for your support!
Above and Beyond expectations
Thanks so much!
Thanks so much for your support. Looking forward to future adventures.
One of the best vacations I've had!
I'm extremely happy you enjoyed your experience. Thank you for your kind works and support. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. All the best!
absolute bucket list trip
Thank you Scott. We look forward to the end of the pandemic so we can get our plans in place. Working with you has been an excellent experience. Your support is so appreciated. Thank you!
Customer Service & Support at its Finest!
Thank you so much for your review Adrian, your support is truly appreciated. We are looking forward to be working with you again soon. All the best to you and your team!
Above & Beyond our Expectations.
Thanks so much for your support. Looking forward to more experiences. All the best!
Conference Group to Europe
Rick was simply amazing! Our group required a lot of organizing with many moving parts that combined hotel stays, transfers, tours, meetings, a Med cruise and speciality restaurants. Every detail was coordinated our group to Europe was one of our best experiences. Fantastic experience and we would highly recommend Rick for any group.
Family Group Vacation
Rick is awesome, very organized, knowledgeable, reply’s to emails very promptly.
Golf Trip Extraordinaire!
Working with Rick is always a great experience. Every detail is considered and taken care of.