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GROUPSOnly Team Profiles

Meet some of our Group Travel Planners

Between all the specialist group travel planners at Goway’s GROUPSOnly we offer literally hundreds of years of experience.

We do not know any other travel company that can offer the in depth experience we can.

Your group is too important to not deal with one of our group travel planners !

Below are short profiles of some of our dedicated team that specialize only in planning unique, innovative and interactive customized Group travel itineraries.

Barbara Norton - General Manager
Ext 6220

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Barbara is the Goway GROUPSOnly and Special Events General Manager having worked for the company for over 33 years. In that time, she worked as a tour director, sales representative and Groups Coordinator. As the Groups Department has expanded over the years, Barbara now oversees all group wholesale activities including land and air customized groups and special events as well as Goway’s popular Holiday of a Lifetime Escorted Series. Barbara has also traveled extensively throughout the South Pacific, Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East. In 2017 Barbara circumnavigated Iceland on a Pro Cruise Expedition style cruise and, in 2018, she is off to explore Spain and Morocco.

Evan Kranson – Business Development Manager
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As the departments dedicated BDM, Evan is our ‘man in the field’ sourcing new business and strengthening existing partnerships. With over 25 years in executive sales and customer service, Evan comes from a stalwart industry background having worked for both airlines and wholesalers during his career. With Evan’s extensive destination knowledge combined with his experience, strong organizational skills and attention to detail your group will be in good hands from start to finish. Evan is based in the Philadelphia area and is responsible for the North American region.

Nicky Cox - Sales Manager
Ext 6236

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Nicky brings over 27 years of wholesale and retail experience. She is the department’s Group Sales Manager and brings a wealth of destination and team-building experience to the department. She is the coordinator’s backbone and is an integral part of the department’s success over the years. Nicky has traveled extensively throughout the European and Australian Continents. In 2016 Nicky attended the Indaba trade show in South Africa and in 2017 she attended ATE in Australia and GEM 17 & WTM both in London. In 2018 she is heading to the South Seas again to attend TRENZ in New Zealand as well as take time to see the country in-depth.

Tanya Winkler - Support and Admin Team Lead
Ext 6257

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With over 26 years of experience, Tanya heads our Groups & Special Events Operations team in Vancouver, 

Toronto and in our Manila office. She is not only well-travelled but also has strong organizational and team management skills that are essential in her Team Lead role -- from troubleshooting, to liaising with Goway’s preferred land and air suppliers, she is the perfect role model for efficiency and detail.

Mary Takla – Air only Sales 
Ext 5820

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A native of Egypt, Mary has over 20 years of experience in travel sales in both the retail and wholesale arms of the industry. Before joining Goway, Mary gained valuable executive sales and customer service skills working for a major international airline carrier. Her life-long passion to travel has taken her to a wide range of exotic destinations including UAE, Jordan, Turkey and many countries in Europe. In her new role as Air-Only Group Sales Coordinator, Mary brings a wealth of air contract and routing knowledge to the department. “The best part of my job is researching international destinations and meeting the challenges of putting complex trips together for our groups.”

Ayesha Colquhoun – Africa Team Lead
Ext 6620

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Ayesha brings over 11 years of extensive travel and sales experience.  She has a vast knowledge of most of Goway’s exotic world having traveled extensively over the years to such fascinating places as Australia & New Zealand, SE Asia, India, Mexico, Columbia and Peru and throughout the African Continent including Egypt, Southern Africa and even gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda.  As our Team Lead for Africa, Ayesha attended Indaba trade show in Durban in 2017 for one on one meetings with our top suppliers.

Frank Lin - Asia Team Lead
Ext 6204

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Frank has been working in the travel industry for over 31 years and has traveled to the major countries in the South Pacific, Asia, Southern Africa and Europe. Before joining Goway’s Groups Department in 2000 as Operations Coordinator, Frank worked in China as a tour guide, a sales coordinator and a sales manager. Frank is one of our Senior Groups Sales Coordinators, and, not only is he our Team Lead for Asia, he also an expert in selling Africa, Europe and Latin destinations. He recently visited Japan on an extensive fact-finding trip.

Shelley Mussenden – Senior Group Coordinator
Ext 6209

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Shelley has been a valued member of the Goway Group Team for over 7 years bringing with her an extensive background of wholesale and retail group travel. Shelley specializes in customizing group travel to the South Pacific as well as to Africa and Europe. Shelley has traveled extensively including trips to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, South Africa, Tanzania, Britain and France. In 2017 she travelled on educationals to both Morocco and Iceland. She is keen to have your group business and will always provide well-researched itineraries customized to your specific group’s needs.

Raewyn Reid - South Pacific Team Lead
Ext 6219

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Raewyn joined the GROUPSOnly Department as a Senior Groups Coordinator in 2000 and brought 26 years of experience in retail and wholesale group arrangements. Raewyn -- a native Kiwi -- lived in New Zealand for 17 years. She has traveled extensively throughout New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific Islands as well as to Thailand, Singapore, India, China, Kenya, Tanzania, Europe, South Africa, Morocco and Papua New Guinea. In 2017 she traveled to Japan to check out all the new product the country has to offer.

Lee Nicholson - Latin Team Lead
Ext 6561

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Lee started working in the travel industry as an Adventure Travel Tour Leader in Central America and South America for 4 years before settling in Mexico where he managed a team of Tour Leaders and Drivers.  In 2009 Lee moved to Canada working as a Business Development Manager on the west coast for an Adventure Travel company before joining Goway Travel firstly as an FIT Wholesale Latin America Sales Agent and now working as a Senior Groups Coordinator leading a team of Latin experts.  Apart from his extensive knowledge and travels of Latin America, Lee has also traveled extensively throughout  Europe, Southern Africa, the Middle East (namely Jordan, Syria and Egypt), and Asia (India, China, Japan, Laos), as well as Australia and New Zealand. In 2017 he explored Iceland on a staff familiarization trip.

Melissa Webster - Group Coordinator
Ext 6588

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Melissa loves groups! Her passion for travel started with a 3 month study in Africa program, and she has since been working in wholesale travel for over 17 years.  Melissa has travelled extensively throughout Africa visiting the countries of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Egypt for both leisure and familiarization – from giving a helping hand to a Kenya school to running the Kilimanjaro Marathon! With Melissa’s focus on Africa, Asia and Latin group sales, make her your Goway contact for customized group travel.

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Paula Polachek - Group Coordinator
Ext 6586

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Paula comes to Goway with over 26 years of travel industry expertise in such diverse fields as cruises, airline operation and wholesale group travel. She is one of the industry’s top Group Travel Planners having carefully hand-crafted group travel arrangements for a multitude of affinity & special interest groups, incentives, pilgrimages, student study programs, family & sports groups and volunteer & charity organizations. Along with her planning expertise, Paula has travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America and the South Pacific.

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Christine Ji – Group Coordinator
Ext 5885

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Christine joins our Goway Group Team based in our Toronto Office bringing with her a strong background in both Asia and South Pacific group sales. In her career, spanning over 10 years to date, Christine has worked both in wholesale and retail sales and has travelled extensively to the South Pacific, China, Vietnam, France, Italy and Switzerland.

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Silvia Camolese - Group Coordinator
Ext 6940

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Silvia brings a wealth of European destination knowledge to the Groups Department having recently moved to North America from her homeland in the heart of Europe: Italia.  She brings over 20 years of travel industry experience the bulk of which was selling special interest group travel throughout Europe and North Africa.  From pilgrimages to culinary & wine groups, educational and adventure, Silvia has successfully planned them all. With such a strong background, Silvia is keen to help you plan your next customized group to Europe or Africa.

Stephanie Boisse – Groups Coordinator, Air and land
Ext 6936

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A native of France, Stephanie has over 20 years of travel industry experience in both retail and wholesale sales & operations. The majority of her working life has been in France where she excelled at planning and implementing customized group tours for a wide variety of special interests. She has travelled extensively throughout Europe and Southern Africa and speaks both French and Spanish fluently.

Keren Samuel - Group Coordinator
Ext 6942

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With over 32 years of experience sending groups to all corners of the world, Keren has also travelled extensively in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and many idyllic islands around the globe. Throughout her long career, Keren has become an expert in designing special interest itineraries for a wide range of group themes including many faith-based and pilgrimage groups and many Chamber of Commerce Groups. To talk to one of North America’s top Group Coordinators, be sure to give Keren a call!

Gagan Vig - Group Coordinator
Ext 6222

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Gagan’s career started in India working in the MICE market handling groups of over 1000 passengers! Now in Canada, Gagan brings over 14 years of industry experience in both retail and wholesale group sales. He has travelled extensively throughout India as well as many other parts of Asia including Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, China and Nepal. Not only is Gagan one of our Asia team experts he also has expertise in selling Africa and northern Europe. Exceptional customer service and creative itinerary planning are the hallmarks of Gagan’s skills.

Cristy Patterson - Group Coordinator
Ext 6203

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Cristy’s passion for travel is reflected in all aspects of her work from initial consultation and itinerary planning & quoting to her exceptional customer service. She has worked in both the retail and wholesale realms specializing in group travel for the past 8 years. She has travelled extensively throughout Europe and Asia and has lots of suggestions on how to make your next group itinerary unique & compelling.


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