Meet the staff:
Receptionist – Rosemarie Doyle
Rosemarie, with her ever present smile and cheerful personality, is our indispensible receptionist and the first person you are greeted by when you visit Slaydon’s Travel. Born and raised in Germany, Rosemarie is now a US Citizen and has been a valued employee of Slaydon’s Travel for over 10 years. She is also a great source of information for our clients traveling to Europe, especially Germany!
Owner- Ann Slaydon Forehand, CTC
Ann is the ideal travel professional to help you with complex international and domestic itineraries, she will make getting there as easy as being there! Do you want to stay in fabulous hotels? Are you tired of group travel that makes you feel like you are “part of a herd”? Do you want amazing access to places that you never thought you could go? Ann can make all of this happen and more, she can get you extras you didn’t even know you could have! With over 35 years in the travel industry as an agent, owner and instructor, she has travelled the World and wants to help you have the same experiences she has had in even the most remote locales. Whether looking for the perfect restaurant in Venice to celebrate your 50th Anniversary or reserving a honeymoon room with an unforgettable view of the beach in St. John, USVI, Ann will make sure that you are taken care of every step of the way.
Manager – Jennifer Forehand Round
As the manager of Slaydon’s Travel in Chesapeake, Va., Jennifer Round custom crafts incredible itineraries for families that yearn for transformational travel experiences. Jennifer’s passion lies in planning vacations that connect families with the different cultures they encounter, the new people they meet, and—most importantly—with each other. Plus, she understands that every family’s travel needs and desires are unique—that’s why flexibility and a highly tailored touch are hallmarks of her travel planning services.
Jennifer has worked in the travel industry for more than 20 years, but travel has always been a huge part of her life. The vacations that she’d take with her parents and grandparents each summer growing up were the highlight of her childhood. Today, Jennifer indulges her passion for travel by serving her clients and by visiting new places with her own family, including her young daughter—who now has more stamps in her passport than Jennifer had at 30!
Jennifer is also dedicated to empowering success in fellow travel professionals. She spoke at the Global Institute for Travel Entrepreneur’s Book More Travel Workshop in February 2015, The Travel Industry Exchange in September 2015, Travel Weekly’s CruiseWorld in November 2015, and she was invited to participate in the Global Travel Marketplace in June 2015. She published her first book, available on Amazon, “Slaydon’s Family Travel Secrets: The Expert’s Guide to Getting the Vacation Your Family Deserves,” this past March. Subsequently, Jennifer was invited on a local NBC affiliate WAVY TV talk show to discuss her book and the importance of using a travel professional.
Travel Consultants – Kaye Williams
Kaye is one of our team members working from home. She specializes in cruise and small group travel. After a 24 year career in the travel industry as both a full time consultant and office manager, Kaye was ready to retire, but could not leave her faithful clients to fend for themselves. When not assisting her clients, Kaye and her husband like to pursue their own passion for travel. They also spend a lot of their time cheering on their children and grandchildren as they enjoy hare scramble off-road motorcycle racing.
With over 10 years in the travel industry Linnea is an expert in finding the special touches that will turn a great vacation into a fabulous vacation. While she isn’t working as an aid for special needs children within the Chesapeake school system, Linnea enjoys working with small groups and families turn their travel dreams into reality.
Dana began her career in the travel industry with USAirways as a flight attendant for 15 years. USAirways allowed Dana the opportunity to travel both nationally and internationally to experience destinations which many people dream of visiting. When it was time for Dana to be grounded it was a natural fit for her to begin a career as a travel consultant. She graduated from RAV Travel School in 1998 and has worked as a travel consultant for various local agencies since. In January of 2014 Dana started working as an Independent Contractor with Slaydon’s Travel where she continues to help her clients not just take a vacation, but to create an experience and memories that last a lifetime. Dana specializes in destination weddings, honeymoons, leisure travel and family vacations.
Bruce Strattner, CTC
Bruce has almost 40 years of travel industry experience, as both a travel consultant and a travel agency manager. He has traveled extensively throughout the World and especially through Europe and North America.
Bruce is a cruise and tour expert. He is semi-retired and works from home when he is not out discovering a new travel destination. He has many clients who continue to rely on his travel expertise. In recent years Bruce has been to every State in the US and to most of the US National Parks. He does extensive hiking and biking every chance he gets.
Joyce Parker, MCC
Joyce brings nearly 20 years of travel industry experience to Slaydon’s Travel. She began her travel career with TWA Getaway Vacations and retired from AAA of Tidewater. Joyce loves to travel and is working from her home office doing her favorite thing – “making magic happen with your vacation.” She earned the title of Master Cruise Counsellor with CLIA (North America’s largest cruise industry organization). This an industry recognized certification program with extensive training and cruise line knowledge. Joyce has a love of cruises and anything Disney. She has traveled throughout the US, Europe and Australia.
…..BWhat People are Saying:
“Slaydon’s Travel has helped our family plan various vacations over the last 20 years. They are wonderful to work with and look out for the best interest of the client. This past July (2012) we enjoyed a fabulous vacation aboard the Disney ship, “The Dream”. Jennifer helped us plan the entire experience from air fare to Orlando to the cruise itself. She added little extras like providing photo mats for the Disney characters to sign. Now our two grandsons have pictures of their favorite Disney characters with their autographs surrounding the picture. When Jennifer was not available, Ann stepped in. We are beginning to plan a trip to the West for next May and Jennifer is going to help us. Would recommend Slaydon’s for any travel plans.”
– Bob & Sandy Cofield