Meet the team
The Travel Society team consists of multiple personalities and skills that revolve around providing exceptional service for our travel advisors. We always have the best interest of our Members.
Randy Yaroch is the Owner and the Managing Director at Travel Society. Randy oversees sales, marketing, client relations, and supplier relations.
As a leader in the travel industry, Randy sits on advisory boards for Abercrombie & Kent, Vail Resorts, and Starwood Hotels and Resorts. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Stout with a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management, Marketing & Business Administration. Additionally he completed studies in International Tourism and Hospitality at the North East Wales Institute for Higher Learning, in the United Kingdom.
Having worked in the hospitality industry for over 30 years, superior customer service is a major focal point for Randy. While not hard at work, he enjoys world travel, spending time with his award winning Vieshla’s, enjoying a nice bordeaux, and spending time with family.
The Travel Society is a highly regarded leader in the travel industry and host agency community. The guiding principle of “Gracious Hospitality” is to extend to the entire independent contractor and agency membership by listening to our members and understanding their respective “Independent” business models, providing “Support” with vendor resources and financial reporting, and fostering a “Community” to interact, exchange ideas and prosper through educational opportunities. TTS is genuinely a leader in host agency services to our professional travel advisors for over 30 years.; and , as owner, it is a professional pleasure to collaborate with all our members, vendors and staff.
Susanne has been a part the Travel Industry since way before Y2K. She has worked as a Travel Advisor, in Marketing, Corporate Sales, Reporting but her true love is Accounting. Susanne managed the accounting department of one of Denver’s largest corporate agencies until they were purchased by a foreign company. She has been with The Travel Society since 2016 and plans to continue to serve our Independent Business Owners for many years to come.
30+ years experience in leadership roles working with the top Travel Management companies in the Denver area. Expertise in accounting, finance and human resources.
“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you can help them become what they are capable of being.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Opportunities to work with an incredibly dedicated team do not come along often. The Travel Society team cares so much about each detail that it makes my job much easier.
Director of Technology
Chris Hood is the Director of Technology for The Travel Society, managing all facets of Information Technology, and IT support for the company. After growing up in Texas, Chris moved to Colorado in 1995 to complete his education. By the time he had received his Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from ITT, he had fallen in love with Colorado, and never moved back. Chris has been with The Travel Society now for 13 years. When not at work, he spends virtually all of his spare time with his young son and daughter.
B.S. in Electronic Engineering, ITT Tech
If life is like a story, make it a story worth reading.
Dedication and attention to detail to create a result that’s above expected.
Director of member services
Coming from a small town in North Yorkshire (UK), Chris entered the world of travel at a young age when his family emigrated to the island of Menorca in the Mediterranean. After going to middle school in Spain, Chris went on to study languages at university, and joined the travel industry immediately after graduating. He began his career negotiating FIT and Group contracts with hotels in all major European destinations, before moving to the US to lead the Product, Operations, Customer Service and Air Departments for a leading European Tour Operator. After accepting a role in Strategic Sales for one of the world’s largest B2B Bedbanks, Chris joined The Travel Society as Director of Member Services in 2022.
With a passion for languages, Chris graduated from the University of Sheffield (UK) with an Honors Degree in Hispanic Studies (and Catalan Philology). Having lived and worked all around the UK, Peru, Menorca, Paris & Barcelona, Chris has developed a well-rounded appreciation for different cultures and understands the importance of clear communication.
The success of The Travel Society is directly tied to the success of the members, so Chris’ guiding principle is to provide the advisor community and team members with the tools and support they need to succeed. Following in close second place is the old mantra “with every job that must be done there is an element of fun, and when you find it, the job’s a game”.
The Travel Society is held with such high esteem in the industry that I wanted to be part of such a strongly regarded team, sharing the benefits of my experience, and learning from an incredible team of industry experts. The ethos of Gracious Hospitality mirrors my own approach to customer service and work in general, and I look forward to helping drive the company, staff and, most importantly, advisor members towards our mutual goals and objectives.
OPERATIONS MANAGER/HELP DESK
Suzy was a Certified Travel Counselor (CTC), with nearly 35 years of industry experience. Previously an independent travel advisor with The Travel Society joining us in January of 1992. Suzy is an expert on Apollo and her position very seriously and cares deeply about serving you. She strives to make the Travel Consultant’s life a little easier.
Suzy loves to spend time her leisure time with her horse Wind Walker.
May your path in life manifest respect, kindness and compassion
The Travel Society truly cares about its members our and strives to go the extra mile to ensure they have given their best
OPERATIONS SUPPORT SPECIALIST
Lori Mathis is the Operations Support Specialist for Travel Society. Lori has been with Travel Society since 1998 and is involved with vendor management, operations, and supporting our travel advisors. In her free time, Lori enjoys spending time with her kids and granddaughter, knitting, reading, running, and spending time in the Rocky Mountains.
Certified in Travel & Tourism
Just be kind
The people and values
manager, ticket desk & air contracts
I started my carrier with Ask Mr. Foster Travel in 1987 in Sacramento California. My focus has mainly been corporate travel and I pride myself on excellent customer service.
Every Customer is a VIP both internal and external
Great community, feels like family
Manager Business Development and Recruitment
Laura is an accounting specialist at Travel Society and has been with The Travel Society since 2016. She grew up in a family that made it a point to travel somewhere outside of Colorado at least once a year. One of Laura’s goals in life is to visit all 50 states before she is 50 years old (June 2041).
Laura used this passion of travel to graduate from Metro State University with a degree in Tourism and Event Management in 2013. Since then she has worked in two travel agencies including Travel Society. Her past positions include Corporate Travel Agent, Leisure Travel Agent, Operations Specialist, Office Manager, Events Air Specialist, and ClientBase Specialist. Her extensive background helps bring a new perspective to our accounting department.
Dana was born in California and spent most of her “growing up” years in Washington State and moved to Colorado in 1989. Dana’s twin sister still lives in WA and she often takes any opportunity to plan time for them to spend together. Dana has been working for The Travel Society since 1990 and is very grateful for all these years to grow with this great company. “It’s been a wonderful choice for me since I really enjoy traveling.” Dana loves living in CO and treasures the mountains and all its sunshine! Dana enjoys spending time outdoors to even just walk, fish or go camping.
4 year Bachelor of Science degree from Central Washington University.
29+ years Travel Industry experience working as an Accounting Specialist for The Travel Society.
Be such a good soul that people crave your vibes.
This company goes the extra mile to make all feel welcome and continually thrive, and strive to achieve success in this industry.
Lori-Ann is an Accounting Specialist at The Travel Society. In 1997, she began her career in accounting and has never looked back. She has financial knowledge in both corporate and non-profit work environments. She really does enjoy organizing and maintaining records and files.
In her free time, Lori-Ann is an advocate for C-PTSD and Domestic Violence Awareness. She appreciates timeless luxuries in life and is a nature and animal lover.
15+ years Accounting Experience in Corporate and Non-Profit organizations with 1+ years Travel Industry Experience. Supporting Travel IC’s. Roles include Commission Tracking with Statement Reconciliations, ACH and check deposits, Weekly AR Aging, Bi-weekly Commission payroll & statements, Clerical ARC and Data Import Corrections.
“Day One” or “One Day”, you decide. Remember, your glass is always refillable.
What’ not to love! Wonderful Owner’s that support all aspects of the people in and around this company. Great agents, happy associates, welcoming vendors. Everyone works hard for a common goal: each other’s success.
As an accountant, Lavonda is naturally all about details. It was evident from the moment she walked in the office that The Travel Society is also all about the details. Because of that, her decision to join the TTS team was simple. The team atmosphere and company-wide commitment to client satisfaction here at TTS are second to none.
Former CFO of a nationwide event planning company.
Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.
The culture and warmth of the staff and members
Technical Support Specialist
Lisa has been with the Travel Society since August of 2020. She works with members and staff to help with technology needs.
8+ years of technology and technical support experience
Live your life deliberately.
The dedication and commitment shown by this team to its members are more than enough reasons to want to be a part of what they are doing. The attention to detail is above and beyond, and I am proud to be a part of this group of professionals.