Meet the team
The Travel Society team consist of multiple personalities and skills that revolve around providing exceptional service for our travel advisors. Whether someone is in accounting, operations, marketing, or sales, we always have the best interest of the travel advisor in mind.
Randy Yaroch is an 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.
Ken Luzietti is an owner and oversees finance, accounting, and operations at Travel Society. Ken has incredible brain power when it comes to numbers and he also enjoys managing overseeing operations. When not in an Excel spreadsheet, Ken enjoys both international spiritual travel journeys and travel destinations that include oceanfront views. If not traveling, Ken enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He attended Depaul University where he received a bachelors degree in finance.
30+ years’ Travel Industry experience working with US Based Commercial Airlines and Travel Companies. Various roles to include arranging travel for large corporations and leisure travel, Airport Operations Manager, Quality Assurance Manager, Database Design, Quality Control Manager, Director and Business Development Manager.
One moment can change a day, one day can change a life, and one life can change the world.
The staff and travel professionals are truly like family here. The expertise, dedication, support of the staff (as well as our travel advisors) and commitment to excellence is extraordinary each and every day.
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.
VP OPERATIONS/VENDOR RELATIONS
MaryJo is the Vice President of Operations and Vendor Management. With over 30 years in the travel industry, she is devoted to the growth of the industry. MaryJo overseeing a team of system experts that specialize in GDS and CRM support. Also, as vendor manager, MaryJo is in daily communication with The Travel Society’s key supplier. This includes the organization of all in-office live remote training and presentations, reviewing and negotiation of all supplier contracts. She also takes the key role in the organization of the Travel Society’s Annual Meeting, The Society Summit.
MaryJo has sent many years living abroad in both Asia and Australia and was born with a love of travel.
Prior to joining the Travel Society, MaryJo was a regional director for a large corporate agency. She also owned and managed a travel company for 20 years. Specializing in luxury family travel.
In her leisure time, MaryJo enjoys staying time with her family, exploring the Colorado outdoors and her passion for baking, Her love of travel has taken her to over 90 countries.
As an industry veteran, MaryJo had been a contributor to the Denver Business Journal, Business Travel sections. She also has hosted travel industry and B2B events.
- B.A. in educations and art
- A.A. degree in Tourism and Travel
- Community College Teaching Certification in Travel and Tourism
- Numerous Travel Certifications from The Travel Institute and Cruise Line International (CLIA)
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou
The Travel Society is a company built on caring, developing a sense of community, and a true partnership. We strive to help the independent contractors develop and grow their business by providing the tools and resources they need.
Gina is the recruiting manager and is responsible for growing the membership, she also manages the new member orientation process. Out of the office, Gina enjoys volunteering her time with orphaned primates and other animals across the globe and spending time with her husband.
Outside of family and travel, Gina’s passions include photography, yoga, and most important to her, inspiring all living things to achieve balance and happiness. Gina has been in the travel industry for over 30 years and understands the in’s and out’s of everything travel.
Attended 2 years of Medical Assistant training at B.O.C.E.S technical school in Long Island NY. Following graduation, Gina began her long standing career in the Travel Industry. Gina has extensive airline ground operations experience and has continued to expand her personal education related to her hobbies such as photography. Gina has played many roles within The Travel Society since she started in 2006 as office manager and director of Operations.
One moment can change a day, one day can change a life and one life can change the world
The culture, the people, the members!
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
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.
OPERATIONS SUPPORT SPECIALIST – BOULDER OFFICE MANAGER
Lori Mathis is the Boulder office manager 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
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.
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.
Accounting Support Specialist
Lori Ann Cooper
Lori Ann Jakeway 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. Lori Ann is very pleased to be available to lend her hand to you with any of your accounting service and support needs.
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. She will normally be relishing about one or the other as they both bring her great joy.
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