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A-List 2009: The 129 Top Travel Agents

For an expanded version of the 2009 A-List, with over the top requests, secret finds, and dream trips from 
all 129 agents, visit travelandleisure.com.

Photo: Serge Bloch

Special Interest

From cruises to adventure, travelers want authentic experiences.

Cruises

 

Kathy Falkensammer ** Years as agent: 30. Other specialty: Europe. Consulting fee: Varies.

Betsy Patton Years as agent: 31. Other specialty: Milestone celebrations. Consulting fee: Varies.

Anne Halsey Smith Years as agent: 28. Other specialty: India. Consulting fee: From $500.

Liz Sutton ** Years as agent: 32. Other specialty: Multigenerationaltravel. Consulting fee: From $150.

Ruth Turpin Years as agent: 31. Other specialty: Riverboat cruises. Consulting fee: Varies.

Residential Cruises

Claudia Gordon + Years as agent: 29. Other specialty: Africa. Consulting fee: Varies.

World Cruises

Lois Moran Years as agent: 36. Other specialty: Private jet trips. Consulting fee: Varies.

Family/Active

Fontaine Denna Gatti Years as agent: 39. Other specialty: Africa. Consulting fee: None.

Kay Merrill Years as agent: 15. Consulting fee: $250.

Family/Hotels & Resorts

Kimberly Wilson Wetty ** Years as agent: 15. Other specialty: Family cruises. Consulting fee: From $150 per person.

Family/Multigenerational

Kathryn Sudeikis ** Years as agent: 40. Other specialty: India. Consulting fee: $50 per hour; three-hour minimum.

Family/Safaris

Paul Largay * Years as agent: 26. Other specialty: Rafting. consulting fee: From $100.

Family/Skiing

Kathy Hannon Years as agent: 24. Other specialty: Cruises. Consulting fee: From $150.

Business Travel

Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg Years as agent: 18. Consulting fee: From $750.

Hotels

Manny Beauregard Years as agent: 37. Other specialty: Small-ship cruises. Consulting fee: From $250.

Bob Watson Years as agent: 24. Other specialty: Small luxury cruises. Consulting fee: $500.

Spas

Karen Benson Years as agent: 26. Other specialties: Skiing, adventure. Consulting fee: $150 per person.

Maureen “Mo” Smith Years as agent: 32. Other specialties: Hiking, culinary. Consulting fee: From $100.

Adventure

Betty Jo Currie Years as agent: 16. Other specialty: India. Consulting fee: From $250.

Culture & Education

Emmanuel Burgio + Years as agent: 7. Consulting fee: Varies.

Margery Hunter Years as agent: 26. Other specialties: Chile, New Zealand. Consulting fee: $75 per hour.

Paul Niskanen ** Years as agent: 36. Other specialties: Cruises, African safaris. Consulting fee: $350.

Diving

Gene Lashley Years as agent: 25. Other specialty: Adventure. Consulting fee: $150.

Fly-Fishing

Betsy Donley ** Years as agent: 19. Other specialties: Western U.S. and Canada, South America. Consulting fee: $100.

Food/Wine

Lynda Turley Garrett Years as agent: 30. Other specialties: Australia, New Zealand. Consulting fee: From $100.

Katie McCormack Krinkie Years as agent: 14. Other specialty: Europe. Consulting fee: Varies.

Gay/Lesbian

David Rubin Years as agent: 13. Other specialty: Milestone trips. Consulting fee: From $250.

Golf

Susan Dischner Years as agent: 44. Other specialty: Luxury cruises. Consulting fee: $100.

Jani Miller ** Years as agent: 32. Other specialty: Adventure. Consulting fee: From $50.

Hiking/Walking

Doris White Years as agent: 23. Other specialty: Barge cruises. Consulting Fee: From $250.

Honeymoons

Georgia Johnson + Years as agent: 5. Consulting fee: Varies.

Peter Lloyd Years as agent: 20. Other specialty: Group travel. Consulting fee: From $100.

Hunting/Fishing

Mollie Fitzgerald Years as agent: 24. Other specialty: India. Consulting fee: From $250.

Photography

Janie Bullard Years as agent: 25. Other specialty: Adventure. Consulting fee: Varies.

Mark Nolting * + Years as agent: 23. Consulting fee: None.

Private-Jet Tours

Donna Christensen Years as agent: 15. Other specialty: Small-ship cruises. Consulting fee: Varies.

Yachts/Villas

Sara Ryan Duffy + Years as agent: 17. Other specialty: Celebrity travel. Consulting fee: Varies.

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* tour operator
+ New to list
** T+L’s travel agent advisory board member, 2009

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