Diane Shoemaker has joined the staff of Cheyenne Travel/Please Go Away Vacations.
Shoemaker is new to Great Bend, but is a native Kansan having been raised on a farm just north of Wichita. Her family travelled a lot and Shoemaker has grown to love travel.
Her real travel adventures started after she graduated from Wichita State University and worked for Norwegian Cruise Lines as a fit with fun coordinator onboard their ships in the Caribbean. After two years of cruising to many islands in the beautiful tropics, she became a flight attendant for American Airlines and flew all over the US, Canada and Mexico, much of the time calling New York City home.
Between her travels, she met and married Phil Shoemaker, who was then the volleyball coach at Wichita State University. After several years of marriage and the birth of a son, they were ready for a new adventure, and moved to Fairbanks, Alaska. Their family has many great memories of their time in the Last Frontier.
While living in Alaska, Shoemaker worked as the sales director for the largest hotel company in Fairbanks and then spent her last summer there as a tour director for a major tour company, sharing her love and knowledge of Alaska with many visitors to the 49th State.
This past winter, Shoemaker and her family decided to move back to Kansas to be closer to family, and her husband became the volleyball coach at Barton Community College. Their son Tanner is a pitcher on the BCC baseball team.
In commenting on the addition of Shoemaker to the full time team of travel professionals, Paula Axman, vice president and director of marketing, said, “Diane loves to travel and loves to help people plan their travels. She brings to our team an immense amount of practical and professional experience.
“In addition to working with individual travelers, Shoemaker will also be a great addition in helping us serve our ever-growing private label travel programs for organizations, like multiple state university alumni associations, medical service providers, and others. She looks forward to helping everyone experience and enjoy the wonders of quality travel. She is very enthusiastic, energetic, and very much a people person.”
Cheyenne Travel/Please Go Away Vacations is located at 1600 Main Street. It has been in business since 1966.