MEET THE TEAM

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Debra Smith
Managing Director and Founder
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Debra taught for 25 years and retired from the Mobile (AL) County Public School System, where she also served as a Band Booster for 10 years. After retiring, Debra founded the Student Tours division in 2003 and is the architect of every group we do.  Having come from the educational environment Debra truly knows what it takes to make each and every trip a success, she’ll  consult with your school’s group leader to define the objectives and timing for your group, establish a budget, and negotiate and secure every element of the trip!

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Heath Nails
Student PerformanceTravel Specialist
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Heath Nails is currently the Coordinator of Band Operations and Conductor of the Alabama Concert Band in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Music and Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Alabama. Additionally, Mr. Nails serves as a Student Performance Travel Specialist for Travel Leaders Student Tours.  His responsibilities include pre and post trip planning for student groups as well as serving as a official travel escort for student travel.

Mr. Nails holds membership in the National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the Alabama Music Educators Association and the Alabama Bandmasters Association.

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Linda Carpentier
Student Tours Logistics and Sales Coordinator
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With 25 years of experience as a travel planner, Linda plays a key role in Student Tours, keeping each group organized, managing reservations and payments, and responding to inquiries from travelers. She’s often the voice at the other end of the phone when you call Student Tours.  Prior to joining the Student Tours team, Linda has arranged tours and cruises all over the world for individuals and groups. Some of the destinations include Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe (Ireland, Italy, Spain, Greece, Germany, France, Scotland and England).  If you have a vacation or travel need beyond a Student Tour, Linda  is a fountain of knowledge and expertise!

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Donna Cutrer
Tour Manager/Escort
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Sharon Concepcion
Vice President, All Aboard Travel Leaders
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Sharon oversees All Aboard Travel Leaders, where Student Tours is based. She provides the team and tools to support Student Tours, and ensure that we’re bringing all the resources of Travel Leaders to bear on behalf of your group and students.

ABOUT TRAVEL LEADERS

Travel Leaders Network has been assisting travelers for nearly 30 years through our international alliance of agencies big and small. Backed by Travel Leaders Group – a powerful leader in both leisure and business travel – we represent all facets and styles of travel, giving us the unique advantage to plan every detail of your travel experience.

 

Travel Leaders has been honored with over 65 prestigious Travel Industry Awards for Excellence since 2009 – more than any other travel agency company in North America. Our agents are experts on specific cruise lines, hotels, resorts and tour operators, as well as niche travels areas, such as destination weddings, river cruises, safaris and multi-generational family.

WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY