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Edgerton's Travel Agents & Staff

Martha - Agent

Martha King has worked in our La Porte office since September, 1983. She is celebrating her Silver Anniversary both with Edgerton's Travel and with her husband, Steve. She and Steve have a 21 year old son, Sam, who is a junior at Indiana University in Bloomington. Sam often accompanies Martha on her travel adventures, starting when he was 2 months old. Other travel companions frequently include her sister, Laura, and her friend, Sue, who call themselves the "Vagabond Princesses." Martha is a lifelong resident of La Porte.

She credits her parents for instilling a love of travel in her at an early age. Her mother frequently told her "I never regretted any trip I took. It's the ones I didn't take that I regret." Martha has lived by that philosophy and is always ready to go! She is a beach bum at heart, having worked her way through college at Purdue as a lifeguard. It should come as no surprise that her favorite destinations are Hawaii (has been there 5 times), Riviera Maya (3 times, most recently at the new Valentin Resort), and a cruise to anywhere (or nowhere...she doesn't care where the ships go...she's a veteran of over 25 cruises!). Her favorite non-beach destination is Alaska, having been there twice.

She prefers active vacations and you're likely to find her whitewater rafting, zip lining, snorkeling, hiking or bike riding. Destinations still on her "bucket list" include whitewater rafting in Costa Rica, hiking the Inca Trail in Peru, and cruising through the Panama Canal, the Amazon, and the Mediterranean. Continuing education courses which she has completed or is currently enrolled include Apple Vacations, Sandals, Destination Wedding, Hawaii, Peru, Costa Cruise Line, NCL, and Princess Cruises (achieved Commodore Status). Let Martha help you plan the perfect honeymoon, family, or active vacation!

 

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Nancy - Agent

Nancy Baumgartner began her career as a travel consultant with Edgerton’s in 1995.

Her love of travel began as a young adult after graduation from Purdue. Not finding employment, she and 2 friends took off for Europe and spent 2 months traveling, much to the chagrin of her parents! She has been back several times, and hasn’t found a country yet that she doesn’t love.

Planning trips to Europe is at the top of her list of favorites. Another favorite is helping honeymooners plan the “most important trip of their lives”. She likes to send them to adult only resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean- to the most romantic destinations she can find. Luckily, she and her husband, long from the honeymoon stage of life, have vacationed at many of the resorts she recommends to her clients.

Nancy says what she likes most about her job is that there is always something new to learn. A client might request a destination that she is not familiar with, so it becomes a new learning experience, and in a lot of cases becomes a place to add to her list of places that she wants to visit!

No matter where you want to go, or how your want to get there, Nancy can help you because she likes all of her clients to “go away”!

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Phyllis - Agent

Phyllis Howe might be new to Edgerton's Travel Service, Inc. (she joined the staff in 2007) but she is not new to travel. Her first adventure at the age of 17, was traveling to Tokyo, Japan, and touring with a group of musicians. Other destinations that were just as exciting include the Florida Keys, Disney Land in California, the Northwest, Southwest and Canada. She enjoys cruising in the Caribbean islands appreciating the hospitality of the locals in Cozumel, the Caymans, Nassau and Freeport, Bahamas and of course, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Phyllis’ past work experience in educational administration and accounting bring some much needed skills to her job, including being very detail oriented and always looking for a great value for your dollar. She loves to ‘do all the planning and let you have all the fun’.

Recent educational accomplishments include completing the Costa Cruise Academy, Apple Vacations Academy and becoming a Sandals Specialists.

Some of her favorite vacations to recommend include Montego Bay, Jamaica, and taking on the water slide from the top of Margaritaville down into Montego Bay; Amtrak from Chicago to Flagstaff, AZ, touring the Grand Canyon, High Desert of Arizona, winding down through Red Rock Canyon to Sedona continuing on to Phoenix; and just relaxing in the luxurious environment the El Dorado Royale, Riviera Maya in Mexico has to offer.

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Jodi - Agent

Jodi Stapler joined Edgerton’s in January 2008.

It is amazing to her to have come full circle after working for Marriott for over 20 years. She would open, close and reorganize hotels throughout the Caribbean, Mexico and the United States. She was born in Ft. Wayne but graduated from college in Florida with a degree in Travel and in Business. While her permanent address reads Key West, Florida, she was always traveling.

She spent 3 months in Mexico with the Travel Advisor from the U.S. Department of Tourism so Mexico will always be one of her top five picks. She is a scuba diver and enjoys rating the Caribbean Islands from below and at sea level. She has spent a great deal of travel time in Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, St. Maarten, eastern Canada and the Florida Keys.

Having found her way back to the Fort Wayne area and she feels very privileged to have the opportunity to create and orchestrate your travel adventures!

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Tom Edgerton - President

T.E. (Tom) Edgerton, Sr. is the 3rd generation of Edgertons to serve in the travel industry. During his college years he escorted tours for the Cartan Travel Bureau in Chicago and joined his father full time in the business in 1968.

During the rapid growth period of the travel industry, Tom directed the growth of Edgerton’s to 7 retail offices and 2 travel schools before consolidating into 4 service centers across Northern Indiana.

Conferences, meeting planning and group travel are the major focus for Tom and he brings more than 40 years experience to this aspect of the business. Group travel is the fastest growing segment of Edgerton’s business and the “Edgerton Experience” is the watchword for a quality operation that over delivers on every departure.

(Photo courtesy: The South Bend Tribune/Sanitago Flores)

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Carolyn Edgerton - Accounting

“Travel is exciting and working in the travel industry is too”, says Carolyn Edgerton.

One summer day in 1986 she stopped by the South Bend/Mishawaka office to say, ‘hi”. The phones were ringing off the hook and she volunteered to help answer them and take messages . . . a couple of hours turned into many years. She has worked in every department of the business: from taking messages to eventually being trained in booking business and complex travel. In recent years she has taken on the role of accountant and general manager. She calls it the “best of all worlds … working with great agents, computers, and numbers.” She still finds working in the industry to be exciting and can’t seem to get enough of it!

When you come to the Mishawaka office, stop and say, Hello! She’s in the back office with the computers and bookwork but her first love is still great clients like you!

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