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In Melissa’s mind, nothing is better than looking back on an experience and thinking “I should do that again.” As captain of her high school show choir, Melissa had the opportunity to plan fun activities and bonding experiences for her group, which ignited a passion for both travel and making memories. She loves creating those same kinds of life-changing moments for the groups she crafts itineraries for. What better career for a self-described “Memory Maker?” She’s certainly in good company here at BRT.
My favorite travel memory
While I have many, the one that comes to mind is meeting Talking Mickey at Disney World. I have met Mickey many times in my visits but I cried like a baby (at the age of 27) when Mickey looked at me and said “Hiya pal!” I will always remember that.
My favorite movie character
My favorite movie character is also one of my favorite book characters. I would have to be Jo March from Little Women. That movie is my favorite of all time (the 90’s version)! Jo is this strong female character that tries to be more than the woman of her day was. She wanted to experience everything and she wasn’t going to let the fact she was a woman stop her. So inspiring!
My favorite book
I am a big fractured fairytale fan. So my first favorite book of all time is the True Story of the Three Little Pigs. I just love how you think you know a story, a story that has been told so many times, and yet there is always something more. There is always another point of view. I think from a young age those types of stories always let me know there were many different thoughts and ideas in this world and to listen and understand all sides, even if they are beyond what you know.
The personal touches that BRT provides. Your company gets to know the people they work with. I have never felt like a "number" with BRT.
Class Trip, 2018 DC tour
Columbia Central Junior High School
I appreciated the flexibility Bob Rogers showed us with the billing and various payments we had to make. We thought we were adding more and ended up not but you were great about giving us extra time to work out what we needed to on our end.
Band, 2017 Chicago tour
Plum Grove Junior High School
BRT is always on top of all details. Even when something has slipped through the cracks, changed, or something unexpected comes up, BRT is flexible enough to make the changes needed to make everything right. We have always been so well taken care of and the personal attention is what makes your company special.
Band, ’18-19 Orlando tour
Pella Community High School
This was my 5th trip with Bob Rogers, and I appreciate the professionalism and also the willingness to work with me and my students to make each trip the very best it can be.
Choir, ’18- 19 Atlanta &Tuscaloosa Tour
Nashville School of the Arts
You make the process so easy - step-by-step of what needs to be done, guidance along the way, available (and quick) to respond to questions and making me feel like me and my students are your priority.
Choir, ’17-18 New York City tour
Bowling Green High School
The quality of service that you provided us with was second to none. The organization and communication were exceptional and we always felt we were in “the loop” on things both before and during the trip.
Band, ‘17-18 Orlando Tour
Amos Alonzo Stagg High School
BRT hands down has been the absolute best travel company I have worked with in my 18 years in education. My interactions with BRT have always been so much more than just traveling from one destination to another...the focus has always been on people and providing them with experiences of a lifetime.
Band, ’17-18, Ireland tour
University of Illinois
From the scheduling, to planning, to overseeing, to leading, to customer service, everyone involved was courteous, prompt, and hospitable. Everyone did their jobs well and turned the trip experience into something better than we had anticipated.
Band, ’17-18 Nashville Tour
Lakewood Middle School
Very Organized - even when problems develop. We've gone on enough trips with Bob Rogers to know how BRT operates - always first class, always prepared.
Band, ’17 Los Angeles Tour
Sumner High School
The whole BRT team was extremely attentive, accommodating and reliable. Every detail was attended to and my stress level the entire trip was at an all-time low.
Band, ’17-18 New Orleans Tour