College Professor is at the Top of the Class as an Entrepreneur and Travel Franchise Owner

As a college professor, Gary Smith mentors and educates his students, teaching them the skills they need to run their own business.  As a franchise owner, Gary Smith is much the same. He has owned his franchise since 2004, and quickly rose to be one of the top-producing franchises in the Dream Vacations network. He is generous with his time in educating other owners about the secrets to his success, often leading educational workshops at National Conference, Regional Trainings and other travel industry events. In fact, his one piece of advice for those just starting out as new travel agents is to make sure you understand that you need to sell yourself and what you will do for your clients, and not the vacation itself.

Entrepreneurship is in Gary’s blood; he has been starting businesses since he was 17. He believes that building customer loyalty has always been part of his life and it is the foundation of success in the travel agency business.

There is no other industry like the travel industry, and Gary loves that owning his Dream Vacations franchise affords him this opportunity. Owning a travel agency franchise has increased his appreciation for travel and helping others do so as well. Having the support of the Headquarters team at Dream Vacations has enabled Gary to grow as a business person and as a travel professional as a result of the access he has to top-level leadership who serve as his mentors. Dream Vacations is a family and Gary also views the Headquarters team as a partner in his success.

Gary’s Dream Vacation is spending Thanksgiving at sea onboard a luxury cruise. He actually checked this item off his bucket list this year aboard the Crystal Serenity.


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