Diane Bean, Franchise Owner since 2005, Clayton, NC
I never thought I would be a Vacation Specialist helping people achieve their personal travel bucket list. I only remember two vacations from my childhood. Probably because I was raised by a single parent and became one myself in my mid-20s. Vacations were not an option then. It seems I have been fortunate to make up miles lost some 40 years later with now over 40 countries visited. I have always had a passion for geography, cultures, far way places, and of course serving people. I was selling travel before making money at it, telling clients from a previous business (housecleaning) to visit this country or this resort. For years I was being told I would be good at it but was just afraid to take the leap until 2005, when I spoke to a gentleman, Al Richman, a CruiseOne Franchisee for several hours on the phone. My husband, Cliff, came home that night from work and I was packed ready for classes. We are celebrating 10 years in September 2015. Our associates alongside us are from all walks of life also. Our newest are military veterans retiring this coming January from serving our country in the military for 30 years. In my travels and daily life, I have grown to expect the unexpected, embrace the experiences, and share them with family and friends. I would have never thought this is what I would be doing now & for the rest of my life.