More on Susan Ward and Custom Travel Advisors…
It was studying abroad while attending the University of Georgia that first ignited Susan Ward’s passion for travel. After those transformative months in Greece and Italy, she went on to earn her BA in history, with an emphasis on Italian and European history, then her MBA at the College of William and Mary, but in her heart she kne w – her future was in the travel industry, helping others make the most of their precious vacation time.
Susan opened her cruise-only travel firm in 1994 and today, she uses her extensive destination background – in Europe, the Caribbean, Alaska and Southeast Asia – to give clients the advice they need to make each day of their trip the most memorable it can be. With her connections through Virtuoso, a by-invitation-only organization of elite travel specialists, she provides access to the world’s best luxury hotels, cruise lines and tour operators, complete with exclusive amenities clients can’t get anywhere else.
Free Time Favorites: Spending time with her two teenage boys; reading the classics, historical fiction and travel essays; decorating; and exercising.
Pat Irvan first started her relationship with Custom Travel Advisors as a client, looking to Susan and her team to plan group cruises for her family and friends for several years. Since 2000, as a member of the CTA team, Pat has been using that group planning expertise and a meticulous attention to detail to collaborate with clients to create luxury friends-and-family and incentive cruises on the world’s finest ships. She also specializes in resort vacations in the Caribbean, Hawaii, Alaska and New England.
Free Time Favorites: Spending time with her husband, Joel, her three grown children, and her grandchildren; and visiting her cabin in the north Georgia mountains.
Teresa’s start with CTA was as a client, one of Susan’s first, back in 1994. She joined the company as a travel advisor in 1996 and since then has built a long list of faithful clients who are quick to attest to her excellent customer service and broad range of experience. Teresa provides an incredibly high level of customer service, seeking out the best deals and actively resolving any issues with cruise lines or hotels throughout a client’s travels.
Free Time Favorites: Spending time with her husband, Darren, her two grown children, and her new granddaughter, playing tennis; and biking.
Alice joined the CTA team last year, though she has been a travel advisor since 2005. She is excited to use her expertise and personal travel experience to help her clients find the perfect vacation!
As a "Certified" Sandals and Beaches Specialist, Alice is specially qualified to direct her clients to the perfect all-inclusive honeymoon, baby moon, couples getaway, or the ultimate "memorable" family vacation with activities for parents and kids alike! Customer Service is her number one priority, and she takes pride in giving each of her clients superb attention to detail.
Free Time Favorites: spending time with her husband, Tom, her two grown children and four grandchildren; visiting her beach house at St. Simons Island; playing tennis and bridge.
Mallory is the newest member of the Custom Travel Advisors team. She is a graduate from Brenau University with a major in History. Her love of travel as well as planning personal and family trips recently led her to make a move to the travel industry in April of 2016, where she uses her extensive customer service experience and communication skills to provide the best travel advice to her clients.
Her own travel experiences, particularly all-inclusive ones, allow her to excel in planning her clients' perfect vacations.
Free Time Favorites: Spending time with friends and family; travelling; enjoying food and wine; and experiencing new restaurants throughout Atlanta and the places she travels.