Mother’s Day Week Family Connections – Pat & Jordan Rachey
Pat & Jordan Rachey
It's hard not to be immersed
in the industry when your mom is a senior exec with a major tour operator.
Jordan Rachey, Trafalgar's Sales Manager for Alberta,
Saskatchewan & NWT, reminisces about life with his mom, Pat
“My mother has been a
tremendous role model for me – very caring and hardworking. I always remember
her putting in long days. When I was very small and she worked for
Wardair, she'd take me on sales calls. I've even had a travel agent tell me she
remembers holding me in her arms when I was a baby, and I'm 28 now!
"My dad was sports editor of the Winnipeg Free Press but
despite the pull of the sports world I loved the travel. I was always excited
to go away: when my mom was with PS
Holidays and later Signature Vacations we'd do one all-inclusive vacation each
year and I'd do hotel inspections with her, even when I was small. We were
"I'd go to the office, by the old Leon's building in
Winnipeg, once in a while (but always on Hallowe'en because the staff got all
dressed up) and run around, and I can remember flipping through the brochures
to pick out our next destination. 5 star all the way was my preference
- though mom said you have to mix it up a bit with the lower rated hotels
"I had just graduated from university with a degree in
commerce when a sales job at Trafalgar came up. My mom said that it was an
excellent opportunity that I'd enjoy – as long as I didn't mess up her
"Rachey is a very unusual name and I have to say that thanks
to her it's been a great icebreaker and has opened doors for me on sales calls
as so many people know her.
"She's now working part time as an agent for Ixtapa Travel here in Winnipeg
and spends her winters in Phoenix. She loves keeping her hand in because it was
such a big part of her life, and she still loves the social aspect of the
industry, and says she is still always learning."
Any regrets about following in her footsteps? “No, none
whatsover. I plan to have a long term career in the industry and hopefully have
the same impact my mom had. As they say, once travel is in your blood,
it's hard to change!"