Biting Questions with Rocky Racco, TTI Travel, Toronto

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Where were you born? In Toronto.

How long have you been in the business? 35+ years.

How many people work for you? 85.

What’s the best part of the job? Seeing my vision - to be the preeminent travel management company in Canada - unfold.

What did you want to be as a kid? It was instilled by my parents that I should become a lawyer. When I was in university heading down that path I realized that the guys around me were way more serious and passionate about that than I was!

What was your 1st ever job?  Golf caddy.

Any guilty pleasures? I do enjoy fine wine, but that’s not a guilty pleasure!

What’s your favourite airline? Air Canada. I’m very proud of our national carrier and over the years I’ve been privy to their evolution from a dominant carrier mindset to a customer centric organization.

Favourite hotel? Relais & Chateau are my personal brand.

What’s on your iPad? I don’t have one.

What do people not know about you? That I enjoy painting abstract art.

When were you happiest? At the birth of my 3 children who are now 24, 21 & 17. No, I’m  not an empty nester yet! I welcome my kids hanging out at home. I love having my family around.

What skill or talent do you admire in someone? Being able to sink a 3 ft. putt.

Is there anything you won’t eat? Bugs... things like that.

What’s at the top of your bucket list? To actually live in a country for 3 months to a year and truly immerse myself in local culture. One trip like that to Europe – France or Italy and one to Japan.

How do you spend your frequent flyer points? I give them away to colleagues for business purposes.

What is your greatest extravagance? Taking Fridays off.

Who do you most admire in the industry? Calin Rovinescu of Air Canada.

If you could sit next to anyone on a long-haul flight, who would it be? Barack Obama.

Do you have a favourite charity? Anything to do with kids.

What do you hope to be doing in 10 years? Helping enhance the lives of kids in underprivileged communities, including Canada, and helping inspire them to be the best they can be. 

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