Mother’s Day Week Family Connections – Pat & Jordan Rachey

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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 Rachey.

“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 definitely privileged.

"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 too.

"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 reputation!

"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!"

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