Faces of West Michigan 2019 Special Section
THE FACE OF LEISURE TRAVEL – SHELLEY KOHTZ – WITTE TRAVEL & TOURS
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When you ask Shelley Kohtz why she chose a career in travel, the answer is clear: Passion. “I was working at an insurance agency when a coworker overheard me talking about the Disney World vacation I was planning for my family,” Kohtz recalls. “The coworker said I got so excited while talking about travel, I needed to become a travel consultant!” Soon after, the insurance agency closed its office, and Kohtz used her severance pay to attend travel school and pursue her dream career.
Today, Kohtz manages the vacation team at Witte Travel; she was promoted in 2017 after 15 years as a travel consultant. Under her leadership, the team has achieved record-breaking sales and continues to grow. Kohtz’s passion for her work remains evident. “My favorite trips to plan are river cruises, European trips, and multigenerational travel,” she says. “I love when grandparents take the entire family on a trip — those memories are priceless! And, of course,” she adds, “I still love any Disney destination!”