Key Personnel




Vice President
Operations and Sales


Rebecca oversees all operations related to corporate travel and sales while leading a team of over 20 savvy travel professionals who manage the travel for Van Zile Travel’s 200+ corporate accounts. Rebecca is constantly developing enhanced methods for communication, customer service, employee recruiting and retention as well as continuous improvement programs. Rebecca manages a highly focused sales team which contributes to the ever expanding growth of Van Zile Travel.



Vice President

Technology & Finance


Julie’s main objectives at Van Zile Travel include managing two critical functions within the organization, Technology and Finance. Van Zile Travel maintains a solid financial position and is able to continuously re-invest in itself, its employees and exciting new products for its clients. Julie’s technology background enables her to lead a team of top professionals who manage vital corporate and leisure travel tools. Having this in house expertise allows Van Zile Travel to maximize all applications to the fullest giving us a competitive edge in a dynamic market.





Vice President
Meetings, Incentives & Leisure Travel


In 2001 Michelle joined Van Zile Travel and holds a multi-faceted role with the company. She leads the Meetings & Incentives Team who manage groups ranging from 15 to 500 participants and the Leisure Team who offer unique packages to destinations all around the world. Michelle’s charisma, organizational skills and leadership style allow her to manage a unique combination of responsibilities successfully.




Account Manager
Corporate Travel


In 2012 Heather joined the Van Zile Travel team as a Business Account Manager.  Heather manages many corporate accounts as well as oversees our Corporate E Newsletter "The LOOP." Heather works with prospective clients as well as new clients throughout the sales and implementation process as we develop our partnership with them.



Kristen Heyen Noble
Sales Representative
Corporate Travel


Kristen Heyen Noble has joined the Van Zile Travel as a Sales Representative at their Henrietta headquarters.  She comes to Van Zile with over 7 years sales experience, being a GRAR Salesmaster, owning Stage It List It Sell It and writing for The Daily Record.




Assistant Account Manager
Corporate Travel


Katie Klimek has joined the Van Zile Travel Team as an Assistant Account Manager. Katie is responsible for supporting the Account Management team as well as bringing on new corporate clients.





Meetings & Incentives


Having been in the travel/tourism industry since 1988, Linda's focus, drive and dedication to clients, along with passion for travel all contribute to her success. Her years of experience and vast travel knowledge coupled with her world-wide base of supplier contacts, makes her a leader in the development of both meeting and incentive programs.




Leisure Travel Coordinator


Julie Star began in the travel industry in 1978 working with customers, agents and vendors all related to leisure travel.  Julie learns prospective customers' travel needs and after explaining Van Zile Travel’s unique Plan to Go deposit commitment, she matches them with one of our experienced Leisure Travel Consultants. Please contact Julie to learn more about our available services.





Luxury Travel Specialist


Glen participated in Van Zile's Travel School in 1990 with a desire to start his own travel group. Kate Van Zile was so impressed with Glens' enthusiasm for travel, she asked Glen to begin his journey with the Van Zile Travel team. “Glen’s drive to develop and provide quality service to his clientele has been the key to his success,” said Kate Van Zile. Working independently, Glen has developed the Skalny Travel Group and now has a team of 11 quality agents coordinating high end luxury travel, honeymoons and travel throughout the world. The Skalny Travel Group and Van Zile Travel enjoy unique synergies in their combined companies which includes high regard from leading, quality travel vendors.



With a travel career beginning in 1979, Kate, 3rd generation Van Zile, purchased Van Zile Travel from her parents in 1996. After taking over management operations in 1988, the agency has grown from a 3.9 million-dollar agency to over 35 million dollars in annual sales. Kate's numerous years of travel experience span reservations, group and meetings management, promotion and marketing, supervisory, financial administration and strategic planning. The Executive Team in charge of daily operations reports directly to Kate. Her commitment to business ethics, maximizing customer value, and providing unique, creative travel solutions is clearly visible to our clients.

Back to Top

Key Personnel

Awards and Recognition

  • Top 100
  • Rochester’s Choice
  •      40 under 40
  • Business Person of the Year
  • Disney Destinations Top
         Sales Performer
  • Diversity Supplier of the Year


Employment Opportunities