Normally, we post our Employee of the Month on the first day of each month, and normally it’s one of our fabulous group leaders who serve up the FnEZ experiences on the ground.
However, for this last post of 2016 we would like to give a huge shout out to our HQ Crew who slug it out day in and day out running the less exotic aspects of Free & Easy. That’s not saying we don’t all love our jobs: because we do! It shows in the pre- and post-trip service that makes everyone feel the love from the moment you sign up for a trip with us until long after it’s ended.
90% of our home staff used to be (or still are!) group leaders, so we all understand that exciting buzz of what it feels like to be getting ready for that first big trip (or even the 2nd or 3rd). There is such a huge personal satisfaction to be the ones providing the means to our travelers get out there and see the world in an authentic way. That’s why we all love what we do!
Going through our collage left to right here’s our team and a bit of their personal history with the company. It’s impossible to encapsulate what everyone does because everyone’s role has grown organically and people may have worked on things in a multitude of ways. In no particular order:
Ben Copeland present – Customer Service past – group leader in Thailand and LTC
Jemma Faint present – Human Resources past – group leader in Thailand
Tadd Mackenna present – Head of Leader Operations past – group leader in Thailand, LTC, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Nica NY group member – Thailand 2010
Justin Wiechnik present – VP Sales & Business Development past – group leader in Thailand, LTC, Indonesia, Japan, and Nica NY, as well as head of FnEZ Snow Trips group member – Thailand 2007
Andreas Ustad present – VP I.T. past – resident Thailand Logistics Coordinator
Rory Chappelle present – Casa Horizon Manager past – group leader in Thailand, LTC, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and Peru group member – LTC 2011
Rob Campbell present – President past – group leader in Thailand, trip designer for Philippines and all the other HQ jobs too (voted best office haircut 8 years running)
Curtis Smith present – Founder past – trip leader in Greece, Spain, Portugal, Thailand and trip designer for most of our trips as well as every other job under the sun
Chad Smith present – VP International Operations and Creative Consultant past – trip leader in Thailand, LTC, Vietnam, Japan, and trip designer for LTC, Vietnam, Japan, Nicaragua, Greece, Spain, Portugal, and company photographer
Jesse Woodward present – Graphic Designer for the past 9 years starting out with his first job of designing our logo!
Jeff Emmett present – VP Marketing past – trip leader in Thailand, LTC, Vietnam, and Nica NY as well as trip designer for Vietnam and head of Sales in Ontario group member – Thailand 2009
Carrie Robinson present – Rep Manager and Mediterranean Manager/Leader past – trip leader in Thailand and Nica NY group member – Greece & Turkey 2011
Chris Sherry present – Head of Finance and Thailand SE Asian Logistics Coordinator past – trip leader in Thailand and LTC group member – Thailand 2006
Eden Osmar present – Social Media Coordinator group member – Peru 2016
Dusty Anderson present – Flight Director and Finance Consultant and Indonesia Manager past – trip leader in Thailand, Indonesia and Nica NY group member – Thailand and LTC 2011
Experience the Customer Service of Free & Easy Traveler when you sign up for any one of our trips here.