As a 21 year old, I had the opportunity to move from Central PA, to the US Virgin Islands in 1982. During this time, my career in the hospitality business began. I was a general manager for 2 different resorts in St. Thomas. As a hotel manager, I over saw a staff of over 50 employees and was responsible for the day to day operation of the resort. I was completely responsible for interviewing, hiring and TRAINING of ALL employees in ALL departments. I developed and implemented new hotel policies and procedures. Instrumental in developing sales relationships and negotiating contracts for 40 domestic and international tour operators, resulting in increased sales of 30%. I assisted in the maintaining of the manual bookkeeping, bank reconciliation and statements.
Here at Stetler Media & Expos, we are committed to providing the best media and marketing services to your company. Not only do we develop and produce expos, but we are also a media rep firm who sells travel advertising for numerous publications,
including The Villages Media Group.
Shows and events geared towards residents of The Villages and other local communities! We produce Travel Expos, Women's Expos, SUPER Expo, Christmas Extravangaza, Shop Lady Lake, Art in the Park.
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Our subsidiary, JP Tours, provides a variety of fun and exciting day bus trips from The Villages and surrounding communities. Open to Groups Charters and single day trips available for your social getaways.
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I also developed, created and introduced incentive, corporate and group business to our hotel(s). Which lead me to planning special events for these different groups. I not only stragized, planned and executed these special events but I fully participated in them as well.
At this time I was also completely responsible for working directly with over 90 condominium owners to upgrade, refurnish, budget and promote $20,000,000 of real estate.
As an active member of the St. Thomas/St. John Hotel Association I was included, and in all of our domestic and international promotion missions. Over those years, I had traveled the world promoting tourism to the US Virgin Islands. I was proud to live in such a beautiful destination and being a part of making people's dreams come true.
Since 2008, Stetler Media & Expos, Travel Expos have been the premier travel event in The Villages Community. Starting as a 24 table show in a small conference room, to a 9,000 sq. ft. venue (8,000) attendees) and is now held 2 times a year at the Wildwood Community Center. Once I moved to The Villages in 2010, I recognized many other markets were of interest to the residents. We now produce, the twice yearly Women’s Expo, SUPER Expo and the Christmas Extravaganza. In 2015 the Lady Lake Area Chamber hired Stetler Media & Expos to produce two of their top events: January’s Art in the Park, which our first year was a resounding success with over 4,000 attendees. Their 2nd event is the Shop Lady Lake Expo which has magnified all the great businesses in Lady Lake. December 2018 will be our 3rd year! My responsibilities is to plan, market to, and sign vendors for these Expos. I also plot out the layout and design flow of these events. It is also my responsibility to advertise and promote these events for a popular attendee turn out.
In 2013, many of my neighbors and friends contacted me about putting together bus trips around Florida. Soon I was researching, planning, pricing and hiring independent buses to transport us on these trips. 2015 JP Tours was created and I purchased my first passenger bus as our transportation for this trips. As of today, JP Tours works with over five other 55+ communities and runs an estimated 25 day trips a month!
Sales representative for The Villages Media Group. Travel and hospitality advertising, planning and placing ads for the Villages Daily Sun, WVLG 640AM, Talk of The Villages and the Villages Magazine and more!
"The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page"
- St. Augustine
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