AVENTOURS has been marketing travel packages to Mexico since 1981. The third generation of owners began a new era in 2009 as Hugh Himmelreich, a 40 year industry veteran, purchased the company from Mark Berg. Mark continues with the company in a consulting role, and the entire staff has a combined total of 138 years of travel experience. Our team:
Hugh “Flip” Himmelreich – a management veteran with Continental Airlines, Flip has owned and managed a retail travel agency since 1984. Through multiple acquisitions in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, the company has grown into a multi-million dollar concern, providing opportunities for diversifying. Flip is the creative and strategic force behind AVENTOURS. His love of deep sea fishing in Mexico provides a wealth of knowledge to the AVENTOURS staff and clients.
Rick Biel – A true Mexico expert, Rick has traveled multiple times to just about every destination in Mexico. Rick’s extensive knowledge and familiarity with contracts, commission programs, travel agency operations and wholesalers provides AVENTOURS’ clients with a key resource in many arenas: destination information, best-in-class hotels, competitive rates and commissions, and overall product knowledge. Rick is AVENTOURS General Manager.
Dave Walker -Dave grew up in a family run travel agency in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and (with his wife, Sue) joined the company in 1977 eventually taking over management. After selling the agency he, among other things, represented an airline charter company throughout the Inland Northwest. Dave has been to Mexico a dozen times. Dave manages AVENTOURS sales and reservations.
Jean Cook – Jean began her career in 1978, managing retail travel agency operations while booking travel for a significant client base. Jean’s in-depth knowledge of reservation systems, experience in training and managing staff, customer service reputation and attention to detail make her the first choice to lead the AVENTOURS reservations staff.
Dave Vahala – with almost 30 years experience in the travel business, Dave’s resume includes positions with Continental and Alaska Airlines, three travel agencies and two hotels. As the District Sales Manager for Alaska Airlines, he has traveled extensively in Mexico, leading over 20 travel agency FAM trips. Dave has built a solid customer service reputation in the industry over the years and is responsible for all aspects of AVENTOURS marketing, sales and client services.