MEET THE EXECUTIVE TEAM



Paula McKay, President

Paula McKay, President

 
A Wisconsin native (and a Green Bay Packers fan!), Paula served as the Vice President of Finance and Human Resources before becoming the President of Europe Express in 2010. Prior to joining Europe Express, she worked in the wine industry serving as both Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Supreme Corq, LLC, a company which manufactured packaging products for wineries throughout Europe, Australia, South America, South Africa and the U.S. Paula's professional career, which took her to Minnesota and then Jamaica, eventually landed her in Seattle, Washington - a place that she happily calls home. Today as President of Europe Express, Paula constantly seeks to expand Europe Express' vision of offering its customers truly customizable, affordable and unique travel experiences. Outside of the office, she enjoys trail running, cooking and spending time with her family - and incorporating running into her travel adventures.
 
Favorite European vacation destinations:
Barcelona & Spain's Costa Brava and the Canal du Midi in France





Tina Harper, Chief Operating Officer

Tina Harper, Chief Operating Officer

 
Tina graduated from Arizona State University and began her career as an auditor in public accounting. Although she enjoyed the quick financial reviews of several different industries audit work provides, the travel industry intrigued her the most. She accepted a position with Marriott International and was fortunate enough to work at some of their premier resorts including JW Marriott at the Camelback Inn, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort, and lastly the Seattle Waterfront Marriott. For a native New Yorker who is well familiar with traffic, the Seattle downtown commute was the ultimate demise for her career with Marriott. Since 2007 she has sharpened her financial skills, happily on the east side, at Europe Express. Within the office Tina wears many hats as she oversees both the finance and IT departments. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, reading, gardening, and wine tasting.
 
Favorite European vacation destinations:
Provence, France and Bavaria, Germany





Bob Pieri, Vice President of Sales

Bob Pieri, Vice President of Sales

 
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Bob started in the travel business at the early age of six. His parents owned and operated Continental Travel Center, Inc. where they routinely brought him along to help stamp the agency's information on brochures. Eventually he graduated to writing, packaging and delivering air tickets to clients. After graduation from La Salle University, Bob embarked into his travel industry journey working as an agent/owner specializing in Europe and the Caribbean for the next decade. He then went onto working as the District Sales Manager for US Airways Vacations in Philadelphia, followed by 10 years as the Director of Consortia and National Accounts for Travel Impressions. He is a lifelong Eagles fan that enjoys fishing in his spare time.
 
Favorite European vacation destinations:
Amsterdam, Netherlands and Rome, Italy





Thomas Weber, Director of Technology

Thomas Weber, Director of Technology

 
For nearly 25-years, Thomas has been instrumental in the acquisition and deployment of transformational software solutions and technology for leading organizations. Prior to Europe Express, Thomas led the post-acquisition integration and support strategy for Expedia’s core financial systems supporting the global business environment and internal IT organizations. Before powering the travel industry at Expedia, he held key leadership positions at several prominent technology organizations in Singapore, Houston, and Sunnyvale. As a member of the executive management team, Thomas helps drive the vision and strategy for technology and innovation. He has been an adviser to several Seattle-area startups, and is co-founder of the non-profit organization Children of Thailand Foundation. Thomas holds a B.S. in information technology management, a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Washington, and a certificate in strategic management from Stanford University. In his free time, Thomas plays USTA adult-league competitive tennis. He currently resides in Bellevue, WA with his family.
 
Favorite European vacation destinations:
Vienna, Austria and Zurich, Switzerland





Alison Atkinson, Director of European Offices

Alison Atkinson, Director of European Offices

 
Raised in Wales and England, Alison has lived in Barcelona, Spain since 2004. After studying biology at York University, she spent a year traveling around the world spending much of her time in Australia and Asia. In fact, Alison has visited 1/3 of the world's countries! Afterwards, she began her career in the travel industry in London in 1996. Within her current role as Director of European Offices, Alison oversees all hotel contract negotiation and tour operations within Europe as well as manages Europe Express' Barcelona, Florence and London offices of Travel Services Europe. Very active, she regularly swims, skis, plays tennis - and is always happy to try a new sport!


 
Favorite European vacation destinations:
The Cinque Terre, Italy and the Cotswolds, England





Ricarda Haeger, Inside Sales Director - Groups

Ricarda Haeger, Inside Sales Director - Groups

 
Although raised in a charming German village with only 400 inhabitants, Ricarda has since lived and worked in some of Europe's most beautiful and dynamic destinations including Hamburg, London, St. Moritz and Barcelona! Before moving to Seattle in 2014 to manage the Groups Department, Ricarda served as the Groups Operations Manager of Europe Express' Barcelona office. She is a consummate expert in cruise and airport logistics, customer service and hospitality. Outside of the office Ricarda enjoys cycling and cooking - and now that she is living in the Pacific Northwest, she is truly looking forward to discovering more of North America!
 
Favorite European vacation destinations:
Vienna, Austria and Stockholm, Sweden





Katie Powers, Vice President Inside Sales

Katie Powers, Vice President Inside Sales

 
Katie grew up in the suburbs of Chicago (go Bears!) and later moved to Las Vegas to begin her career in the travel industry. Starting out with America West Airlines as a gate agent, she was quickly promoted to a Supervisor role in contract services. After too many years in the desert heat, Katie moved to sunny San Diego and began working in high-end resorts including the historic Hotel del Coronado - where she served as the Reservation Manager - and the beautiful Loews Coronado Bay Resort. Katie happily moved to Seattle with her family to escape the perfect weather of San Diego, and outside of work she enjoys hiking with her dogs, spending time with her family, cooking and traveling.
 
Favorite European vacation destinations:
Annecy, France and Killarney, Ireland





Kimberly Koskenmaki, Director of Marketing

Kimberly Koskenmaki, Director of Marketing

 
Kimberly is a Washington state native and started at Europe Express in 2016. She has more than 15 years of marketing experience within a number of industries, including real estate, advertising, channel marketing, ecommerce and technology. Today, as the Marketing Director at Europe Express, Kimberly is driven to build our travel agent community, while offering them the materials and knowledge they need to succeed. She is passionate about traveling, new experiences, the outdoors, anything to do with water and her Golden Doodle named Riley. Outside of the office you'll find her hiking, bicycling, snowboarding, skiing and exploring new places.
 
Favorite European vacation destinations:
Makarska, Croatia and Zakynthos, Greece





Human Resources Administrator

Heather Kyle, Human Resources Manager

 
Heather graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a degree in Business Administration and started her career in the Real Estate Development Industry. Ten years later, she relocated to Seattle after meeting her husband, a Seattle native. New to the area, she took an administrative position with Europe Express and started her second career in the Travel Industry. Within her first year she took on Human Resources Administration duties and has since become the Human Resources Manager for the company. Heather enjoys golf, cooking, home decorating and organization, and of course travel. She has traveled to Europe several times and since moving to Seattle, prefers traveling to warm, tropical destinations in the winter.


 
Favorite European vacation destinations:
Florence, Italy and Amsterdam, Netherlands




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