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





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





Mark Yacker, Vice President of Outside Sales

Mark Yacker, Vice President of Outside Sales

 
Mark's passion for travel began during his post-college adventures across Europe. While there, he developed a love for connecting with locals and travelers while interacting with a variety of new cultures. He has 22 years of sales and partnership experience, working for a variety of experiential DMCs and tour operators like AmeriCan Adventures, Contiki, Travel Indochina, Insider Journeys, Trafalgar, and Brendan Vacations. He also spent four years living and working in England. As the Vice President of Outside Sales, Mark supports our sales team and consortia partners. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, skiing, and going to the park with his wife and daughter.
 
Favorite European vacation destinations:
Seville, Spain and Amsterdam, Netherlands





Cristina Ferrero, Managing Director for Travel Services Europe

Cristina Ferrero, Managing Director for Travel Services Europe

 
Raised in Turin, Italy, Cristina moved to Barcelona more than 15 years ago by "accident" and fell in love with the city so much, she left everything behind and changed her career. Prior to joining Europe Express, Cristina had experience specializing in Professional Congress Organizers (PCO), Meeting and Incentive Travel (MICE), and six years as an Operation Manager for Groups in a Destination Management Company (DMC). After four years as an Operation Manager for Groups at the DMC office for Europe Express in Barcelona, Cristina now leads Travel Services Europe as the Managing Director. In her spare time, she enjoys a steady schedule at the gym and cooking Italian cuisine.


 
Favorite European vacation destinations:
Paris, France and Santorini, Greece





Nick Stramp, Product Director

Nick Stramp, Product Director

 
Nick grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. He began his career in the travel industry working summers for Princess Tours in Anchorage while attending Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. After college, he spent two years teaching middle school math in the Phoenix area before moving to Seattle and beginning a full-time career in the cruise industry. Nick served as West Coast Operations Director for Metro Cruise Services, a vendor providing turnaround services to the cruise industry across the U.S. In this role, Nick worked with nine major cruise lines in ports up and down the west coast. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children.
 
Favorite European vacation destinations:
Amsterdam, Netherlands and Corfu, Greece





Pat Sansing, Director of Technology and Development

Pat Sansing, Director of Technology and Development

 
Pat was raised in the Central Valley of California. After high school, he took off for Europe with a backpack, a rail pass, and no itinerary. He has traveled ever since! Pat's career has been a blend of technology and business in diverse industries. He led company divisions, teams, and projects at large US banks, the international conglomerate AREVA, and Voicestream Wireless. He also headed business and technical e-commerce teams at retail companies Eddie Bauer and T-Mobile USA. His current responsibilities includes the strategy, planning, execution, and 7x24 support of all technical systems and functions for Europe Express. Outside of the office, Pat enjoys involvement with various charities and activities with friends and family.
 
Favorite European vacation destinations:
London, England and Stockholm, Sweden



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