Ron began his career in the travel industry in 1974 when he was hired to file brochures and hand-write airline tickets. Since then he has purchased and combined three agencies to create what is now Kern Travel. Ron has traveled extensively and has visited five of the seven continents. He can assist you with any travel plans you can dream up. His forte is river cruising and he has achieved Certified Specialist with Uniworld, AmaWaterways and Viking River Cruise. In addition, he enjoys the challenge of creating once in a lifetime custom journeys worldwide.
Shay started her travel career in Delano, California in 1976 after a two-year stint with the Peace Corps. In 2014 Shay was named a Tauck Tours Certified Agent. Shay loves to cruise the rivers of Europe, explore Africa and the experience the uniqueness of China. She has worked on a sheep ranch in Australia and has played tug of war with a baboon in Kenya. Her love of travel is apparent in her enthusiasm for planning just the right vacation for each of her clients. Shay is very customer service oriented and enjoys putting the small details together for a "worry free" vacation.
Gary has worked for Kern Travel for over 30 years and has traveled throughout the world. He has vast knowledge of Western Europe, the South Pacific, and Africa. Gary most enjoys creating personalized journeys for clients who would never be satisfied with a prepackaged tour. If Italy is you destination of choice then there is no one better to plan your vacation than Gary! He has extensive knowledge and is happy to even make restaurant recommendations. In fact, Gary is one of only four North Americans invited to serve on the advisory board of the prestigious Italian tour company IC Bellagio.
Sophia comes to Kern Travel with a background in the Hospitality and Tourism industry. She received her BS in Hospitality and Tourism from San Jose State University in 2011. In 2014 she added extensively to her travel repertoire when she was hired by a major cruise line. She has traveled extensively throughout the world both on her own and aboard a ship. Some of her favorite places include the Bahamas, the Mexican Riviera, Hawaii and Alaska. Her most recent adventure was to Australia. Sophia's love of travel has led her to explore many cities and countries throughout Europe and Asia during breaks with the cruise line. She is equally as passionate about people as she is about the adventures and experiences travel provides. She would be an excellent choice for your travel consultant and to help you plan an experience as unique as you are.
Judi began her travel career in 1985 at East Hills Travel. Over the last 30 years she has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Great Britain. She loves to cruise and there aren’t too many places she hasn’t sailed. She loves the Hawaiian Islands and tries to go at least twice a year. She is our Hawaii specialist!! If you have a question about the islands, you can count on Judi having an answer!