Debbie Jakubowski started her travel career working for a Chicago based charter agency in the 1970’s who worked directly with Pan American World Airways. In 1986, she and her husband Ernie moved to Arizona looking for “better weather” where Debbie started up her own cleaning business. But “travel” was still in her blood and after a few years of running a successful business, she decided to enrolled in a night class at American Express Travel School while holding down the reigns at her cleaning business in the day time. She graduated with “flying colors” in 1991 and after working for two other travel agencies, she came to her senses and joined the Rawhide team in October 1995 but left in
August 1999 to pursue a career in the medical field. However, she finally came to her senses again and rejoined Rawhide in February 2013 and we have no intention of letting her wonder off again! Ernie and Debbie are the proud parents of Buddy, a twelve year old Lab!
Diana Duncan, another Rawhide veteran, worked in the dental field for 12 years but had always yearned to get into the travel industry. Working full-time in the dental industry, she also managed to attend The Mundus School of Travel in Phoenix trying to make her dream come true. Needless to say, she graduated and joined the Rawhide team in 1989. She immensely enjoys planning travel for her clients be it personal, corporate, incentive or group travel. Diana is constantly on top of all travel related issues and what’s happening worldwide in the travel industry to get her customers the best possible price and the latest information. She is known for “finding the answer to any travel related question” and has been known to solve next to impossible situations. Diana holds the position of Vice President at Rawhide Travel and Tours.
Lavione “Bonnie” Cords originally worked for Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix in their data processing and accounts payable department but always had a dream to become a professional in the travel industry one way or the other. After leaving Good Sam, she worked with underprivileged and emotionally handicapped children at Manzanita Elementary School, also located in Phoenix, from 1982 to 1984 saving her income to attend travel school and make her dream come true. Needless to say, she graduated from The Mundus School of Travel in Phoenix with “flying colors” and joined the Rawhide team in 1985. Bonnie left Rawhide briefly in 1996 and started her own travel agency but sold it and returned to Rawhide in 1999. Bonnie is known for “leaving no stone unturned” until she’s convinced that she’s found the best travel deal for all of her clients be it an airfare, cruise, tour, hotel or rental car. She arranges and plans not only personal travel, but also group, corporate and incentive travel. Bonnie holds the position of Corporate Secretary at Rawhide Travel and Tours.
Nadina Fish, our company bookkeeper, who has been in the accounting business since 1975, provides a variety of accounting services from data entry of daily financial activity to preparing our monthly financial statements. She is also responsible for balancing company banks accounts, general ledgers, payroll processing, keeps finances under control and issues monthly Profit and Loss statements. Nadina is also responsible for reporting and overseeing that corporate and payroll taxes are paid on time to both state and federal agencies, and tracks and records the sale of our wide variety of worldwide travel services. In 1996, she founded Books Done Right in Phoenix, Arizona and has been a Certified Quickbooks Pro Advisor since 2008. We’re impressed! She is also involved with the Peoria Rotary Club and is Treasurer of the Peoria Education Foundation. Awesome! Beside her positive and fun personality, naturally, we highly recommend her!
Daniel Kaplan, the company CPA, is responsible for preparing the annual corporate taxes and works from the information given to him by Nadina.
David Brnilovich, the corporate attorney, calls for the Annual Board of Directors Meeting, as required by the Arizona Corporation Commission, and advises on any legal matters that arise.
Ray Litman, of HRC Group, does our fabulous weekly blog writing about exciting travel topics to International recipes, and also hosts our web site.
David Johnstone, of Flash Forward Sites, is our awesome IT guy taking care of our ever changing web sites and maintaining updates.