Kutztown Travel Agent Wins National Business Award

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Kutztown travel agent Ellen Overcast of Dream Vacations won a national corporate award to celebrate Women’s History Month. Overcast received the 2022 OPAL Award for Leadership and Community Service.

“I am so honored to be recognized with the OPAL award and proud to be part of the Dream Vacations family,” Overcast said in a statement. “I’m sharing this award because I wouldn’t have been so successful during such a difficult time for our industry without all the positive support from my fellow travel advisors and the Dream Vacations HQ team.”

For the 10th consecutive year, home-based travel agency franchise Dream Vacations honored a female travel agency franchise owner with the OPAL Women’s Award to celebrate Women’s History Month in March. . The award recognizes a female franchise owner who exemplifies outstanding performance and leadership. Recipients are active in community and civic organizations and demonstrate leadership within Dream Vacations.

The OPAL Award for Women celebrates Women’s History Month in March. The award recognizes a female franchise owner who exemplifies outstanding performance and leadership. (photo sent)

This year’s award also celebrates women who have not only survived but thrived during the COVID-19 pandemic by reinventing themselves and their businesses.

“Ellen has not only created new ways of doing business during the pandemic, but she has continued to dedicate time to serving her community through volunteerism and fundraising,” said Debbie Fiorino, director of the operation of Dream Vacations. “She epitomizes what it means to be an OPAL winner, and I am honored to present Ellen with the 2022 OPAL award.”

A travel franchise owner since June 2010, it launched its franchise as CruiseOne and transitioned to its sister brand Dream Vacations in 2016.

Overcast sponsored the annual Berks Northeast Chamber of Commerce dinner and was instrumental in converting it from a live event to a virtual one. She created “The Chamber Gang” and produced videos at each of the participating restaurants to promote the event. During the pandemic, she also reached out to several other franchise owners to participate in a virtual murder so they could stay connected.

She also sits on the board of Friend Inc., volunteers at the local food pantry, and will serve as president of the Rotary Club of Kutztown beginning in July.

For more information or to book a dream vacation with Overcast, call 610-781-6950 or visit www.eovercast.dreamvacations.com.

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