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Sherrie Funk

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Biography

President & Co-Owner

Sherrie Funk is the co-owner and President of Just Cruisin’ Plus, a full-service travel agency, in Nashville, TN, that focuses on leisure travel and specializes in cruises. She was born and raised in Nashville, moved to Atlanta for three years, and returned home to her roots in 1972, where she began her travel industry career.

Personal Information
Married in 1981 to Charlie Funk, co-owner of Just Cruisin’ Plus
Mother to Angela Graham, and step-mother to Angel Funk, Carol Hamilton, and Karen Shores
Two grandchildren - Maeve & Truman
Eight step-grandchildren -Ian, Silas, Adrianne, Trey, Charlie, Brittany, Ashley & Abi
Four step great grandchildren - Madison, Cullen, Ollie and Cash
Attended Belmont University
Avid Tennessee Titans fan
Hobbies include: Knitting, Sudoku, reading, TRAVEL and especially cruising

Specialties

Certifications:
Professional Background
1972 – 1974 – Director of Sales – Ramada Inn South, Nashville, TN
1974 – 1975 – Area Sales Manager – Holiday Inns, Inc., Nashville, TN
1975 – 1977 – Vice President, Package Tours, Gray Line Tours, Nashville, TN
1977 – 1980 – Marketing Manager, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Nashville, TN
1980 – 1981 – District Sales and Marketing Director – Holiday Inns, Inc., Nashville, TN
1981 to present – Co-owner Pacesetter Tours, Inc., dba Just Cruisin’ Plus


Professional Awards
1989 – Winner Travel Trade’s “Best Cruise Promotions Idea of the Year”
1989 – Winner Travel Weekly ‘s “Best Travel Promotion” – Agency under $5,000,000
1990 – Winner Carnival Cruise Lines’ “Agency of the Year”
1995 – Second Place – CLIA’s National Cruise Vacation Month Promotion – Agency over $5,000,000
Sales awards from:
Carnival Cruise Lines
Celebrity Cruises
Costa Cruises
Holland America Line
Norwegian Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean International
2003 Winner - Travel Trade “Travel Agent of the Year”
2012 Inductee - Cruise Lines' International Hall of Fame

Professional Service
Past Member - Premier Cruise Lines Travel Agency Advisory Board Member
2005 to present – Vacation.com National Advisory Board Member
National speaker for Vacation.com’s Annual Conferences and regional universities
Co-author of three books written specifically for the travel industry
Co-creator of the Travel Agency Management Academy (TAMA) to insure the survival of small and medium-sized travel agencies
Monthly contributing travel columnist for West Brentwood Living publication

Civic Service
Past member - Tennessean , (local newspaper ) Advertising Advisory Board
Past-President and Founding Member – Nashville Women in Travel
Past-President and former Vice President Education – National Association of Women Business Owners, Nashville Chapter
Past member of Board of Governor’s, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
Past-Chair – Southern Business Council for Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
Past Chair – Advisory Board for Academy of Travel and Tourism, Antioch High School, Antioch, TN
Past Teacher – Belmont University, Travel Agency Management
Past Teacher – Junior Achievement – Applied Economics
Past Chair - Antioch High School Hospitality Academy Advisory Board
Current Chair - MNPS and Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Hospitality Council
Current Member - Nashville Area Charmber of Commerce All Chairs Council

Civic Awards
Who’s Who of Executive Women – 1990
Who’s Who Worldwide – 1993
National Association of Women Business Owners Member of the Year - 1995

Community Service
Member Brentwood Baptist Church – over 6000 members
Member of the Nurture Team
Knitter for Prayer Shawl Ministry (shawls are knitted to give to those who are ill or have had deaths in their family)
Past-Education Team Leader for Women’s Ministry
Started Single Moms class for divorced and widowed women in the community
Started adoption class for potential parents in the community