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Co-Owner and Chief Executive Officer

 Charlie Funk

 

Charlie Funk is the co-owner and Chief Executive Officer of Just Cruisin’ Plus, a full-service travel agency, in Nashville, TN, that focuses on leisure travel and specializes in cruises.  He was born in New Tazewell, TN and lived in North and South Carolina until his graduation from North Carolina State University.  He moved to Nashville in 1972 from Waynesboro, VA.

 

Educational Background

 

1964 - BS in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University

1964 - 1965 - Product Development Engineer, Union Carbide Corp.

1965 - 1969 - Process Development Engineer, Dupont

1969 - 1972 - Research and Development Engineer, Thiokol

1972 - 1980 - Marketing Manager Rosemount-Nashville, Inc.

1980 - 1983 - President, Testoterm, Inc.

1983 - 1993 - Sales Manager Wellman Thermal Systems

1987 - present - co-owner Pacesetter Tours, Inc., dba Just Cruisin' Plus, coming into the company full time in 1993

 


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 American Line
    • Norwegian Cruise Line
    • Royal Caribbean International
  • 2003 Recipient - Travel Trade “Travel Agent of the Year” as voted by travel agents throughout the U.S. and Canada
  • 2012 Inducted into Cruise Lines' International Hall of Fame

Professional Service

  • President - Instrument Society of America, Nashville Chapter
  • Contributing columnist to Fiber Producer magazine
  • Contributing writer to ISA Journal
  • Lecturer and speaker for Instrument Society of America
  • Past Member - Premier Cruise Lines Travel Agency Advisory Board
  • Past Member - Norwegian Cruise Lines Travel Agency Advisory Board
  • 1996 - 2005 – 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
  • Current president SKAL Club of Nashville
  • Contributing editor for Travel Weekly, the leading travel industry newspaper
  • Collaborator and technical consultant for CruisePak, computer software for the travel agencies

Civic Service

  • Past chair - Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Job Fair 
  • Past Teacher - Applied Economics for Junior Achievement, Martin Luther King High and Glencliff High Schools
  • Past Member - Advisory Board for Academy of Travel and Tourism, Antioch High School, Antioch, TN
  • Current Member - Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Champions

Civic Awards

  • Who’s Who of Engineering – 1975
  • Who’s Who Worldwide – 1977

Community Service

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  • Member of Brentwood Baptist Church
    • Member of deacon minsitry 
    • Bass singer in choir ministry 
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 Personal Information

  • Married in 1981 to Sherrie Funk, co-owner of Just Cruisin’ Plus
  • Father to Carol, Karen and Angela Funk, step-dad to Angela Haglund 
  • Ten grandchildren - Adrianne, Trey, Charlie, Brittany, Ashley, Abbi, Maeve, Truman, Ian and Silas
  • Four great grandchildren - Madison, Cullen, Ollie and Cash
  • Graduated from North Carolina State University
  • Avid Tennessee Titans fan
  • Hobbies include:  Tinkering on my Corvette, R/C model plane building, computer programming, gunsmithing, reading, and traveling