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Co-Owner and President

 

 

 

 

Sherrie Funk                                                                         

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. 

 


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 

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