Your Travel Center Staff Spotlight
Christopher Weatherhead, VP of Hotel Relations & Digital Media
Santa Barbara, California
Tell the world briefly what you do at Your Travel Center and your role in supporting agents and independent contractors.
I oversee our exclusive hotel relationships, digital marketing, websites and social media.
In a fun manner way describe your career path to Your Travel Center.
As the son of the primary owners of Your Travel Center (Colin & Brenda Weatherhead) I have been connected to the company for as long as I can remember. I always figured that I would work within the hospitality/travel industry but wasn’t sure where and didn’t really think it would be the company. As I was finishing up college, however, I helped my mother with a few business items and as they say… the rest is history.
How long have you been with Your Travel Center?
What is your best advice to those joining Your Travel Center?
Take the time to speak with all members of the support team for at least 10-15 minutes. It’s important for you to know us and for us to know you (and your business model) so that we can best support you and direct you to the tools and resources you need to be successful.
Above all, ASK questions…we are here to help!
What is the favorite part of your job?
Working with the exceptional travel professionals affiliated with YTC. They are some of the best in the world and my association with these travel professionals, coupled with helping to develop tools to make them more efficient is very fulfilling.
If you weren’t such a superstar at this job what would you be doing?
I would most likely be working for a hotel or cruise company, ideally within their marketing/online department. I really enjoy computers and the amazing abilities they have to make our life less stressful.
What do you do in your spare time or when not working at Your Travel Center?
Golf, movies (good comedies) and dining with friends and family tops the list as does traveling and exploring different cultures. Lastly, my best memories are when I am with my fiancé, Kara, who is the love of my life!
What makes you smile?
Music, love, romantic comedies and cheesecake!
Anything else fun or interesting about you?
I am a big NERD. I enjoy video games, computer languages (HTML, JAVA, etc.), board games, history, geography and meaningless facts.
Describe your favorite vacation…
I love to immerse myself into the local culture by eating, drinking and playing like the locals – admittedly, however, I like to do it in style. I enjoy a good city walk, historical sites and a good meal at a local hotspot.
Beach, Mountains, City?