a Gentlemen Host you will be required to submit a bio that will
serve to introduce you to the cruise staff. Think of it as your
business card. Your bio should be approximately 200 words in length,
and written in the third person. Make
and colorful because you never know who will be reading it later.
included a sample of bios sent to us by six of our current Gentlemen
Hosts. Thank you gentlemen!
Working Vacation, Inc. first introduced Bill Barber to The Gentlemen
Host Program in July 2002.
was born and raised in New York City. He received his BS and
MS degrees in physical education from Brooklyn College. He taught
for many years in the New York City High Schools.
Bill became the activities director and the senior director for
the Professional and Alumni
Associations and Breakaway Tours in New York City. He organized cocktail
parties, museum and winery tours, canoe trips and art auctions in
New York City. He escorted tours to Europe and the Caribbean. Bill
is also a graduate of the International Tour and Management Institute
in San Francisco. It was a wonderful job that gave him the opportunity
to travel and have a good time with the activities and people that
Bill was also
the owner and manager of Gabby’s Restaurants
in Roswell, Georgia,
for ten years. He has been residing in Park City, Utah where he skis,
hikes, bikes, and takes part in the cultural activities in Salt Lake
City. He is part of a very
active ballroom dance scene in Salt Lake.
Working Vacation, Inc. first introduced Joop Bergervoet to The
Gentlemen Host Program in May 2003.
is a “Dutchman”,
born and raised in The Netherlands. He has worked in The Netherlands,
and in Gran Canaria (Spain) and
he has been a volunteer handball trainer for 15 years. He has had
several businesses in The Netherlands and in Spain. Joop has worked
as an independent worker for more than 22 years, and after that,
8 years as a catering manager employee, at a sports and cultural
center in Westervoort.
When not working Joop is playing handball or tennis, horse riding
or visiting the sauna, attending dance parties or musicals, enjoying
culinary delights. Although he has learned a lot he always wants
to learn new things. At the moment he is following a dance course
for silver plus star.
Joop is always trying to find new challenges, and looking forward
to meeting new people.
Working Vacation, Inc. first introduced Sheldon Brook to The Gentlemen
Host Program in April 1996.
Sheldon was raised on the Jersey Shore and attended Monmouth College
in West Long Branch, New Jersey. He is a veteran of the Korean War
and completed his education, after his service, at the University
of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Before
his retirement, Sheldon worked for 35 years as a professional engineer
in the water and wastewater utility field. During that period, he
lived and worked in numerous cities from San Antonio, Texas to Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania before settling in Florida.
His two daughters were brought up in Gainesville, Florida and both
graduated from the University in that city. The youngest, a computer
engineer, lives with her husband and two children in Parkland, Florida.
Her older sister lives and works as a fashion buyer in Los Angeles.
Sheldon travels as often as possible to visit them both.
has many and varied interests which include stage magic, scuba,
bicycling, traveling, "the music of Sinatra" and
ballroom dancing. In the 1990's he performed as a supernumerary,
in many roles, with the Orlando Opera Company. When he isn't cruising
he now works part-time as a substitute high school teacher and with
Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
Working Vacation, Inc. first introduced Craig Gustin to The Gentlemen
Host Program in December 1995.
enjoys meeting people, dancing, and helping others gain the most
pleasure from their cruising experience.
A founder of his own management consulting firm, Craig has worked
with business executives worldwide for more than twenty years. He
continues to utilize the knowledge acquired from earning a Doctorate
in Business Administration through frequent publishing, speaking,
and participation in seminars and workshops. Prior to entering private
enterprise, Craig was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force. He is also
active in several professional, fraternal and social groups.
While Craig makes his home in Atlanta, he previously lived throughout
California for more than twenty years. Prior to moving to California,
he lived in Chicago, Illinois. Craig enjoys skiing during the winter
months and a variety of outdoor activities in the summer. He has
been an active member of several regional Jaguar automobile associations,
and shows his two vintage Jaguars on a regular basis.
Craig has traveled -- for both business and pleasure -- in the U.S.,
Europe, and the Pacific Rim. He finds interacting with new people
to be one of the most rewarding aspects of travel and looks forward
to helping everyone enjoy their time both aboard the ship and ashore.
Working Vacation, Inc. first introduced Bill Haasters to The Gentlemen
Host Program in May 1996.
is a native New Yorker and registered Architect in New York State.
He designed and managed major projects in New York, Georgia,
Tennessee, Missouri and Texas. Bill was Senior Director of Major
Design Coordination at New York Health & Hospitals Corporation;
consulting architect with the Port Authority and NYC School Construction
Authority, and is now Director of Consolidation Planning at the
NYC Department of Transportation. His experience includes construction
management and design of award-winning projects including healthcare
and government buildings.
Bills favorite sport is dancing – swing, country-western and
ballroom, and he is frequently the dance instructor on cruises. Other
hobbies include investigating the natural environment, visiting architecturally
novel places, painting in watercolor, and trying to complete full
sentences in German, Spanish and French with new friends on board.
He has been a member of the public speaking group Toastmasters International,
Kiwanis, and professional architectural organizations. His favorite
pastime is developing new friends into old friends.
Working Vacation, Inc. first introduced Joe Slye to The Gentlemen
Host Program in March 2002.
Slye was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in suburban Virginia.
He went to school in Washington, and while a student
University, began his government career at the White House,
where he remained through two administrations. With a Masters Degree
in Public Relations, Joe served as Director of Public Affairs
federal agencies. It was during this time that he developed
a government wide program to train federal leaders, Cabinet and
members, in media interview skills and public speaking techniques.
As a successful federal executive, Joe was selected to serve as
a management consultant to federal leaders all over the globe, designing
and conducting workshops and seminars to help them streamline work
processes, develop leadership, and become customer focused.
Retired from the federal government in 2000, Joe now enjoys consulting
in his two areas of expertise: media training and management consulting.
He helps corporate leaders, elected officials, federal and association
executives develop key messages and plan communication strategies
to help them look and sound their best. A media relations expert,
speechwriter, and public speaking coach, as well as a change management
consultant, he is frequently invited to conferences and meetings
as a guest speaker.
Joe is most proud
of his three daughters, one in college and two recent graduates.
When they’re not traveling, they all live
in Alexandria, Virginia. Joe recently spent time in Tuscany at a
cooking school, where he refined his cooking skills, much to the
delight of his family and friends.