passion led us here

We started in 1995 with just three employees, including Wendy Burk, our CEO + Founder.


Today we are a full service corporate travel management group with a team of over 150 reputable industry leaders and award-winning travel specialists. We hold elite status with the most recognized luxury hotel and vacation brands across the world, including all major cruise lines. As a branch of Tzell Travel Group, our corporate travel and meetings divisions are armed with the negotiation power and industry recognition of one of the world's largest travel management companies.

As a proud member of the coveted, invitation-only Virtuoso network (among the top ten travel companies in the world, to be exact) our personal vacations division provides the absolute best there is in travel value and service for hotels, cruises, vacation packages, and more.

While our passion is in travel, we are obsessed with three things: service, community and relationships.

meet our leadership team

Behind the scenes or on the front lines, we are led by visionaries, executors and strategists.



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Wendy Burk
CEO + Founder

With over 30 years of experience in the travel industry, Wendy is the founder and guiding force of Cadence. Wendy’s commitment to the travel community has allowed her to serve on industry boards like the Four Seasons Advisory Board and Ritz-Carlton Advisory Board. She has been an active member of Virtuoso since 1999. In 2014, Wendy was featured on the cover of Luxury Travel Advisor.

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Harold Frysh

Harold has contributed to the success of Cadence since the travel company's very beginning. As our chairman, he oversees organizational processes, financials and strategies for development across all divisions.

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Eitan Geft
Chief of Staff

Eitan has lived, worked and traveled around the world leading educational institutions and software development companies. At Cadence he has found the manifestation of his core belief that passionate professionals with a love of customer service can accomplish anything.



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Arlene Jan
Director of Finance

Arlene comes to Cadence with an impressive background in financial management including VP of Finance of a $100M furniture chain and Senior Director of Accounting of a $650M apparel chain. In her down time, she enjoys practicing Chinese calligraphy, walking and learning to play musical instruments.

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Ashley Case
Director of Client Services
Meetings + Incentive Travel

With unparalleled dedication to every program she manages, Ashley has been an integral part of the Meetings + Incentive Travel division at Cadence for over ten years. The strategic role she plays in achieving client objectives gives strength and credibility to the Cadence brand.

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Gail Bush
Director of Human Resources

Gail brings to Cadence over 20 years of experience in Human Resources and Administration as well as business experience within various industries. Gail has established and led HR departments at emerging companies specializing in start-up and turn-around for multi-unit locations, with specialities in recruiting, training, employee relations, strategic planning, and more. Bonus: she loves dogs.

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Gail Concepcion
Co-Director of Host Agency

For over twelve years, Gail has managed accounting, personnel and sales procedures at Cadence. Her role in leading the Host Agency division includes support for the top producing tier of our Independent Affiliates. Additionally, she manages vendor partnerships and contracts and overlooks leisure sales at Cadence.


John Knob
Director of Sourcing + Proposal Development
Meetings + Incentive Travel

With over 17 years of experience in meetings and incentives travel, John's strong industry presence and expertise spans from pre-sale strategy and program design to site selection and meetings procurement.

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Leah Shader
Director of Sales + Account Management
Managed Business Travel

With 10 years in the industry, Leah leads our sales and account management efforts, ensuring they are consistently elevated and representative of the Cadence brand. This means building genuine long lasting partnerships based on an obsession with customer service- Leah's personal forte.

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Mary King
Director of Operations
Meetings + Incentive Travel

With over 17 years of experience managing meetings and events, Mary brings a comprehensive view of the industry to the Meetings + Incentives team.  Her broad background includes meeting planning, destination management and cruise ship operations while her focus and efficient manner lend themselves to her effective oversight of program operations.

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Meg Meyer
Co-Director of Host Agency

Meg brings over ten years of experience to her leadership role in the Cadence Host Agency division. She oversees the prospecting, on-boarding and training of talented Independent Affiliates, and is a driving force for organization and process development for our current network of over150 travel advisors.

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Melinda Powers
Director of Marketing + Communications

Since joining Cadence in 2012, Melinda's innovative and creative strategies have kept the Cadence brand fresh and sophisticated. She uses her background in luxury design, expertise in graphic design and in-depth understanding of marketing technology to elevate our communications and nurture meaningful relationships with travel partners, consumers and employees.




Amanda Hall
Program Manager
Meetings + Incentive Travel

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Anna Nelson
Program Manager
Meetings + Incentive Travel

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Chardell Robinson
Manager of Business Travel Sales

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Chelsea Petre
Manager of Host Agency Marketing

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Kimberly Stark
Sales + Account Management
Managed Business Travel

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Mindy Ross
Manager of Air Travel

Leah Kirgis

Leah Kirgis
Manager of Leisure Travel

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Monica Lopez
Manager of Group Air

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Lindsay Graham
Senior Account Executive
Meetings + Incentive Travel

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Meaghan Carfrey
Senior Account Executive
Meetings + Incentive Travel


cadence cares

We are moved by the obligation to give back to our global community- and have been since day one.



Throughout the years, we've actively participated in charities that are important to our community. In addition, we donate $100 on behalf of every employee's charity of choice.

  • Almost Home Dog Rescue, Doylestown PA
  • ALS Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Animal Rescuers without Borders
  • Autism Speaks
  • California Coastal Cleanup Day
  • Camp Hope
  • Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy Research Center
  • Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation
  • Friends of Israel Defense force
  • Frosted Faces
  • Home At Last Dog Rescue
  • Hope2K9 Pet Rescue
  • International Justice Mission
  • JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes
  • Jewish Family Service
  • JIT Foster Youth
  • Kevin Cain Foundation
  • Labs and More
  • Little Mensches – Lawrence Family JCC
  • Mizel Institue
  • Museum of Tolerance
  • Northshore Lifeguard Association
  • Operation Hope Vista
  • PAWSChicago
  • San Diego County Animal Shelter, Carlsbad CA
  • San Diego Food Bank
  • San Diego Humane Society
  • San Diego Music Foundation
  • Save the children Hurricane Maria Children’s Relief
  • Fund Humane Society
  • Simon Wiesenthal Center
  • Shakti Rising
  • St. Baldrick's Foundation
  • St. Jude
  • Susan G Koman race for the cure
  • The Cancer Couch Foundation
  • United Service Organization (USO)
  • Urban Angels
  • Vincent De Paul for the homeless
  • VIP Neuro Rehabilitation Center
  • World Wildlife Fund


Each year, we focus on one major charity to dedicate time and resources toward raising both awareness and funds.

2017: ECPAT + GenerateHope
2016: Rady Children's Hospital
2015: CT20: Paying it Forward
2014: Rady Children's Hospital
2013: Make-A-Wish San Diego's Travel Ambassador for the year
2012: Tzell Travel Group Foundation for Hurricane Sandy victims
2011: St. Germaine's Children's Charity
2010: Jennifer  Kutzner Breast Cancer Fundraiser (Independent Affiliate)
2009: San Diego Brain Tumor Foundation
2008: Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family


seen + heard

We strive to be thought leaders for the things we are most passionate about.


Understanding Your Brand is Crucial When Launching Your Website

Travel Market Report
February 8, 2018


An Unexpected Travel Agency Career Turned Around This Couple’s Lives

Travel Market Report
January 30, 2018


What to Consider When Launching Your Website

Travel Market Report
January 29, 2018


raising the bar in 2018

December 27, 2017


Should Travel Agents Be Market Experts?

Travel Market Report
December 13, 2017


Airline Distribution Strategies Complicate Life for Travel Agents

Travel Market Report
September 26, 2017


Travel agent's top 25 all stars of 2017

Travel Agent Central
November 19, 2017


Elite Travel and Cadence Team Up to Empower Travelers Worldwide

Press Release
July 2017


Why now is the time to become a travel agent

October 22, 2017


Top Three Management Tips: Wendy Burk, Cadence Travel

Luxury Travel Advisor
October 17, 2017

looking for a new home?

We are always looking for incredible talent to deliver on our standards of excellence.


Cadence is a full service travel management company headquartered in La Jolla, California. We are driven by our core belief that supporting and caring for our employees to the greatest extent possible is the key to providing superior service to each and every client. Cadence is most highly differentiated within the travel industry for cultivating a culture of care and love of service both internally and externally.  We believe we are and always want to be the best place to call home for the travel professional.  We offer a competitive compensation package including medical, dental and vision benefits and a 401K plan. Browse below for travel management careers and openings.

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