Sales Team

  • Dan Hicks

    Vice President, Franchise Development

    Dan Hicks, Vice President, Franchise DevelopmentFranchisee Hoarder

    16 years in Franchise Sales & Development. Previous executive positions with Lady of America Fitness Centers, NutriSystem, and Kenny Rogers Roasters.

    email danhicks@cruiseplanners.com

    Hobbies: Reality TV (was I on Survivor?), swimming, Crown Royal, and dodge ball (it’s more fun as an adult)
    Favorite Vacation Spot:
    It’s a toss-up between Barcelona, Spain; Venice, Italy; or Oia, Greece
    Bucket List:
    Traveling to Egypt, Tahiti, and the Orient
    Cruisitude™: It’s DOCTOR of CRUISITUDE, thank you very much
    Fun facts:
    -I’ve been politely asked not to return to Chicago
    -I’m a great charades player despite what my friends say
    -I appeared on national television as Britney Spears (not a proud moment for me)

  • Don Luria

    Franchise Sales Specialist

    Don Luria, Franchise Sales SpecialistDapper Don

    28 years in Franchise Sales & Development. Previously with Subway and Quizno’s and former Director of Franchise Development with CruiseOne.

    email dluria@cruiseplanners.com

    Hobbies: Music, sports, reading, and naps on cruise ships
    Favorite Vacation Spot:
    Positano, Italy
    Bucket List:
    I would love to do a great white shark cage dive, an African safari, and stay in a bungalow over the water in Tahiti
    Cruisitude™: Enjoying life to the fullest while taking in all that travel and adventure has to offer
    Fun facts:
    -I attended Woodstock – Oh, the stories I have
    -I am a huge NY Yankee fan
    -I have 2 Golden Doodles

  • Laura Martin

    Franchise Sales Specialist

    Laura Martin, Franchise Sales Specialist

    23 years in the travel industry previously with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Resorts, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line & Celebrity Cruises.

    email Laura@cruiseplanners.com

    Hobbies: Boating, SCUBA diving, socializing with friends and hanging out with my husband and 2 children
    Favorite Vacation Spot:
    Too many to mention. Anywhere I can have fun, explore, and have a great margarita
    Bucket List:
    I would love to do a great white shark cage dive, an African safari, and stay in a bungalow over the water in Tahiti
    Cruisitude™: Enjoying life to the fullest while taking in all that travel and adventure has to offer
    Fun facts:
    -I hiked to the base of an erupting volcano in Costa Rica and got ashed
    -All my close friends and family call me Lauri
    -As a child I always wanted to be a Marine Biologist, unfortunately I hated science

  • Dan Chiafair

    Franchise Sales Specialist

    Crown King
    Dan Chiafair, Franchise Sales Specialist

    16 years in Franchise Sales & Development. Former Publisher of Rolling Stone and held executive positions with Esquire magazine and GQ. Also held marketing positions with Procter & Gamble, Heublin, Block Drug and Segrams

    email danchiafair@cruiseplanners.com

    Hobbies: Horses, travel, movies, and target shooting
    Favorite Vacation Spot:
    Tahiti and any other island
    Bucket List:

    Cruisitude™:
    Fun facts:
    -Champagne will be my undoing
    -I love traveling
    -I’m a huge fan of my grandson JAX

  • Diane Chiafair

    Franchise Sales Specialist

    Princess Di
    Diane Chiafair, Franchise Sales Specialist

    26 years in the travel industry, retired VP of Franchise Development with Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, former Director with CruiseOne, and previous travel agency owner.

    email dianec@cruiseplanners.com

    Hobbies: Equestrian, travel, vegetable gardening, baking
    Favorite Vacation Spot:
    Tahiti, St. Lucia, West Indies, and Whale Cay Bahamas
    Bucket List:
    To peacefully meander throughout the world onboard cruise ships
    Cruisitude™: After many years, I’d gladly start all over again with Cruise Planners
    Fun facts:
    -Don’t come to my house if you’re on a diet
    -Friends want to come back as our pet when they pass on
    -Do whatever you’re able to do to help others

  • Tony Bello

    Franchise Sales Specialist

    Tony Bello, Franchise Sales SpecialistCaptain Stubing’s go-to Franchise Guy

    email tbello@cruiseplanners.com

    Hobbies: Music, playing guitar, writing and recording music, traveling, flight simulators, tech freak, cooking, video games, family
    Favorite Vacation Spot:
    Quiet, clear ice blue beach anywhere
    Bucket List:
    Ireland and South Pacific
    Cruisitude™: No worries. No stress. These things won’t add a day to your life so why have them in your life?
    Fun facts:
    -I am happy 99% of the time
    -Love spending time with my family and doing things I enjoy
    -I like trying new business ventures on the side

  • Meche Roeder

    Franchise Coordinator

    Meche Roeder, Franchise CoordinatorMechita

    15 years in the travel industry and former Franchise Manager with CruiseOne.

    email mroeder@cruiseplanners.com

    Hobbies: Dancing, traveling, bowling, watching Brazilian soap operas
    Favorite Vacation Spot:
    Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast in the company of a fine glass of red vino
    Bucket List:
    To go to Paris, Switzerland, Moscu, and Berlin
    Cruisitude™: Love to cruise and travel, being able to go each year to different places of the world
    Fun facts:
    -I was in the national bowling league in high school
    -I did theater acting in school and appeared in plays
    -My childhood dream was to be a singer but ended up in business school instead

  • Susan Speranza

    Franchise Coordinator

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    Susan Speranza, Franchise Sales Coordinator

    email ssperanza@cruiseplanners.com

    Hobbies: Seeing a good movie, watching football, crocheting, shopping, and being a personal shopper for Eileen in accounting
    Favorite Vacation Spot:
    Anywhere I can have fun and enjoy myself
    Bucket List:
    To go on a Mediterranean cruise and go to Tahiti or Hawaii
    Cruisitude™: Visiting places that I have not yet been to
    Fun facts:
    -I used to be a good bowler
    -I will answer to Susan, Suzie, and Sue
    -I am also “Everybody’s Aunt Susie” to some friends and family