Ken Knezick is Founder and President of Island Dreams Travel. He has logged more than 3,500 scuba dives, virtually all over the world. Ken's decades of hard-driving travel include Truk Lagoon, Palau, the Philippine Islands, the Red Sea, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Maldives, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Costa Rica, Cocos, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, Sea of Cortez, Eastern and Western Europe, the Soviet Union, and Japan. He also has extensive experience as a divemaster in the Texas Gulf of Mexico, working as a divemaster aboard the M/V Fling and M/V Spree. A professional group dive trip leader with more than 30 years experience, Ken has conducted thousands of dives and led more than 50 dive groups to Cozumel alone.
Ken Knezick has served as Chairman of the Houston Underwater Club's SEASPACE Exposition, is past President of Houston International Diver's Club, and a founding member of the Houston Underwater Photographic Society. He has been inducted into the Scuba Schools International (SSI) Platinum Pro 5000 Society (Platinum Pro 5000) and is a recipient of the PADI Project Aware / SEASPACE Environmental Awareness Award. He has presented seminars for SEASPACE, Beneath the Sea, Our World Underwater, Ocean Expo, Scuba Show Long Beach, Boston Sea Rovers, and the Diving Equipment Manufacturers Association (DEMA). A graduate of Rutgers University and a member of Mensa, Ken has made Houston, Texas his home since 1977.
ADVENTURE EXPERTS - Island Dreams advertises itself as "Your Adventure Experts." We take that motto seriously, and strive to continually add to the knowledge base of our highly trained, scuba certified, adventure travel agents. As a rule, at Island Dreams, we don't represent any resort or destination that we have not first visited, experienced, and evaluated ourselves.
Rae Ann Cairo and her family moved to Houston in 1992. Her previous home was in Massachusetts. Rae has been in the travel industry for 21 years. She brings Island Dreams' valued clients a broad range of professional travel experience, both leisure and corporate. Rae and her husband Brian have been certified divers for more than 12 years, and have enjoyed diving Roatan, Costa Rica, and Cozumel. Their daughter Hayley is slated for her own certification course as soon as she reaches ten years of age.
Susan Young Susan Young returned to Houston, and Island Dreams Travel, in the Spring of 2004 after having lived and worked as a dive instructor on Grand Cayman for just shy of 15 years. In addition to her most recent dive trip to Fiji, Susan's personal diving adventures have ranged from her Texas "back yard" location of the Flower Gardens, Stetson Bank and the offshore oil platforms, to Cozumel, St. Lucia, Tobago, Aruba, Bonaire and a fabulous adventure to Truk Lagoon. While living on Grand Cayman, Susan earned her U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master's License, and loves boats almost as much as she loves diving. Engage her in a conversation about diesel engines or recommendations on scuba gear (she did all the purchasing for her employer, Red Sail Sports, the last four years on Cayman) and Susan is in her element. Her decision to leave Cayman was due in part to the new man in her life .... her new grandson, Evan, who has since been joined by his younger brother, Dylan and sister Molly. When not helping you plan your next dive holiday, Susan in the kitchen, or practicing Sun Salutations, her favorite yoga asana, or riding the train at the zoo with the grand kids!
Island Dreams' Mascots - Pumpkin and Bailey As we own our own offices, we are fortunate to be able to bring our pets to work. Ken is the proud dad of Pumpkin, a ten year old yellow Lab. Though she weighs in at 98 pounds, Pumpkin has such a sweet disposition that even the Fedex and USPS delivery folks are glad to see her. Bailey, Pumpkin's rival for all the attention around here, belongs to Tina. A three year old Golden Retriever, Bailey is also very friendly and playful. Watching these two dogs romp together, or cadge dog biscuits from our next door neighbor John, helps us all to maintain our calm and peace of mind throughout the day. But please remind Bailey that she is not allowed on the sofa!
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