This month, I hosted a virtual Coffee & Selfie with Liz Christeson, Senior Director, Travel Services and Operations. Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S., Liz joined RCI soon after completing graduate school at Indiana University Bloomington. She was previously commissioned as an Army officer and served during Operation Desert Storm. She continued to serve in the Army Reserves for 20 years, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2010.
– Olivier Chavy, President of Panorama
Liz was recently promoted to her current role — and will be responsible for developing and leading the operational team that will support the strategic growth of Panorama Travel Solutions. Liz has been an active participant in our Diversity Resource Groups (DRG), and led the first Veterans DRG in Indianapolis. Outside of work, she enjoys staying active by spending time outdoors with her family, hiking, and mountain biking.
Here's what Liz had to share!
I completed two tours, and stayed stateside. My mission in both cases — I was part of the group that supported the replacement operations. We were there to make sure the soldiers got to where they needed to go, their last-minute training, and any other medical requirements that needed to be addressed.
The first time, I was a finance officer and carried around a big bag of money! We dispersed cash payments to the soldiers.
No, not really. I’m so glad I did it and overall it was a good experience. I used my experience to instill a great work ethic with my sons. I did a lot of volunteering with their schools to try to be a good example for them.
So I’m naturally an introvert, but I’ve definitely missed the social events. I can’t wait to go to concerts outdoors and doing more with my friends and family. And I miss working with people in person. There’s more of an opportunity to collaborate when you’re in the same room.
My last trip was to Aruba and it was wonderful — it was actually a couple of months ago. It was surprisingly still pretty busy, but they did a great job with COVID safety measures.
So there is a song called Sunny Days by Jars of Clay. I always think of it as my theme song. It’s all about having a good attitude — today may not be your day but tomorrow will be better.