This year marks the 35th anniversary for The Mark Travel Corp., which operates Funjet Vacations. The Great Recession has been particularly rough on the leisure travel industry, but Mike Going, president of Funjet Vacations, is keeping a healthy perspective on the things that matter.
"The phrase, ‘Think globally, act locally,' has been used in various contexts, including environmental planning, business management and personal responsibility. I can't think of a better phrase that captures the spirit and essence of The Mark Travel Corp. Our business operations and customers span the globe.
"The global recession and the resultant economic environment challenge us all to make difficult decisions daily. Whether on a personal or corporate level, we are all being tested strongly in conditions that many of us have never experienced. It is in times like these we hold tightly to our core values and beliefs.
"Our track record of success and profitability comes from the vision and values of our owners, the La Macchia family. We operate our business around the principles of:
Employee and customer wellness - An employee-centric philosophy that results in great customer service. It starts with people having a strong work ethic.
Integrity - Forgotten by many when times are tough. We never compromise on this value and it is why we have so many employees who have been with us for decades.
Relationships - We value and actively tend to our supplier, customer and employee relationships, which also span close to four decades.
Innovation - Always continue to strive for market leadership and creativity, which provide motivation and personal satisfaction.
Profit - The driver of health and investment for the future, enabling us to give back to the communities we do business in.
"These are simple words to say, but powerful values to live and work by. Strong Midwestern values have global application and will be the guiding light for success in turbulent times."
President, Funjet Vacations
Industry: Travel and tourism
Coolest thing about the company: "The dedication,
talent and passion of every associate at our company."