KHM Travel Agent Spotlight: Antè Williams

KHM Travel Agent Spotlight: Antè Williams


Off-camera: “On Wednesday, you told this story
about how your father wanted to travel to Montana and you were very dismissive of that;
can you tell us again about that story?” Antè: “Sure! So, in 2015, my Dad wanted to go to Montana. And I was totally against it, at first, because
I felt like ‘what is there to do in Montana.’ Actually, I had to swallow my tongue with
the whole experience because I actually ended up having a great experience. I stepped outside of my comfort zone, the
people were super nice to us, and we had the ability to see some of the most beautiful
scenery that I had ever seen in my life.” Off-camera: “Do you think that experience
helped you to grow as a travel agent?” Antè: “It did because I had to plan the entire
thing!” So, my name is Antè Williams. I am originally from Americus Georgia, now
based in Atlanta. I work full-time in IT consulting, but mostly
in the travel industry. So, I personally love to travel, and I also
love to travel for business. Most of my counterparts, parents, relatives
and friends have always said that I am more comfortable in a hotel room than in my own
bed. So, I just love new experiences and new places
to see. So, I found KHM through a Google search, and
I was looking for ways to become a travel agent I started noticing different places that I could fit in
as far as being a travel agent. Looked at a couple of different places, couple
of different host agencies, once I found out what the term meant, and then settled on KHM
after speaking with one of the sales reps. So, the time here at Bootcamp has been amazing. My biggest thing are the connections that
I’ve made since I’ve been here. I think they said it once we originally joined,
‘you look at each other as strangers, but you’re going to leave as family and friends. So, that has been the biggest thing for me, to join up with different agents, ask different questions, get their different experiences,
and my most favorite part is learning about the different destinations. I have a bucket list of items that I want
to do, but I also want to make sure that other people are experiencing these destinations
as well, and so, what I want to be able to do is learn as much as I can about the different
destinations, so that I can be prepared to talk to my clients about those. And then just learning through each of the
sessions, I think I learned something at each individual session, whether it was a break,
or whether it was an actual session from the suppliers, or something that the office staff
was actually providing to us. So, my first piece of advice is to know why
you’re getting into the business. Understand why is it that you’re passionate
about travel, so that you can at least have that passion – showcase that passion – when
you’re talking with your clients. I would definitely encourage any new agent,
or any agent that has decided that Bootcamp – they weren’t sure about Bootcamp – to come
to Bootcamp. If nothing more than for the connections that
you’re gonna make. Because now I feel like, regardless of where
I am or what I’m doing, I have counterparts that are here that can maybe coach me through
something or at least give me some ideas of how to approach a situation. Networking is going to be key to this business,
and understanding who you’re connected to to, and having the experience of coming to
Bootcamp to learn from different agents, not only the office staff, but also even the suppliers,
can be very beneficial to your business.

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