Straight A Tours & Travel has been a leader in the student travel industry since 1975. Our success comes from our pride in our ability to create memorable and exciting trips for student groups of all types at a competitively reasonable price. Our staff is dedicated to providing you with unsurpassed service prior to, during, and following your trip. We are available to handle all of your travel needs. Our dedicated mixtures of travel professionals have backgrounds as former educators, performers, or some other aspect of travel. Together we work hard to create trips that are memorable, educational, exciting, and fulfilling in every aspect.
Thomas Finizio, Sr., President
: My love of travel empowered me to start Straight A Tours
over 40 years ago. Since then, it has grown into one of the largest and most well respected tour operators for student groups in the country. I am proud of our association with our vendors, attractions, hotels and cruise lines. These relationships allow us to provide you with an outstanding valuable experience, from every aspect. We look forward to servicing your group in the very near future and keeping our tradition of receiving “Straight A’s” from you!!
Christine Benitez, Director of Operations
: Since starting with Straight A Tours, I have had the pleasure of working in several areas within the company. I started out as the administrative assistant to our general manager, and while doing that I also became the land department’s coordinator assisting the consultants with trip details for their school groups. I am currently the Director of Operations, where I still help out everyone as much as possible and maintain the financial records for both Straight A Tours
and Festivals At Sea
. I look forward to hearing from you soon so we can help plan your next trip with ease, so you can just sit back and enjoy your trip!
Tom Finizio, Director of Land Operations: My father’s love of planning unforgettable and affordable memories for students has inspired me to step into my father’s shoes as the second generation of leadership at Straight A Tours & Travel. With over 25 years of experience in the travel industry, my passion for planning and executing the perfect travel experience for school trips continues to strengthen my dedication to uphold the company’s principles. I believe that quality of service should never be subjected and this is what makes Straight A Tours the premier tour company in the southeastern United States.
Joanna Puccio Ball, Director of Cruise Operations: I started out in tourism industry when I began my degree at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management and have been in love with the travel industry ever since. I had the privilege of working for Holland America and Princess Cruise Lines in Alaska for a summer. My studies and experience in the industry have brought me here to Festivals at Sea, where I feel very much at home. I am excited to meet you and work with you on making memories that last a lifetime!
Lawrence Siudmak, Land Coordinator: As a senior at the University Of Central Florida College Of Business Management, I am extremely excited to begin my career in the Travel Industry with Straight A Tours. I have been traveling all around this great country my entire life and I would love to share my passion for travel with you by providing superior customer service and incredible lasting memories. I am fortunate enough to say that I was born and raised in the greatest travel destination in the world, Orlando, Fl. As a Land Coordinator, I am excited to share my love for this city and all the amazing attractions it has to offer. I look forward to working with you, developing long lasting relationships, and delivering exceptional travel experiences!
Sabrina Spampinato, Land Coordinator: Throughout my time working within hospitality I have had the opportunity to gain experience in many diverse aspects of the industry such as working on the team for the famous Miami Book Fair International and interning at the Biltmore Hotel known for being one of Miami’s finest and historical locations. My journey then brought me to Orlando to continue my studies. During my time in school I helped make magic daily while working for The Walt Disney Company. In my final months of pursuing my degree, I joined Universal Studios Florida and was part of the opening team for Diagon Alley. Having graduated from the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, my experiences brought me to Straight A Tours where I began my career and am excited to help create long lasting memories for others!
Dwight Behr, Travel Consultant:During my 40+ years as a band director I traveled to many places with the band. The best thing that ever happened to our staff was when we discovered Straight A Tours. From the time we started allowing SAT to handle our travel requirements everything got so much easier. It’s not that everything always went perfect but when something went wrong they were right there to solve the problem and make it right. That is why when I retired I decided to work with SAT to help other student groups enjoy the same relaxed travel atmosphere I enjoyed by letting Straight A Tours handle all the details. Any tour company can set up a trip but they are not always available when you really need them.
Bryan Krnavek, Travel Consultant:My first experience traveling occurred as I began my career as a High School Band Director. While looking for a reputable company to plan and handle the details for a band trip to Florida, I came across a 3X5 index card sent to me from Straight A Tours. I had a hard time believing the cost and what the company was offering for this trip. It was almost too good to be true! I called Mr. Tom Finizio, owner and the only employee of the company at the time, to discuss what Straight A Tours could do for the trip. He assured me that he would do what was needed to make my trip affordable and enjoyable for my students. I put my trust in Straight A Tours and as they say, “the rest is history”. A wonderful bond and friendship was created and from that time forward, SAT handled all my out of state trips. Every person that I have come in contact with over the years at SAT was helpful, courteous, friendly, professional and always working hard to make the trip a memorable event for my students. I look forward to keeping up this tradition as I begin my time with SAT. I am honored and humbled to be a part of this outstanding team. Please call me and let me help you plan your next student group trip.