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Meet Mark Jacobs and Charlie Hopkins

Today, we’d like to introduce you to Mark Jacobs & Charlie Hopkins. Mark Jacobs & was introduced to us by the brilliant and talented Samantha Schultz.

Hi Mark Jacobs &, we’re so thrilled to have you sharing your story with us today. Maybe we can kick things off by having you introduce yourself to our readers? We’d love to have you go into your story and how you got to where you are today.
Samantha was recommended to us and she’s never disappointed! Samantha makes her clients feel like welcomed guests and takes to heart the planning and execution of vacations/events. In 2015, she planned our ‘bucket list’ trip to Spain. I’ve wanted to visit key Spanish cities since I was five years old. I’ll share more in the section that describes our interactions with Samantha.

Let’s talk about your work and career – what else should we know?
As of January 2021, I am retired. I was fortunate to retire at 60 years of age. My career focused on internal communications, learning and development, and diversity/inclusion work. Helping coworkers to reach their level of potential and exceed their desires was the most fulfilling part of working in the financial services industry. I’m proud of my work as a leader in two highly visible and active Employee Resource Groups – both dedicated to inclusion, awareness, community service, and personal/professional development. My work was innovative and fulfilling. I continue some of these activities within the community as a volunteer and as a mentor.

As you know, we’re big fans of Samantha Schultz and Plan Your Perfect Vacation we know you’ve worked with them quite a bit as well. We’d love to hear about your experience working with Samantha Schultz.
As mentioned earlier, Samantha expertise helped to plan our amazing trip to Spain. In 2015, months before the trip, we held a face-to-face meeting with Samantha and even met her husband in the process. We came prepared with timing, desired locations, several ‘must have’ activities, and so forth. In short order, Samantha planned a suggested trip. We met telephonically or via email as we whittled down the itinerary and activities, We visited Barcelona, Toledo, Madrid, Seville, and Granada. Without a doubt, our dream trip would not have been such a great memory, had we not partnered with Samantha.

In 2019, Samantha planned our trip to England and Scotland. This trip had several levels of criteria and critical dates, of which Samantha met with ease. Several of the tours she suggested became some of our fondest memories. By this time, Samantha and her husband had moved from Charlotte, so we completed our planning via video meetings, phone calls, and emails. She accommodated our work schedules and always came prepared (including options to discuss).

As the pandemic is abating, we look forward to planning a return trip to Scotland and visiting Wales. Without reservation, we will work again with Samantha, ensuring we have another memorable trip. She is the best of the best, especially since she travels a great deal herself – she expresses great empathy, understanding.She is an engaged and active listener and can make recommendations from personal experience or the countless connections she’s created in her career.

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