Who We Are

Gary E. Smith, MBA, ECCS, CB, HoF

Owner and CEO

Founder: Leisure Travel Benefits Specialist & C.E.O

Gary fell in love with cruising at 14 when he went on his first Caribbean cruise. At 17 he started his first business and eventually moved into the event planning business more than 25 years ago. He founded and grew a convention management firm from scratch to handling over 70,000 attendees annually, including a city-wide convention of over 20,000 each year. As an off-shoot of that work, Gary started doing events on cruise ships.

Gary is one of the few travel agents with both a meeting planner background and an incredible resume of leisure travel experiences and sales. This varied experience makes him uniquely capable of understanding the needs and desires of his clients.

Prior to re-branding as TravelPerks, Gary grew his leisure travel business to the largest of over 920 Dream Vacations franchises (now almost 1200) in the United States. Along the way, he has won virtually every award possible - including being named one of the top 25 travel agents in America for 2013. In 2018, he was named CLIA’s Elite Cruise Counselor of the Year, their top honor.

Gary loves cruising and travel of all types, and with 15 river cruises already completed, he is a wealth of information on this hot industry segment.

While running TravelPerks Dream Vacations keeps him plenty busy, he also finds time to travel with his wonderful wife Theresa. In addition, he is a college professor teaching small business management and mentoring over 100 small businesses in his community.

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Theresa Graham

V.P. of Retail Sales

Theresa has always loved to travel. At age 21, she spent three years at Clark AFB in the Philippines. Spending most of her early travel days in the US and Canada, Theresa enjoyed Yellowstone, GlacierNational Park, Yosemite Park, Edmonton, Calgary, and many more!  She has one amazing daughter, Kathryna Hancock, who is a fashion photographer in Los Angeles.

Theresa's background and early career was in law. She worked in criminal law, business law, personal injury law, and assisted injured workers until, in 1998 she began working with the Oregon Attorney General’s office as a paralegal assigned to parental rights termination cases. During her17-year career, she was twice awarded the Department of Justice OutstandingService Award for her work protecting children. Theresa worked hard on cases involving children harmed by alcohol, drugs, and domestic violence, specializing in cases involving horrific abuse.

While pursuing her career in law, Theresa met and married Gary and so began her love of cruising. Learning more and more about the travel industry, Theresa began attending travel conferences and seminars, as well as assisting with marketing at trade shows. By 2014, TravelPerks had grown such that Gary and Theresa decided that it was time she make a huge career change and transition to their travel agency. Once the transition was complete, she never looked back! 

Since then, TravelPerks has grown to the secon- largest franchise in a network of nearly 1200 agencies! Theresa's great love is talking to people about traveling and helping them realize their own dream vacations. As of this writing in Summer, 2021, she has completed 30 Ocean Cruises, 15 River Cruises, stayed at many all-inclusive resorts, and enjoyed several guided land tours which means she has a wealth of information to share with the potential cruise or land traveler! 

The Team

We have a wonderful team of travel advisors ready to help you plan your dream vacation. Call our U.S.-based travel agency and get ready to take the adventure of a lifetime  541-349-0036!

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From Our Clients...

Service redefined...

"We have had many vacations over the years, worked on every possible angle to stretch fun and funds. Theresa redefines service, the personal attention, genuine compassion and ferocious drive to make our experiences unique and special is unmatched.

Theresa takes the guess work out of the process by asking questions and listening to create your perfect getaway. We have worked with get for our last several vacations, and will continue for many years to come.

It is difficult to find anyone who knows how to provide this level of service, I would welcome the opportunity to help anyone understand why they should select TravelPerks  DreamVacations."

– Aaron S.

Unique Travel Experiences

"TravelPerks provides us their unique personal touch on all of our cruises to make it successful" 
– Leslie Gaffney - Former Executive @ Sony

Special Experience

Appreciated the desire and willingness to do whatever it took to make our trip memorable.  There are always things that can't be helped [flight delays] but it was easy to see the effort put into making the experience special."
– Janet B. - AMABella - Holiday Markets 2014

Service & Savings

“I have thrown just about every curveball I'vegot at Rachel and your folks and you've handled them all without breaking a sweat. A long cruise with tours in a foreign country? No problem. Erratic friends who can't make up their mind if they want to go or not? No problem. Last minute hotel bookings needed? No problem. And should I mention the bonuses? Getting random calls to let us know we've been upgraded in our cabinor the cruise fare has dropped? Extra onboard credit? I use a travel agency so I don't have to worry. With TravelPerks, not only do I not have to worry, I'm happily surprised at the GOOD that happens. I recommend TravelPerks on ANY opportunity I've got.”

– Dante G - Program Manager @ Microsoft

Not a Single Thing To Worry About

"TravelPerks was excellent and very efficient to do business with.  All our questions were answered in a timely fashion by phone and email and I liked the fact that all representatives worked with us as a team.  Thank you for organizing an amazing week for us." 
– Lucille D. - RCCL Navigator of the Seas

Ready to go again!

"Words can not explain the marvelous time we had on our very first cruise. Theresa is the Best Travel Agent!! There was not a time when I called with questions that my questions went unanswered. Great Customer Service, Very Caring Travel Agents, always there to help, great prices, and last but not least I'm ready to go again!!!! Looking forward to Cruising in the near future!!. Again Thanks Theresa for all of ur help. If anybody ever needs a Travel Agent this company will be the only one that I would recommend."

– Shanda - Essex, MD