A lifetime resident of Waterloo, Camille Hogan is a distinguish role model for both men and women in the community and in the business world. Marrying her high school sweetheart, Dennis, in 1963, Camille had a knack for finding the perfect balance between work and family. Before having their only child, Stephanie, Camille worked in the advertising industry and really began her extensive network of great business relationships. Camille did take some time off to be a stay-at-home mom – a choice that might have slowed some people down, but for her it was an opportunity to commit time to her child and her community. Volunteering with the Junior League guided many of her charitable efforts. In 1979, the Hogans purchased Short’s Travel Service and Camille’s career was beginning to take off. The agency operated as a local, full-service travel agency until 1995, when the company began competitively growing through both client development and business acquisition. By the end of 2004, the company reported gross travel-related sales of $175 million and was operating offices in Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas and Missouri. Camille attributes this success to her son-in-law who serves as president, and the entire Short’s Travel staff. It takes a lot of hard work and innovative problem solving skills to work with such a diverse clientele, but for Camille it’s the challenge of thinking outside the box that keeps her so passionate.
Just as Short’s Travel Management is able to differentiate itself by creating unique programs with a personal touch for its customers, Camille is distinguished by her relentless efforts to make the Cedar Valley a great place to live, work and raise a family. Rest assured her community efforts didn’t end when she returned to work. Serving on the boards of Covenant Hospital, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, WIDA and the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce are just a few things that have kept her busy in recent years. Camille loves life and takes full advantage of any opportunity to ride her Arabian horses, spend quality time with friends and family – including her three grandchildren – and, of course, time for some travel. Journalist Jerome Greer Chandler makes a compelling case that “In travel management, it’s not size that matters. It’s flexibility, dedication and attention to detail.” Truly, in this case, small things do come in great packages.