We asked locals to nominate Montgomery County’s most influential people – men and women who are shaping the community, influencing their industries, and making a difference. Dozens of amazing stories were submitted about passionate and committed locals. At Montco Happening, we salute all those who wake up every morning with the intention of leaving the world just a little bit better.
10 outstanding individuals have been named the Top 10 Movers & Shakers of the year, and we have the honor of sharing their stories on Montco Happening. Meet Horsham’s Carol Berger, the owner of All Places Traveled:
Montco Happening: Where did you attend school?
Carol: Upper-Dublin High School, some college at Montgomery County Community College
Montco Happening: What motivates you every morning?
Carol: Life in general, I am happy to have a new opportunity to make a difference every day
Montco Happening: What would you say is your idea of a perfect day?
Carol: Living each day to the fullest and doing the best you can
Montco Happening: Who inspires you?
Carol: My daughter, Shannon
Montco Happening: How did you decide to become a travel agent?
Carol: 13 years ago, I wanted a part time job I could still allow enough time to devote to my daughter, therefore the travel industry provided me the perfect opportunity. I grew to love it and turn it into my own business
Montco Happening: Which achievement are you most proud of?
Carol: From a personal stand point, raising a wonderfully independently strong daughter. From a business stand point, continuing to have the opportunity to assist clients in making memories. In 2007 as a travel agent performing community service, I was nominated in the top 100 of 2400 travel agents in the Godmother contest for the new Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas ~ recognized for my volunteering/organizational efforts of annual fundraising events for childhood cancer research from 2003 (until 2014)
Montco Happening: What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?
Carol: My personal health and creating a successful business competing with the internet
Montco Happening: What is the biggest accomplishment that you’d like to achieve over the next 5 years?
Carol: To continue to grow a successful business, while maintaining the opportunity to give back to the community
Montco Happening: How do you think your friends & coworkers would describe you?
Carol: Hard-working, dedicated and caring
Montco Happening: Where’s your favorite place to go in Montgomery County?
Carol: I would have to say that I don’t have a favorite place, I love exploring the area, attending outdoor concerts in the park and volunteering when I can. I am a runner and enjoy so many beautiful locations in Montgomery County to run with friends
Montco Happening: You can take a time machine back to visit yourself 10 years ago. What advice would you give?
Carol: To always have a positive attitude no matter what life throws your way
Montco Happening: Same question 10 years in the future.
Carol: To always be proud of where you’ve come from, how far you have come and where your life will lead you
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