Charley was born into the military reunion business. Ted and Molly’s second son, Charley attended quite a few reunions in the Fall of 1994, in utero. His mother, Molly, was AFR’s first employee and we are so happy that Charley has joined the team – in what is truly a family-owned and operated enterprise. After graduating from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, Charley spent four years in business-to-business sales in Denver and Charlotte, but he always knew he’d return to his homeport of Norfolk and carry on the tradition of serving our nation’s veterans. We are fortunate to have Charley’s marketing skills steering AFR into future decades of serving new generations of reunion-goers.
Mandy started in 2005, having gained most of her industry experience with a local motorcoach company. She is our main data entry person, one of our computer experts, and after nine remarkable years simply irreplaceable. Mandy’s position is critical to the smooth operation of our office, as she’s responsible for maintaining all group databases, designing registration websites and reports, printing all materials for registration packets, and scheduling the seasonal staff. She has the patience of Job and is cheerful under any circumstance.
Kelly joined AFR Team in 2021, after serving for 20 years as a Catering and Convention Services Manager at two of our favorite Norfolk hotels: Sheraton Norfolk Waterside (2010-2021) and Doubletree Norfolk Airport (former Hilton, 2002-2010). Kelly serviced large conventions, military reunions, family reunions, weddings, and all types of corporate and association meetings. Prior to her career in Norfolk she worked in Gainesville, FL for the University of Florida Hotel and Conference Center. Her vast experience and commitment to the hospitality industry make her an outstanding addition to our Event Planning Team. Kelly is thrilled to be “on the other side” of the industry (being an Event Planner for events nationwide), and is looking forward to travel opportunities that are such a big part of what AFR does.
Amy comes to AFR with 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. She has held nearly every position within the industry, including Chef, Fine Dining Restaurant Manager, and Director of Catering & Convention Services. For the past 20 years she worked in hotel convention services with Sheraton Norfolk Waterside and Doubletree Crystal City, serving social, corporate, association, religious and military groups. Amy’s extensive background provides a strong foundation to make the jump to event planning with AFR. Military reunion groups are closest to her heart, and she is herself a proud military spouse of almost 20 years. She most recently served as the Ombudsman for Task Force 68 in Rota, Spain, where she personally assisted families with the strenuous transition from CONUS to OCONUS life in the military.
Prior to joining AFR Tours Erika spent five years as Director of Programs and Events at Discover Coastal Virginia, and before that she worked in the events department at Government Executive Media Group in Washington D.C. Erika loves creating memorable programs for guests. Whether you are a group tour leader, military reunion planner, cruise ship operator or meeting planner Erika will be your initial POC at AFR Tours for developing group tours of Coastal Virginia that fit the needs of your group.