“I cannot say ‘Thank You’ enough! Everything about our event was so much smoother with you behind the wheel! From open, direct communication in the months leading up to the event, to YOU telling ME when my attendees’ flights were delayed or cancelled, to the on-site coordination so I could participate and not have to worry about anything. It was perfect! The only negative is that I am now addicted to chocolate popcorn!! 😀 Really, thank you for everything!”
Elyse Marsh Large, Eastern Region Executive Assistant,
Waste Connections, Inc.
“Many thanks from the AMP62 Harvard class. We had a grand time.”
CAPT. James Lovell, USN Retired,
Apollo 13 Astronaut
“Working with John is always a pleasure. His ideas are fresh and exciting. We’ve relied on Active Escapes for many years and strongly recommend them. If you’re seeking extraordinary experiences provided by professionals, he’s your man! John and Active Escapes deliver only the best results.”
John Gandy, Creative Director,
“One area that sets Active Escapes apart is the personal involvement of its president, John Aguilera. His attention to detail, flexibility, scrutiny of his vendors, and ability to always keep me ‘in the loop’ is superlative.
I recently trusted Active Escapes with my most important client for their annual meeting. I immediately knew I’d made the right choice by the professional airport greeting and impressive vehicles used for our airport transfers. Throughout the week, Active Escapes created or arranged a number of memorable activities for us: golf, tours of Jacksonville, St. Augustine, a Navy base, and Amelia Island. A number of attendees expressed how much they enjoyed the tours.
The ‘Game Show Frenzy’ team-building activity was by far the best we’ve had. On our last night, we had a ‘Florida Cracker’ theme party with unique décor and an entire cast of characters such as an alligator handler, a Florida Cracker cowboy that did whip cracking demonstrations, and an engaging blue grass band. My client still talks about that evening.
This is the company to hire if your client or group is in the Jacksonville and Northeast Florida area.
Rick Rosen, President,
Tristar Incentive Group
“The tours were very professionally executed and thoroughly enjoyed by our shipmates, wives and other guests. John’s personal involvement, engaging manner and attention to scheduling details resulted in a top-notch group of events. Thanks so much for your efforts. Without question, your tours were the best we’ve had since our Reunions began. You can be assured that whenever we return to Jacksonville, the only DMC I will contact will be Active Escapes. From one Navy man to another….Well done! (Bravo Zulu!)”
Pierce Pelouze, III, Chairman,
USS Chewaucan (AOG-50) Reunion Group
“The experience Active Escapes provided our executive team is one that will be talked about for many years to come. The Active Escapes personnel did their job to a tee and provided a top-notch team building experience. Thanks to Active Escapes for making our St. Augustine event such a memorable one and providing excellent client services. I highly recommend Active Escapes to any company seeking a quality program in the St. Augustine area.”
Cheryl Duley, Marketing & Events Manager,
Universal North America
“Active Escapes designed an excellent set of events within our budget and executed each activity with flawless coordination. The week of our Annual Meeting went without a hitch and John and his team were a huge reason for this. They were extremely professional at all times. If you are looking for a professional, affordable, and extremely reliable DMC in the Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Hammock Beach areas, I am pleased to offer the highest recommendation of Active Escapes!”
Mary Olds, Meeting Coordinator,
Associated Air Balance Council
“We want to thank you again for the outstanding job that you and your company did in organizing the tours for our Navy reunion. We also appreciate the fact that you worked very hard at keeping our costs down. Your professionalism and attention to detail made our jobs as Reunion Co-Chairs much easier. All the attendees of our reunion had a great time and this was, in large part, due to your efforts.
Our reunion attendees were also very pleased with the venues that you recommended to us. It was fun as well as informative. All of the meals and entertainment were first-class. Your experience in the service lends itself very well in planning military reunions.”
Ken Estep, Co-Chair
“I wanted to let you know what an incredible job you and your team did for our reunion. I’ve planned the past five reunions for the USS Hugh Purvis Reunion Association, and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this was probably the best tours we have ever had on any of the reunions. Everyone who attended could not stop saying what a great job you did and thanking me for arranging such a great set of tours. I let them know that I only gave you the ideas of what I thought would work for our group and it was you who made it all work seamlessly and perfectly. You and your team are the consummate professionals and clearly are the only team I would want to hire if we ever come back to Jacksonville.
I’m going to let my fellow planners in other organizations know that you are the team to hire. When I was planning this reunion, I met with another tour company manager and then went out and viewed what he recommended. Our group would have been so disappointed had we followed those other recommendations.
I could write volumes about what an incredible job you did, but let me simply say that you have now set the bar VERY high and I am going to have to work extremely hard for future reunions to even hold a candle to the level of tours you provided for our reunion. We now know the true meaning of the word EXCELLENCE!!”
George E. Baker, VP – Reunion Planner