Where are the Executives Vacationing This Summer?

With the mercury rising in the nation’s capital and its surrounding areas getting hotter by the day, planning for a summer getaway might be the best idea ever. Not sure where to go? No worries: Here are some recommendations from seven local executives who picked their favorite summer vacation spots, ranging from the beautiful beaches of the Carolinas to the African savanna.

Paul Fernandes, STG Inc.

Paul Fernandes, chief operation officer at STG Inc., chose North Carolina:

“My favorite summer vacation retreat is Nags Head, N.C.. The weather is always nice, and it is a comfortable drive from the metro D.C. area. At Nags Head, the beaches are large and significantly less crowded than others in the area, the accommodations are first class, and there are plenty of places to eat.”

Gail Forrest, CACI

Gail Forrest, senior vice president of human resources at CACI, picked Wisconsin, where she has a cabin:

“It’s only one cut above not having running water, so it’s very rustic, but it’s on a lake and that’s my very favorite place to go and spend time with my family.”

Dennis Stolkey, HP

Dennis Stolkey, senior vice president of the public sector at HP Enterprise Services, likes the Caribbean and Europe:

“I love the Grand Cayman Islands – one of the best places in the world for scuba diving. I also enjoy Hawaii, Maui in particular. And the southern coast of Spain in the summer is beautiful.”

Carol Lane, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp

Carol Lane, vice president of corporate strategy and federal relations at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., is another fan of the Caribbean:

“Last summer, my daughter and I went to Canouan in the Grenadines. We were the only Americans staying at this particular resort. The temperature is generally not that different from the beaches around here, but it is not very crowded and the scenery is beautiful. Since it isn’t crowded, the service at places [is] really pretty good as they seem to go out of their way to cater to the few guests they have. And best of all, it’s usually a very good deal!”

Mary Good, SRA International

Mary Good, senior vice president of human resources at SRA International, picked Delaware, Japan and Basque Country:

“There are so many places across the U.S. that I enjoy, including one of our closest beach towns — Rehoboth, Delaware. Two places I love internationally are Kyoto, Japan and the Basque region of Spain. The food, culture, history and architecture in both places are wonderful contrasts to the rural farm area where I grew up in southeastern PA.”

Donna Ryan, CGI Federal

Donna Ryan, CGI Federal’s senior vice president, chose Europe:

“My husband I are planning to take a bike trip in Europe this summer. The trip will be from Prague [in the Czech Republic] to Vienna, Austria, along the Danube, and I am praying that we do not have any accidents during our pre-trip training. This will be the vacation of my dreams, and I hope to expend enough calories during the trip to make up for the wonderful wines and pastries that I will consume!”

PV Puvvada, Unisys

PV Puvvada, vice president and managing partner of federal systems at Unisys, selected Africa:

“[Our] next big trip is going to be to Africa to go on a safari and experience the wonders that the continent provides, especially in places like South Africa and Zimbabwe,” he said. “That’s what we’re planning on, and we’re really excited that we get to experience the diversity of this universe and what different continents have to offer. It’s a great learning experience.”

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