About Us

Hot Spot Travel evolved to provide affordable branding and promotional impact for smaller destinations and independent hotels by pulling them together for stronger buying power in their primary markets. Clients benefit from our long-term business ties, exclusive negotiated rates and top-notch customer service.

Shawn Fisher

Favorite Quote:
“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” (Oscar Wilde)

Shawn Fisher

Owner and Pacific Coast Sales

Shawn Fisher started Acorns2OakTrees/Hot Spot Travel after 30 years in sales, marketing and advertising, because being independent means less overhead to pass along to your clients – and a better view from your office.

Born in Pittsburgh (but drawn ever westward), she attended UT Austin after high-school, moved to California in 1982, and acquired her B.A. in English and English teaching credential from CSU while working full-time in the advertising/publishing industry.

Shawn’s work experience includes customer service, copywriting and editing, software sales management, plus advertising production and media-buying prior to her position as sales and marketing manager for “The West’s Best” branded regional advertising inserts. She has worked with most of her current vendors, clients and partners for the past 15-20 years.

At home, she enjoys 5 acres of avocado and orange groves, her “barn” office and library, three cats, fresh air, wildlife…and a particularly inspiring giant oak outside her office window.

Carol Wilhems

Her daily M.O.:
“I’m all about giving customers the biggest bang for their buck, because I believe you retain customers by exceeding their expectations.”

Carol Wilhems

Partner and Intermountain West /
Southwest Sales

With over 25 years in travel and hospitality media sales, Carol Wilhems (dba Southwest Travel Media) leverages market segmentation, traditional or digital/online media solutions and platform integration to fulfill clients’ individual business development objectives.

Carol stays current on technology trends that impact hospitality and tourism sales and marketing productivity which she incorporates into recommendations and proposals.

Adding a new dimension to Hot Spot Travel, Carol recently started a home-based travel agent business which allows us to promote our clients’ packages to various B2C databases both regionally and nationwide through digital and social marketing.

Cathy Tran

What inspires her:
Travel, art, design, music, food and people.

Cathy Tran

Print and Web Designer

Cathy’s specialties include print, web, email, interactive design and corporate identity. She has a passion for detail and all things artistic. Cathy has over 15 years experience in the design industry, the last 7 focused on travel. She enjoys working on diverse projects and thrives on managing multiple jobs and tasks of varying complexities. Cathy views design not only as a creative outlet, but also as her way to help businesses grow.

At home, she is a self proclaimed technophile. If she isn’t behind the screen of her computer she’s out traveling with her son and family, or enjoying the amazing San Diego weather.

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Acorns2OakTrees also serves as western U.S. contract sales division for QuickQuote Solutions, Inc.

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