Cathy Greteman is the founder and president of Star Destinations. She began working in the travel industry in 1982 as a part-time travel agent, before buying the agency in 1984. Cathy expanded the business by creating Star Destinations, offering custom-designed group tours to organizations around the country and groups coming to North America. In 1993, Cathy and her husband, Mike, founded Windstar Lines, a motorcoach company that now operates 120 deluxe coaches from nine locations in six states under the leadership of their sons.
Cathy’s passion for travel has taken her to more than eighty countries around the world. Her experience enables her to design unique tours that capture the heart and soul of a destination and immerse travelers in the culture. Cathy also serves as tour manager on many of Star Destinations’ international trips, using her extensive knowledge of the world to ensure every one of her groups has an exceptional, worry-free experience.
Cathy and Mike have been married for 48 years and are blessed with one daughter and three sons. They have ten grandchildren and love attending their school and sporting events.
Cathy was awarded the Governor’s Award for the Promotion of Iowa Tourism in 1999. She has spoken at Iowa Tourism Conferences and industry related events around the country, and was most recently recognized by the State Tourism Council for her contribution to Tourism in Iowa.
She has also served the following organizations:
National Tour Association (NTA)
– Eleven years on the Leadership Team beginning in 2002
– Board of Directors in 2006 and 2007
– 2008 Secretary/Treasurer
– 2009 Vice Chairman
– Chairman and CEO in an unprecedented two year term in 2010 and 2011
During her term in office, Cathy saw the successful move of the association from a management company to self-management and a shift of the focus of the organization from a totally domestic association to one with a global membership.
– Board of Directors
Faith Travel Association (FTA)
– Founding Board Member
Bus Safety Council
– Member from 2003-2006
Agricultural Tour Operators International (ATOI)
– Current President