Fred Puglia, Vice President of Perfect Impressions

Fred PugliaOriginally from the Bronx, New York, a graduate of the University of Dayton, class of ’65 with a double major in human resources and media communications, I now reside in Springfield, Illinois, the Land of Lincoln.

Early in my career, I was a creative project head for Maritz, the world’s largest incentive motivation company. Prior to the Maritz stay, I was responsible for a two million dollar marketing budget at South of the Border, South Carolina, the country’s largest tourist stop.

I enjoyed ten years in tourism and conventions as Executive Director of the Providence, Rhode Island and later the Springfield Illinois Convention and Visitors Bureaus.

As for my occupational contributions, I enjoy managing my own company, Perfect Impressions Entertainment since 1983. We are a full service entertainment agency having booked the likes of Bob Hope to Johnny Carson and TRAIN to Third Eye Blind. The firm also produced and or directed a dozen or more national festivals and events from the Midwest Tribute to the King Competition; the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial; The Route 66 Mother Road Festival; Decatur Celebration, the largest free family street festival in Illinois plus others.

My love of travel began fifteen years ago, when I planned a 25th wedding anniversary trip for my wife and I. We were telling our friends about the trip and found out that many were also celebrating their 25th anniversary and thought a trip would be very exciting. I organized our first travel group and the rest is history.