EWA owner and CEO Bob Utne received a BA in Economics from the
Universityof Minnesota, served in the Peace Corps in Gabon, worked six years in the Executive Office of the President in the Johnson and Nixon Administrations and two years with Air Franceprior to starting EWA Travel in 1976. Bob is a Certified Travel Counselor.
Bob was highly influenced by Dr Albert Schweitzer whom Bob spent time with when serving in the Peace Corps in Gabon. Schweitzer's example of service to humanity's most needy is a constant inspiration. Several of Bob's favorite Schweitzer quotes- "Therefore search and see if there is not some place where you may invest your humanity". "Do something wonderful, people may imitate it".
Bob has worked diligently to assemble and to train what is widely considered are the most experienced and talented travel professionals in the industry. He believes that to best serve the clients of EWA that no stone goes unturned. No remote call centers, no impersonal and unqualified staff or other short cuts. Each of Bob's hand picked staff and managers is a highly dedicated and seasoned professional whom delights in working with specific clients to help them better perform their own responsibilities. Delivering the finest of technology and auxiliary services are also hallmarks of Bob's efforts at EWA.
Bob is also personally involved with humanitarian/development efforts including the UN's program of Nothing but Nets, Haiti disaster recovery, Doctors without Borders, Jhpiego health services and others. He believes that there is no higher calling than helping to deliver the finest possible service to those in need.