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discover a NEW standard of excellence

At Hammock Expeditions, we’re committed to quality and high standards so you can be confident in a world-class tour.  Our mission is simple: to provide you and your guests with the very best value, service, and quality.  With a unique blend of culture, education, adventure and service, our tours allow your team the chance to make dreams become reality.  We believe that a trip should be more than a tour, it should be the experience of a lifetime.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ”   - Mark Twain

Michele Hammock


Having been in the travel industry since 2004, and in hospitality and tourism since 1993, Michele's top priority is service.  Michele is a Master Scuba Diver with certifications in Coral Reef Conservation and as an Underwater Naturalist.  Michele's favorite destinations include taking groups to learn to dive in Mexico, trekking through amazing Europe or exploring new destinations in South America.

Izzy Franckewitz

Vice President, Operations

Izzy started in the travel industry serving international groups visiting the beaches of Florida when she was just 16 years old.  From there, she has traveled the world, inspiring groups over the past 16 years.  Izzy is a Master Scuba Diver and lover of oceans.  In her spare time, she also assists with the Missouri Disaster Medical Team.  Izzy's favorite destinations are diving in Cozumel, Biology in Costa Rica and the vast landscapes of Iceland.

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Corinne Simmons

Vice President, Finance

Corinne heads our finance department and works with all of our groups to ensure they are set up for success.  Corinne's background in hospitality spans many years, handling everything from finance to operations, reservations and even field work.  She has been the recipient of many awards including the prestigious Jefferson Circle Award presented by President Ronald Reagan.  Corinne lives on the beach in North Carolina.

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James Hammock

Director, Field Operations

James works with our groups in the field and has been serving schools for over 15 years.  His knowledge, enthusiasm and dedication to service, sets him apart.  James holds the rank of 5th Degree Black Belt in Karate plus numerous black belts in Tae Kwon Do, Akido, Tomili Ryu, Traditional Jujitsu and Shaolin Kung Fu. He is also a certified Krav Maga instructor.  James has been inducted into the United States & also the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame on three occasions for both personal achievement as well as teaching. 

Taylor Franckewitz

Vice President, Sales

Taylor is a lover of action and adventure!  In his role he works with our guests and assists them in choosing just the right destination to suit every ability and desire.  Having been in the vacation sales and marketing arena for many years, Taylor has a passion and love for diving, kayaking, whitewater, snowboarding and mountain biking.  His favorite adventure destinations are the beaches of Mexico.

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Mykala Erb

Corporate Director, Marketing

Mykala started working in hospitality & tourism in 2013 and now heads our corporate marketing department. Her passion and love for travel is seen through her dedication and hard work as she continues her education to grow within the industry. In addition to traveling with friends & family, Mykala has a love for reading, art and all things nature.  Mykala enjoys the water and lives on a yacht off the coast of Myrtle Beach.  Make sure to wave if you happen to drift by!    

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