Jerry DiPietro, a much-loved and highly regarded long-time tour and travel industry professional, passed away on Sept. 12th. DiPietro, 73, had a long career in the tour and travel industry. He began in the spring of 1969 as an operations analyst supervisor at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, later moving into sales as a manager of both group and individual sales. He soon became director of sales and then moved on to senior sales and managerial positions at Dunfey/Omni Hotels in New England. He acquired his own 46-unit motor lodge in Cape Cod, Mass., which he operated for more than a decade. At about the same time, in 1980, he established his own receptive tour operator company, Tourco, based in Hyannis, Mass., which he and his wife Marian, operated for nearly 30 years. After he closed the company, he served in a senior sales positions with to join the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, closing out his career last year with the Venetian/Palazzo in Las Vegas. He remained active, however, consulting and representing different companies. He continued to show up at NAJ events and other industry functions.