Wendy Sue Knecht
Resident Flight Attendant & Product Expert
As a Pan Am flight attendant, Wendy saw a singular opportunity to create a rich and varied life that would take her from the comfort and predictability of a New Jersey suburb to the shores of Australia, the markets of Central America and the dazzling streets of Bombay. Her life adventures, exciting, funny, and at times terrifying, are chronicled in her new book, Life, Love and a Hijacking: My Pan Am Memoir. Life, Love and a Hijacking is more than a memoir.
Wendy shares her tips on fine dining, travel, staying slim on the road, cross cultural communications and how to pack that beautiful bag. Imaginative and upbeat, Wendy has a keen eye for the unusual and authentic and her travels ignited an entrepreneurial and inventive spark. She began a successful import business selling gift items she created from Guatemalan dolls, a favorite layover spot. Wendy continued flying part-time for Delta and working on private jets, while parlaying her love of fashion and design into a career as a style expert, hosting The Fashion Showcase, a segment created for her at the nation’s first shopping network, Shop At Home. Wendy designed a line of multi-tasking travel bags called Beyond A Bag, and licensed her designs to such major companies as Travelpro, Ricardo Beverly Hills, and Ganz, Inc. Capitalizing on her “gift of gab,” she sold her designs and many other products on-air, appearing hundreds of times at QVC and other shopping networks, domestic and international.
Today, with over 25 products and numerous trademarks and patents to her credit, Wendy continues to innovate, inspire, and of course, travel. Wendy married her most avid travel partner at age 47, and she continues to explore the world enthusiastically! As the principal owner of Connect Concepts, she invents and consults with companies and individuals on new product development, and continues to sell and license her product ideas. Original and optimistic, she remains true to her vision. “Keep your goals alive, never give up, and of course, travel as much as possible. Travel is the key to creating a life of extraordinary possibilities.”