When Ryan Smith and Mike Fridgen founded Seattle-basedInternational Student Tours last January, they had no idea theirages would be a major hurdle. In those early days, credibility wasa big problem for Smith, 24, and Fridgen, 22. The partners, alongwith their staff of 35 (all aged 25 or younger), provide escortedspring break and graduation trips to Mexico and Hawaii for highschool and college students in the Northwest.
"In Mexico, we would meet with hotel managers to set upcontracts and weren't taken seriously," says Fridgen, thecompany's president. "We ended up bringing in an olderadvisor to participate in the negotiations with us."
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