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The Travel Institute elects three industry leaders to Board of Trustees

The Travel Institute announced the addition of three industry leaders to its Board of Trustees, a step…

The Travel Institute announced the addition of three industry leaders to its Board of Trustees, a step that broadens the representation of travel segments among The Institute`s key advisors. New board members include: Bill Connors, CTC, executive director & COO of the National Business Travel Association; Bob Hohman, president, Classic Custom Vacations; and Sandra Hughes, CTC, vice president, Travel Services for AAA National.



These three industry leaders join an already distinguished Board of Trustees who are supporting the expansion of our mission to serve the educational needs of all areas of the travel distribution business, said David Preece, CTC, president and CEO of The Travel Institute.



Added Preece, A major theme of our new direction is inclusiveness and our board is a reflection of that breadth. It is comprised of travel agency owners from small and large leisure and corporate agencies, representatives from suppliers including airlines, hotels, cruise lines, credit card companies, and technology firms. With today`s appointments we expand our retailer representation, add wholesaler and online presence , and solidify a connection to the business travel segment.



The existing trustees elect new board members who have shown exemplary leadership qualities and have demonstrated a commitment to advancing professionalism in the travel industry. The voting was completed in January and the new members will join fellow trustees at the bi-annual meeting in Boston in May.



The Travel Institute Board of Trustees now consists of the following travel professionals:



Executive Committee


  • Matthew D. Upchurch, CTC, Virtuoso – Chairman

  • Scott Ahlsmith CTC, Magellan Travel Technologies, Inc.- Vice Chairman & Treasurer

  • Jeffrey G. Drew, CTC, Oceania Cruises, Inc. – Chairperson, Development and Funding Committee

  • Alan B. Hale, CTC, Adventure Travel – Secretary

  • Jani Miller, CTC, Central Travel & Ticket, Inc. – Chairperson, Education and Program Committee

  • Eric Speck, CTC, Sabre Holdings, Chairperson, Partnerships and Communication Committee


Trustees


  • Jack Anderson, CTC, Carnival Corporation

  • Roger Block CTC, Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates

  • Bill Connors, CTC, National Business Travel Association

  • Donna Flora, CTC, American Express

  • Michael J. Going, CTC, Air Jamaica Limited

  • Bob Hohman, Classic Custom Vacations

  • Sandra S. Hughes, CTC, AAA

  • Sheila B. Hyman, CTC, Tanforan Travel

  • Terry Lee, CTC, Marriott International

  • Jack E. Mannix, CTC, GIANTS

  • Rebecca Martin, CTC, A&I Travel Service

  • Joanie Ogg, CTC, National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents (NACTA)

  • Horst H. Schulze, The West Paces Hotel Group, LLC

  • Bill Tech, CTC, Travel & Transport Inc.

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