July 21, 2021
ASTA Congratulates the Newly-Elected Members of the Board of Directors
The American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) is pleased to announce its Board of Directors' newly-elected Directors-at-Large, who will officially begin their two-year terms at the close of ASTA’s Global Convention in Chicago next month. There were thirteen candidates vying for five open at-Large seats on the Board.
The following are the newly elected national Directors-at-Large, in alphabetical order:
- Kelly Bergin, President, OASIS Travel Network
- Roger Block, President, Travel Leaders Network
- Kareem George, Principal, Culture Traveler, LLC
- Vanessa McGovern, Co-Founder & Chief Sales Officer, Gifted Travel Network
- Patricia Thorington, Manager, Plaza Travel (elected to a second term)
The ASTA Board of Directors also welcomes Rhonda Shumway, President, TerraMar Travel, Inc as the new Small Business Network Director; Deb Belchak, President, Lazy Dayz Travel LLC, and Lynda Phillippi, Owner, Renaissance Travel: Go with Lynda, as the two new Regional Directors; and Kathy Bedell, Senior Vice President, BCD Travel, as the new CAC Director.
“On behalf of ASTA’s Board of Directors, I’d like to thank everyone for participating in this year’s election,” said Dave Hershberger, Chairman of the Board. “This year we almost doubled the number of travel advisors who voted in our last election. Almost 1,900 eligible members participated, the highest participation rate in recent years. I want to congratulate everyone who took the time and effort to run for ASTA’s Board of Directors. I look forward to welcoming our newly elected Board members and thanking our retiring Board members at ASTA’s Global Convention.”
The Directors returning to the Board for the 2021-2022 term are as follows:
- Marc Casto, President Leisure Americas, Flight Centre Travel Group
- Michael Dixon, President, Travelink/American Express
- Helen Enriquez, VP, Product Development and Technology Solutions, Ensemble Travel Group
- Jackie Friedman, President, Nexion Travel Group
- Tiffany Hines, President & CEO, Global Escapes
- Eddie Woodham, Palm Coast Travel
“We are excited to work with the new Board of Directors as we continue to rebuild our industry from the devasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Zane Kerby, ASTA President & CEO. “The Board has a deep commitment to ASTA’s advocacy mission, and its Directors are well-versed on the issues facing our industry. They’re savvy businessmen and women who are passionate and dedicated to shaping a positive future for our industry.”
ASTA would like to thank all the membership that participated in the voting and election process. We appreciate your commitment to ASTA’s leadership.
Rebranded in 2018 as the American Society of Travel Advisors, ASTA is the leading global advocate for travel advisors, the travel industry and the traveling public. Its members represent 80 percent of all travel sold in the United States through the travel agency distribution channel. Together with hundreds of internationally-based members, ASTA’s history of industry advocacy traces back to its founding in 1931 when it launched with the mission to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism. For more information about the Society, visit ASTA.org. Consumers can connect with an ASTA travel advisor at TravelSense.org.