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At-Large Director Elections

In 2019, three (3) At-Large Directors to the ASTA Board of Directors will be elected. The three (3) candidates receiving the highest number of votes will fill the seats being vacated by those Directors whose term of office is expiring and will serve on the Board for two (2) years. 

The voting period for At-large directors run from July 10-24, 2019.

Who is qualified to be a candidate? 

Qualified candidates must be:

  1. In good standing with ASTA; and either
  2. The official representative/voting member of a U.S. Travel Agency, Premium Agency member, Premium Host Agency member or Premium Consortia member; or
  3. The second designated voting member for a Premium Agency member, Premium Host Agency member or Premium Consortia member

If an Independent Contractor Member would like to be an At-Large Director candidate, the member must upgrade to the US Travel Agency Membership category and pay the appropriate membership dues.

Candidates may not simultaneously run for or seek appointment to more than one office.  A sitting chapter officer may run for the National Board of Directors but if successful he or she will be deemed to have resigned the former office upon assuming a seat on the latter.

Contact to verify if you meet the criteria above. If you are interested in running as a candidate, please review the election timeline for the key dates and deadlines.

How long is the term of office? 

Each At-Large Director is elected to a two-year term. Official duties begin at the conclusion of the 2019 ASTA Global Convention – August 25-27, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Please plan to attend.

How many terms can an At-Large Director serve? 

At-Large Directors may serve only two terms, whether or not consecutive, in the same office, exclusive of any partial term served before completing a full term, provided that, after the expiration of three (3) years from the end of the second term served, an eligible member may run for election or seek appointment, as the case may be, to two additional terms.

What are the responsibilities of an At-Large Director?

  • Directors collectively have the final responsibility for the oversight and management of the Association
  • Each At-Large Director is accountable to the membership
  • As a member of the governing body of the association, he/she will assist in:
    1. formulating and adopting association policies in accordance with the association's purposes and strategic plans as mandated by the membership
    2. approving the budget and monitoring the disbursement of the association funds
    3. ensuring that the organization is managed by a competent Chief Staff Executive
    4. managing and controlling the property, business and affairs of the association
  • Has a “fiduciary duty” to ASTA and its members, which means he/she must exercise the same care in making decisions for ASTA as he/she would in making his/her own business decisions.  In addition, he/she must maintain loyalty to ASTA by putting ASTA’s interest above all others, including his/her own
  • Ensures that the Bylaws are upheld and followed by the association
  • Attends all Board of Directors meetings, reading and reviewing all reports prior to the meeting. Stays informed as to ASTA’s circumstances and activities
  • Reviews bylaws, financial statements and other significant association documents
  • Avoids conflict of interest and whenever there is a potential conflict of interest, discloses the possible conflict and removes him/herself from voting on that particular issue
  • Maintains confidentiality of association documents and discussions when required
  • Makes recommendations to the ASTA President and Chief Executive Officer for national committee appointments
  • Ensures that association activities comply with federal, state and local laws
  • Accepts assignments by President and Chief Executive Officer, except when time constraints prevent such acceptance               

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