Alexandria, VA, September 3, 2015 –The American Society of Travel agents (ASTA) inducted its 2015-2016 Board of Directors and Executive Committee at the conclusion of the ASTA Global Convention (AGC) in Washington, D.C., Sept. 1.
The following are the newly elected national directors-at-large, in alphabetical order:
National Directors serving the second year of their two-year terms include:
The outgoing members of the board are John I. Lovell, Laura Rodriguez, Marilyn Bell Zelaya and Leo A. Zabinski.
The new board had one vote to determine who would be the next treasurer, and Jorge Sanchez was elected. The Executive Committee is comprised of the Chairman (Roger Block), Vice Chair and Secretary (Jay Ellenby), Treasurer (Jorge Sanchez), CAC Chair (Marc Casto) and ASTA's President & CEO as an ex-officio and non-voting member.
ASTA's governance structure calls for a Board of Directors that consists of nine national directors elected at-large for two-year, staggered terms; three chapter presidents representing the Chapter Presidents' Council–Mike Weingart (Southwest Chapter who is the CPC Chair), Ralph Vasami (New York City Chapter) and Staci Blunt (Arizona Chapter); the chair of the International Chapter Presidents Council (Ertugrul Karaoglu); two Corporate agenty Council (CAC) members (Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg and Marc Casto); one NACTA member director (Dan Smith), and one Consortium member director (Alex Sharpe).
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.