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October 16, 2013, Alexandria, VA –ASTA Small Business Network (SBN) announced the promotion of Robert Duglin to Vice President of Sales and Industry Relations for SBN at their annual convention held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa on September 20, 2013.

Duglin joined SBN as a travel agent member in 2008. He was the founding director of SBN’s South Florida Chapter which currently numbers 130 SBN travel professionals. Duglin worked for SBN on a contract basis to manage SBN’s educational and seminar at sea program prior to accepting a full time position as Director of Sales and Industry Relations.

Prior to SBN, Duglin worked as a front line independent travel consultant and previously served in a variety of management positions at American Airlines, DIRECTV Latin America & Club Vacations USA, and is a resident of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Conference attendee members and suppliers showed their overwhelming support with a standing ovation in front of a home town crowd. "As an experienced front line travel professional and former SBN Chapter Director, Bob understands the needs of our individual members, and has successfully built long term relationships with our supplier & host members” said President Ann van Leeuwen. ”He has also been instrumental in strengthening the SBN chapter program.”

SBN represents 1800 members, including travel consultants, regional directors, chapter directors, host agencies and suppliers. Duglin is responsible for supplier & host agency relationships, management of SBN’s Region & Chapter Directors, as well as overseeing SBN’s supplier based education & FAM related programs. “I’m honored by this promotion and grateful for the support and confidence of our community of travel professionals, as well as our important supplier & host partners” said Robert Duglin. “SBN offers real community and professional development for the independent travel consultant.”

SBN is the travel industry's leading national trade association representing independent contractors, outside sales agents, cruise and tour oriented agents, group oriented travel professionals and traditional ARC-appointed travel agencies that provide services and support to such professionals. Established in 1986, SBN's mission is to represent the interest of independent travel entrepreneurs and to promote professionalism and recognition for the professional independent agent. SBN is an affiliate of ASTA, the American Society of Travel Agents, the world's largest travel trade association.