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MidWinter 2017

Last year, we celebrated an important milestone: The National Association of Career Travel Agents’ 30th anniversary. A special edition of Agent Life showcased a timeline and review of the progress and innovations made over the years, under NACTA’s various leaders. 

Many of the ideas for innovations and improvements came from the NACTA Chapter Directors. NACTA’s strength lies in the foundation of our solid Chapter system and the passion members have for our association. The culmination of our 30th year celebration shined through at our November conference, held on land and sea.

Among highlights of the 2016 November NACTA conference was our gala award celebration, recognizing members, chapters and suppliers. A big “thank you” for the celebration Visit Anchorage and Holland America held for us at the gala reception and dinner, including fresh fish flown in from Alaska, a live performance by native Alaskans, and dancing to end the evening. It was an emotional evening, with many deserving members and suppliers recognized. The essence of NACTA was captured in the 30th anniversary tribute video, which brought us back to some magical times.

I’d like to recognize and thank Dan Smith, NACTA Chapter Director Pacific Northwest, for serving consecutive two-year terms as NACTA representative to the ASTA board. Congratulations to Helen Prochilo, NACTA Chapter Director Long Island for being elected 2016 – 2017 NACTA representative to the ASTA board. It was a pleasure working with Dan in this capacity and rewarding to see his passion for NACTA so well-vocalized. We’re now well-represented by Helen, and I am thrilled she has volunteered to support and mentor our Chapters as needed by working through the Regional Directors. Her own Chapter experiences and industry knowledge will serve NACTA well.

I look forward to meeting you again soon, at another NACTA or ASTA meeting or event!

NACTA Annual Conference 2017 takes place in Anchorage, Alaska, September 13 – 16. Visit nactaconference.com to book now, as space at the Hotel Captain Cook is limited. Many stunning pre- and post-FAMs are available.


Ann Chamberlin, CTIE

President, National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA)

SVP Operations, American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA)