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Spring 2017

Things are a buzz with ASTA Small business Network! Spring is definitely in the air and the ASTA Small Business Network staff has grown. While there were once five of us serving ASTA Small Business Network at headquarters, we now have the full resources of the ASTA staff team behind ASTA Small Business Network.

The Marketing team, led by Mark Meader, SVP of Marketing and Industry Affairs, has Lisa Watson sharing her ASTA Small Business Network creative marketing and communications vision. The Sales team remains under Bob Duglin, SVP Business Development. I lead Membership & Strategic Partnerships for ASTA and ASTA Small Business Network, and remain ASTA Small Business Network President. And I aim to continue ensuring the growth and success of this wonderful association of professionals. This includes making sure the benefits ASTA Small Business Network offers with membership are of value to you, and that we continue to grow our chapter system under the leadership of our Chapter Directors and Regional Director team.

I look forward to seeing you at the industry events this year. Many of our host agency partners graciously invited me to speak at their annual conferences and participate in their tradeshows. It’s wonderful to be in attendance, as I’m motivated by your enthusiasm for ASTA Small Business Network. Hearing directly from you on what you enjoy about ASTA Small Business Network and what we can improve upon only strengthens us.

Experiencing fascinating destinations and unique supplier products is what we strive to have you do as a member of ASTA Small Business Network. Don McGahee, ASTA Small Business Network’s Manager of Membership Sales and Service, has put together a robust lineup of FAM offerings! Experience the world with ASTA Small Business Network. Visit the Events section at www.ASTA Small Business Network.com for more information.

Filling quickly: ASTA Small Business Network’s 2017 annual conference takes place in Anchorage, Alaska, September 13 – 16, 2017. We even have a post-conference, four-day cruise charter with Alaskan Dream Cruises! It will be a memorable experience, cruising Southeast Alaska, Sitka to Juneau. The boat will be rockin’ with ASTA Small Business Network! See www.ASTA Small Business Networkconference.com to check out the details.

Warmest regards!

Ann Chamberlin, CTIE

President, National Association of Career Travel Agents (ASTA Small Business Network)

SVP Operations, American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA)