Things are a buzz with NACTA! Spring is definitely in the air and the NACTA staff has grown. While there were once five of us serving NACTA at headquarters, we now have the full resources of the ASTA staff team behind NACTA.
The Marketing team, led by Mark Meader, SVP of Marketing and Industry Affairs, has Lisa Watson sharing her NACTA creative marketing and communications vision. The Sales team remains under Bob Duglin, SVP Business Development. I lead Membership & Strategic Partnerships for ASTA and NACTA, and remain NACTA President. And I aim to continue ensuring the growth and success of this wonderful association of professionals. This includes making sure the benefits NACTA 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 NACTA. Hearing directly from you on what you enjoy about NACTA 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 NACTA. Don McGahee, NACTA’s Manager of Membership Sales and Service, has put together a robust lineup of FAM offerings! Experience the world with NACTA. Visit the Events section at www.NACTA.com for more information.
Filling quickly: NACTA’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 NACTA! See www.NACTAconference.com to check out the details.
Ann Chamberlin, CTIE
President, National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA)
SVP Operations, American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA)