ASTA Seeks Young Professionals

Agents under 40 take note: ASTA’s Young Professionals Society wants you. The group, which was officially created earlier this year, aims to focus on the professional development needs specific to agents under age 40. “It’s really about education and networking,” said the society’s chairperson Kari T


Agents under 40 take note: ASTA’s Young Professionals Society wants you.

The group, which was officially created earlier this year, aims to focus on the professional development needs specific to agents under age 40.

“It’s really about education and networking,” said the society’s chairperson Kari Thomas of Will Travel in Langhorne, Pa. “But we want to get them excited about being an agent, and bring other people in.”

At ASTA’s 2003 World Travel Congress in October, the Young Professional Society plans to hold seminars and a general session specifically for younger agents, in addition to the event’s general program.

ASTA doesn’t keep track of members’ ages, so there’s no way to know the number of agents under 40. But the society has about 100 members so far. There’s no additional fee for membership.

Agent Lynda Burruss, vice president of ASTA’s Southern California chapter and a member of the society’s board, urged younger agents to get more involved in ASTA.

“It’s not the same ASTA as 15 years ago, or even five years ago,” said Burruss. “It’s changing, just as the industry is changing, and you want to be a part of that.”

ASTA membership: 800-440-2782.

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