Travel Leaders Honor the Best in the Travel Industry

Travel agency network honors 25 of its best agencies By: Claire Makepeace
Travel Leaders Honors Agency of Excellence Award Winners // © 2010 Travel Leaders
Travel Leaders Honors Agency of Excellence Award Winners // © 2010 Travel Leaders

Travel Leaders, a network of different travel industry professionals across the U.S., recently announced the winners of this year's Agency of Excellence awards. Just 25 franchises were given this honor, and honorees were presented with their awards at Travel Leaders' annual national conference, held in Kissimmee, Fla.  

Franchises were ranked on their business growth, local and national business networking, use of marketing to reach local customers and participation in training programs. The franchises' overall promotion of the Travel Leaders brand was also very important, including the use of the brand promise, "When your journey includes us, you travel better."

"I am extremely proud to present the Agency of Excellence award to each of these Travel Leaders locations. Time and time again throughout the past year, they have shown the ability to rise to the occasion, solidifying their standing as true leaders in this industry and in their community," said Roger Block, president of Travel Leaders franchise group. "That success translates to expertise, service and value that are second-to-none - a key point of difference their clients have come to depend on.  It gives travelers peace of mind and, in the end, it really is all about the client."

Recipients of the 2010 Travel Leaders Agency of Excellence award were as follows:
    Lois and Mike Van Dyke, Max Nelson - San Jose, Calif.
    Viktoria & Richard Voll - Glendale, Calif.
    Arvid & Patricia Olson - Palm Coast, Fla.
    Tim Kennedy - La Grange, Ga.
    Paul & Louise Lascik - Johns Creek, Ga.
    Lynne & Ed Chittim - Dundee, Ill.
    Ann Waters - Fort Wayne, Ind.
    Diane Mullahy and Steve McCabe - Framingham, Mass.
    Barbara Muelken - Prior Lake, Minn.
    Bonnie & Walt Lee - Albertville, Minn.
    Cynthia Tyo & Dave Eckman - Fargo, N.D.
    Tom Carlsen & Pat Van Fossen - New York
    Judy Clappin - East Greenwich, R.I.
    Dan Moen & James Abbott - Brookings, S.D.
    Barbara Leone-May - Memphis, Tenn.
    Charlotte Weller ñ Houston
    Mike Weingart and Armindo Pires - Houston
    Carol & Bruce Horner - Virginia Beach, Va.
    Mike King & Linda Bowling - Fredericksburg, Va.
    Ted Child - Colchester, Vt.
    Alex Trettin, Teri and Leo Trettin - Tacoma, Wash.
    Sondra Wilson, Julie Harrington and Teresa Arendt - Richland, Wash.
    Dale & Wendy Rauwerdink, Jim Prigge - Sheboygan, Wisc.
    Dennis & Carol Heyde - Chippewa Falls, Wisc.
    Susan Tindell - Rice Lake, Wisc.
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