CLIA releases latest Travel Agent Advisory Board list

The Cruise Lines International Association named twenty new travel agents to its Travel Agent Advisory Board. Ten TAAB members will stay on for an additional one-year term to ensure continuity.

The board, which was instituted in 2004 to enhance CLIA's educational training and strategic marketing efforts, is manned by members who serve two-year terms and includes professionals from various cruise-selling operations, CLIA said.

"The strategic counsel we receive from TAAB members is invaluable," said Terry Dale, CLIA's president and CEO in a statement. "The voice of the travel agency community is vital to CLIA's strategy going forward. The board's ideas and perspectives have played a significant role in shaping the association's plans, policies and strategies -- both on a day-to-day and big picture level."

TAAB members convene throughout the year on conference calls with CLIA executives as well as at some industry conferences.

The new members are:

  • Brad Anderson, America's Vacation Center, Escondido, Calif.
  • Bill Brown, Platinum Seminars, Atlanta
  • Matthew Cervone, Just Cruises & Vacations, Clinton Township, Mich.
  • Kimberly Cotter, American Express Consumer Travel, Miramar, Fla.
  • Christina Decker, Travelocity, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
  • Gwen Dewalt, Virtuoso, Savannah, Ga.
  • Marie DeSimone, Cruisedealership, Staten Island, N.Y.
  • Edwina Doty, Regal Travel, Honolulu
  • Charles Funk, Just Cruisin Plus, Nashville
  • Ruth Guiry, Travel Professionals International, Oakville, Ontario
  • Dan Ilves, Travel Store, Los Angeles
  • Ellie Knight, Signature Travel Network, Marina del Rey, Calif.
  • Scott Koepf, Jurni Network and Nexion, South Lake, Texas
  • Fred Mercer, Cruise Ship Centers, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Nancy Peklo-Nosal, Design Travel, Arlington Heights, Ill.
  • Susan Pisani, Cruisin Easy, Spearfish, S.D.
  • Phil Swartz, Cruise Holidays of Tallahassee, Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Sue Ann Taft, Putman Travel, Greenville S.C.
  • Shawn Tubman, Cruise Shoppes, Weston, Fla.
  • Jerry Vaughn, World Voyager Vacations, Federal Way, Wash.
  • Ten TAAB members will stay on for an additional one-year term to ensure continuity. They include:

  • Sylvia Berman, Post Haste Travel Service, Hollywood, Fla.
  • Ian Biddlecombe, Times Square Travel, Richmond, British Columbia
  • Richard Bravo, Automobile Club of Southern California, Costa Mesa, Calif.
  • Michelle Fee, Cruise Planners, Coral Springs, Fla.
  • Lauraday Kelley,, Alexandria, Va.
  • Sherry Kennedy, Vacation Shoppe, Satellite Beach, Fla.
  • Joan McCarty, Specialty Travel, St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Rusty Pickett, Shellback Cruises, Charleston, S.C.
  • Gary Pollard, Ambassador Tours, San Francisco
  • Penney Rudicil, The Travel Planner, Gallatin, Texas
  • To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Johanna Jainchill at [email protected].


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