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Travel Leaders Names Agency of the Year

August 27, 2008 By: George Dooley

Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates— now rebranding as Travel Leaders— honored the success of Minnesota’s Lovick family, who were named 2008 Associates of the Year. David Lovick, Sr., his wife Sandra and son David, Jr., who own and operate six Carlson Wagonlit Travel locations (Crystal, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, St. Cloud and Woodbury), received the award during the 2008 Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates National Meeting.

“By staking their impeccable reputations on offering exceptional service to Minnesota travelers with integrity, the Lovicks have continually demonstrated the dynamic can-do spirit worthy of the Associate of the Year honor,” stated Roger E. Block, president of Travel Leaders. “Whether it’s their strong work ethic, advocating their clients’ best interests or in earning countless Awards of Excellence, the Lovicks are truly ‘One Driving Force’ on whom travelers can count and depend. On behalf of our 500 Carlson Wagonlit Travel locations nationally, I’m thrilled to congratulate the Lovicks on this high honor.”

As one of the franchise organization’s top two annual honors, recipients are judged on a point basis, precisely determining the level of commitment nominees have to Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s exclusive training, marketing and cutting-edge technology programs, while also recognizing the extraordinary customer service they provide to area travelers. Recipients must also be one of the year’s Awards of Excellence winners. Yesterday, in winning that award for the fourth year in a row, the Lovicks were among only 27 franchisees achieving the distinction.

The  Lovicks started in the travel business in 1979 and joined Carlson Wagonlit Travel (then Ask Mr. Foster) in 1986. The Lovicks grew their agency into six Minnesota locations with a healthy mix of leisure and corporate travel. “Now operating a business that’s two generations strong, the Lovicks are widely admired and well-liked by their peers, in part because of their willingness to help other Associates with ideas and support,” Block noted. “Highly regarded for their fair play, they are known for their humor and grace, particularly among their employees.”

Find out which manager and travel agent won Travel Leaders' Top Achievement Award and read about which associates received the Award of Excellence.


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