Michael Batt, the founder and chairman of Travel Leaders Group, has been named a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Award by global organization EY.
Celebrating 31 years, the awards program “recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.” Today, Entrepreneur Of The Year is the only competitive awards program for leaders of high-growth companies and recognizes business leaders in more than 145 cities and over 60 countries across the globe.
In 2008, Batt led a management buyout of Carlson Leisure Group – a time when it was a nearly $6 billion per year company. Today, Carlson Leisure Group is known as Travel Leaders Group. Under Batt’s leadership, the organization has grown into one of North America’s largest travel companies, encompassing nearly one-third of all continental travel agents, generating gross travel sales of about $21 billion and being consistently ranked as one of the top travel companies nationwide.
In a written press release, Batt said that he is “extremely honored to be considered for this award,” attributing much of his company’s growth and success to its agents’ ability to enhance their clients’ travel experiences.
Award winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year ceremony will be announced on June 22, 2017 at a gala event at the New York Marriott Marquis. Other national categories along with the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 18, 2017.