ASTA Announces Winners at Annual Meeting

Travel Agent's George Dooley reports from the American Society of Travel Agents' annual meeting, THE TRADESHOW, in Orlando, FL. Click the links below for detailed updates.

Minkoff Inducted to Hall of Fame
Al Minkoff, the founder of consortia giants GEM and Cruiselink, was inducted posthumously into ASTA's Hall of Fame.

Sudeikis Is Travel Agent of the Year
Former ASTA president Kathryn W. Sudeikis, currently vice president of corporate relations for All About Travel in Mission, KA, was honored with ASTA's 2008 Travel Agent of the Year Award.

Lee Named Young Professional
Stephanie Lee, marketing director for TravelQuest in Albertville, MN, was awarded ASTA's Young Professional Award.

Conlin, Miller Win Lifetime Achievement Award
Tom Conlin, founder of Conlin Travel in Ann Arbor, MI, and Fred Miller, former vice president of travel industry relations for Marriott International, were given the Lifetime Achievement Award.

ASTA Elects New Executive Committee
Under ASTA’s new governance rules, the 2008-2009 Executive Committee will serve a one-year term that started this week.

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