ASTA reports that its Board of Directors was updated on the continuing Chief Executive Officer search during ASTA’s recent meeting in Orlando. The search is expected to close on September 30, ASTA said. Final interviews will be conducted in late October with a Board decision expected at the November 17 meeting. ASTA has been seeking a replacement for former CEO Bill Maloney, who resigned.
ASTA also reports that the Board reviewed ASTA’s current financial position with respect to targeted year-end goals. They also took the first of two votes required to change ASTA’s bylaws to make Premium Managers (PRM) of Premium Members voting members with all rights as bestowed to other ASTA voting members.
Discussion centered on what synergies ASTA and its subsidiary, the National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA), can provide its membership in terms of benefits without diluting the value that members find in each group. ASTA said.
ASTA also reports that its strategic business plan needed to be reexamined in light of recent events such as the economic downturn and that a committee of ASTA staff and members would be tasked with the project.
Members of the Board of Directors also reviewed the potential for revenue and membership growth and examined future growth opportunities for THETRADESHOW, the successor to ASTA’s World Travel Congress.
ASTA is also examining whether international members should be provided a vote. A task force will also be established to examine the location, dates and program content for upcoming THETRADESHOWs.