Mannix to Chair The Travel Institute

Jack E. Mannix, founder and principal of Jack E. Mannix & Associates and former head of Ensemble Travel Network, has been named chairman of The Travel Institute. He replaces Scott Ahlsmith, president of 23Touch Points, Inc. Both veteran executives are Certified Travel Counselors (CTC).

Also elected to officer posts are Brian Robb, senior vice president of the Mark Travel Corporation, as vice chair, and Gary Pollard, president of Ambassador Tours, as secretary/treasurer. Ahlsmith also concludes five years of service on The Travel Institute’s executive committee and will remain on its board of trustees.

“I agreed to serve as chairman of The Travel Institute’s board of trustees because of my strong belief in professional certifications and designations,” said Ahlsmith. “I was also committed to keeping The Travel Institute autonomous and independent. Today, I’m equally pleased to turn over the leadership of The Travel Institute to Jack Mannix, Brian Robb, and Gary Pollard who share my passion for professional development and continuing education.”

Mannix, who has served on the board since leaving The Travel Institute in 2002, where he had been its president and CEO, said: “I have always been connected to the organization’s goals and projects and I’m looking forward to working closely with the board as we create several new and exciting initiatives for The Travel Institute and its members and customers.”

Focus areas in 2011 include positioning The Travel Institute in the forefront of the industry by recasting its strategic plan and unveiling a more user-friendly website with new features and benefits for its members, the Institute said.

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