Nexion Travel Group announced a number of awards for its top members at its annual CoNexion conference, which it held this year onboard Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas.
In sales and marketing, the host agency announced the winners of its Nexion Alchemist and Community Action awards. The Alchemist award honors a Nexion Travel Group member with exceptional luxury sales, while the Community Action award is given to a member who has demonstrated strong creativity and commitment to effecting change within his or her local community.
This year’s winners are:
Nexion Alchemist: Patty Rossetti, ASAP Travel, Inc., Jupiter, Florida
Community Action: Peter Enns, Travel Concierge LLC, Scottsdale, Arizona
Rossetti was named the winner of the Nexion Alchemist award for being the top luxury salesperson at Nexion Travel Group. From July 31, 2017, to August 10, 2018, she was the highest commission earner with Nexion Travel Group’s luxury supplier partners. Rossetti is also highly active in Nexion’s educational and specialty events.
The Community Action award is given to a Nexion Travel Group member who has demonstrated a commitment to social change in and beyond their community. Enns was chosen as the Community Action award winner for his program that combines cruising with continuing education for first responders. Enns’ program allows participants to go on a group cruise, receive discounted rates and participate in a variety of continuing education sessions at sea. Enns proactively sought out education directors in the first responder world to offer this innovative opportunity to law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS/EMT, emergency dispatchers, nurses, active military and veterans.
In terms of member engagement, Nexion also named the winners of the Nexion Social Pro, Nexion Townie and Nexion Networks Leader of the Year awards. They are:
Sylvia Longmire of Spin the Globe / Travel in Sanford, Florida is Nexion Travel Group’s Social Pro. This award is given to a member who does an exceptional job of embracing social media within his or her overall marketing strategy. Before becoming a travel advisor, Longmire worked as a travel blogger specializing in accessibility and did everything from writing content to taking professional-style photography to supporting her blog through various social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. When she launched her agency, Spin the Globe / Travel, using social media to promote her business came naturally. Longmire is a wheelchair user and utilizes social media to inspire other travelers with accessibility needs. She is also a drone pilot and YouTube vlogger.
Diane Frisch of Diane Frisch Destinations in Frisco, Texas is the Nexion Townie of the Year winner. This award is given annually to a Nexion Travel Group member who excels at using the company’s internal social platform, NexionTown, to guide and advise fellow members. Diane Frisch was chosen as the Townie of the Year based on her willingness to engage with NexionTown users and help them find solutions. Frisch can routinely be found counseling NexionTown users on which suppliers she recommends, how to grow their sales, dealing with challenging customers and how to stay positive during challenging business periods.
Holly Serokos of Burnt Store Travel in Punta Gorda, Florida has been named Nexion Travel Group’s Nexion Networks Leader of the Year. This award encourages “off the screen” interaction with Nexion Networks which are local groups that meet regularly in their respective geographic areas. Each group’s leader is responsible for setting up meetings and finding locations, creating agendas, identifying outside speakers and experts and actively recruiting and welcoming local Nexion members into the group.
Serokos leads the Southwest Florida Nexion Network. She has been hailed by group members as an exceptionally effective leader, adeptly coordinating members’ schedules and locations, developing strong relationships with suppliers and supplier business development managers in the Southwest Florida area, and arranging for them to attend network meetings to help members grow their business.
At the event the company also announced the winners of its Rising Star and Agents Connecting Together (ACT) Mentor Recognition awards. The Rising Star award recognizes a member who represents the best and brightest in the travel industry while the ACT Mentor Recognition award honors those who have devoted exceptional time and effort toward mentoring newer travel professionals. This year’s winners are Brandi Vincent, Principal Travel in San Angelo, Texas, for the Rising Star award, and Linda Caplan, Link Up With Linda in Sugar Land, Texas, for the ACT Mentor Recognition award.