ASTA Announces New Additions to Board of Directors

Zane Kerby ASTA Global Convention
Zane Kerby at the ASTA Global Convention

The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) has announced its Board of Directors' newly-elected Directors-at-Large, who began their two-year term at the end of ASTA’s Global Convention in San Diego last week. There were 11 candidates vying for four open at-large seats on the Board.

The following are the newly elected national Directors-at-Large, in alphabetical order:

  • Dave Hershberger, Prestige Travel, Inc./Travel Leaders (elected to second term) 
  • Pamela Irwin, CTA, CTC, American Travel Bureau (newly elected) 
  • Toni Lanotte-Day, ACC, MCC, Toni Tours, Inc. (elected to second term) 
  • Eric Maryanov, All Travel (elected to second term) 

The at-large directors returning to serve the final year of their current term on the Board are:

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  • Rick Ardis, Ardis Travel 
  • Jay Ellenby, Safe Harbors Business Travel Group 
  • Betsy Geiser, UNIGLOBE Travel Center 
  • Olga Ramudo, Express Travel 
  • Gloria Stock Mickelson, CTIE, Travel Leaders Network 

The incumbent Board of Directors convened at the ASTA Global Convention in San Diego to elect the new Executive Committee from the above nine directors-at-large. The Executive Committee is comprised of the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary, Treasurer, and the Chair of the Corporate Advisory Council (CAC). 

ASTA's President and CEO Zane Kerby is an ex-officio non-voting member of the Executive Committee. The new Executive Committee is as follows: 

  • Chairman, Jay Ellenby, Safe Harbors Business Travel Group (elected to second term) 
  • Vice Chairman and Secretary, Dave Hershberger, Prestige Travel, Inc./Travel Leaders (elected to second term) 
  • Treasurer, Eric Maryanov, All Travel (elected to second term) 

In addition to the nine national directors elected at-large for two-year, staggered terms, ASTA's Bylaws provide for seven additional voting seats on the Board.

Two (2) Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) members

  • Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg, Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc.  (CAC Chair) 
  • Denise Jackson, Balboa Travel, Inc. (CAC Vice-Chair) 

One (1) NACTA Member Director 

  • Helen Prochilo, Promal Vacations 

One (1) Consortium Member Director 

  • Cheryl Cheney Bunker, Virtuoso 

Three (3) Area Directors 

  • Steve Powers, Hidden Treasure Tours 
  • Laura Rodriguez, Marina Tours and Travel Arizona LLC 
  • Chris Seddelmeyer, Seddelmeyer Travel Concepts 


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