ASTA Board of Directors Elects New Executive Committee

The American Society of Travel Advisors has announced the Executive Committee of the 2023-2024 ASTA Board of Directors.

Jackie Friedman, president of Nexion Travel Group is the new chair; while Lee Thomas, COO, business travel at ALTOUR and president of The Travel Authority is the vice chair/secretary. Kelly Bergin, CEO of Duglin Travel Group is the new treasurer and Kathy Bedell, SVP at BCD Travel is the Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) chair.

Newly elected directors will officially begin their two-year terms at the close of the ASTA Global Convention, which is taking place between May 2-4.

The full ASTA Board of Directors:

  • Kathy Bedell, SVP, BCD Travel—CAC Chair
  • Deb Belchak, President, Lazy Dayz Travel—Regional Director
  • Kelly Bergin, CEO, Duglin Travel Group—Treasurer
  • Marc Casto, President Leisure Americas, Flight Centre Travel Group—Director-at-Large
  • Jackie Friedman, President, Nexion Travel Group—Chair
  • Kareem George, Principal; Founder, Culture Traveler, LLC—Director-at-Large
  • Robert Hale, COO, Travel N Relax Inc—Regional Director
  • Tiffany Hines, President & CEO, Global Escapes—Director-at-Large
  • Pamela Irwin, Vice President of Sales, ATB Travel—Director-at-Large
  • Amanda Klimak, President/Co-Owner, Largay Travel—CAC Director
  • Anita Pagliasso, Vice President of Industry Relations, KHM Travel Group—Director-at-Large
  • Shelly Phillips, Owner, Travel By That Girl—Regional Director
  • Rhonda Shumway, President, TerraMar Travel—Small Business Network Director
  • Lee Thomas, COO, ALTOUR; President, Business Travel & The Travel Authority—Vice Chair/Secretary
  • John Werner, President, MAST Travel Network—Consortium Director
  • Deb Belchak, President, Lazy Dayz Travel

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