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ASTA names newly elected board members

ASTA names newly elected board members
Newly elected national directors at large for the American Society of Travel Agents are Roger Block and Gloria Stock Mickelson, Travel Leaders Franchise Group; Jackie Friedman, Nexion, and Jorge Sanchez, Mena Tours & Travel.

The two-year terms of the newly elected directors will begin at the close of ASTA’s Global Convention on Sept. 20.

National directors serving the second year of their two-year terms are Jay Ellenby, Safe Harbors Business Travel Group; Caitlin Gomez, HRG North America; John Lovell, Breton Village Travel Services; Laura Rodriguez, Marina Tours And Travel Arizona, and Leo Zabinski, Classic Travel.

The incumbent board of directors convenes in September to elect the new chairman 2014-2015 from these nine directors-at-large.

The full executive committee comprises the chairman, vice chair/secretary and treasurer plus ASTA’s president and ceo, who is an ex-officio non-voting member. The new board will come together for the first time in September at the ASTA Global Convention and will elect the vice chair/secretary and the treasurer for 2014-2015.

ASTA’s governance structure calls for a board that consists of nine national directors elected at-large for two-year, staggered terms, three chapter presidents, the chairman of the International Chapter Presidents Council, two Corporate Advisory Council members and one NACTA member director.

At its most recent meeting, the Chapter Presidents Council elected the following chapter presidents to the board: Marilyn Bell Zelaya (Northern California Chapter) who will serve as chairman, Ralph Vasami (New York City Chapter) and Mike Weingart (Southwest Chapter).