Our Speaker Lineup

More information on our ASTA Premium Business Summit 2019 speakers will be added here when they become available.


Scott Adamski

Scott Adamski

Head of Field Sales and Licensing, AIG

As Head of Field Sales, Scott Adamski oversees the profitable growth of AIG Travel’s largest market distribution of United States travel business by strategically aligning with distribution partners and consortium relationships.

Prior to joining Travel Guard, Scott served as the Director of Individual Products at Sentry Insurance. During his twenty-year tenure at Sentry, Scott held several management positions in marketing, sales and underwriting.

Scott attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and earned a bachelor’s degree in business and economics. He earned his Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation in 1995. In addition, Scott is fully licensed in Property and Casualty and Accident and Health products in all 50 states.

Kath Bedell

Kathy Bedell

Senior Vice President, BCD Travel

Kathy’s ability to substantially improve travel programs for companies begins with her clear understanding of business objectives and corporate cultures. Throughout 36 years in travel management, she’s helped clients find solutions to every imaginable challenge in building and maintaining effective air, hotel, ground transportation and meetings programs.

A former travel agency owner who led the growth of her Ohio-based business from an annual turnover of $3 million to $300 million, Kathy understands the importance of strong partnerships.
As one of the earliest adopters of modern meetings technologies and the onsite travel service concept, she knows the importance of innovation to business success. Dedicated to industry education, Kathy enjoys presenting at major trade association events and has appeared in numerous travel segments on The Weather Channel. She resides in Atlanta.

Kathy is a proud member of GBTA, and ASTA she serves on both the GBTA Risk Committee and Industry Advisory Board, The ASTA Corporate Advisory Council, and the Canadian Corporate Travel Association.

Candace Bertotti

Candace Bertotti

Senior Crucial Conversations Master Trainer, Vital Smarts

Candace’s passion is to deliver relevant and valuable skills‚ and enable participants to rapidly put those skills into practice and achieve better results. Candace works with an incredible range of audiences (from CEOs to coal miners), industries (from healthcare to high-tech), and organizations (from Homeland Security to Honda, Google, Mars Snack Food, and hundreds of others).

Candace began in live media, and then served in the federal government for seven years at the U.S. Department of Education. There she helped negotiate multi-million dollar contracts as well as controversial content decisions among multiple stakeholders. Candace now helps clients experience widespread improvements to productivity, internal and external communications, negotiation and influence, and overall effectiveness.

Candace served on the faculty at the University of Maryland in the Center for International Development and Conflict Management for five years where she taught Negotiation, Decision-Making, and Crisis Leadership to the federal government. Candace currently teaches Negotiation at Georgetown Law School and also serves as a mediator for child abuse cases for D.C. Superior Court.

Kathy Cantwell

Kathy Cantwell

Payment Expert, Former AirPlus Executive  

With over 30 years of management in the travel industry, Kathy has expansive knowledge of the technical and operational requirements needed to deliver highly successful travel management programs.

As one of the initiators of the GBTA task force for virtual payments and Co-Chair of the GBTA Payments Solution Committee, Kathy worked with industry suppliers to coordinate efforts for a single, streamlined solution for virtual hotel payments.

Recently retired from AirPlus, Kathy continues to work with various industry associations as an advocate of virtual payment acceptance and alternative payment processing methods.

Ninan Chacko

Ninan Chacko

Chief Executive Officer , Travel Leaders Group

Ninan Chacko, CTC, serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Travel Leaders Group, one of the largest retail, corporate and entertainment travel companies in North America and the UK with sales of over $20 billion and more than 4,000 employees. Travel Leaders Group is comprised of more than 6,000 travel agency locations and over 52,000 travel advisors in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico and a variety of other international locations.

Mr. Chacko’s vision is to expand the retail travel sector with a focus on providing vacation and business travelers with personal service and high-quality travel experiences. His vision encompasses an aggressive growth strategy employing cutting-edge marketing, technology and lead generation to match consumers with expert travel counselors.

In the past three years, the company has acquired more than 20 travel firms to become a leading force in the travel industry. Under his leadership, Travel Leaders Group has risen in the rankings by two leading travel trade publications. The company ranked 8th on Travel Weekly’s 2018 Power List of the largest and most successful retailers and ranked 8th among the top 50 travel management companies in the UK by Buying Business Travel.

As an industry thought leader and a member of the World Travel & Tourism Council, Mr. Chacko works to expand partnerships with destinations and travel suppliers to enhance the customer experience and provide a greater variety of options for travel advisors to offer their customers.

Prior to joining Travel Leaders Group, Mr. Chacko provided highly-respected, visionary leadership as Chief Executive Officer of PR Newswire, the global leader of communications and marketing solutions that enables organizations to monitor conversations, create content, and actively engage with key audiences across traditional, digital, social and mobile channels. During his tenure, PR Newswire enjoyed significant organic growth from product innovation and international expansion.

Before joining PR Newswire in 2009, Mr. Chacko served as Chief Commercial Officer of Worldspan, the worldwide travel information, e-commerce and technology service provider. In this role, he was responsible for sales, marketing, operations, service and support activities for customers and partners in over 60 countries. Mr. Chacko was a founding member of the buyout consortium management team that acquired Worldspan from Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines and American Airlines, and served as Chief Commercial Officer until its sale to Travelport.

Prior to Worldspan, Mr. Chacko spent more than 13 years with Sabre Holdings, a leading supplier of distribution and technology solutions to the travel industry. As Senior Vice President, he led the development, launch and operation of Sabre’s hotel merchant business in the travel agency channel and the creation and execution of Sabre’s consortia network strategy to influence and monetize travel retailing. During his time with Sabre, he served in a variety of leadership roles, including Senior Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for Sabre Travel Network and Senior Vice President of Global Services.

Chris Cillizza

Chris Cillizza

Politics Reporter and Editor-at-Large, CNN

One of Washington DC’s most exciting political campaign analysts, Chris Cillizza is a CNN Politics Reporter and Editor-at-Large who covers national politics including the White House, Congress and every district they represent. His reporting lives under the brand, "The Point with Chris Cillizza," and includes a nightly newsletter and daily Amazon Echo and Google Home flash briefings.

Prior to joining CNN, Cillizza spent a decade at The Washington Post where he founded hugely popular "The Fix" political blog and built a reputation as the authority on fast, incisive analysis of the day's events. A frequent TV guest across networks including MTV and YouTube, Cillizza was a MSNBC political contributor for eight years. Prior to The Washington Post, Cillizza reported on campaign politics for Roll Call where he served as their White House Correspondent. He also previously reported for The Cook Political Report where he covered gubernatorial and House races.

Donna Daniels

Donna Daniels

Founder and Chief Traveler, FOX Travel

Some people know what they want to be in their early years. For others, it's like a light bulb turning on. That's what happened for me. I started fielding questions about our travel hobby, Jim's & mine. Then, realized that a lot of people were interested in our hobby and we gladly helped qualify what they were looking for in a vacation. We became "Product Deferentialists". We took our existing experiences & started sharing them. I turned my "Passion for Freedom" into a business. And, trust me when I say success will follow.

Michael Dixon

Michael Dixon

President & Managing Partner, Travelink, American Express Travel

Michael is responsible for the financial affairs and strategic planning for Travelink as well as the general administration of business travel sales, vacation travel, marketing, and operations management. Michael's qualifications include extensive years of diverse and comprehensive business management experience. He has worked in various roles with corporations such as Wells Fargo Bank, Eaton Corporation, and Ernst and Young.

For the past 25 years, Michael has served as the President and Owner of Travelink Incorporated; co-founded in 1994 with William Haire and Donald Dixon. He champions the relationship with American Express Travel, fully leveraging one of the most powerful brands in the world.

Under his leadership, Travelink has garnered many industry recognitions, including the American Express Rep Excellence award every year for the past 19 years and promotion with the elite list of travel companies recognized annually in the Travel Weekly Power List. He currently serves on the American Express Centurion Advisory Board, the ASTA CAC Executive Board, the Travel Corporation Advisory Board, and the Renasant Bank Advisory Board. In addition, Michael represents the company in the Commonwealth Business Travel Group.

Michael received his B.S./B.A. from Mars Hill College in North Carolina and his Masters of Business Administration (Executive Program) from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.

Wendy Gillett

Wendy Gillette

Television Reporter, Anchor and Producer, CBS News

Wendy Gillette is a television news reporter and producer for CBS News, providing national and international stories to CBS stations across the country. She's also a travel journalist and has visited nearly 50 countries.

Cindy Estis

Cindy Estis Green

CEO and Co-founder, Kalibri Labs, LLC

Cindy Estis Green’s career began in corporate marketing and senior operations roles for Hilton International. After founding the data mining consultancy, Driving Revenue, and selling it to Pegasus Solutions, Ms. Estis Green spent twelve years as managing partner of The Estis Group.

Co-author of several groundbreaking studies including the 2017 Demystifying the Digital Marketplace, and a series of Special Reports profiling the brand-driven Book Direct campaigns and the Groups & Meetings market, Estis Green has been honored as one of the 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing by HSMAI. She was also inducted into the prestigious Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame and named as one of Cornell University’s 90 Influential Hotelies.

She launched the AH&LA Consumer Innovation Forum and holds a board seat for The Knowland Group as well as the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals association (HFTP). Ms. Estis Green founded Kalibri Labs in 2012, a firm providing a next generation revenue strategy and benchmarking platform to evaluate and predict hotel revenue performance. Using innovative big data techniques, Kalibri Labs helps hotel owners and operators optimize profit contribution. Estis Green holds a BS degree from Cornell University and an MBA from The American University.

Felicia R. Hendrix

Felicia R. Hendrix

Managing Director, Gaming, Lodging and Leisure, Equity Research, Barclays

Felicia R. Hendrix is a managing director and senior equity research analyst following the gaming, leisure and lodging sectors at Barclays. Felicia joined Barclays in September 2008 from Lehman Brothers.

She began working at Lehman Brothers in April 1998, where she followed the leisure sector since February 2000 and gaming and lodging sector since 2004. Over the past two decades, Felicia has garnered numerous accolades in Institutional Investor's All-America Research Team for the leisure and gaming and lodging sectors.

Felicia earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Dave Hershberge

Dave Hershberger

President & CEO, Prestige Travel Leaders

Dave Hershberger is a small business owner with a global perspective. As the owner of Prestige Travel, a Travel Leaders affiliate based out of Cincinnati, OH, Hershberger draws on over 35 years of experience and expertise in travel to successfully guide his company through a constantly evolving industry.

A focus on providing a high level of customer service combined with the use of the latest technology has set Prestige Travel apart as a leader in the field, most recently recognized in 2018 by Travel Leaders as an “Agency of the Excellence”.

Hershberger has been an active participant and leader in several travel organizations over the years. This includes seven years of service on the Travel Leaders Franchise Advisory Board, time as a past chairman and current board member of the Commonwealth Business Travel Group, past board member and President of the Cincinnati SKAL Club and years as an ASTA board member and Vice Chair before stepping into his current role as Board Chair.

His leadership extends into his community as well where he is an active member and past President of the Rotary Club and current member of the Little Miami Conservancy Board. When he is not traveling, working, or serving his community, Hershberger enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his family, where he has recently become a grandfather for the second time.

Darcy Lard

Darcy Lard

President, Flathead Travel Service Inc.

Darcy Lard is a Montana native and mother of four, with over 30 years in the travel industry. She enjoyed her career in elementary education but returned to her family’s travel business in 1984 to carry on the family legacy started by her father in 1960. Today she is the President of Flathead Travel Service with four locations in Montana. Darcy is passionate about the travel business and feels her success would not be possible without ASTA.

Doug Mangold

Doug Mangold

Vice President, Product ARC

Doug Mangold is leading ARC’s digital transformation program which will enable the evolution of airline and travel advisor relationships in the NDC/ONEOrder world and provide enhanced understanding of airline distribution through ARC’s cloud-based data products. Mr. Mangold also led ARC’s settlement and data product portfolios, responsible for the product management, product marketing and product development areas of the company.

He’s instrumental in the company's strategy to innovate and deliver high-quality products and services to our customers. During his thirteen years at ARC he has served in various capacities including Managing Director of Product and Senior Manager of Product Engineering.

Doug began his career in consulting, developing mission critical systems for government clients and defining product systems and processes for clients in the telecommunications industry. He came to ARC in 2006 from Booz Allen Hamilton.

Doug holds a bachelor's degree in finance as well as a master’s of business administration from West Virginia University. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and two sons.

Matt McGrath

Matt McGrath

VP Corporate Sales, Carey International

Since 2010, Matt McGrath has led Carey International sales teams with a strong track record of steady growth of national and global accounts as VP Corporate Sales. Matt brings blue-chip education (Princeton University) and blue-chip training to his role and has worked for leading market share companies, such as P&G, Pepsi, Seagram, Tropicana, Bush Beans, Georgia Pacific, and Catalina Resources.

Camille Olivere

Camille Olivere

Senior Vice President Sale, North America, Norwegian Cruise Lines

Camille Olivere, senior vice president of sales for Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in cruise travel, joined the company in 2009. She serves as the company’s primary advocate for travel partners in North America, leading the brand’s sales team in the United States and Canada.

Well-known and highly regarded within the cruise industry, Olivere has been a champion of the company’s Partner’s First Philosophy, the cruise line’s commitment to enhancing engagement and bolstering relations with travel partners.

Olivere sits on the Cruise Line Industry Association (CLIA) trade board and the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) marketing committee. She was recently appointed to the board of First Tee in Broward, a network dedicated to impacting the lives of young people by providing educational and mentorship through the game of golf. She is also very active in the community and works with Marklund – a nonprofit organization that supports infant, children, teens and adults with serious and profound developmental disabilities.
Cynthia Perry

Cynthia Perry

Global Director, Travel Industry Sales, Marriott International

Cynthia leads the global sales efforts and strategic account management for Marriott International’s largest Consortia, Travel Agency and Industry affiliated accounts.
Cynthia is also responsible for developing and nurturing key association partners within the industry and working closely with Marriott’s Intermediary Support team to develop travel agency programs and initiatives.

Prior to joining Marriott International, Cynthia spent 13 years promoting travel insurance, beginning as a BDM in Florida and later to Vice President, Travel Industry Sales for Travel Insured International.
Cynthia currently sits on the Board of Directors for Tourism Cares and was the previous co-chair for the ASTA Proud Partner Committee. Cynthia has also been an active participant on various industry association boards including the first USTOA.

Allied Advisory Board, ASTA, SE ASTA Board, ARC/VTC Advisory Board, WIT and the Travel Institute Advisory board where she earned her Certified Travel Counselor (CTC) certification in 1996.
Cynthia is a two time ASTA Allied Member of the Year honoree, awarded in 2009 and 2017.

Edie Rodriguez

Edie Rodriguez

Americas Brand Chairman and Special Corporate Advisor, PONANT

Edie Rodriguez is Americas Brand Chairman and Special Corporate Advisor for PONANT, the world’s leading luxury yacht expedition cruise line. Rodriguez has over 30 years of experience in executive roles in the cruise and travel industry and previously served as the CEO and President of Crystal Cruises, where she led the brand’s transformation during her tenure. She has also held leadership positions with brands from Carnival Corporation and RCCL Corporation.
Rodriguez is actively involved in the travel industry. She serves on Robb Report’s Private Aviation Board and Atout-France’s Advisory Board for French Tourism, and was previously on the Board of Directors for Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) and is a past member of Promotion Marketing Association. She and PONANT are also strong supporters of Tourism Cares. Rodriguez is a strong voice and advocate in the luxury travel space, and has harnessed the power of social media and digital platforms to reach a global audience.
In recognition of her business leadership, she was named Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of The Year” in May 2017, and was selected as Luxury Daily’s “25 Luxury Women to Watch for 2017.” Rodriguez was also named a “Wave Maker” by Afar, as one of ten visionaries making travel better in 2016, and was selected as one of the ten most influential people in travel by the editors of Travelpulse.com. She was also named a “Woman of Note” by The Wall Street Journal in 2014.

Paul Swanston

Paul Swanston

Director, Global Travel Agency Sales, UATP

As the Director of Global Travel Agency Sales, Paul is responsible for the development and execution of UATP's global strategy across the travel trade, including growth of their Issuer and Merchant base among travel management companies and establishing industry partnerships to expand network charge volume.

Prior to UATP, he worked for American Express Global Corporate Payments, expanding their virtual card network within the travel industry vertical. He began his career in travel after graduating from Texas A&M University, serving as National Sales Officer for Vail Resorts and later, Director of Sales for Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.

Robyn Basso

Suzie Squier

President, Retail & Hospitality ISAC

Suzie Squier is the president of the Retail & Hospitality ISAC (RH-ISAC), formerly the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center. Reporting directly to the board of directors, Squier is responsible for management of the organization, continuing to develop and expand the capabilities of the center’s information sharing and analysis center, expanding the membership base to include the important hospitality sector and overseeing the growth of the Retail Cyber Intelligence Summit.

Squier has been connected to the ISAC since its inception, leading the effort to build the organization in 2014 while with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). Squier worked for RILA since 2003 in a variety of roles, culminating as the executive vice president of member services. Before joining to joining RILA, Squier worked for the American Chemistry Council and spent 11 years as vice president of marketing for a regional credit union. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland.

Matthew Upchurch

Matthew Upchurch

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Virtuoso

While the rest of the world was predicting the downfall of the travel consultant with the onslaught of online booking engines, futurist and serial entrepreneur Matthew Upchurch envisioned an alternative based on the power of human connections that repositioned travel specialists and acknowledged their power as knowledgeable advisors, not transaction processors.

He saw the travel industry bifurcating into two distinct sections: the commoditized and the experiential. To thrive in this new world, travel advisors would need to focus on their unique ability to deliver advice, access, advocacy and accountability – a combination impossible to replicate through any other booking channel.

From those instincts came Virtuoso, a multi-billion-dollar, by-invitation-only enterprise of exceptional travel advisors and travel suppliers, working together to mutually prosper. As chairman and chief executive officer, Matthew has built Virtuoso into one of the most respected and successful companies in luxury travel.

ASTA Senior Leadership Team


Ann ChamberlinAnn Chamberlin

Senior Vice President Membership, Strategic Partnerships & Marketing ASTA

Ann Chamberlin, Senior Vice President Membership, Strategic Partnerships & Marketing for ASTA is responsible for the association’s membership growth and support, chapter operations and consortia partnerships. This new responsibility was added in July 2016. She retains the role of President of the National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA) sister association of ASTA. She is responsible for the overall operations and revenue management of NACTA which include membership, sponsorship and the annual conference. Ann leads the vision for NACTA and ASTA Membership programs, strengthens the company through strategic partnerships and membership growth to ensure ASTA and NACTA remain the top membership choice for travel consultants.

During her NACTA tenure, she and her team have raised the membership criteria qualifications, rebranded the association, expanded the supplier portfolio, and strengthened the chapter system through a regionalized structure. ASTA member engagement and participation in ASTA’s many programs and events remains her main focus. Reporting directly to the President and CEO of ASTA, she works collaboratively with the staff of the American Society of Travel Agents to ensure the success of both associations.

Kelly Bigel

Kelly Bigel

Vice President, Business Development, ASTA

A hospitality and tourism professional, Kelly Bigel joined ASTA in 2015, and has served in multiple positions during her tenure. Currently, Kelly is the Vice President of Business Development, where she recruits travel supplier company members, collaborates with them to create creative, customized outreach campaigns, and leads the Business Development team in executing successful trade shows and events.

In addition to her Business Development duties, Kelly was lead contributor on reorganizing the chapter structure, created and managed multiple Education Sessions and represents ASTA at various industry events. Before joining ASTA, Kelly held a series of Sales and Management roles at multiple Ritz-Carlton Hotels. In addition, Kelly worked as Strategic Account Manager of Escapes at LivingSocial, after coming from her position of Regional Sales Manager at Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas.

Kelly received a BS in Hospitality from the Rosen School of Hospitality Management at University of Central Florida. Kelly lives with her husband in Washington, DC, where she spends her free time volunteering with Horton’s Kids, sailboat racing on the Potomac, practicing yoga, and of course, traveling!

Bob DuglinBob Duglin

Vice President, International Membership, Expansion and Engagement

Bob is ASTA's Vice President of Business Development, where his primary duties include working with and recruiting industry supplier members, as well as organizing ASTA's meetings, conference & events. Bob also performs similar duties for ASTA's sister association, NACTA, the National Association of Career Travel Agents. Bob has most recently served as Vice President of Sales & Industry Relations for NACTA and was the founder of the NACTA South Florida Chapter. In addition, Bob has been a credentialed travel agent for over 10 years and has previously worked for American Airlines, DIRECTV Latin America and Club Vacations USA. A Pennsylvania native, Duglin has attended both Temple University & Penn State.

Zane Kerby, President & CEO, ASTAZane Kerby

President & CEO, ASTA

As ASTA’s president and chief executive officer Zane Kerby reports directly to the board of directors on all internal and external ASTA business and is the primary spokesperson for ASTA. Kerby moved to ASTA from a successful career with the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).

Beginning in 2009 he held the position of senior vice president with responsibility for all aspects of GBTA’s global annual convention. Previously he was Deputy Executive Director, Vice President of business development and held a series of other posts of progressively greater responsibility beginning in August, 1999. Kerby earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University. He and his wife have five children and he currently is an assistant coach of a U12 basketball team. Cycling, swimming and reading are just a few of his favorite activities. 


Peter Lobasso, General Counsel, ASTAPeter Lobasso

General Counsel, ASTA

Peter Lobasso has served as ASTA’s General Counsel since 2015. Prior to joining ASTA, Peter was a Managing Attorney for Berenson LLP, a specialty law firm based in Great Falls, Virginia. In practice for nearly eighteen years, Peter has successfully represented clients in a variety of litigated matters before courts and administrative agencies at both the state and federal level.

Peter has also negotiated numerous multi-million dollar transactions on behalf of small and large businesses throughout the country. Practice areas include, among others, employment and labor law, contracts, intellectual property, real property, mortgage lending, and creditor side bankruptcy. Peter is a member of the bars of New York, Virginia, and Washington D.C. He received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and earned his law degree at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center on Long Island..


Mark Meader, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Industry Affairs & Education, ASTAMark Meader

Senior Vice President, Industry Affairs & Education, ASTA

Mark Meader joined the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) in April 2015 where he represents the travel advisor and consumer communities within all components of the travel industry – travel suppliers, technology providers, coalitions and trade associations as well as U.S. government entities. Mark is the driving force behind much of the highly-rated content of ASTA’s annual Global Conventions and Premium Business Summits being responsible for ASTA’s educational efforts, fostering agency growth and learning worldwide. While monitoring industry issues and trends, he advocates for, promotes and defends the agency community to ensure the travel advisor’s voice is heard clearly and the advisor is well represented within all components of the industry. Mark also serves on the Board of Directors of the WTAAA – the World Travel Agents Associations Alliance – where he functions as Vice Chair – an organization facilitating the exchange of ideas and information to the agency community across the globe.

A travel industry expert with global experience in the agency, GDS, airline and travel association communities, Mark served previously as Vice President, Business Development at the Airlines Reporting Corporation. He has firsthand knowledge of the travel industry from his time with American Airlines followed by the Sabre Corporation where he was a senior executive not only in the U.S., but in both Europe and Asia-Pacific. And at United Airlines, Mark worked on various aspects of their merger and integration with Continental Airlines. Mark began his travel industry career as an outside sales advisor at a travel agency in the Boston area.

Having worked and succeeded for multiple years in many facets of the travel industry, it should come as no surprise that travel is Mark’s passion. When not focused on industry concerns or the plethora of issues and education facing the agency community and our industry in general, you’ll find him plotting and planning his next travel adventure to a new part of the globe he’s yet to explore.

Eben Peck, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, ASTAEben Peck

Executive Vice President, Advocacy, ASTA

Since 2017, Eben Peck has served as Executive Vice President, Advocacy at the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), where is he responsible for ASTA’s work to advocate for the travel agency community at all levels of government, within the travel industry and before the traveling public. This includes management of ASTA’s Government Affairs, Industry Affairs, Communications, Legal and Research functions, and ranges from day-to-day association management to federal/state government affairs to interaction with national and trade media, travel suppliers and industry groups to content for ASTA’s annual conference and other events.

From 2012 to 2017, he served as ASTA’s Vice President, Government Affairs and Senior Vice President, Government & Public Affairs, with a heavy focus on the Society’s core advocacy functions – federal and state lobbying, regulatory compliance and ASTA’s political action committee. Accomplishments of note during this period include legislative and regulatory “wins” that saved the industry an estimated $563 million in new taxes, fees and other costs and more than quadrupling annual PAC receipts to over $230,000.

Peck joined ASTA after seven years with the Corporation of Public Broadcasting (CPB), where he served most recently as Senior Director, Government Affairs. At CPB, Peck was the primary liaison between CPB and the federal government, responsible for CPB’s appropriations requests; managing relationships with government relations offices of other national public broadcasting organizations; and briefing the CPB Board of Directors on federal developments.

Prior to joining CPB, Eben served for five years on the staff of U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), acting as the Senator’s policy advisor and representative for several legislative issues, including transportation, homeland security, labor and appropriations.

He graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine with a BA in History in 1998 and in 2009 earned his Master of Arts in Government degree from the Johns Hopkins University, with his thesis on Congressional earmarks earning honors as well as the William F. Clinger, Jr., Award for Assessing a Topic in Institutional or Representative Government Using Original Research and Displaying Superior Writing.

He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife Colette, daughter Lucy and son Stuart.

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