Our Speaker Lineup

More information on our ASTA Premium Business Summit 2020 speakers will be added here when they become available.

Past topics and speakers include:

  • Crucial Conversations - Tools for talking when the stakes are high by Candace Bertotti, Senior Crucial Conversations Master Trainer, Vital Smarts
  • Demystifying Distribution for Hotels by Cindy Estis Green, CEO and Co-founder, Kalibri Labs, LLC
  • The Future Trajectory of National Politics by Chris Cillizza, Politics Reporter and Editor-at-Large, CNN
  • A View from the Top with Ninan Chacko, Chief Executive Officer, Travel Leaders Group & Matthew Upchurch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Virtuoso

Speakers

 

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. 

 

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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