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TRAVELINK, AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL NAMED ONE OF AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL'S 2017 REPRESENTATIVE EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

February 28, 2018

TLS-RepExc-Seal-2017 (002).pngFor the 19th consecutive year, Travelink is honored to announce we were named one of American Express Travel's Representative Excellence Award Winners.

The Representative Excellence program was established to recognize the top 25 performing agencies in the Network who have most significantly contributed to its success. These recognized agencies have demonstrated concentrated efforts against Preferred Supplier goals, engagement with American Express products and programs, and a continued commitment to representing the pillars of the American Express brand.

TRAVELINK, AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL RANKED ONE OF NASHVILLE’S FASTEST-GROWING PRIVATE COMPANIES

October 24, 2017

photo-1467989977606-1f97f7dc81fb.jpegTravelink, American Express Travel, has been recognized on the Nashville Business Journal’s “Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Nashville” list making it the sixth consecutive year the company has charted on the list.

To name the fastest-growing companies in Nashville for The List, Nashville Business Journal first ranked Nashville’s private companies by revenue in 2016 to determine the 100 largest. Of those 100, they then ranked the fastest-growing based on revenue growth from 2013 to 2016 and this year Travelink places at #41 on the list.

“Nashville is experiencing such a great growth market and Travelink is thankful to call it home for more than 20 years,” stated Michael S. Dixon, President of Travelink, American Express Travel. “The Nashville Business Journal’s recognition of our place in the growth of Nashville is a great testament to our fantastic team whose goal is always to deliver extraordinary experiences for our clients.”

WILLIAM HAIRE AWARDED THE BARBARA O’HARA ADVOCACY AWARD

September 7, 2017

JDP_3629-3.jpgTravelink, American Express Travel, is pleased to announce Vice President and Managing Partner, William Haire, has been awarded the Barbara O’Hara Advocacy Award.

The Barbara O’Hara Advocacy Award is awarded to two ASTA members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in terms of their support for ASTA’s advocacy initiatives, grassroots campaigns, and ASTAPAC fundraising. Recipients are selected by ASTA staff members in consultation with award sponsor Sabre, and the ASTA Government & Political Affairs Committee

Regarding the award, Haire accounts, "The Travel Advisor is key to helping the consumer navigate the myriad of options and suppliers in the travel industry today. We advocate for all agencies and agents on the federal and local level to make sure the consumer is treated fairly without additional indirect taxes being leveled."

Pictured left to right: Samantha Brown, Canadian Travel Blogger; Eben Peck, Senior Vice President, Government & Public Affairs, American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA); Bill Haire, Vice President, Managing Partner, Travelink, American Express Travel; Michael Hanson, Senior Director / Government  & External Affairs, Sabre.

TRAVELINK, AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL NAMED TO TRAVEL WEEKLY’S 2017 POWER LIST FOR THE 6TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

July 13, 2017

TW-logo_red.pngTravelink, American Express Travel, Tennessee’s only appointed American Express Travel Representative, is pleased to announce being named to Travel Weekly’s 2017 Power List for the sixth consecutive year.

The annual Power List, which ranks agencies that report annual travel sales in the previous year of $100 million or more, ranked Travelink number 50 for the third year in a row and it is the company’s sixth consecutive year on this prestigious list.

“Our team at Travelink is focused on extraordinary customer service and a continued commitment to excellence when managing and planning travel for our clients. Our inclusion in Travel Weekly’s Power List over the past six years further validates how strong a team we have assembled over the last 20 years.  We are so appreciative of each and every individual who has been a part of making our continued success possible,” emphasizes Michael S. Dixon, President and Managing Partner of Travelink, American Express Travel.

Travelink also congratulates its partners at American Express Global Business Travel for ranking in the top three and American Express Travel & Lifestyle Services for their top 10 placements. To read more about Travel Weekly’s 2017 Power List click here.

TRAVELINK, AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL, MANAGER AWARDED CVENT ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR AND COMPLETES CVENT EVENT MANAGEMENT ADVANCED CERTIFICATION

June 22, 2017

19238197_10158806734615048_3144423188981256420_o-1.jpgTravelink, American Express Travel is pleased to announce our Manager of Meetings, Association Management, & Groups, Lindsay Buchanan, has been awarded the Cvent Advocate of the Year title and has also completed her Cvent Event Management Advanced certification.

The Cvent Advocate of the Year award is given to the person who most contributed throughout the year to Cvent's product suite innovation through feedback, guest speaking, and participation positively impacting all Cvent users. In addition to this prestigious honor, Lindsay's completion of the Cvent Event Management Advanced certification will improve her department's efficiency within the Cvent tools and elevate Travelink's Meetings, Association Management & Groups business. Cvent Certification provides an opportunity for planners to demonstrate their expertise of the Cvent Event Management planning software. Professional and Advanced levels of certification are offered for Cvent Event Management users.

Cvent Certified Event Management AdvancedThe Cvent Advocate of the Year Award and Cvent Advanced Certification were announced and rolled out, respectively, at the 2017 Cvent CONNNECT event in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. A total of 60 individuals registered for the Advanced Certification; 93% of which completed the certification. Cvent certification is designed for the most successful and proficient users who manage one or more events annually.

TRAVELINK, AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL, MANAGER NAMED TO CONNECT CORPORATE MAGAZINE’S 40 UNDER 40 LIST

March 7, 2017

Lindsay-Buchanan-1.jpgTravelink, American Express Travel is pleased to announce our Manager of Meetings, Association Management, & Groups, Lindsay Buchanan, has been recognized in the Connect Corporate Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Spring 2017 issue.

Connect Corporate is a national B2B print and digital magazine providing resources and ideas to planners and suppliers in the corporate meetings industry.

Nominations were received from around the world, then reviewed and evaluated by Connect Corporate’s editorial staff based on references, achievements, industry involvement and other attributes.

These individuals represented in our annual 40 Under 40 are the future of the corporate meetings industry,” said Chris Collinson, president and CEO of Connect. “They together with colleagues and industry partners, are elevating the profession and moving it forward.” The full list can be viewed here.

Lindsay Buchanan, CMP, is a Certified Meeting Planner and Manager at Travelink, American Express Travel for the past six years. She maintains a close working relationship with Cvent and is the registration site programmer for various associations, as well as the exhibit hall manager. She utilizes technology and social media to enhance communication before, during, or after events. You can find Lindsay's profile page on the 40 Under 40 List here.

About Connect
Connect is a leader in the meetings, travel and tourism industry. Specializing in destination marketing, the company produces digital programs, online and mobile solutions, meetings business and travel magazines, trade shows and consumer events, travel guides for newspapers and leisure magazines, and destination information, which is distributed through broadcast and custom programs. More information about the company's brands and services is available at connectmeetings.com.

TRAVELINK NAMED AGENCY OF THE YEAR BY AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL

October 24, 2016

AMEX Rep Agency of the Year 2016 Travelink.jpgTravelink, American Express Travel, is pleased to announce that during the annual American Express Travel Global Forum, held at the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, the company was named Agency of the Year.

Every year, American Express Travel presents a Representative member with the Agency of the Year award. Agencies that receive this recognition exhibit exemplary values, service and performance. The Agency of the Year award is given to an agency that provides exceptional service and value to customers, always upholding the values and standards of the American Express brand.

Contributing to the selection of Travelink for the recognition this year included the company’s unique engagement level for the Gold Card Member travel services program, active participation in several influential industry advisory boards, including American Express Travel, Departures Magazine, Travel + Leisure Magazine, Trump Hotels, Sabre, and ASTA CAC where Michael Dixon, President & Managing Partner of Travelink, was recently appointed to the leadership role of Secretary, serving three successive 2-year terms ending as CAC Chairman.

Michael Dixon accepted the award from American Express EVP & GM, Claire Bennett and Vice President of American Express Travel, Tanuj Suri, Vice President, American Express Travel. “I am grateful for this public acknowledgement recognizing Travelink.  This tremendous honor is a culmination of the collaborative efforts of our entire team.” says Mr. Dixon

Travelink was also recognized as Agency of the Year in 2011.

PRESIDENT, VACATION TRAVEL AND VP, MARKETING ADDED TO TRAVEL + LEISURE'S 15TH ANNUAL A-LIST

September 29, 2016

A-List_logo_blue.jpgTravelink, American Express Travel, ranked #50 on the Travel Weekly 2016 Power List, is pleased to
announce that Linda Raymer, President, Vacation Travel and Sandy Schadler, Vice President, Marketing made Travel + Leisure's 15th Annual A-List.

The T+L A-List showcases the best specialists in the business—destination authorities, honeymoon planners, family-reunion whizzes, cruise experts—helping take client trips to the next level. This year the A-List featured 137 individuals, two coming from the Travelink, American Express Travel's Nashville headquarters.

Linda Raymer Headshot.jpgRaymer is featured in the Europe Experts portion of the A-List for her creative approach to must-see destinations and tried-and-true itineraries, like touring London in a Mini Cooper or taking a personalized walking tour through the city's up-and-coming neighborhoods.


As President of the Vacation Division of Travelink, Linda has developed the luxury division of our leisure business, Privileged Journeys, which enjoys continued growth ahead of plan. Linda formerly owned her own agency, WorldClass Travel, which was acquired by Travelink, American Express Travel in 2000. During her time as an agency owner and now in her current role at Travelink, Linda has served on the American Express CTN Advisory board as well as the American Express Vacations Advisory Board and the Departures Luxury Council. 

sandy-schadler.jpgSandy Schadler, Vice President, Marketing is featured in the Travel + Leisure Advisory Board portion of the A-List. The Travel + Leisure Advisory Board is a select group of owners and operators of the country's most important travel agencies. They share with T+L editors and advertisers their expert opinions on the latest developments in the travel industry and their read on ever-evolving consumer trends.

Sandy is responsible for executing a digital, social, mobile, CRM, traditional media and regional advertising strategy for Travelink and its sub-brands, Employee Vacation Programs and Privileged Journeys, across a national network of retail and virtual offices. In addition to her advisory board position for Travel + Leisure magazine she is also sits on the advisory board for the German National Tourism Office in the USA.

TRAVELINK, AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL NAMED TO TRAVEL WEEKLY’S 2016 POWER LIST

July 20, 2016

TW-logo_red.pngTravelink, American Express Travel, Tennessee’s only appointed American Express Travel Representative, is pleased to announce being named to Travel Weekly’s 2016 Power List.

The annual Power List, which ranks agencies that report annual travel sales in the previous year of $100 million or more, ranked Travelink number 50 for the second year in a row and it is the company’s fourth consecutive year on this prestigious list.

 “Our team at Travelink is focused on extraordinary customer service and a continued commitment to excellence when managing and planning travel for our clients. Our inclusion in Travel Weekly’s Power List over the past four years further validates how strong a team we have assembled over the last 20 years.  We are so appreciative of each and every individual who has been a part of making our continued success possible,” emphasizes Michael S. Dixon, President and Managing Partner of Travelink, American Express Travel.

Travelink also congratulates its partners at American Express Global Business Travel for ranking in the top three and American Express Travel & Lifestyle Services for their top 10 placement. To read more about Travel Weekly’s 2016 Power List click here.

TRAVELINK, AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL NAMED ONE OF AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL'S 2015 REPRESENTATIVE EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

March 11, 2016

2015 Representative Excellence AwardFor the 17th consecutive year, Travelink is honored to announce we were named one of American Express Travel's Representative Excellence Award Winners! The Representative Excellence program was established to recognize the top 17 performing agencies in the Network who have most significantly contributed to its success. These recognized agencies have demonstrated concentrated efforts against Preferred Supplier goals, engagement with American Express products and programs, and a continued commitment to representing the pillars of the American Express brand.