During our PowerSolutions National Closing Awards + Gala, guest emcee Brooke Burke helped us award some of CCRA's favorite travel suppliers and agents. We couldn't be more proud of our partners!
TRUE Agency of the Year: Deanna Reilly of Deanna’s Travel LLC of West Berlin, New Jersey received this award in honor of her drive, enthusiasm, and contagious support of TRUE. She represents the attitude and professionalism that all agents should aspire to, and we couldn't be more proud to call her one of the TRUE family. Congrats, Deanna!
Industry Leadership Award: Anne Smith of TEE Travels and CCRA’s Baltimore Area Chapter Director was given this award based on her longstanding leadership in one of our most active markets. Her chapter members have been quite outspoken over the years about her dedication to helping others grow, her attention to detail, and the absolute grace in which she conducts herself and her business. We are amazed by the guidance and education she provides her chapter and beyond in helping them reach their goals.
Chapter Power Award: Clavia Howard, CCRA Atlanta Area Chapter Director received this honor in recognition of the rapid growth and outstanding organization of the Atlanta Area Chapter. She has modeled exactly what it takes to provide the value, support, and reliability all of our members expect from their chapters. Her meetings continue to be standing room only!
Social Media Superstar Award: Stacy Billhartz, CCRA Midwest Regional Director, Southern Illinois Chapter Director, and CEO of Total Access Travel has taken both CCRA and her own social media presence to another level - her insightful content provides value across the CCRA universe, and drives engagement that helps our members and suppliers grow.
Lifetime Appreciation Award: Hema Khan, our Northeast Regional Director and Southern NJ Chapter Director, and CEO of Kirkwood Travel of Voorhees, New Jersey, is one of our most longstanding leaders, and an industry icon in her own right. From the early days of OSSN through the birth of PowerSolutions National, Hema has been a key voice and influence on CCRA's presence in the marketplace. Her leadership is unmatched, much like the kindness and dedication she sows to our network each and every day.
Susan Marteeny of CCRA’s Volusia County Chapter and Owner of Sky Cruise and Travel was recognized for having earned her CTC from the Travel Institute. We're so proud of her accomplishment and wish her success as she continues to deliver for her chapter and all CCRA members!
CCRA Standout Destination: Israel Ministry of Tourism stood apart in 2018 with their outstanding marketing and education programs driving more travel to Israel. Time and time again we've heard from our network, "we want more Israel", and they delivered!
CCRA Branding Breakthrough: The Red Collection by Red Roof was one of the biggest head-turners when it first came across our desks in 2018. There wasn't a member of CCRA's sales or marketing department that didn't comment on how beautiful the brand was. We can't wait to see what they do next!
CCRA PowerSolutions Supplier of the Year: Visit St. Pete & Clearwater brought the fun and the sun to all of our PowerSolutions regional events in 2018 and most of 2017. From their presentations to their materials, content, and expertise, they were one of the most favorited suppliers in our PowerSolutions lineup.
CCRA Campaign of the Year: When Original Group came to CCRA with their campaign for Desire/Temptation, we couldn't wait to get to work. Our 3-part webinar series on selling adults-only travel is still one of the most highly attended, rewatched, and rated educational sessions we've ever done!
CCRA Best New Supplier: From their beautiful branding and materials to their strong presence across CCRA's events, Atelier De Hoteles has become the "it" property for our agents this year. See for yourself why so many have been asking for more from them!
CCRA Corporate Culture Award: Carey International earned this award unanimously for their limitless support of CCRA at every level. Personality, positivity, persistence, and an absolutely pleasure to work with, the entire leadership team at Carey is the very definition of what it means to be the perfect partner. Maybe we should change the name of this award to something that begins with P? Maybe next year!
CCRA Personal Touch Award: No matter what type of marketing program, educational platform, or campaign our suppliers bring to the network, it's only as good as the support and service behind it. Over the years, there is one brand that is always responsive, always hospitable, and always there for anything our agents need - and that brand is Hilton. From webinar questions to service inquiries and marketing support - there is nothing Hilton won't do for us and for you.
CCRA Supplier Support Award: If you haven't spoken to Jeff Wright, Director of Sales for Aer Lingus at one of our events, you might not know he absolutely lights up when he speaks about CCRA agencies. His dedication to our agencies' growth and his drive to ensure that your clients are in the best possible hands make it easy to see why he is one of our most prominent supporters out there... and we couldn't be luckier to have him.
CCRA Excellence in Customer Service: We ask our agencies for feedback constantly on their experiences with our supplier partners - and lately, there's been one brand mentioned time and time again for their incredible service and support. SkyBird Travel and Tours delivers time and time again for agencies across our network, from the most experienced providers of air to those just learning about providing it.
CCRA Best Travel Agency Program: This was an easy one. When it comes to an all-encompassing education, training, and rewards program for our agents, AccorHotels' Famous Agents Program outshines them all. If you haven't enrolled yet, please - go ahead and do so.
And finally, CCRA’s Marketing Maverick award was presented to Mary-Margaret Jacobsak, Global Account Executive at Marriott International in recognition of the trailblazing marketing they’ve done in partnership with CCRA in 2018, driving record-setting production from their Global Preferred Hotel Program for GDS agencies.
CCRA congratulates all of our winners, and thanks everyone for their continued support and commitment to CCRA.
We look forward to continuing our partnerships with everyone in the future, and to our awards gala next year!