ASTA Global Convention Education Sessions
|Mark Meader - Senior Vice President, Industry Affairs & Education, American Society of Travel Advisors (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.
Classes for Mark Meader
Monday, August 26
|9:00am - 10:30am||All Delegate Opening General Session - Featuring: Chris Nassetta, President & CEO of Hilton||