Gary Pollard named Travel Institute's new chairman

Gary Pollard will become the Travel Institute’s chairman on Jan. 1, succeeding Brian Robb, who will retire after six years as chairman.

Pollard has been a member of the board since 2009. He is the owner of Ambassador Tours in Foster City, Calif., and earned his Certified Travel Counselor (CTC) designation in 1988.

“Today, there’s a golden opportunity for agents in the ‘Covid recovery era’ to show up better prepared, educated and positioned to provide the value consumers need more than ever,” Pollard said in a statement.

Joining Pollard on the institute’s board of directors executive committee are Rick Meadows, Seabourn’s recently retired president; Patrick McGovern, director of business development for digital marketing agency Ascedia; and Drew Daly, senior vice president and general manager of World Travel Holdings’ B2B division.

The board’s membership consists of Scott Ahlsmith, chief operating officer, Phoenix 180; Rick Baron, former managing director of global sales, Tauck; Laurie Bohn, senior director of national accounts, Silversea Cruises; Jackie Friedman, president, Nexion Travel Group; Evan McElligott, president, Longer Vacations; Anita Pagliasso, vice president of industry relations, KHM Travel Group; Robb, founder and principal, the Robb Aspect; Jennifer Simmons, president, Marketexture; Debbie Wilson, professor and department chair, Los Medanos College; and Horst Schulze, founding president of Ritz-Carlton (board member emeritus).

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