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Profiles

Our writers share an in-depth look at the "who's who" of group travel leaders, business owners and suppliers.

As a child, Julius Stecker was fascinated by the world.

We're searching for travel planners to feature in upcoming issues of Groups Today magazine! Who do you want to read about? Who do you find inspiring or innovative? Take a moment and nominate a planner with a story you want Groups Today to cover.

Eva Hotard was recently selected as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Trailways Transportation System, Inc., from a pool of 400 applicants. Hotard, who has been in the bus business for many years and is a talented leader, was chosen because of her experience and leadership skills. Gale Ellsworth, former President and CEO of Trailways, described Hotard as a "warm, solid, keen and savvy businesswoman."

Lisa Scalzo is described as a "very passionate student travel planner." A conversation with her proved this description fits her to a tee. Of her work, Scalzo says, "Heart and passion go far. I'll do anything to make my kids happy."

The International Inbound Travel Association recently announced that it extended Lisa Simon's contract, naming her Executive Director. Chairman Gary Schluter stated that the IITA Board of Directors and Associations International, the association's management firm, have been beyond impressed with Simon's leadership, forward thinking, and dedication to the organization over the past six months.

Recent Blogs

5 Tips to Make Networking Less Scary and More Successful

I am an extrovert. I like meeting new people and often make a point to do so while traveling, while out to dinner or even in the elevator. Meeting and talking with new people is, honestly, a favorite thing of mine. So gearing up for my first formal networking event, I put on my new black pumps and suit dress, made up my hair and makeup, and felt ready.

Build Your Capsule Wardrobe

Maybe you're traveling and don't know what to pack. Maybe you're headed into the office, and don't know what to wear. Either way, having it all in your wardrobe doesn't require owning it all.

Are U.S. Airlines Improving Operational Reliability?

Delayed flights, cancellations, lost baggage ... While air travel is notorious for unpredictability, United States airlines canceled fewer flights and lost fewer bags in November 2016 than in any month in more than two decades.