18 Jun Travel Leaders’ Prestigious “Golden Legacy” Honor Is Bestowed Upon New York City-Area Travel Agency Owners
Thomas Carlsen and Patricia VanFossen – Owners of Envision Travel / Travel Leaders Locations – Honored with Top National Award from Travel Leaders
Las Vegas, Nev. (June 18, 2018) – New York-based Travel Leaders Associates Thomas Carlsen, CTC, and Patricia VanFossen were honored with Travel Leaders Network’s highest national recognition, the Golden Legacy Award. The award is presented annually to Travel Leaders Associate franchisee owners whose lifetime achievements best exemplify the franchise system’s entrepreneurial spirit and highest quality standards. Carlsen and VanFossen received the Travel Leaders (TravelLeaders.com) award during a special presentation at EDGE: Educate, Discover, Gather, Evolve, which is the 2018 International Conference of Travel Leaders Network that recently took place in Las Vegas.
“Since joining Travel Leaders 19 years ago, Tom and Pat’s business has expanded from a single branch location to 11 branches spread across the U.S.,” said John Lovell, CTC, President of Travel Leaders Network and Leisure Group. “Through a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication they have achieved remarkable success and embody the true meaning of entrepreneurialism.”
VanFossen and Carlsen formed a partnership in 1982. Carlsen is CEO and VanFossen is president of the New York-based Travel Leaders branch, Envision Travel Holdings, Inc., which has been a member of the Travel Leaders Network since 1999. Under their joint leadership, their agency has grown via an aggressive agency acquisition agenda with locations across the United States from New York City to Seattle, Washington.
“Tom and Pat have had a high-level of active participation in a number of Travel Leaders Network programs, services, training and educational opportunities throughout the years, which has been a strong contributor to their success,” added Roger E. Block, CTC, President of Travel Leaders Network. “Additionally, Tom has served as a member of the Franchisee Advisory Board, as a panelist on numerous leadership and regional meetings, and both Tom and Pat have generously shared their experience, advice and counsel to other members over the years. I am very proud to honor them with this well-deserved Golden Legacy award.”
To be eligible for the Golden Legacy award, the recipient must also have been named a 2018 “Agency of Excellence.” Only 26 franchisees nationally were honored with that distinction this year. To earn the “Agency of Excellence” designation, Travel Leaders agencies are scored in several categories that reflect business growth, utilization of marketing programs to effectively reach local consumers, participation in key local and national business networking meetings, and in training programs to enhance service to their clients, as well as their overall promotion of the Travel Leaders brand.
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