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About TPA

The Travel Professional Association was formed in early 2012 by travel agents that were concerned that no one was touting the many benefits of using travel professionals or making a distinction between true travel professionals and other types of agents. Today the process of vetting and organizing travel professionals has resulted in a community of well over 9,500 individuals all with a common bond. By enjoying free and open conversations regarding all aspects of our industry, sharing knowledge on every corner on Earth and identifying best practices TPA has created an environment where professionals can mingle and grow.

IIf you pride yourself on being a travel professional and want to do something to promote your unique value proposition, consider joining the Travel Professional Association.

Meet TPA's Staff


Joanie Ogg CTC, MCC - Board Member

Joanie Ogg is a thirty-five year veteran of the travel industry and has been involved with the independent contractor evolution since 1988. She is the principal of Joanie Ogg Marketing Group, which specializes in consulting and speaking on the topic of Home-Based Travel. She also provides marketing and sales for wide variety of products under the umbrella of HomeBasedTravelAgent.com.

A demonstrated industry leader, Joanie most recently served as the President of the National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents (NACTA) and TravelSellers. She and her husband Tom acquired NACTA in 1996 and sold it to The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) in 2000.

Joanie’s tenure in the travel industry includes owning and operating one of the first successful host agency models. She has owned and operated several storefront travel agencies (both commercial and leisure), as well as a Hawaii wholesale tour company.

Her decades of success have garnered her numerous accolades over the years. Her accomplishments have been recognized by receipt of two Lifetime Achievement Awards from major trade groups, being named as one of the “100 Most Powerful Women in Travel” by Travel Agent magazine on several occasions, voted as “Travel Agent of the Year” by the readers of Travel Trade magazine, and has been recognized by many other industry organizations throughout her tenure in the industry. In 2008 Joanie Ogg was inducted into the CLIA Hall of Fame, an honor held by some of the most influential executives in the travel industry.

Joanie is a Master Cruise Counselor (MCC) and a Certified Travel Counselor (CTC). Joanie has co-authored two popular travel industry books for cruise specialists and home-based travel agents and has authored hundreds of travel trade articles. She has inspired tens of thousands of travel agents attending her presentations at trade events, cruise seminars, international trade gatherings and numerous local educational venues throughout the United States.

With a time-honored background and forward-looking vision, she is often featured as a speaker at many of the travel industry’s major conferences and events. Joanie’s speaking talents are widely sought as a travel industry emcee by the most recognized travel organizations. She has emceed such events as Travel Weekly's Cruiseworld 2010, 2011, Helix Symposiums nationally, Cruise-A-Thons, ASTA’s CruiseFest, The Trade Show, The Travel Institute Forum and all of NACTA’s National and International Conferences.  


Tom Ogg - Board Member

Tom is a 40+ year travel industry veteran and has owned numerous brick and mortar retail travel agencies, a wholesale Hawaii tour company, started one of the first reputable host agency models, together with his wife Joanie, acquired and built NACTA and subsequently sold it to ASTA. Tom has authored Numerous travel industry books including “How to Start a Home Based Travel Agency” among others.

Tom has been involved with the Internet since Usenet’s earliest days. He founded and subsequently sold the Internet’s #1 Cruise and Port Review portal (www.CruiseReviews.com and www.PortReviews.com.)

Today, Tom and his wife Joanie operate www.HomeBasedTravelAgent.com and offer solutions for all travel professionals. The wildly successful social community www.TravelProfessionalCommunity.com is considered to be the most professional social network available to the industry. An entrepreneur at heart, as a Board Member for Travel Professional Association, Tom believes that this is the finest moment for travel professionals willing to embrace today’s technologies and opportunities.


Nancy Norris - Board Member

Nancy Norris, a retired educator, began her travel agent career in 2001. Nancy’s avid interest in travel and related research formed the groundwork for opening her own agency, PortSide Travel, which she operates from her home in Wickliffe, Ohio. Still passionate about fulfilling travel dreams, she prides herself on her attention to detail and providing knowledgeable, professional, personalized service to her clients. She has forged a niche as the local cruise expert and strives to maintain her expertise through continuing education and personal experience.

However, in addition to her travel agency business, she is also an accomplished travel journalist. Nancy is presently the Cruise Editor for the Travel Professional News and Contributing Editor for eCruiseReviews.com and ePortReviews.com. She is contributing author of travel guide books for consumers and collaborated on numerous educational resources for agents. She was the featured travel writer for the former Heart of Lake County Magazine and is often quoted in the local media.

Nancy has a strong presence on the Internet as administrator and moderator for various travel agent forums, including Administrator of the Travel Professional Community from its initial launch. She was one of the original co-founders of the Travel Professional Network at its inception in 2008 and has continued to work diligently to promote the value of professional travel agents to both consumers and suppliers.

 
 

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