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Board of Directors

NTA is governed by a 17-member volunteer board of directors, which is advised by volunteer committees. NTA is based in North America, but its industry and its membership spans the globe. Interested in becoming a leader?

The board governs. NTA president & staff manages. 

Executive Committee

Directors

Directors at Large

  • Past Presidents

    2016: Justin Osbon
    2015: Jorge Cazenave
    2014: Paul Nakamoto
    2013: Mark Hoffmann, CTP
    2012: Jim Reddekopp, Jr.
    2010-11: Catherine Greteman
    2009: Michele Michalewicz, CTP
    2008: Bob Hoelscher, CTP
    2007: Randy Julian
    2006: Judith Thomas, CTP
    2005: Ann Thomas, CTP
    2004: Mitchell Sussman, CTP
    2003: Charlie McIlvain, CTP
    2002: Kathy LeTarte, CTP
    2001: Ed Dresel
    2000: Mark Hoffmann, CTP
    1999: Robert Brennan, CTP
    1998: Keith Griffall, CTP
    1997: Janice McIlwain
    1996: Robert Everidge
    1995: Gerald B. “Jerry” DiPietro
    1994: S. Burkett “Doc” Milner, CTP
    1993: Dottie Maitland, CTP
    1992: John P. Stachnik Sr., CTP, CTC
    1991: Thomas R. Frenkel, CTP
    1990: George Guenther, CTP
    1989: Dan Dipert
    1988: Pete Anderson, CTP
    1987: David V. Lippincott, CTP
    1986: Francis “MIkie” Wall, CTP
    1985: Lois Anderson
    1984: Harold E. Mishnick, Sr.
    1983: R. Bruce Beckham, CTP
    1981-82: William Grossman
    1979-80: Earl L. Harmon
    1977-78: Lynn B. “Spike” Herzig
    1975-76: Edwin Bortner
    1973-74: Joseph A. Casser
    1971-72: Mary H. Lee
    1969-70: Maurice P. Hughes
    1967-68: Aurthur C. Tauck Jr.
    1965-66: Robert L. McMullen
    1963-64: Stanley A. Parker
    1961-62: Arnold C. Rigby
    1958-60: George S. Talmage
    1951-57: Robert H. Shattuck

  • Leadership Requirements

    Members are chosen for committees based on several criteria. Here is a sampling of guidelines used in the selection process:

    • Representation of different basic types of members is essential. A variety of tour operator, tour supplier and DMO components, geographic diversity, and mix from the large, medium and small companies provide a good balance. Different viewpoints are important in achieving a well-balanced group.
    • A member’s role within his/her company or organization is considered.
    • Retention of selected past volunteer leaders is valuable to ensure continuity.
    • Appointment of new members ensures fresh ideas and perspectives. It is NTA’s goal to avoid over-taxing those who have made a contribution over a period of time.
  • President Bio

    Pam-InmanPam Inman, IOM, CAE, CMHS
    President, National Tour Association

    Pam Inman is president of the National Tour Association, a member-based organization of travel professionals who serve the North American market—to, from and within the continent. The membership of NTA, founded in 1951, comprises tour operators, destination marketing representatives and tour suppliers (hotels, attractions, restaurants and transportation companies) from North America and 40 countries worldwide. Inman oversees the NTA headquarters staff in Lexington, Ky., and guides the association’s strategic direction.

    Prior to taking the helm at NTA in September 2014, Inman was executive vice president and COO for the American Hotel & Lodging Association. In this position, Inman worked with the association’s partner state associations, corporations and multiunit management companies to develop programs to solicit and retain members, as well as develop strategies for retaining and growing property, allied, international, student, and faculty membership. In addition, Inman worked with the business development division to create revenue streams and value-added membership services, as well as overseeing the association’s marketing/communications and conventions/events functions.

    Before joining the AH&LA staff in 2004, Inman served as president and CEO of the Tennessee Hotel & Lodging Association and the Greater Nashville Hotel & Lodging Association. As TH&LA’s CEO, Inman lobbied for issues supporting the hospitality industry. She is credited with building TH&LA’s strong membership base and political action fundraising capability.

    Inman has nearly 30 years of experience in the hospitality and trade association industry in leadership positions at the national and state level. In addition, she held executive positions in state government including two gubernatorial offices, tourist development, environment, and labor agencies. Inman also has more than 15 years’ experience working on political campaigns and 25 years in lobbying to the state legislature and members of Congress on tourism issues.

    A graduate of Tennessee State University, Inman earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications. She is a graduate of the Institute for Organizational Management at the University of Notre Dame, received the designation of Certified Association Executive from the American Society of Association Executives, and earned the Certified Master Hotel Supplier designation from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute. Inman was named to the 2017 Top Women in Travel Industry Leadership list by Women in Travel & Tourism International.

    Inman resides in Washington, D.C., and Lexington, Ky.

Become an NTA Leader

NTA relies heavily on member volunteers to assist in guiding the association and enhancing its programs. The Leadership Team comprises members who serve on advisory groups, which are a vital link between the strategic direction set by the NTA Board of Directors and the NTA staff which implements the strategies. The bottom line: it all benefits the membership.

If you are interested in serving as a leadership volunteer, please complete the form below and email it to Morgan Maravich.

  • Advocacy Advisory Group

    Purpose

    To advise staff on the development of and participation in NTA’s advocacy events (Destination Capitol Hill and annual event-related fund raising). This group also will advise staff on understanding member needs related to advocacy (both in the U.S and Canada), assist in effectively communicating the value of advocacy, and provide member perspective on legislative issues impacting travel.

     

    Members

    Staff liaisons

  • China Inbound Advisory Group

    Purpose

    To provide industry perspective and guide the association in developing plans to serve China Inbound Program registered tour operators by:

    • Increasing business opportunities among China Inbound Program registered tour operators, as well as with other NTA members.
    • Identifying China market trends and providing guidance and education for the U.S. inbound tourism industry.
    • Helping the association staff to develop services and programs for China market.
    • Helping the association implement best practices to best serve the China inbound market.

     

    Members

    Staff Liaison

  • Education Advisory Group

    Purpose

    To advise NTA staff on development of a standing core curriculum for professional development, as well as an annual curriculum based on current trends and educational needs. This group also will advise NTA on the Certified Tour Professional program.

     

    Members

    Staff liaisons

  • Faith Travel Advisory Group

    Purpose

    Provide support and guidance to staff on benefits, programs and services for the faith-based travel market segment.

     

    Members

    Staff liaisons

  • Hispanic Advisory Group

    Purpose

    Provide support and guidance to staff on benefits, programs and services for the Hispanic travel market segment.

     

    Staff liaison

  • Member Solutions Advisory Group

    Purpose

    To help NTA staff better understand the needs of its current and prospective membership. Members of this group will provide information from their perspective and identify member needs to help NTA develop programs, business tools, solutions and services.

     

    Members

    Staff liaisons

  • Young Professionals Advisory Group

    Purpose

    To advise on networking, benefits, education, and business opportunities that will be of specific interest to young professionals, e.g. millennials and Gen Xers. | NTAonline.com/young-professionals

     

    Members

    Staff liaisons

  • Board Alliances Team

    Purpose

    This cross-functional vetting team (comprising volunteer leaders and staff) will create clear criteria for selection of prospective partners ensuring that future alliances are supportive of NTA’s updated strategic requirements and long-term business goals. The Alliances Team will use this criterion to conduct a thorough evaluation of the prospective partner before any commitments are made.

    Members

    Staff liaison

  • Board Governance Committee

    Purpose

    To oversee the NTA Board’s policy governance transition, process and performance. The Governance Committee develops and delivers education and orientation as it relates to the governance structure and shall conduct a thorough review of the NTA board survey and move forward recommendations to align NTA’s policy governance work with its strategic direction.

     

    Members

    Staff liaison

  • Board Nominating Committee

    Purpose

    To select board and elected officer nominees and oversee the election process. The committee recruits candidates and promotes board services throughout the year and at NTA events, establishes the election timeline annually, and interviews candidates and selects the most qualified candidate per available seat (i.e. nominates a slate of candidates).(Members of the Nominating Committee are determined each year per the structure outlined in the NTA Election Policies and Procedures.)

     

    Members

    Staff liaison

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Interested in volunteering? Contact:Morgan Maravich morgan.maravich@ntastaff.com+1.859.264.6552

  • NTA has provided us the research and atmosphere to brainstorm new ways of doing things and fresh additions to trips, which has led to successful business development. Rachel Ranck, WorldStrides, NTA member since 1985
  • What NTA does is provide the right buyers. They provide the right people who make decisions. This is what makes this organization one I can’t afford to take off my list. John Stachnik CTP, Mayflower Tours, NTA member since 1979
  • I came to NTA to build a business, and that’s exactly what it did for us, as sales came in. For me, it’s the only outlet for new ideas. Matthew Squire, Select Travel Service (UK), NTA member since 2002
  • NTA membership and our attendance at the convention have provided us with more clients, more business relationships and more ideas. We are proud to belong to NTA. Daniele Panzarin, Target Travel (Italy), NTA member since 2007
  • The No. 1 member benefit of NTA has to be all the great professional and personal connections we’ve made over the past decade. Taunya Wolfe Finn, CTP, Wolfe Adventures & Tours, NTA member since 2005
  • We have not found a more reliable, more profitable or more consistent tourism venue in which to acquire new business than NTA. Diane Hohnstein, Hospitality Management Services, NTA member since 1999
  • I believe attending the NTA conferences allow me to create valuable relationships and work together with U.S. operators in creating great Scotland product. Maggie Anderson, VisitScotland, NTA member since 2003
  • NTA events provide us with beneficial networking with many top tour operators. It’s national and international in scope providing a global perspective. Tim and Elaine Moulder, Brilliant Edventures, NTA member since 2015