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Spring 2016

It’s with delight that we bring you this issue of advisor Life magazine, which highlights ASTA Small Business Network’s success over the past 30 years.

Some of the major accomplishments have been strengthening and growing the Chapter system, doubling attendance at our annual conference whileexpanding the duration, forming a Regional Director Member team, and firming up the criteria for advisor membership.

It’s full steam ahead for ASTA Small Business Network, as we are the only major association dedicated to representing the interests of the independent consultant. Members rely on ASTA Small Business Network
to ensure their voices are heard and interests known. The industry relies on ASTA Small Business Network to provide education and training opportunities to help improve sales performance, professionalism and travel knowledge of the independent consultant.

The ASTA Small Business Network chapters have been strengthened by the formalized application process and introduction of the chapter director agreement, which outlines the Chapter Director guidelines and expectations. This is necessary so we have active and engaging chapters that draw you to local meetings and events. With the expansion of the
Chapter system we’ve grown to 52, giving you even more choices of venues and peers
to network with. The NACTA Conference has doubled in size and duration over the past two years, primarily due to the destinations we’ve secured and because not only is it rich in content, but ASTA Small Business Network members have a great time together while learning!

The leadership team of Regional Directors provides guidance to ASTA Small Business Network headquarters along with assistance and mentorship to the Chapter Directors, to help them host interesting chapter meetings and events that benefit the local ASTA Small Business Network community. Over the years, stricter membership criteria have ensured a professional organization—one that is vibrant and growing.

We hope you enjoy this special edition of advisor Life, celebrating our 30 years in travel. Thank you to our members, host agency partners, suppliers, and convention and visitors bureaus. Without your support, we would not be here today and flourishing. The formal celebration of our anniversary will take place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at our annual conference, November 3 – 9, 2016, on land and sea.


Ann Chamberlin

President, ASTA Small Business Network