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TPI Increases National Training Focus Beginning with Strategy, Appointments
05/25/2010 - Travel Professionals International

WINNIPEG, CANADA – Travel Professionals International (TPI), Canada's largest network of independent travel consultants, announces strategic changes within its organization involving the realignment of its Regional Manager structure to meet the varying training and business development needs of TPI Associates across its nation-wide network.

Eighteen months following the successful introduction of Regional Managers to TPI's structure, continued growth of TPI's membership base coupled with the need for greater national training coverage specialised to individual Associate markets and needs has resulted in the restructuring of the Regional Manager positions to become Training and Development Managers, effective immediately.

In explaining the change to TPI's membership base, Phil Sproul, TPI President, stated, "Our sole purpose in realigning the organization is to better understand and serve each of you. We will continue to seek your input and collaboration in our journey together and look forward to much future success with each of you."

TPI's Western Canada Regional Manager, Christal Bauer, CTC, becomes the Training and Development Manager for British Columbia and Alberta, additionally focusing on national training initiatives and the personal development program for all TPI Associates. Bauer is based out of British Columbia and can be reached at cbauer@tpi.ca.

A new member of the TPI team, Lisa Prost, becomes the Training and Development Manager for Manitoba and Saskatchewan, additionally focusing on product and program development. Prior to joining TPI, Lisa held sales positions with Signature Vacations, Nolitours, and RBC Insurance, respectively. Prost is based out of Manitoba and can be reached at lprost@tpi.ca.

TPI's Eastern Canada Regional Manager, Penny Martin, CTM, becomes the Training and Development Manager for Ontario, additionally focusing on TPI's exclusive Velocity agent rewards program and new Associate and Affiliate training programs. Martin is based out of Ontario and can be reached at pmartin@tpi.ca.

A member of TPI's Business Development Team, Lisa Geddes, CTC, becomes the Training and Development Manager for Atlantic Canada. Geddes is based out of Nova Scotia and can be reached at lgeddes@tpi.ca.

"With this further commitment to their national training platform, TPI continues to solidify its position that continuing education and designation are necessities for Associate success," said Coralie Belman, CTM, former National Certification Manager of the Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors (CITC).

TPI's new Training and Development Managers will report to Melanie Carter, CTM, TPI's Manager, Training and Marketing, based at TPI Head Office in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

"This restructure will enable us to work even more directly with Associates to identify their needs and trends. We are excited about being able to deliver more customized programs and initiatives to help our Associates succeed," said Carter.

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For over fifteen years, Travel Professionals International (TPI) has been the premier provider of outsourced travel solutions to independent travel consultants and agencies. Backed by a head office support system with over forty highly skilled travel professionals, a world-class reservation system, and excellent supplier relationships, over 800 TPI Associates are ready and available to provide full-service travel solutions. More information is available at www.tpi.ca. TPI - We'll Take You There

TPI’s 15th Anniversary celebrations are well underway for the fifteen months from May 2009 onward and include special incentives and prizes each month for TPI’s partners – staff, suppliers/industry partners, associates, and consumers, respectively. In celebration of its fifteen years, TPI has released a video telling its story as well as sending well-wishes from preferred partners and team members: www.tpi.ca/fifteenth.asp.

TPI is a member of the I.A.S. - Independent Agency Services Corp. group of companies. www.iascorp.ca

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Contact: Tim Morgan, Corporate Development & Communications Manager, I.A.S. - Independent Agency Services Corp.
Tel: 1-204-987-3336 Fax: 1-204-987-3338 E-Mail: tmorgan@iascorp.ca