Mooresville, NC, August 3, 2023 – Gifted Travel Network (GTN) is excited to announce the appointment of five distinguished individuals to its Board. As a thriving and rapidly growing host agency, GTN recognizes the value of diverse perspectives to complement the GTN executive team with strategic initiatives.
Traditionally operating as a closely held private company, GTN has acknowledged the necessity of augmenting its leadership team with additional expertise. The new board members bring a wealth of experience and varied backgrounds, providing invaluable insights that will complement the executive team.
GTN's Chief Executive Officer, Jen Cochrane expressed her enthusiasm for the newly appointed members stating, "We believe that the inclusion of these accomplished individuals in an advisory capacity will further strengthen GTN's position in the industry. Moreover, it will enable us to identify more exceptional talents in the future, fostering continued growth and success for GTN."
New Board Members:
Allison Shelton Brady
Merchandising Director, The Home Depot
I'm simply thrilled to join the GTN board. My passion is travel, but my career is in the corporate world--this role allows me to bring those two together! I look forward to advising GTN as it continues to grow and evolve, drawing on my three decades of leading teams and negotiating deals at Fortune 50 corporations.
Director, Enterprise Fleet Management
I'm very excited to bring my 24 years of business development, sales & marketing and operations experience to GTN as an advisor. I'm looking forward to specifically leveraging my last 10 years experience as a successful business leader and operator to help GTN as it continues its growth and maturation into one of the best host agencies in the travel industry!
Managing Member, Opulent Explorer
Being named to the board five years after joining GTN's Travel MBA program for new advisors is very rewarding. As a Virtuoso Ultraluxe advisor and top five producer within GTN, this lens, coupled with twenty years of equity derivatives and risk arbitrage business experience, will be of value to all our members.
Independent Contractor, KHC Grand Travel
In August 2022, I retired from the state of North Carolina as the Director of Human Resources for Davidson County Schools, having served in that role for seven years. Previously, I was a Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal and Beginning Teacher Coordinator. The skill set I used in those roles transitioned nicely to the travel industry. I would be honored to share my area of expertise in leadership and Human Resources with GTN. I am so appreciative of the opportunity to be part of Gifted Travel Network as this has turned out to be an amazing second career for me.
Owner & Travel Advisor, Left Bank Travel, LLC
Jay joined the GTN Travel MBA Program in May 2020 and is the owner and lead travel advisor for Left Bank Travel, LLC. Prior to GTN, Jay practiced law specializing in aviation financing matters and was most recently Associate General Counsel for Delta Air Lines. He has also worked for American Airlines, a multinational bank, and two international law firms based in New York City. Jay received both his J.D. and his B.A. from Vanderbilt University and retired from the practice of law in 2018.
About Gifted Travel Network
Gifted Travel Network (GTN) is the premier host agency for luxury travel advisors. Providing an elevated hosting experience through its collaborative community, exceptional support, superior access, and award-winning professional development programs, GTN has completely redesigned the luxury hosting space. As educators and community-builders with a clear vision of making a difference in the industry, GTN’s mission and passion is to cultivate success through travel entrepreneurship.