Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Slated as Keynote Speaker for Travel Leaders Network’s International Conference
Celebrated Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist will address more than 2,000 U.S. and Canadian Travel Leaders Network Members and industry leaders at Universal Orlando
Plymouth, MN (March 13, 2017) –Today, Travel Leaders Network – the travel industry’s largest travel agency organization – announced that Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak will be the keynote speaker at its International Conference. With more than 2,000 travel industry professionals in attendance, the Travel Leaders Network International Conference will convene April 29 through May 4, 2017, at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. Travel Leaders Network is comprised of nearly 7,000 locations in both the United States and Canada offering both innovative franchise (Associate) and consortium (Member) solutions depending on each individual agency’s objectives and needs.
“We are thrilled to announce that Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak has accepted our invitation to serve as this year’s keynote speaker,” noted Roger E. Block, CTC, President of Travel Leaders Network. “As a renowned American inventor, philanthropist, author and so much more, Steve Wozniak helped revolutionize how we use computers in our everyday lives. It is truly an honor to secure such a remarkable keynote speaker for our inaugural Conference, perfectly underscoring our ‘Be a Leader’ theme designed to encourage our Members to continue innovating and leading the way in the travel industry and with the traveling public.”
Iconic for his leadership in technology and philanthropy for more than 30 years, Steve Wozniak contributed to the public’s imagination on how computers could enhance their daily lives through his design of Apple’s first line of products, the Apple I and II, and his influence over the popular Macintosh. For his achievements at Apple, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 1985 by the President of the United States – the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators. Wozniak is now Chief Scientist at Primary Data and is a published author with the 2006 release of his New York Times best-selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon. In 2014, he was awarded the Hoover Medal, a prestigious honor given for “outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity,” and was inducted into the IndustryWeek Manufacturing Hall of Fame.
In addition to Wozniak’s keynote address, the Travel Leaders Network 2017 International Conference will feature its Trade Show with more than 170 exhibitors, over 230 training workshops, supplier partner seminars and the Experience Room for Members to learn about each Travel Leaders Network offering from subject matter experts.
“By combining three very successful travel agency organizations into one powerhouse, we are not only transforming the industry and how we assist travelers, but we are also able to take our Members’ Conference experience to unparalleled heights,” explained Block. “Those who attend this year’s Conference will greatly benefit from the industry’s best networking event, while accessing hundreds of learning opportunities around our innovative programs and tools.”
Another key highlight of the combined Travel Leaders Network International Conference is its venue within Universal Orlando ResortTM, featuring an exclusive, closed to the public, evening of entertainment at Universal Studios Florida™. Entertainment during the 2017 Travel Leaders Network International Conference will also include a performance by the cast of the new Broadway hit musical, “A Bronx Tale.”
Travel Leaders Network Member agencies will find registration information on Agent Universe. For travel agencies interested in learning more about the award-winning programs and diverse offerings that Travel Leaders Network offers agencies in leisure and luxury travel, business travel, destination weddings and honeymoon travel – as well as active and adventure travel – visit TravelLeadersNetwork.com. Led by the flagship Travel Leaders-branded Associates, the nearly 7,000 travel agencies of Travel Leaders Network combined enjoy more than $17 billion in annual sales volume.
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About Travel Leaders Network
Travel Leaders Network assists millions of leisure and business travelers, annually, and is the largest seller of luxury travel, cruises, river cruises and tours in the travel agency industry. Led by flagship Travel Leaders-branded travel agencies (www.travelleaders.com), the network includes nearly 7,000 Associates and Member travel agencies locations in the United States and Canada and represents more than $17 billion in annual sales volume. Travel Leaders Network’s award-winning Agent Profiler agent-locator, marketing, technology, supplier partnerships and educational programs are designed around our travel agents’ commitment to our vacation and business travel clients in providing a progressive approach toward each unique travel experience. Travel Leaders Network is a Travel Leaders Group LLC company.