Travel Leaders Network’s highest honor goes to an industry veteran from Apple Valley
ALEXANDRIA, VA (June 15, 2022) – Sara Butruff, owner of Galaxy Travel in Apple Valley, Minnesota, is the recipient of the 2022 Golden Legacy Award, the highest honor bestowed by Travel Leaders Network.
The Golden Legacy Award recognizes outstanding professionalism and commitment both to Travel Leaders Network and to the travel industry. It honors an Associate whose career achievements best exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit and highest quality standards of the franchise system.
The award was presented at Travel Leaders Network’s annual EDGE conference, which took place June 12-15 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort in Aurora, Colorado.
The conference brought together travel advisors and industry partners including airlines, cruise lines, hotels and resorts and tour companies. Participating travel advisors were able to gain insight from industry leaders, network with colleagues and choose from more than a hundred classes.
Butruff has nearly three decades of experience in the travel industry and has owned her own agency since 1999. “It has been a whirlwind of fun,” she said.
“I am honored to receive this recognition,” she added. “I love my job each and every day, and look forward to what my future in this business will bring.”
Butruff often travels with family and friends. Her favorite experiences include girlfriend getaways, river cruises, Hawaii — she’s visited all of the islands many times — and all things Disney.
She’s also a destination expert for Hawaii and Europe and her passion lies in river cruising. Butruff recently developed an expertise in selling travel to Saudi Arabia. She provides high-touch, onsite service to her corporate incentive clients, bringing them her many years of expertise in facilitating activities for group travel.
“During Sara’s lengthy career she has maintained her passion for travel and never wavered from her determination to give her clients the best experiences,” said Roger Block, President of Travel Leaders Network. “Her devotion to her clients at every step in the travel process is a model for our industry. We are proud to present her with our highest honor, the Golden Legacy Award.”
Butruff’s commitment to the needs of her clients is evident from the comments they leave on Galaxy’s website:
“From the first conversation, working with Sara feels like working with a friend, someone that I could instantly trust and knew she understood my family’s needs and dynamics and was planning the best possible adventure for us.”
“I have taken three trips through Sara, including a multigenerational group trip to Ireland, and she has provided fabulous service and recommendations in each instance.”
“She is with you from the time you book until long after your trip is done, following up to ensure you had a wonderful time.”
Her industry accolades include the Diamond Award from Delta Vacations and the 500 Club Award from Funjet Vacations. She’s also a seven-time recipient of Travel Leaders Network’s Golden Circle Award, which recognizes a small group of Associate agencies for their superior performance.
Butruff is a member and former president of the Rotary Club of Farmington in Minnesota and has worked with the Apple Valley and Dakota County Chambers of Commerce, and recently won the 2021 Woman Business of the Year Award from the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce. In 2019, Galaxy Travel was awarded the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year.
About Travel Leaders Network
Travel Leaders Network (www.TravelLeaders.com) assists millions of leisure and business travelers annually and is one of the largest sellers of luxury travel, cruises and tours in the travel agency industry, with approximately 5,700 travel agency locations across the United States and Canada. Travel Leaders Network is part of Travel Leaders Group, a division of Internova Travel Group.