San Antonio’s Christy Prescott Honored with Travel Leaders’ Prestigious “Golden Legacy Award”
Prescott – founder and CEO of one of the largest, privately-owned, full-service travel management companies in Texas – receives national franchise organization’s highest honor
ChampionsGate, FL (October 31, 2015) — Today, Travel Leaders (www.travelleaders.com) bestowed its highest annual honor – the Golden Legacy Award – on franchisee Christy Prescott of San Antonio, Texas. Prescott received the award during a special presentation at the 2015 Travel Leaders National Meeting, which is being held just outside of Orlando in ChampionsGate, Florida, at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. The Golden Legacy Award honors the Travel Leaders Associate (franchisee) whose lifetime achievements best exemplify the franchise system’s entrepreneurial spirit and highest quality standards.
“What Christy started in 1991 with a single, 400-square foot location in San Antonio has turned into a nearly $200 million travel enterprise that’s now one of the largest female-owned, full-service travel management companies in Texas and among the top 50 in the country,” explained Roger Block, CTC, President of Travel Leaders Franchise Group. “Her business thrives by being flexible and responsive to clients’ needs, whether it’s her agency’s significant portfolio of business travel clientele or leisure travel customers – many of whom are looking for luxury experiences. On behalf of the hundreds of Travel Leaders franchise locations throughout the United States, I’m proud to salute Christy Prescott, and I’m honored to congratulate her on receiving Travel Leaders’ most prestigious honor.”
Prescott grew up in Nebraska and Kansas, and her entire adult life has revolved around travel. Her first job after college was as a leisure travel agent in Salina, Kansas. She later worked as a corporate travel agent in Kearney, Nebraska. After taking advantage of an opportunity to fly to San Antonio, Prescott suddenly imagined herself living in the “big city.” She immediately landed a travel position in San Antonio with Travel Planners, then became the manager for Global Enterprises.
With changes on the horizon in 1991, Prescott made a leap and started her own corporate travel management firm. In those early days, she did it all: calling on companies prospecting for new clients, answering phones, booking travel and delivering airline tickets.
“Over the past two and a half decades, Christy’s entrepreneurial fire has led to major growth and multiple acquisitions. Her company’s headquarters location includes 80 dedicated travel professionals,” added Block. “While continuing to increase sales for her travel enterprise, Christy is also very dedicated to giving back to the greater-San Antonio community. From organizations such as Eva’s Heroes and the Texas Medal of Arts to the Silver and Black Give Back and Christy’s own organization, Christy’s Hope, giving back to the community where she dreamed of making it in the ‘big city’ is an important part of who she is.”
Christy’s Hope raises money in support of the San Antonio Battered Women’s Shelter. Founded by Prescott, the charitable organization coordinates an annual golf tournament and gala to raise money to help stop the vicious cycle of domestic violence. Since its inception, Christy’s Hope has raised over $1.9 million with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the shelter.
In addition to today’s Golden Legacy Award, Prescott was also honored with Travel Leaders’ “Agency of Excellence” award. Only the very top 24 franchisees nationally were honored with that distinction. To earn the “Agency of Excellence” award, Travel Leaders agencies are scored in several categories that reflect: business growth; utilization of marketing programs to effectively reach local consumers; and participation in key training programs to enhance service to their clients, as well as attendance at local and national business networking meetings.
Travel Leaders/Corporate Travel Planners – which is also a branch of Tzell – joined the Travel Leaders franchise network in 2011 and is located at 613 NW Loop 410 in San Antonio. To learn more, please call 210-366-9565 or visit www.ctp-travel.com. “Travel Better” with Travel Leaders.