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Travel Advisors Honored at CoNexion At Home

Nexion Travel Group presented awards to its members for various areas of excellence


IRVING, TX (October 5, 2020) – At its annual conference, CoNexion (this year held virtually as CoNexion At Home), Nexion Travel Group honored several of its travel advisor members with awards for new travel advisors, mentoring, social media and more. The awards recognized Nexion Travel Group members nominated by their peers and/or Nexion Travel Group staff. Awards given were:

  • Rising Star (United States)
  • Rising Star (Canada)
  • NexionTownie of the Year
  • Mentors Recognition
  • Social Pro
  • Networks Leader of the Year

Leah Iuduce, owner of Trova Travel Group in Raleigh, N.C., was named the U.S.’s Rising Star. Iuduce started working at a travel agency in 2019 but decided to strike out on her own when COVID-19 hit. She dove into educating herself, attending numerous Nexion Travel Group educational events. Her knowledge gained there came to good use, as she has had high sales volume in her first year as a travel advisor. Iuduce has an active networking group with other travel advisors and was recently chosen to sit on the Nexion Travel Group Advisory Board, where she will help guide the future of the host agency.

Eric Cohen, owner of Infinite Departures Travel in Richmond Hill, ON, a new member of Nexion Travel Group-Canada was named as the Canadian Rising Star. Cohen has shown great success as a travel advisor due to his willingness to learn and make use of Nexion Travel Group-Canada’s tools and programs. He immediately created a detailed Profiler Plus to bring in new leads and has received numerous certifications from supplier partners including Disney and Universal Orlando. Cohen is known to regularly contact experts at Nexion Travel Group-Canada for guidance and coaching as he builds his business.

Mary Anne Thoman, also this year’s Ambassador Award winner, was named the NexionTownie of the Year. Thoman has been a longtime active user of NexionTown, but has been a bright light to her fellow advisors during this pandemic, generously sharing her knowledge and offering advice from her considerable experience. Thoman also was named NexionTownie of the Year in 2019.

Ramona Tauzin, owner of Red Carpet Destinations in Baton Rouge, La., was given the Mentors Recognition award. A longtime Nexion Travel Group member, Tauzin has given many newer travel advisors the benefit of her time and wisdom. Her nominator noted that Tauzin has been instrumental in helping connect her mentees to other travel advisors and suppliers, coaching on booking tools and always demonstrating an uplifting attitude. Tauzin also has helped newer Nexion Travel Group members with figuring out how to market to groups for maximum profitability.

Danny Genung, owner of Harr Travel in Redlands, Calif., is the 2020 Social Pro. An avid YouTube content creator, Genung has developed a loyal viewership of his comprehensive cruise ship tours. His videos take viewers along on his cruises and provide a plethora of information and tips for first-time and experienced cruisers across various ships and brands. Genung’s YouTube channel has grown in popularity so much that he has had several of his most successful months during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Peggy Morgan, owner of The Travel Connoisseur in Hinsdale, Ill., was recognized as the Networks Leader of the Year. Morgan has led the Chicago/NW Indiana Nexion Networks group for the last three years. Leading a Nexion Networks in a large metro area can be challenging, but Morgan continually puts together robust agendas to keep her members engaged. Although COVID-19 has interrupted the Chicago/NW Indiana Nexion Networks’ ability to meet in-person, Morgan has pivoted to twice-monthly Zoom meetings, all with content for travel advisors during this difficult time. She also has taken seriously her role as a leader and checks in with her Network regularly to see how the pandemic is affecting businesses and personal lives.

All travel professionals interested in learning how to succeed as a professional business owner, backed by Nexion Travel Group’s many great benefits, are encouraged to call 800-747-6813 or email sales@nexion.com.


Nexion Travel Group

Nexion® Travel Group is a fully accredited host agency, offering membership to independent travel professionals since 1995. As part of Travel Leaders Group, Nexion Travel Group provides ticketing, operations and fulfillment support to independent travel professionals coupled with best-in-class tools, technology, marketing, education and support. Nexion Travel Group is the complete host agency for multi-agent agencies, corporate agencies, experienced agents and those new to the industry.