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Sunday,  July 21, 2024 9:15 AM 

Stand-out agents awarded by Nexion

Stand-out agents awarded by Nexion
From left: Cris De Souza, vice-president of sales and marketing, Nexion Travel Group; Mike Foster, president, Nexion Travel Group – Canada; Melissa Erskine (Rising Star), Jackie Friedman, president, Nexion Travel Group; Robbi Hamida, senior vice-president of agency operations, Nexion Travel Group.

Nexion Travel Group announced its Canadian member award winners during the host agency’s annual conference, CoNexion, currently underway aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Harmony of the Seas

This year's honourees are:

  • Rising Star Award – Melissa Erskine of iDream Travel in Burlington, Ontario
  • NexionTown Townie of the Year – Shylar Bredewold of Odyssean Travel in London, Ontario

Award details

Erskine’s Rising Star recognition resulted from significant sales growth over the past year and a commitment to professional education. Erskine, whose sales have grown threefold over the past year, specializes in family-focused cruise groups. She also makes a point of taking advantage of educational opportunities such as the Cruise Lines International Association’s Cruise360 conference and various Nexion Travel Group educational events.

Erskine joined the travel industry following a career in social work and has been able to apply many of the skills developed earlier in her career to her role as a travel advisor. “When I wanted to make a career change, it seemed like travel would be ideal,” said Erskine. “Not only do I get to own my own business, but planning cruises is really enjoyable. Sending people on their dream vacations is a dream job! I love being part of Nexion Travel Group and chose to work with a host agency so that I could have access to the resources of a larger business. Their educational events, tools and marketing programs are second to none and I look forward to continuing to partner with Nexion Travel Group as I grow my business even more.”

The Townie of the Year award recognizes a Nexion Travel Group member who makes exceptional use of the company’s internal social platform, NexionTown, and goes above and beyond in guiding and advising fellow members. Bredewold was designated Canadian Townie of the Year based on exemplary engagement with and support of other Nexion Travel Group colleagues through supplier recommendations, advice on how to grow sales as well as dealing with challenging customers and how to consistently stay positive.

“One of the best parts of joining a host agency is the opportunity to connect with and mentor others,” said Bredewold. “NexionTown gives me an easy way to help my fellow members all over Canada. As an added bonus, I have expanded my own network and refined my problem-solving skills.”

The Circle of Excellence

Nexion Travel Group also recognized eight Canadian members as Circle of Excellence award winners. This sales award is given to top producers who have hit high sales goals and supported Nexion Travel Group’s preferred supplier partners.

“I congratulate all of the Nexion Travel Group award winners,” said Mike Foster, President of Nexion Travel Group - Canada. “From the incredible selling power of our Circle of Excellence winners, to Melissa’s inspiring story, to Shy’s willingness to generously give his time and advice to others, they all have one thing in common -- they are elevating the role of travel advisor to the traveling public. We are so proud they have chosen to associate themselves with Nexion Travel Group. It is truly an honour that we count them among our membership.”