2016 Brownell Academy - Brownell Hosting

2016 Brownell Academy


We just returned from our annual company meeting, Brownell Academy. During this weekend, the Brownell team and our travel partners travel from around the world for a weekend of learning, networking, and fun. This time is so special because our Independent Advisors, support team, in-house advisors, and assistants are all together in one place – and this year it was in Sarasota at the Ritz-Carlton! The theme was Brownell Under the Big Top as a nod to Sarasota’s history with the circus and Ringling family. The weekend was a huge success! See what a few of our Independent Advisors had to say + get an inside look at what we did this weekend below!

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Not that I needed it but I feel like the whole weekend in Sarasota was a steady reminder of why I chose to join Brownell.End Quote


The Brownell Academy planning team arrived a few days early to prep for the big event. They prepared all the bags for the Brownell team and our travel partners, toured the beautiful hotel, and even had a little fun.

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I wanted to say THANK YOU!!! for the most fabulous five days! I loved every minute of it and feel more inspired and grateful than ever to be a part of such an amazing team! End Quote


On Thursday, our Independent Advisors arrived. That afternoon they attended Deep Dive trainings with our partners at Africa Inscribed and Belmond, and Ritz-Carlton hosted a welcome dinner at the Beach Club.

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OMG!! What an amazing fabulous OVER THE BIG TOP time I had being welcomed into the Brownell family at Brownell Academy! There are not enough words in enough languages… truly, to describe the place of gratitude I am in right now. I really did feel at times that I was in a dream and that I had made up this imaginary place (tears are in my eyes as I type), but it really is all true!End Quote


Friday morning after a breakfast hosted by Silversea Cruises, our Independent Advisors had a special session to learn more from our hosting team. Brownell CEO and President Troy Haas and Executive Vice President Meg North also joined for Q&A. Starwood hosted a lunch and then everyone met for roundtable discussions. Topics included marketing ideas, tips for closing the sale, email management, social media & digital branding, insurance, introducing fees, and more. Friday concluded with the General Session, where Troy gave his keynote, and a Midway Carnival (sponsored by Tourism Australia) complete with a ringmaster and juggler!

Open QuoteThank you from the bottom of my heart for the AMAZING Brownell Academy!! It just reinforced, 200%, why I chose Brownell and I am so happy and proud to be a part of this family.End Quote


Saturday morning kicked off bright and early with a workout. Our friends at Every Girl Fitness traveled to Sarasota for a special circus-themed boot camp! Classic Vacations hosted breakfast, and then the Travel Advisors had quick 6-minute trainings with hotels partners. Everyone came together for lunch sponsored by Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and then the trainings continued with our cruise, tour, and onsite partners.

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Thank you so much for another fabulous weekend with Brownell Academy! End Quote


The evening concluded with our special Awards & Recognition Dinner. During this dinner, advisors who reach certain sales goals are recognized, and the highly anticipated destinations for the Devonian and 1887 Club trips is revealed. The Devonians are going to LA and staying at The Beverly Hills Hotel, and the 1887 Club & Griffins are going to Mallorca, Spain!

Open QuoteDefinitely the BEST meeting yet!! 
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Brownell Academy is such a special time where the Brownell family can be together. We can’t wait for next year!



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Kristen Meckem, Bend, OR

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Marion Harbison, Chattanooga, TN

I have reached goals beyond my expectations

“I wanted to convert my love for travel, marketing skills, client service skills, and technology background into a career. Fortunately, Brownell’s mentoring program allowed me to do just that and allowed me to reach goals that were beyond my expectations. An unexpected bonus of joining Brownell has been becoming part of an organization where each part of the team is truly supportive of my efforts and is interested in my ongoing success. Brownell’s methods and techniques serve as a daily inspiration.”

Linda Terrill, Atlanta, GA

The sky is the limit here!

“Brownell Hosting is the gold standard in host agency programs. From the onboard training to the day-to-day support, the hosting team offers best practice strategies and industry insight to ensure I stand apart in the marketplace. Even as a home-based advisor, I feel incredibly connected with not just the hosting team but the entire Brownell Family. There is a collaborative and supportive environment among the advisors which truly gives me an advantage in designing client travel experiences. I am so proud to be affiliated with such a prestigious agency. The sky is the limit here!”

Irene Quisenberry, Tampa, FL

Phenomenal Education

“I am so thankful, grateful and honored to be a part of such a fantastic company. I said to a few of you one of the best parts of Academy is getting to see everyone and catch up but what I really want you all to know is how much I appreciate the phenomenal education I received this weekend. I was blown away. Just when you think it can’t get any better….it does!”

Kelly Millington, Fairfield, CT

We could not do this without you!

“The Mentoring Program gave us the chance and the training to start a business AND the continued support to grow that businesss. We could not do this without you!”

King & Whitson, Chattanooga, TN & Washington, VA Washington, VA