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Brownell IC Advisory Board

ICAdvisoryBoard_2As an Independent Travel Advisor or Contractor in a host agency, you get to own your own business and work under the umbrella of the host travel agency. You can access the worldwide network, training, client benefits, support, and more through your host agency. (Read about the benefits of a host agency here.)

So why do some travel agents choose not to join a host travel agency?

Some worry that they will feel disconnected from the company and their voice will not be heard because they are remote – especially if the agency has in-house advisors as well as independent advisors (See other Host Agency Myths here!). Industry leader Brownell answered that worry with the innovative IC Advisory Board.


Brownell’s IC Advisory Board was designed to ensure that the needs and wants of the ICs (Independent Contactors) are heard. The Board represents the voice of the entire IC community, and brings their concerns and suggestions to the Brownell leadership team.


Every year, the ICs elect three of their peers to serve on the IC Advisory Board for a one year term. The Board also includes: Troy Haas, Brownell President & CEO, Rebecca Willson, Senior Advisor and creator of the Hosting Program, and Sheri Selkirk, Vice President of Hosting.

2017 IC Advisory Board


The Hosting team sends out an annual survey to all ICs for feedback and suggestions. During the Board’s annual in-person meeting, the six members review all of the survey results and then agree on action items, updates, and/or changes to the Hosting Program.

In addition to the annual meeting, the Board also has quarterly phone calls to discuss that status of any changes and action items.

For example, last year, the Board suggested a change to Brownell’s reward trip. Every year at our annual company meeting, Brownell Academy, advisors who reach certain sales goals are recognized:

The Devonian level was just the sales threshold recognition while the Griffins and 1887 Club got to go on a special awards trip. The 2015 Board suggested the Devonians also go on an award trip, and the 2015 Devonians got to go on a fabulous trip to New York!

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The Devonians at the Ritz-Carlton Central Park during a special flower arranging class.


The IC Advisory Board is essential to the success of the Hosting Program. Since our ICs are spread across the country (and even into Europe!), the Leadership Team doesn’t get to see everyone as much as they would like. Through the Board, however, they make sure that the Hosting Program and support teams are doing everything it can to help our ICs be successful!

Learn more about the Brownell Hosting Program here!



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“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

I count my lucky stars that I work with Brownell

“There is no agency better than Brownell! Our Hosting Team is there to hold our hands through the good and the bad. What a huge support group we have! I count my lucky stars every day that I am fortunate to be working for Brownell. The hosting staff is such a comforting and hands on team. They are positive reinforcements of acknowledging when we excel and encourage us to grow our business by having the opportunities to travel and experience the wonderful hotels and resorts we sell worldwide.”

Caroline Wallace, Richmond, VA

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.”

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