Strong Community Results in a Successful Business

It Takes a Village: How a Strong Community Results in a Successful Business


You’ve made the leap and decided to start your own travel business. You’re business savvy, experienced, and love all things travel – plus, you’re using a host travel agency to make sure you have the foundation upon which to build your business. So what else could you possibly need?

A strong community.

Many people who are new to the travel industry don’t realize that, along with the essential infrastructure, a strong community results in a successful business. However, it is an essential piece of the puzzle, even for advisors with years of experience.

In the Brownell Mentoring Program, no one is an island. The hosting team goes to great lengths to ensure you know your fellow mentoring classmates AND the other advisors within the company.

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A few times during your year of intensive training, experienced advisors join in on calls to answer questions, share their experiences, teach best practices, and more. These advisors have been in your shoes, faced the same types of challenges, and survived! If they can do it, you can do it – and they are here to help and support you through your journey.

During these vital advice calls, topics range from how to:

  • Manage work flow
  • Cultivate new clients
  • Develop partner relationships
  • Execute a successful marketing strategy
  • Introduce and charge fees
  • Determine which vendors to use on certain trips

You’ve got questions – we’ve got answers!

This peer support and community is a primary asset to the Brownell Mentoring Program and builds confidence in all new advisors. It takes a village to create a successful business, and we have over 150 people who are 100% dedicated to our mentee’s success! WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK. 24/7!

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Learn more about the Brownell Mentoring Program here!


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I am loving every minute of my new career

“The Mentorship program is amazing! I am loving every minute of my new career.”

Kristen Nix, Whitefish, MT

The support and education is amazing

“I love the hosting program because the support and education is amazing! The support team is so enthusiastic and passionate, it is a continuing inspiration. Makes me want to work harder and better!”

Catherine Whitworth, Athens, GA

I'm inspired to set new goals

“Brownell Academy is my chance to step away from the daily office routine and immerse myself in the world of travel. Having uninterrupted quality time with other advisors and vendors not only builds camaraderie, but inspires me to set new goals. I come back to my office not only rejuvenated, but also with specific actions I can immediately implement to improve my business & provide better service to my clients.”

Suzette Mack, San Jose, CA

An incredible opportunity to join the industry as a newbie

“The mentoring program was an incredible opportunity to join one of the premier travel agencies in the world as a complete newbie. Brownell’s staff was always available and willing to help with the countless questions I had during my first year. Being mentored by the top travel professionals in the industry contributed immensely to the success that I am now enjoying.”

David Ourisman, Berkeley, CA

The mentoring program was critical

“The Brownell mentoring program was critical to the successful launch of my travel business. It was a year well-spent learning the ins and outs of the industry and the Virtuoso network. When I graduated from the program, I felt fully integrated into the company and was ready to take my business to the next level.”

Katherine Gould, 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.”

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

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