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Brownell Academy

It’s been called “The Greatest Show on Earth,” and with good reason! Brownell Academy is our annual meeting with a focus on sharing, learning, growing and FUN. Our family of Independent Advisors, supplier partners and staff consider it a “can’t miss” event because of the valuable networking and enriching content. Each Brownell Academy is carefully planned over nine months by a team of seven to develop content and opportunities for professional growth.

Sample Training Topics:

  • SABRE Shortcuts
  • ClientBase Tips and Time-Savers
  • Supplier Deep Dives
  • Master Sales Strategies
  • Excellence in Entrepreneurship
  • Open Forum with Top Advisors
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Social Media
  • Axus Itineraries
  • Content Marketing
  • How to Work with Assistants
  • Pricing Onsite Itineraries


Brownell Travel Annual Company Meeting 2016

Brownell Travel Annual Company Meeting 2016

Business Development 2016 Brownell Academy

Business Development 2016 Brownell Academy

Camp Brownell 2014

Camp Brownell 2014

Brownell Academy Applause

Brownell Academy Applause

Brownell Academy Giveaways

Brownell Academy Giveaways

Troy at General Session 2014

Troy at General Session 2014

Heather, Wendy, Milissa Brownell Academy 2016

Heather, Wendy, Milissa Brownell Academy 2016

Brownell Academy 2016 General Session

Brownell Academy 2016 General Session


The Winner’s Circle

A fan-favorite of Brownell Academy is recognizing the valuable contributions our Independent Contractors, Suppliers and Support Teams make to the company each year.


Supplier & Team MVPs



Recognition Awards

Spirit of Brownell
Sterling Award
Sales Support Award


Sales Awards

1887 Club

Brownell Academy History

What began in 1990 as a 1-day meeting to give remote ICs face-to-face time, has evolved into an energizing and rewarding “family reunion.”   The success of the meeting is illustrated by our attendance rate. Close to 90% of our ICs travel to attend Brownell Academy; and the “waitlist” for suppliers clamoring for a spot grows longer with each passing year.





Advisor Testimonials

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. You guys did an amazing job and it was so great to see you all! I am just so excited for what the future holds.End Quote


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Once again you all have reminded me how grateful I am to be a part of the Brownell Family. The Academy was fantastic and I loved seeing you all! I learned some new things and enjoyed networking with great partners. The Awards Dinner from start to finish was a perfect company celebration!End Quote

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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

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I really enjoyed meeting other ICs and hearing their stories and getting feedback and encouragement from them. The Brownell team is pretty phenomenal—it is really like a family. I came home encouraged and uplifted.End Quote


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I love the workshops, meeting with vendors, and being with friends—I loved it all!End Quote


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Truly, just about every aspect of the meeting was useful. I particularly enjoyed the IC session on Friday – lots of great information shared and discussed.End Quote


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The entire meeting was amazing! I came back motivated and thankful to be a part of Brownell!End Quote


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I cannot tell you how blown away I was by the level of detail at Company Meeting. From the welcome boxes at check-in to the presentations to the breakfast as we left—amazing!! I’m so proud to be part of Brownell.End Quote


Vendor Testimonials

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I just wanted to thank the supporting/organizing team for all the hard work and efforts that were put in to make such an amazing event. I know something this spectacular doesn’t happen by chance and I especially loved all the theming and special touches throughout, we were made to feel very special. I loved it all, especially the opportunities to join sessions and the learning opportunities.End Quote


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[I was] very impressed with the Brownell Summit and this was the first one I had attended (always heard great things). This event reinforced why I enjoy working with Brownell and the advisors—a great team of people! Thank you!End Quote


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The best agency event I have ever attended. Absolutely outstanding from beginning to end.End Quote


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A huge thank you! Not only are you the most hospitable and lovely people in the industry, you are also the most professional.End Quote


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Just a quick note to tell all of you how proud Classic Vacations is to be partnered with such a well-oiled organization. Brownell Travel is the epitome of success over the years.End Quote


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Great job as always. I walk away each year and know why Brownell is successful – your approach in providing the Brownell family (vendors and advisors) information on how to move forward and keep your company in the same focus for success.End Quote

The Travel Life

Get an inside look at the travel industry, tips for success, interviews with advisors, and more.


The support when I travel gives me great peace of mind

” Brownell Hosting offers support to IC’s that are traveling and need assistance with coverage. This gives me great peace of mind!”

Stephanie Miller Murphy, Mandeville, LA

Constant support, encouragement and super-fast response times

“The best things about the Brownell Hosting are the constant support, encouragement and super-fast response times. And, of course, the hosting team. LOVE.THEM.ALL!!! Brownell is so special and the support IC’s receive is unbelievable!! I feel so immensely blessed to be a part of the Brownell family!!!”

Martha King, Signal Mountain,TN

Helped connect me with editors for press opportunities

“Team Marketing was really helpful in assisting me in the re-branding of my business, creating collateral and connecting me with editors for press opportunities.”

Courtney Regan, San Francisco, CA

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'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

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

Freedom to sell with quick support

“The hosting program allows me freedom to do my work. I always receive an answer quickly on any of my numerous questions!”

Marion Harbison, Chattanooga, TN

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

My clients are spoiled because I am part of Brownell

“I found my family when I found Brownell. Just having their name behind me brings enthusiastic greetings (and sometimes hugs) from hoteliers, and suppliers when I first meet a new partner. The support and values are truly outstanding and I couldn’t imagine being with another host agency. My clients are spoiled because I am part of Brownell.”


Catherine Parkin, Denver, CO

Brownell is the best in the industry

“Brownell is the best in the industry. The staff, back end support, superlative processes and response times are tops.”

Jennifer Royster, Clemmons, NC

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

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

The best support an IC could ask for. Bar NONE.

“Brownell Hosting offers the best support an IC could ask for. Bar NONE. They make me feel like there is no stupid question and help me feel like i’m actually working in the office instead of from my home. They actually listen to suggestions and implement changes.”

Louisa Gehring, Cincinnati, OH

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

A joy to work with

Everyone has been so great to work with – prompt, helpful, informed and supportive. It has been a joy for me – and I thank all of you.

Jeff Scofield, Chattanooga, TN

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

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

Team Marketing is tops

“I love all of the creative marketing help. The very most helpful thing was when they prepped me for my interview with Travel Agent Central. Their guidance on that was so spectacular, and I genuinely feel as though I could not have handled that without them. Team Marketing is a very important part of my plans to grow my business, and I always feel very supported.”

Kristen Meckem, Bend, OR

I love the one-on-one marketing support

“I love the marketing 1:1 calls because they really help me think outside the box with ideas for social media, blogging, and direct mail.”

Kristen Nix, Whitefish, MO

We love the social media content & tips

“Social media is always a challenge for us, so we love the content & tips from Brownell’s marketing team!!!”

King & Whitson, Chattanooga, TN & Washington, VA

The best quality of "work-life!"

“For quality of work-life, there isn’t a better place to be than Brownell. I most value the culture of support, the detailed financial reports and the amazing hosting team.”

Martha King, Richmond, VA

Beyond Helpful

“Wow – seriously yall, this is amazing! We are all so lucky to have such a proactive and innovating hosting team. Thanks so much for continually evolving and assisting us to the best of your ability. Seriously, what yall think of and how organized you are is beyond helpful! Yall are awesome!”

Blaire Kochar, Houston, TX

Responses from people who KNOW

“My favorite part of Travel Tribe is getting instantaneous responses from those who KNOW.”

Kelly Millington, Fairfield, CT

Brownell ICs are the Best

Your Brownell IC’s are the very best I have ever met. Congratulations on your excellent Brownell program.

Evelyn Weber, Manager, Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France

Brownell is constantly evolving

“The 3 best things about Brownell hosting are (1.) Brownell, the organization. (.2) Brownell is contstantly evolving in a positive direction, and (3.)  I always feel like I have exactly what I need to run a successful business. “

Kelly Millington, Fairfield, CT


“You ladies are simply AMAZING!! Every time I turn around you are doing something so special!!! What a talented group!!”

Catherine Whitworth, Athens, GA


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