ABA CTIS Program Celebrates 30 Years

ABA celebrated the 30th anniversary of the association’s Certified Travel Industry Specialist (CTIS) program during its Marketplace in Louisville, Ky.

Thirty years ago, ABA recognized a need within the Travel and Tour industry and teamed up with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) to provide its members with a correspondence course that helped introduce them to new concepts in the industry and expand their professional and personal skills.

Since its inception, 821 members have successful completed the program.

“ABA believes in the value of professional, continuing education,” said ABA President & CEO Peter Pantuso. “Our CTIS program was the first industry university sponsored certification program offered and we are proud of our more than 800 graduates who see the value we can provide to their professional growth.”

During the celebration, ABA welcomed the Class of 2019 CTIS graduates.

Samantha Ackerson, CTIS

Portia Conerly, CTIS

Melissa Da Rocha, CTIS

Brad Decker, CTIS

Natalja Deduna, CTIS

Sam Franzen, CTIS

Cassie Green, CTIS

LouAnna Henton, CTIS

Alyssa Keshel, CTIS

Janet Kuhn, CTIS

Kimberly Lynn, CTIS

Chenelle McGee, CTIS

Beth McKinney, CTIS

Colleen Palmertree, CTIS

Kirsten Parker, CTIS

Jeni Peterson, CTIS

Jennifer Schonder, CTIS

Kim Schwartz Broadhurst, CTIS

Lynsey Smith, CTIS

Susan Swales-Vitullo, CTIS

Laurie Taylor, CTIS

Jane Tougouma, CTIS

To learn more about ABA’s CTIS program, click here.

About the American Bus Association

The American Bus Association (ABA) is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry, with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry.


Melanie Hinton, Vice President, Communications & Marketing, ABA
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