As a 25-year veteran in both the travel and events fields, Anne M. Smith is the 14-year owner of Travel & Events Extraordinaire (T.E.E.) in Columbia, Maryland. Anne has built a solid professional reputation for designing romance, milestone, group and family travel and events for her clients that fits them to a T.E.E.! She is an active member of the CLIA, CCRA, DWHSA, and IATAN, and is a certified Romance Travel Specialist.
Anne completed her travel education at the Bennett School of Travel in Maryland and earned additional certifications with the Travel Institute’s Certified Travel Associate, (CTA®), Certified Travel Industry Executive (CTIE®), and Cruise Lines International Association’s Elite Cruise Counselor (ECC), Meetings at Sea, and Accessible Cruise Travel.
At Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland, Anne is currently enrolled in the Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management and General Studies degree programs with a late 2020 completion date. She also earned separate Event and Lodging Management certifications and she is on target to earn her certification in Entrepreneurship in early 2020.
As an adjunct professor at Howard Community College, Anne has taught the three-credit course Introduction to the Cruise Ship Industry for 2018 and 2019 Spring semesters and is currently teaching the two-credit course Introduction to Travel and Tourism for the second time.
She has countless destination specialist and travel industry supplier certifications. As a top travel sales specialist, she has earned awards for both the Jamaica Tourist Board as one of 2015’s top 50 travel advisors ranking #13, and Aruba Tourist Authority’s 3rd quarter 2016 top sales advisor.
Anne uses this broad range of skills to mentor new and established travel professionals in her five-year role as the Baltimore, Maryland Chapter Director for the global travel association, CCRA, for which she has been an agency member since starting her travel business. Most recently, she was the recipient of the 2019 CCRA Travel Industry Leadership Award.
In this chapter director capacity, Anne has been a conference panelist at Cruise World in 2017 and has participated with CCRA as a conference speaker/webinar host/panelist/director trainer for several educational and training events.
Lastly, she is also a published author with many travel articles written for the travel, medical and religious industries.