Founder & CEO, Global Institute for Travel Entrepreneurs
Meredith has an authentic passion for helping entrepreneurs in the travel industry create the businesses and lives of their dreams; she’s made a significant impact on hundreds of entrepreneurs all over the U.S., Canada, and the world. Her story is similar to many entrepreneurs who struggle in today’s economy. In 2007, Meredith’s travel business was on the verge of closing. She thought about giving up – but didn’t, because she wanted to set a positive example for her family and her community that small business ownership is the backbone of the economy, and that it is possible to have success.
On her entrepreneurial journey, Meredith discovered that there was a major blind spot among travel professionals – travel professionals knew how to sell travel, but no one was showing them how to run their businesses. After she turned her own travel business around, a business that was very near and dear to her heart, Meredith took another big leap of faith. She channeled her deep-seated passion for revolutionizing the travel industry into founding the Global Institute for Travel Entrepreneurs (GIFTE) in 2011, a community where travel professionals can learn how to build successful travel businesses that change people’s lives. Since then, Meredith has become a thought leader in the travel industry, traveling across the nation – and globe – speaking to audiences about the importance of adopting an entrepreneurial mindset when selling travel. Meredith continues to use her gift to guide her clients to paths of success; GIFTE today serves 400+ members through travel business courses and coaching programs.
In 2013, Meredith founded Gifted Travel Network (GTN), a new breed of host agency. Building off of GIFTE’s principles, GTN supports its travel professionals by helping them build their own brands and by providing ongoing entrepreneurial education – or, as Meredith says, “entrepreneurial nutrition.”
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