Roger Block, CTC, CFE, Travel Leaders Network
Roger E. Block is president of Travel Leaders Network, part of Travel Leaders Group, a North American travel company that generates gross travel sales approaching $21 billion annually and directly employs over 1,000 staff managing operations of more than 7,000 company-owned, franchised and affiliated travel agencies in the United States, Canada, Greece, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Australia. Both Travel Leaders Network and Travel Leaders Group are headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In his current role, Mr. Block oversees the strategic development and growth of Travel Leaders Network. With nearly 7,000 Associate (franchise) and Member travel agencies in Canada and the United States, over 35,000 individual travel agents and more than $17 billion in annual sales, Travel Leaders Network is the largest seller of luxury travel, cruises, river cruises and tours in the travel agency industry. Travel Leaders Network was formed in 2016 when Travel Leaders Franchise Group (Travel Leaders Associates and Results! Travel) combined with Vacation.com.
Prior to serving as President of Travel Leaders Network, Block served as the President of Travel Leaders Franchise Group, which was spun off from travel and hospitality company, Carlson, in January 2008. Mr. Block had served as Executive Vice President of Carlson Travel Franchise Group, responsible for the company’s travel franchise operations, including Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates, Cruise Holidays, Results! Travel and SeaMaster Cruises brands. Under Mr. Block, over a thousand locations were added to the franchise system network.
Mr. Block joined Carlson in 1997 following the acquisition of Travel Agents International (TAI) by Carlson Leisure Group, into which most TAI franchisees converted. Mr. Block was the Chairman, President and Founder of TAI. Before TAI, Block was Senior Vice President, Director and Corporate Treasurer of Community Banks of Florida, Inc., with responsibility for fund management of the Holding Company banks.
In addition to his leadership within Travel Leaders Network, Mr. Block currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and is also on ASTA’s Executive Committee as its Chairman. He has been on the ASTA Board since 2012. Mr. Block was one of three founding members and founding officer of ASTA’s Corporate Advisory Committee (CAC) and served as Treasurer from 2003 to 2005, Vice Chairman from 2005 to 2007 and Chairman from 2007 to 2009. Additionally, in tandem with his prior CAC leadership role, Mr. Block previously served on the ASTA Board from 2005 to 2009 and served as an ASTA Executive Committee member from 2007-2009. Previously, Mr. Block served on the board of trustees of ICTA, now The Travel Institute.
Travel Leaders Franchise Group
The Travel Leaders Franchise Group is the largest travel agency franchisor in North America and is comprised of two leading brands: Travel Leaders and Results! Travel. The Travel Leaders brand is increasingly recognized for as one of the most elite group of agencies in the United States, Ireland and Greece that delivers unparalleled expertise and personalized services for the most discerning consumers, whether traveling for business or leisure. That is, in part, why Travel Leaders has consistently been honored each year by Travel Weekly‘s prestigious Magellan Awards – earning over 50 honors, including a record 15 in 2013 alone – for its excellence and innovation.
Travel Leaders Franchise Group is comprised of over 1,000 system-wide full-service and client-dedicated franchised locations that produce annual sales of over $5 billion, specializing in both business and leisure travel. The unique business and leisure programs offered to our franchisees have enabled them to grow their respective businesses and thrive in the competitive landscape. A Travel Leaders Franchise Group brand has been named the top full-service travel agency franchisor by Entrepreneur Magazine for the past 20 consecutive years.