Scott Ahlsmith, CTC
President of 23Touch Points, Inc
Scott Ahlsmith, CTC, has completed his term as chairman of the Board for The Travel Institute in December 2010. Scott has a travel industry career that dates to 1972. From owning his own agency to being an expert on travel technology and distribution, Ahlsmith continues to serve on the board today and brings a depth of industry knowledge that is hard to match.
It all began in 1972 when he accepted what he thought was a temporary assignment for Jostens Incentive Travel. He became account executive and stayed for six years. From there, he navigated almost every aspect of the industry, owning an agency, and working in the tour operator, travel publishing and travel technology sectors.
Scott’s résumé points to the following stops in his travel industry tour: He was branch manager of Thomas Cook Travel; the director of sales for Cartan Tours; the director of the Electronic Edition of the Official Airline Guide; the President of Gant Travel Management; and Vice President and General Manager of TRAMS, President and CEO of Magellan Travel Group and Founder of You! The Brand and currently Executive Vice President Global Technology for Virtuoso.
Scott went to Virtuoso to help design and guide the building of a global network suite. Scott’s approach has been to ask probing questions, listen intently to the answers, and observe. Based on that input, Virtuoso has designed, tested and delivered, Easier + Better + Faster solutions for all the constituents within its network.
Scott graduated from Kansas University in 1972, earning degrees in journalism, education, and computer science. He has put that journalism experience to good use, having written “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Perfect Vacation.” Scott also hosted daily radio shows for Voice of America and has appeared on The Bill O’Reilly Show. Scott is a travel professional’s advocate, ombudsman, evangelist, true believer, guinea pig, arbitrator, intermediary, moderator, consultant, educator, coach, customer and cheerleader.