TASS Messinis will continue to helm The Association of Travel Management Companies (ATMC), after being re-elected as Chair this week at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting and Christmas Drinks.
He was first voted in as Chair in May of this year. He also took on a new role at corporate travel management company Locomote earlier this month, after wrapping up an eight-year tenure as Managing Director of BCD Travel.
Messinis said it was “an absolute honour” to be re-elected, commenting, “it’s also important validation of our focus on building ATMC’s reputation and profile as we continue our collaborations with suppliers and partners to deliver outcomes that benefit our members and the industry”.
“There are multiple transformations at play in the corporate travel landscape and ATMC has an increasingly important role as the independent voice for TMCs including with corporates and with suppliers.
“We have made great progress already in terms of raising the critical role TMCs play in supporting and optimising travel procurement and supporting corporate travellers through the complexities of travel,” he enthused, adding that he is keen to “hit the ground running” next year.
Kay Shrimpton from BCD, Alan Wolf from Bay Travel, Glenn Wilcox from CTM, Penny Spencer from Spencer Travel, David Goldman from Goldman Travel were re-elected to the ATMC committee, alongside the new addition of Danielle Russom from American Express Global Business Travel.
The end-of-year event also saw the Committee pay tribute to the recently retired Rob Dell, who served as a member and Chair during the pandemic, and also thanked Ollie Tams for his pro-bono work as Executive Director since February 2020.
ATMC represents the top 22 corporate travel agencies in Australia, supporting 26,000 companies with an annual corporate travel spend pre-COVID of $6.5 billion.