MONTROSE, California - May 6, 2009 -- Montrose Travel, a full-service travel management company and host agency, is 150 employees strong and boasts a very low turnover rate. In fact, almost half of their employees have been employed with Montrose Travel over 5 years. This level of employee retention is indicative of its family-oriented corporate culture and philosophies of relationship building and promoting from within.
Virtually none of the Management Team was hired from the outside into a managerial capacity; most people joined the company prior to moving into the management ranks. Front line agents range from entry-level people emerging from travel school to seasoned veterans. In fact, Montrose Travel is one of the few companies who will bring someone on with no prior travel experience as long as they demonstrate a strong sales and customer service aptitude. Training is provided.
"Our company has seen tremendous growth over the past 20 years and with it has come the opportunity to recruit and retain some of the most talented people in the travel industry. People want to belong and contribute to a successful organization. And, our strategy of promoting from within has paid off in large dividends to both the company and our people," says Joe McClure, President.
For Nancy Bland, Business Development Manager for the Groups/Meetings/Incentives Division, the motivation to stay with Montrose Travel for 34 years is two-fold. First and foremost, she knows she is cared for and her contributions are recognized. Second, she is attracted to the stability of the company which offers job security. "I am not a number. The owners of Montrose Travel care for me and care about my family. Over these 34 years, as one can well imagine, there have been several personal family matters that I have had to handle. Each time I was told the same thing... you take care of your family... they come first. That is the real reason I have been here so many years," says Bland.
Rhonda Holguin, General Manager, celebrated her 20th year with Montrose Travel in 2008. The reason why she has stayed so long? "Caring about people and their travel plans has allowed me to develop relationships with some marvelous people. Being part of the growth and development of a dynamic travel management company under the leadership of Joe McClure and Andi McClure-Mysza has been the driving force behind my 21-year career with Montrose Travel."
In 2008, 19 employees celebrated milestone anniversaries. At Montrose Travel's Year-End Holiday Awards Party, employees celebrating these special anniversaries each received a handcrafted, 14-karat gold and diamond studded longevity pin. For each 5-year milestone, they receive another diamond on their pin.
During his remarks at the Award Ceremony, company President, Joe McClure, said this about this year's longevity award winners, "I'd like to take a moment to recognize a group of people that have successfully helped manage your company through the continuous and disrupting flow of change while making us one of the Top 50 Travel Agencies and Top 5 Host Agencies in the United States. Without this team, our company wouldn't be where it is, nor would it have the soul that it does."
"Very simply," says Andi McClure-Mysza, President of the MTravel.com Home-Based Agent and Independent Contractor Division, "the longer people stay, the more valuable they become. Continuity is critical and as our success continues, we take retaining our people very seriously. Ultimately, we are one big family and we respect each other."
ABOUT MONTROSE TRAVEL
Celebrating 52 years in business, Montrose Travel, a family-owned travel management company, has grown from 14 employees in 1990 to more than 150 today and is now firmly established as a Top 50 Travel Management Company and a Top 5 Host Agency nationwide at $110 million. Montrose Travel strives to provide the highest quality services and most complete leisure, corporate and group travel management solutions for its customers and home-based travel agents. Growth has been solely out of the reinvestment of profit and positive cash flow. Montrose Travel "will be here tomorrow to back up our promises of today!"
Montrose Travel can be reached at 1-800-MONTROSE (666-8767) or by visiting www.montrosetravel.com. Visit Montrose Travel's Corporate Division at www.montrosecorporatetravel.com or call 1-800-766-4687. Home-based independent agents may visit www.MTravel.com, email email@example.com, or call 1-800-870-5799.
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