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Interested in sponsoring a meeting for this chapter? Opportunities available for Product Trainings and Updates in a lunch, dinner or virtual Zoom setting.

Meeting sponsors are spotlighted on our “Meetings” page for the entire month of sponsorship. To sponsor a meeting for this chapter, please contact our Program Chairperson or Chapter President via email.

PJ Douglas Sands - President PTANA Greater Houston Chapter

PJ Douglas Sands
Greater Houston Chapter President 2020-2022
& National Brand Awareness Chair

Welcome to the Greater Houston Chapter of Professional Travel Agents of North America (PTANA). We appreciate you taking time to visiting our website, hope you will join this powerful organization and please come back often to keep yourself informed on what PTANA Greater Houston has to offer.

This year’s theme is “Building Your Travel Agency with Tools.” In this post-COVID era it is essential for active Travel Professionals in the states of Texas and Oklahoma to have essential tools we can use to BUILD and GROW our agencies, and I am truly excited to be a part of it as President of PTANA Greater Houston.  It is my goal to make PTANA a truly welcoming, learning experience for each member. As Travel Professionals we feel there’s never enough time in a day, so it is our hope that the time spent with PTANA increases your business profits, assists in making your agency more efficient and the booking tools and itineraries shared by Industry Partners help you earn more and learn more. We have a great Board of Directors that is comprised of talented Agency Owners, Tour Operators, Hotel Suppliers who represent their companies well and each bring their unique skills to the table in a positive atmosphere. We believe Travel Advisors can succeed in the Travel Industry today as there has been a significant increase in bookings by Travel Agencies versus online. However, we must operate from a different perspective to capture these clients in a new way. PTANA is here to help you learn, earn and grow as you welcome the future of booking with open arms and a clear vision, mission and goal.

We introduce Texas and Oklahoma-based Travel Advisors (home based and brick/mortar) to tour operators, wholesalers, airlines, consolidators and tourist boards from a wide variety of niche travel destinations and organizations. You get to know them intimately in a small environment each month with an opportunity to ask questions, build your own personal relationship and speak with each representative before and after monthly product trainings. Webinars are helpful, but they just don’t cut it when you really need solid advice for that special client trip or prefer hands-on teaching with an interactive approach face to face with a Business Development Manager. Having that business card of a representative you can call, email or even meet in person for coffee is something PTANA provides.

PTANA also exists as a local community of Travel Professionals who come together to network, share ideas, build relationships and help the community.   With fewer storefront Travel Agencies and many Travel Advisors working from home, it can be easy to feel isolated, and perhaps even lonely.  PTANA provides a local network of friends we can turn to with a question, concern or help with a client challenge.  We are colleagues in a community, not competitors. With 4.6 million people in Harris County TX alone as well as several specialties among us, there is more than enough business to go around.

Attend our monthly dinner trainings, quarterly lunch and learn trainings and community service projects. We also invite you to attend industry events like Travel Agent Forum each April and PTANA’s Annual Convention each October. Welcome your Travel Business to the Future with PTANA Greater Houston. We invite you to consider investing in YOU and becoming a part of our professional community!


PJ Douglas Sands
Chapter President / Publicity Chair
Email President

Tanisha Green 
Vice President / Programs Chair
Email Vice President

Doris Fears
Email Secretary

Deborah Jones
Email Treasurer

Jana Williams
Registration / Community Outreach
Email Registration / Community Outreach

Samanthia Shilo / Industry Partner
Membership – Chair
Email Membership

Leslie Richardson
Membership – Co-Chair
Email Membership

Jo Ann Thompson
Email Parliamentarian

Johnny Jones
Outreach/ Sunshine Chair
Email Outreach/Sunshine

Hunter Smith, Sandals BDM
Industry Partner Chair
Email Sandals Industry Partner

Debby Summerlin 2018-2019
Immediate Past President
Email Immediate Past President


Hunter Smith, Sandals & Beaches Resorts
Industry Partner Chair
Email Sandals Industry Partner

Molly Blackmon, Avanti Destinations
Email Molly

Samanthia Shilo, Hyatt Place
Email Samanthia

Mayra Luna, iHealthcare Health & Medicare Solutions
Email Mayra

Oya Bekisoglu, Atlas Ocean Voyages
Email Oya

Randy Epstein, Celtic Tours
Email Randy

Norrell Joseph, Antigua & Barbuda Tourism 
Email Norrell

Jan McCaughan, Iberostar Resorts
Email Jan

Mike Weingart, Air Land Sea Consultants
Email Mike


Travel Agents and Supplier Representatives are welcome to join any committee of interest, so please contact Chapter Vice President to find out when Committees meetCommittees include:-
Community Outreach

Industry Partners
Ways & Means (Fundraising)


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October 2021

Monday, October 25, 2021

2:00pm CST In-Person Lunch & Networking
2:30pm CST Chapter Introductions (virtual login time)
2:45pm CST ArchRoamRight Travel Insurance Presentation w/ Patena See
3:15pm CST iHealthCare 2022 Medicare and ACA/Health Insurance Presentation w/ Mayra Luna
3:45pm CST Q/A, Announcements and Prizes

Join PTANA Greater Houston for our “Hybrid” meeting with in-person and virtual attendance options. You don’t need to be a PTANA member to attend!

Enjoy Connecting with Top Agents, Suppliers, Operators and Tourist Board representatives to learn how PTANA can help you LEARN & EARN. Increase your profits and knowledge with PTANA Greater Houston on Monday, October 25, 2021. 

Planning to be a member of PTANA and ready to sign up or renew your membership for 2022? Do that now!

Monthly Meeting: $5 members (including lunch), $10 non-members (including lunch), FREE for virtual attendees 

RSVP Required

Link for registration:  Register Now!

Join PTANA Greater Houston Chapter for our monthly meetings with in-depth Product Trainings from top travel suppliers to increase your package offerings. Whether you are a new or experienced Travel Advisor, home based or have your own brick and mortar, it is essential you connect with the newest suppliers in the Texas Market in an intimate environment to build your personal relationship. We meet on the 4th Monday of each month.


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PTANA Greater Houston Newsletter

Watch Here for FUTURE EVENTS


  • February 25, 2021 – Virgin Voyages & First Mates @ 530pm
  • March 10, 2021 – Back to Basics w/ Geoff Millar @ 5pm
  • March 16, 2021 – PTANA Sip & Donate @6pm
  • March 30, 2021 – Table Talk re Social Media Qs @ 3pm
  • March 31, 2021 – Back to Basics (Agent Fees) w/ Geoff Millar @ 5pm
  • April 14, 2021 – Back to Basics w/ Geoff Millar @ 5pm
  • April 21, 2021 – Back to Basics w/ Geoff Millar @ 5pm
  • May 17, 2021 – PTANA Sip & Donate @6pm
  • June 7, 2021 – Virtual Caribbean Expo (all day)
  • July 20, 2021 – PTANA Sip & Donate @6pm
  • August 20, 2021 – Windstar Cruises @ 12:30pm
  • September 1, 2021 – Islands of The Bahamas @ 330pm
  • September 13, 2021 – PTANA Houston Elections @ 530pm
  • September 14, 2021 – PTANA Sip & Donate @6pm
  • September 25-29, 2021 – Las Vegas Travel Agent Forum
  • October 25, 2021 – ArchRoamRight and iHealthcare @ 230pm
  • November 14-15, 2021 – PTANA Annual Convention (virtual/hybrid) – dates TBD
  • December 7, 2021 – CYCLE Charity Bike Build @ NRG Park
  • December 11, 2021 – CYCLE Bike Donation @ Elementary school
  • December 13, 2021 – PTANA Houston Christmas Party


  • January 27, 2020 – Best Practices & Professional Headshots @5:30pm
  • February 12, 2020 – Antigua & Barbuda Tourism @11am
  • February 24, 2020 – Hurtigruten Tours & Sachlav Israel @5:30pm
  • March 23, 2020 – no meeting due to COVID19
  • April 27, 2020 –  Playa Resorts @5:30pm
  • May 18, 2020 –
  • June 10, 2020 – St Kitts Tourism @11am
  • June 22, 2020 – Iberostar Resorts @5:30pm
  • July 27, 2020 – Vacation Express
  • August 31, 2020 – Groups by Sandals
  • September 29, 2020 – PTANA Sip & Donate
  • October 26, 2020 – Celtic Tours
  • October 31 & November 1 – PTANA National Convention (Virtual)
  • December 8, 2020 – Christmas Party
  • December 10, 2020 – CYCLE Bike Build



  • January 28, 2019 – Best Practices
  • February 28, 2019 – MSC Cruises
  • March 25, 2019 – AA Vacations, Tzur Tours and Auto Europe
  • April 15, 2019 – Avanti Destinations
  • May 20, 2019 – Vacation Express
  • June 24, 2019 – Social Media Strategies for Travel Agents
  • July 22, 2019 – Playa Resorts
  • August 26, 2019 – Celtic Tours
  • Sept 12, 2019 – Ship Inspection Carnival Dream
  • Oct 14, 2019 – Cruise Night with Royal Caribbean and Galveston CVB
  • Nov 18, 2019 – Go Way Air Consolidators
  • Dec 6, 2019 – Christmas Party


  • January 22, 2018 – Celtic Tours
  • February 19, 2018 – Globus Family of Brands
  • May 22, 2018 – La Colleccion by Fiesta Americana
  • June 27, 2018 – Mayflower Cruises
  • July 23, 2018 – Sandals CSS Workshop
  • August 20, 2018 – Playa Hotels & Resorts
  • October 8, 2018Jamaica Travel Night with Apple, Pleasant, Holiday Inn & Melia
  • November 29, 2018 – Grow Your9Travel Business Panel
  • December 13, 2018- Havana Holiday Dinner Party


2020 PTANA Membership!
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All items requested on the Application are required for Membership.   Application fee is non-refundable.  Agents will require a letter of status from their Host agency indicating the agent is actively booking travel.  Agency owners may submit a certificate of agency from CLIA, IATA, TRUE and ARC in lieu of ID cards.

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Chapter Meetings are held the 4th Monday of every month unless otherwise advised at the request of the presenting supplier representative. They are usually lunch or dinner product trainings.

Meetings are held at various locations in the Greater Houston area. Please check upcoming events for up-to-date meeting information.


11:30AM Brunch & Learn Presentations
2:30PM Lunch & Learn Product Presentations
4:00PM Virtual Happy Hour & Product Trainings
5:30PM Dinner Product Trainings and Events

Only PTANA Chapter Members are eligible to win prizes or giveaways.


Your membership dues must be current in order to receive the “Members” price. If you have not paid your membership dues for the current year, you are considered a GUEST and the NON-MEMBER rate will apply.

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Meeting Dues can be paid by using the PayPal link found in the invitation.

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October 3, 2022 - October 9, 2022

October 3, 2022 - October 9, 2022


To join the Greater Houston Chapter please click here to submit your Membership Application.


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Join an Existing PTANA Chapter

  1. To join an existing chapter, download the Membership Application form and Code of Conduct form using the Link below.
  2. Mail the completed application packet with all required documentation as stated on the application to the Membership Chairperson of the chapter you are joining.  Mailing address of the Membership Chairperson is found in the “Directory of Membership Chairpersons” link below.
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  • At least one specialist program is required for membership. This includes domestic, international, chain hotels, cruise lines, and Travel Institute Specialist Programs. If you do not have a Specialist Certificate, you may go to and take one of the many on-line Specialist courses offered.
  • Renew membership by the beginning of each calendar year.

To RSVP for a PTANA Greater Houston event, click “Learn More” under the event name then click “Register Now” to RSVP.

All of PTANA Greater Houston’s registrations are handled via Constant Contact. This allows you the option to register up to 2 Travel Professionals within your organization in 1 single transaction and provide separate email addresses for each individual. You can also specify meal preferences or any food allergies to ensure your meeting experience is as comfortable as possible.

We process credit cards via PayPal and do not take registration at the Door unless otherwise specified. To RSVP search for the most recent, upcoming event first! Click here to view PTANA Greater Houston Events.

If you have any challenges and would like to be sent a personalized meeting invitation, please email us.