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There is a reason that both savvy and first-time travelers have chosen Brownell as their partner for more than 130 years – a vacation isn’t something you can “test-drive.” Travelers must depend entirely on the integrity, experience and reliability of their travel advisor.


  • Brownell is recognized as one of the top 3 travel agencies in the nation by Conde Nast Traveler.
  • Brownell has been featured 15 consecutive years in Conde Nast Traveler: 2000 – 2014.
  • Brownell has been featured 14 consecutive years in Travel + Leisure: 2001 – 2014. 
  • Meg McGriff North, Executive Vice President was named one of “The Most Powerful Women in Travel” by Travel Weekly.
  • Meg McGriff North named “Top Travel Agent” by Birmingham Magazine.
  • Debby Denson named “Top 25 All-Stars” in 2015
  • Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce award, “Best Customer Service”
  • Reader’s Choice Award, “Best Travel Agency”, by the Birmingham News.
  • Travel Agent Magazine’s “Top 30 Under 30”: Holly Bauer, 2016; Amanda Foshee and Meredith Dauksz, 2015; Louisa Gehring and Rachel Cansler, 2014; Jessica Ourisman, 2012
  • Beth Flowers, Director of Leisure Sales, was named “Industry Trendsetter” by Travel Agent Central


  • Abercrombie & Kent Advisory Board
  • Afar Advisory Board
  • AMResorts Advisory Board Member – Debbie Fairvalley
  • Belmond Hotels Trains & Cruises Inaugural Advisory Board Member
  • Classic Vacations Advisory Board
  • Four Seasons Advisory Board
  • IC Bellagio Advisory Board – Bowden Sarrett
  • JG Blackbook Travel Agent Leadership Council – Beth Flowers
  • Mandarin Oriental Fan Club
  • Medjet Travel Advisory Panel
  • Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Board – Bowden Sarrett
  • Nature Conservancy Corporate Council
  • Orchid Advisory Board
  • Ritz-Carlton Inner Circle
  • Rosewood Hotels Advisory Board – Beth Flowers
  • Seabourn Pinnacle
  • Saveur Magazine/Virtuoso Culinary Travel Advisory Board
  • Spa Finder
  • Starwood Luxury Advisory Board
  • St. Regis Advisory Board
  • Tauck Advisory Board
  • Travel 42 Advisory Board
  • Virgin Galactic Accredited Space Agent, Troy Haas and Vicki Upchurch


  • Abercrombie & Kent – Top Producer and Member of 100 Club
  • Belmond Hotels – Top Producer and Bellini Club Agency
  • Cunard – Top Producer and Member of Inner Circle
  • Dorchester Collection Diamond Club
  • Four Seasons Hotels – Top Producer and Preferred Partner Agency
  • Half Moon Montego Bay – Ambassador
  • Holland America Line – Top Producer and Premium Preferred Agency
  • IC Bellagio – Top Producer
  • Island Luxe – Top Producer Nemo Award
  • Lindblad – LEXleader
  • Mustique Villas – Preferred Partner
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Top Producer Council
  • Ritz-Carlton Hotels – Top Producer and STARS Agency
  • Rocco Forte – Sir Rocco’s Knights
  • Rosewood Hotels & Resorts – Top Producer and Rosewood Elite
  • Seabourn – Top Producer and Pinnacle Society
  • Sea Song Tours – Top Producer
  • Silversea – Top Producer and Silversea Society
  • Starwood – Starwood Luxury Privilege Program


  • #1 Virtuoso On-Site Producer
  • Top Ten Virtuoso Overall Producer
  • Outstanding Mentoring and Talent Development by an Agency, 2016
  • Virtuoso Rising Star, Katherine Norton, 2015
  • Virtuoso’s Most Admired Advisor, Meg McGriff North, 2015
  • Virtuoso’s Most Innovative Advisor, Sam McClure, 2014
  • Virtuoso Air Committee, Vicki Upchurch
  • Virtuoso Marketing Committee, Haisley Smith
  • Virtuoso Technology Committee, Sheri Selkirk
  • Virtuoso Innovation Teams, Troy Haas and Haisley Smith
  • Virtuoso Destinations and Experiences Committee Emeritus Member, Meg McGriff North
  • Virtuoso Destinations and Experiences Committee Member, Sam McClure
  • Virtuoso Role Model Award, Meg McGriff North, 2005
  • Virtuoso Ruby of Siam Award, Meg McGriff North, 2001
  • Past Chair of the Virtuoso Advisory Board, Troy Haas and Meg McGriff North
  • Past Virtuoso Properties Advisory Board, Martha Gaughen


  • Among the top 1% of Travel Agencies as a prestigious invited member of Virtuoso – providing exclusive and exceptional travel offers.
  • Exclusive relationship with Virtuoso Select Hotels – more than 300 deluxe properties around the globe with exclusive rates and amenities.
  • On-site contacts in more than 95 countries throughout the world.
  • Preferred relationships with the world’s leading travel operators.
  • World-wide buying power and vendor networks back Brownell’s world-class service. Our travel provider relationships give you the access, values and extra benefits you deserve.
  • American Society of Travel Agents – ASTA
  • Cruise Lines International Association – CLIA
  • International Air Transport Association – IATAN
  • Society of Incentive Travel Executives – SITE
  • The Travel Institute