Awards & Accolades - Brownell Travel

Awards & Accolades

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 22 consecutive years in Conde Nast Traveler: 2000 – 2021.
  • Brownell has been featured 19 years in Travel + Leisure: 2001 – 2015, 2017 – 2020. 
  • 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.
  • Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce award, “Best Customer Service”
  • Reader’s Choice Award, “Best Travel Agency”, by the Birmingham News.
  • Beth Flowers, Director of Leisure Sales, was named “Industry Trendsetter” by Travel Agent Central
  • Sam McClure featured as Travel + Leisure‘s A-List Family Expert
  • Troy Haas named CEO of the Year 2017 by The Birmingham Business Journal
  • Caroline Wallace named Luxury Magazine‘s 2018 Trendsetter
  • Travel Agent Magazine’s “Top 30 Under 30”


  • Abercrombie & Kent Advisory Board
  • Afar Advisory Board
  • AMResorts Advisory Board Member – Debbie Fairvalley
  • Associated Luxury Hotels International Industry Advisory Council
  • Belmond Hotels Trains & Cruises Inaugural Advisory Board Member
  • Belmond Meetings and Incentives Advisory Board
  • Bulgari Hotels China Advisory Board
  • Classic Vacations Advisory Board
  • Four Seasons Advisory Board
  • IC Bellagio Advisory Board –  Bowden Sarrett & Katherine Norton
  • Lindblad Advisory Board
  • Mandarin Oriental Fan Club 
  • Medjet Travel Advisory Panel
  • Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Board – Bowden Sarrett
  • Nature Conservancy Corporate Council
  • Orchid Advisory Board
  • Querido Rockstars – Caroline Wallace, Martha Gaughen, and Troy Haas
  • Ritz-Carlton Inner Circle
  • Rosewood Hotels Advisory Board – Beth Flowers
  • Seabourn Pinnacle
  • Saveur Magazine/Virtuoso Culinary Travel Advisory Board
  • Spa Finder
  • 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
  • Marriott International – Luminous and STARS Agency
  • Mustique Villas – Preferred Partner
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Top Producer Council
  • Ritz-Carlton Hotels – Top Producer and STARS Agency
  • Rocco Forte – Rocco Forte 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



  • 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