You’ve been accepted into the Brownell Mentoring Program, and now you’re on your way to starting your career as a luxury travel advisor. So what’s next? A 5-day startup training at Brownell HQ in Birmingham, AL.
You and the rest of your Mentoring class will spend a week getting a crash course on all things Brownell. We cover everything from how to make a booking to simply how to start your own travel business. You will also get to meet the team – your dedicated Hosting Support team as well as the marketing, accounting, operations, and technology teams. The Hosting team will also walk you through your IC Handbook (be sure to leave room in your suitcase for this jam-packed binder!). As you walk through each chapter, you will get an overview of all things Brownell. Topics include:
…and so much more.
I started with Brownell 5 years ago through the Mentoring Program and honestly has been the best career move I have ever made! I had only done corporate travel before starting at Brownell, and the team provided such amazing excellent support and resources to really jump-start my business. I came from an HR background – so I can truly say the training I received was thoughtful, thorough and first-class. Beyond the success of the Brownell travel advisors, one of the things that really attracted me to Brownell was the strong mission and values of the company that is a part of everything we do. The values are not just something written on paper but really integrated into the business and all decision-making. I feel like I am surrounded by the best of the best in the travel industry, and whenever I have any questions I have a dedicated expert team to help. Having a million-dollar travel business within 5 years was beyond my wildest expectations – and I know I could not have done it without the extraordinary support of the Brownell family. Thank you!!
I heard that Brownell was the Ivy League of host agencies, and I found out it’s true! Their mentoring program is very thoughtfully designed to provide new advisors with a robust and logical curriculum to go from a travel newbie to expert advisor within their first year. And I can’t say enough about their Marketing team. From the monthly programs of white label newsletters and social media content to the broad list of custom marketing materials they can create for me, my marketing program is leaps and bounds better thanks to their assistance. I am only 6 months into launching my new travel business, but I am already building a strong list of clients and book of business.
Brownell offers a one of a kind, year long mentor program. The mentor program covers absolutely everything a travel advisor needs to know to launch their business as a strong, successful business from the start. Once you finish the mentor program, you still receive an incredible amount of support from the Brownell team. Brownell offers unparalleled partnerships, marketing services, business reviews, administrative and sales support and more. I am so grateful for the tight knit community of extremely knowledgeable, gracious and supportive Brownell employees and travel advisors. I can’t imagine launching and maintaining my business without Brownell.
Brownell has an amazing reputation in the travel business which gives my business immediate credibility I would have to work years to earn. I started in their mentoring program in early 2018 and have never regretted it for a moment. The program is rigorous and teaches you everything you need to know to launch a successful travel business. Another great benefit of being in the mentoring program is that you are being trained with a small select group of people that have the same goal in mind.
Think of it as a travel advisor degree from the very best Ivy League school. The Brownell Mentoring program is a year-long training program with a celebrated history of developing successful travel entrepreneurs. The program gives you the education, resources, strategies, and business development tools to launch your own luxury travel agency.
If you are currently working full-time as a successful professional travel advisor and have an active client base with an annual volume of leisure sales between $300-$500k, check out our Hosting Program. If you are passionate about travel, ready to build a new career and a new business on a full-time basis as a self-employed entrepreneur, check out the Mentoring Program.
Assuming you meet all of the graduation requirements, you automatically continue under the Brownell Hosting Program, but with higher earnings and lower expenses.
You begin selling as soon as you complete the initial training sessions in Birmingham.
Participants in our mentoring program (mentees) are independent contractors who are self-employed and “hosted” by Brownell vs being employed by Brownell. Just as with any start-up business, you will be investing in a new career and while you will earn money by selling travel in your first year, you should have the financial stability to be self-supporting while your focus will be on investing in the development of your new company.
No. Launching a new business is a full-time job, and then some. We know from experience that part-time travel advisors have more gray hair, a higher-rate of hypertension, and are less profitable than full-time advisors. Ok, we haven’t proven that yet, but the anecdotal evidence sure does look that way!
Absolutely. Our past graduates are our very best promotional tool for the mentoring program.
You will have start-up costs and various business expenses, plus some travel and marketing expenses. We tell mentees to expect to break even in their mentee year, but many exceed their sales goals and earn a bit of money in their first year.
No, you will not have a single mentor…you will have a team of mentors who are deeply invested and passionate about helping you be successful. During your mentoring year, you will have direct access to world-class in business development, sales, operations, technology and marketing teams. You will also learn best practices and sales strategies from top travel executives from hotels, cruise lines, tour operators and ground-service providers across the globe.
We offer two classes each year: one in the winter, generally February, and one in the summer, generally July.
People who are interested in learning more about the Mentoring Program first must fill out the questionnaire, and then someone from our team will be in touch. If we think the person could be a good fit for the Mentoring Program, we will invite them to apply (typically about three months prior to the start of each class). Once a candidate is accepted, the pre-training work begins. We accept up to five people for each Mentoring Class.