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Schedule & Speakers

All programming is held onboard the Valiant Lady, unless otherwise noted. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2024
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Embarkation
Your embarkation time will be assigned in your Virgin Voyages mobile app in advance of your arrival.
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Welcome Reception & Registration
Sponsored by Virgin Voyages, wave goodbye to Miami as we kick-off ASTA's Premium Business Summit. Collect your attendee badge and enjoy drinks as we celebrate the start to an amazing event.

Location: Athletic Club
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Dinner on Own
Enjoy one of Scarlet Lady's restaurants at your leisure. Please book your dinner in advance on the Virgin Voyages mobile app.
Thursday, October 17, 2024
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Breakfast on Own
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM Educational Content and Programming
Programming Sponsored by

AIG Travel
Delta Air Lines/ Delta Vacations
Enterprise
Hertz
Marriott
MSC Cruises
Virgin Voyages

Location: The Manor
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Coffee Break
Location: Inside The Manor
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Afternoon on Own - at Sea
-Challenge the ASTA team to pickup basketball 1:30pm
-ASTA section blocked off by the pool. 1-5pm
-Ladies Tea Time & Tarot 3:00pm
-Pre Reserve "Show" Times
-Group Fitness Cycle Class 2:00pm or early 7am
-ASTA casino time
5:45 PM - 8:00 PM Official Premium Business Summit Evening Event
Kick off your Scarlet Night experience with us at Razzle Dazzle, where we'll enjoy delightful eats, delicious beverages and great company. Remember to wear your splash of red!
9:00 PM - 12:00 AM Scarlet Night
Location: Pool Deck
Friday, October 18, 2024
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Breakfast on Own
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Educational Content and Programming
Programming Sponsored by

AIG Travel
Delta Air Lines/ Delta Vacations
Enterprise
Hertz
Marriott
MSC Cruises
Virgin Voyages

Location: The Red Room
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Coffee Break
Location: The Red Room Foyer
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Afternoon on your own in Key West, Florida
Location: Key West
5:45 PM - 8:00 PM Dine Around with ASTA Partners
Location: Razzle Dazzle
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM ASTA Nightcap Networking
Join us for a relaxing evening of cocktails and conversation at our post-dinner gathering.
Saturday, October 19, 2024
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM Educational Content and Programming
Programming Sponsored by

AIG Travel
Delta Air Lines/ Delta Vacations
Enterprise
Hertz
Marriott
MSC Cruises
Virgin Voyages

Location: The Red Room
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Coffee Break
Location: Sip Lounge
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Afternoon on Own- Explore Bimini at Your Leisure
Location: Bimini Beach Club
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Bimini Beach Club Closing Reception
Location: Bimini Beach Club
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM ASTA Nightcap Networking
Sunday, October 20, 2024
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM Disembark in Miami, Florida

Schedule is tentative. 


Meet our Speakers
Zane Kerby
As ASTA’s president and chief executive officer Zane Kerby reports directly to the board of directors on all internal and external ASTA business and is the primary spokesperson for ASTA. Kerby moved to ASTA after a successful career with the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). Beginning in 2009 he held the position of senior vice president with responsibility for all aspects of GBTA’s global annual convention. Previously he was Deputy Executive Director, Vice President of business development, and held a series of other posts of progressively greater responsibility beginning in August 1999. Kerby earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University. He and his wife have five children and he currently is an assistant coach of a U12 basketball team. Cycling, swimming, and reading are just a few of his favorite activities. 



Erik Dominguez
is not your typical speaking and communications trainer.
He holds a B.A. in English Literature, an M.S. in Instructional Design, and is in progress for his M.S. in Strategic Communication. He is also a certified Advanced Professional Speaking Coach from the National Speech and Debate Association. But that’s not what sets him apart. While most communication training focuses on the mechanics of public speaking, for over 25 years, Erik has coached his clients on the art of speaking. He supports those in clarifying their message, crafting a powerful narrative, and delivering a talk that leverages the speaker's personality. As an immigrant growing up between two cultures, he felt firsthand the rejection and ridicule of being different. He learned that not having the “right” words, the same knowledge as everyone else, or the ability to say what he wanted to meant being an outcast. He knew he could play it safe by protecting himself from criticism or opening himself up to failure, committing to learning the tools and techniques, and giving himself the best chance to be seen and heard. That is one of the toughest choices that we can make for ourselves. And he knows that it is not an easy one. His mission is to support others to speak up through speaking, storytelling, and emotional intelligence training. And not just the generic and technical tips most coaches and speaking courses teach but the guidance, tools, feedback, accountability, and encouragement you to speak up confidently, powerfully, and joyfully! Now...Let’s transform your fear into fuel!


Jessica Klement
Jessica Klement is the Vice President of Advocacy at the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) where she advocates for the travel agency community at all levels of government, including federal and state lobbying, grassroots campaigns and the Society’s political action committee (ASTAPAC). Klement started her career on Capitol Hill working for a member of Congress from her home state of Wisconsin. Immediately prior to joining ASTA, Klement was the Staff Vice President of Policy and Programs at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), where she was responsible for carrying out the legislative, grassroots and political strategies of one of the nation’s largest federal employee and retiree organizations. She also oversaw NARFE’s Federal Benefits Institute, the association’s resource designed to help federal employees and retirees take charge of their benefits and guarantee a secure future. Klement’s policy analysis on federal employee and retiree issues has been featured in The Washington Post, CBS Evening News, NPR, USA Today and the Associated Press. Prior to joining NARFE, Klement served as the Government and Public Affairs Director at the Federal Managers Association, where she worked closely with Congress to advance legislation to strengthen federal employee and retiree pay and benefits. Klement has bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Finance from Marquette University.

Peter Lobasso
Peter Lobasso has served as ASTA’s General Counsel since 2015. Prior to joining ASTA, Peter was a Managing Attorney for Berenson LLP, a specialty law firm based in Great Falls, Virginia. In practice for over twenty years, Peter has successfully represented clients in a wide variety of litigated matters before courts and administrative agencies at both the state and federal levels. Peter has also negotiated numerous multi-million dollar transactions on behalf of businesses throughout the country. Practice areas include, among others, corporate law, contracts, employment and labor law, intellectual property, real property, mortgage lending, and bankruptcy. Peter is admitted to the bars of New York, Virginia, and Washington D.C. He received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and earned his law degree at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center on Long Island. 



Mark Meader
Mark joined the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) in April 2015 and as Senior Vice President Marketing, Industry Affairs & Education has a broad focus on marketing ASTA, its sub-brands, events, products, and services. He also represents the travel agency and consumer communities within all components of the travel industry – travel suppliers, technology providers, coalitions and trade associations, government entities such as the U.S. DOT (U.S. Department of Transportation), and the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) and more. Mark is the driving force behind much of the highly-rated content of ASTA’s annual Global Convention and Premium Business Summits, being responsible for ASTA’s educational efforts, fostering agency growth and learning worldwide. While monitoring industry issues and trends, Mark advocates for promotes and defends the agency community to ensure the agent’s voice is heard clearly and the agent is well represented within all components of the industry. Mark also serves on the Board of Directors of the WTAAA – the World Travel Agents Associations Alliance – where he functions as Vice-Chair – an organization facilitating the exchange of ideas and information to the agency community across the globe. A travel industry veteran with global experience in the agency, GDS, airline and travel association communities, Mark served previously as Vice President, Business Development at the Airlines Reporting Corporation where he led initiatives ranging from corporate strategy, product marketing, partnership development, new business development and sales to corporate communications, marketing programs and brand management. He has firsthand knowledge of the travel industry from his time with the Sabre Corporation where he was a senior executive not only in the U.S. but in both Europe and Asia-Pacific as well. And at United Airlines, Mark worked on various aspects of their merger and integration with Continental Airlines. Mark began his travel industry career as an outside sales agent at a travel agency in the Boston area. Having worked and succeeded for multiple years in many facets of the travel industry, it should come as no surprise that travel is Mark’s passion. When not focused on marketing or the plethora of issues and education facing the agency community and our industry in general, you’ll find him plotting and planning his next travel adventure to a new part of the globe he’s yet to explore.