Preferred Travel’s President Olga Placeres Elected as Board Chair for Signature Travel Network

Preferred Travel is excited that Signature Travel Network announced the election of their new Board of Directors at the annual Owners’ Meeting which is comprised of owners of member agencies. The Board of Directors is elected by shareholders annually.

“The commitment of the Signature Board in sharing both their time and expertise during this most challenging time has been critical to me, our members and our team. Their leadership has left us all in a strong position to reap the benefits of the emerging travel recovery. For that and their always positive guidance I am grateful,” said Alex Sharpe, president and CEO of Signature Travel Network.

Sharpe also praised the leadership of retiring Board Chair, Eric Maryanov, “The tireless leadership, support and friendship from Eric over the past 8 years has been indispensable to me and all of Signature.”

Signature Travel Network® is a member-owned travel cooperative, headquartered in El Segundo, California, with a regional office in New York City. The network was established in 1956, and today, includes 210 member agencies in the U.S. and 71 international agencies. Collectively, Signature members generate more than $11 billion in annual travel sales. Signature’s objective is to serve the needs of its members: boutique specialists, internet-based marketers, and multi-location agencies.

“I am honored to have been elected as the new Chair. It is a privilege to serve the Network that has continually supported all of us in the travel business, and to work alongside an incredibly dedicated board and committed Signature staff will be a privilege,” says Olga Placeres, President of Preferred Travel. “I have big shoes to fill but trust that together we will thrive as our travel industry recovers.”

With over 35 years of experience and a team of 60 travel advisors, Preferred Travel is well equipped and qualified to assist clients for domestic and international travel.

Preferred Travel has two locations to serve their clients, Naples and Bonita Springs. Offices are located at 5811 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Suite 201 in Naples, and 3960 Via Del Rey in the Vanderbilt Office Park in Bonita Springs. Clients are welcome by appointment and walk in. Masks are required.

Founded in 1984, Preferred Travel of Naples, Inc. presents a team of knowledgeable and experienced travel advisors who provide worldwide travel services to clients. For information call (239) 261-1177, toll free 800-523-3716 or visit

Preferred Travel of Naples is now a Blue Zones Project™ recognized organization.

This article was submitted by a Guest Author of the Above Board Chamber.