September 27, 2023
Gifted Journey Community celebrates its tenth anniversary: Journey Weekly
Jamie Biesiada

Jamie Biesiada

Gifted Journey Community (GTN), the Mooresville, N.C.-based host company, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this 12 months.

The company, based by Meredith Calloway, Jen Cochrane and Vanessa McGovern in February 2013, truly bought its begin in schooling and training.

I lately caught up with Cochrane to speak about GTN’s historical past and the long run.

It began with Calloway (then Meredith Hill), who owned her personal company, Hills of Africa.

“She was discovering, like many different journey advisors, that it was actually laborious to show that right into a worthwhile, fulfilling, profitable enterprise,” Cochrane mentioned.

Calloway began following advertising professionals and making use of new rules to her journey enterprise, and it was working. Different advisors seen and needed to understand how she did it, and Calloway needed to show them. She offered her half of Hills of Africa to her companion, Sandy Salle, who nonetheless operates the corporate as we speak.

Then she based the World Institute for Journey Entrepreneurs (Gifte), a training and schooling firm.

Enter Cochrane: A buddy of Calloway’s, she had lately offered an organization and was performing some freelancing. Calloway wanted assist with Gifte, so she onboarded Cochrane. McGovern would additionally be a part of the 2, forming the management crew that as we speak heads GTN.

From Gifte to Gifted

However the trio seen there was a restrict to precisely how a lot they may assist journey advisors as enterprise house owners and entrepreneurs by GIFTE. They felt they may present much more holistic help by beginning a bunch company, Cochrane mentioned. Ultimately, round two years in the past, they sundown Gifte, folding its academic choices into GTN.

“That is what actually differentiates us as a bunch company, is that we come from that teaching and schooling background,” Cochrane mentioned.

GTN gives the Journey MBA program for new-to-industry advisors in addition to applications catering to advisors at different levels of their careers.

GTN entered what Cochrane described as “a reasonably crowded market area,” with established, decades-old hosts. They spent the primary 5 years in enterprise constructing inner infrastructure and build up gross sales ranges. In 2019, GTN joined Virtuoso, cementing its place as a leisure company with a luxurious focus.

“Our gross sales since then have been simply phenomenal,” Cochrane mentioned. Final 12 months, GTN recorded gross sales that have been greater than 400% increased than 2019, and the company is already up 150% this 12 months in contrast with final.

These gross sales numbers aren’t coming from an elevated variety of advisors, in line with Cochrane. Actually, GTN has been “honing our membership,” she mentioned. Proper now, the host is residence to about 320 unbiased contractors.

“Our objective is not to have probably the most,” she mentioned. “It is to have the most efficient and most engaged.”

Rising with the luxurious market

Whereas GTN has been attracting new-to-industry brokers — a 3rd of gross sales final 12 months got here from advisors who had gone by its Journey MBA program — the company has additionally attracted high-producing brokers in recent times. 

Gross sales proceed to be sturdy at GTN, and Cochrane is not forecasting a slowdown. Whereas it does appear doubtless that the nation is headed for some type of financial melancholy, that’s unlikely to dampen gross sales: GTN is firmly within the luxurious market, she mentioned, and a psychological shift throughout the peak of the pandemic has left most individuals unwilling to cease touring.

Development, she predicted, will proceed “for the foreseeable future now, particularly within the luxurious journey area, since you have a look at the wealth trajectory and there is increasingly more millionaires yearly. Wealth continues to develop. So so long as that continues to be the case, I believe there’s a big market that is nonetheless untapped, truly.”

GTN’s tenth anniversary celebration this 12 months will culminate with a gala later this 12 months.