Tourism Cares Welcomes New Chairman and Officers, Adds Three New Strategic Corporate Partners

Published on : Monday, March 6, 2017

unnamedTourism Cares—the philanthropic community of the travel industry—is pleased to announce Derek Hydon as the new chairman of the board, along with other newly elected board positions.


“I am humbled to lead our talented board of directors; Tourism Cares has such an important role to play uniting us all to protect the heart of travel,” said Hydon, “It is fantastic to see our members, partners, sponsors and volunteers freely give back and our industry be recognized as a powerful force for good.” Hydon served as the vice chair of Tourism Cares from 2013 to 2016 and has been actively involved with Tourism Cares since 2003. He is the president of MaCher, a certified B Corporation, based in Los Angeles.

Other newly elected officers of Tourism Cares are:
Vice Chairs: Greg Takehara, senior vice president of business development and industry relations at Trip Mate and Carolyn Cauceglia, vice president of strategic sales and account management at Amadeus;
Secretary: Martha Troncoza, vice president of air operations for Viking Cruises;
Treasurer: Jessica Patel, consultant.

Tourism Cares thanks outgoing Chairman Brad Finkle for his leadership and continued support of the organization. Finkle is the president of Trip Mate and has served on the board for nine years, remaining as immediate past chairman.


In addition to the new board positions, the organization has also welcomed Mayflower Tours, Marriott and AIG as strategic partners, who join Delta Air Lines, The Travel Corporation, Travel Weekly, and Trip Mate in supporting Tourism Cares at the highest level.


Membership to Tourism Cares is based on voluntary contributions starting at $1,500/year, with chairman’s circle members investing more than $10,000 in membership, programs and activities and strategic partners’ investments exceeding $40,000 a year.


“Strategic partners play an important role in leading our community by example,” said Tourism Cares CEO Mike Rea, “They also help us make an impact by investing in programs and destinations and by promoting meaningful travel.”

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