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Executive Team


Stuart Godwin, CTC
President & CEO

Stuart Godwin brings to LTA over thirty-five years of travel industry experience as a retail travel agency owner and travel marketing executive.

A life-long travel agency and industry advocate, Godwin grew up in the travel industry as the son of one of the original founders of Houston’s Harvey Travel.

In 1984 Godwin and ten travel agency owners co-founded Consolidated Travel Services, Inc. (CTSI), a regional travel marketing organization which ultimately expanded to include over 400 travel agency affiliates. Godwin served as CTSI’s president and COO from 1984 to 1999. Godwin was named Travel Trade Publications’ Travel Agent of the Year in 1998 for his lobbying efforts on behalf of travel agents. Following Vacation.com’s acquisition of CTSI, Godwin served as Vacation.com’s Senior Vice President for the Central and Western Regions between 1999 and 2006.

Steve Kaplan 
Vice President of Industry Relations

Steve Kaplan also brings over 30 years of experience to Leisure Travel Alliance and a long history of travel agency advocacy.

Kaplan served as Executive Director of the Arizona Travel Agents Association (ATAA) prior to becoming President & CEO of Crown Travel Group, a regional travel agency marketing organization associated with ATAA. During his tenure with Crown, Kaplan and Crown were frequently recognized by the supplier community for their sales achievements.

Following Vacation.com’s acquisition of Crown Travel Group, Kaplan served as Vacation.com’s Senior Vice President for the Western Region from 1999 to 2002

Dennis Acosta 
Director Member Sales & Service

After six years in the United States Army, Dennis returned home, completed his degree in Finance, and went to work in banking as a Credit Analyst. Drawn to the travel industry, Dennis signed on with Leisure Travel Alliance in October of 2007. His responsibilities include member support and new member recruiting.

William R. “Bobby” Godwin 
Vice President of Marketing

Bobby holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems from Sam Houston State University. In May of 2011. Bobby joined LTA from Net-Recon, an Austin-based technology company. While at Net-Recon, Bobby managed the LTA member website and designed many of LTA’s e-mail campaigns.

John Shands 
Co-founder Leisure Travel Alliance
1946 – 2010