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Executive Team

Stuart Godwin, CTC
Chief Executive Officer

Stuart Godwin brings to LTA over forty-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’s acquisition of CTSI, Godwin served as’s Senior Vice President for the Central and Western Regions between 1999 and 2006.

William R. “Bobby” Godwin 
President & COO

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.

Dennis Acosta 
Director of 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.

Jennifer Murphy
Manager of Marketing

Jennifer worked as an event manager for several years before relocating to Europe. After living abroad for 5 years and visiting over 30 countries, she knew that she wanted to work in the travel industry. Jennifer joined LTA in May of 2019 and her responsibilities include managing the marketing program and helping the team with administrative tasks.

John C. Shands (1946 – 2010)
Executive Vice President

After serving in the Vietnam War, John spent 22 years in the travel industry before joining Stuart Godwin at Consolidated Travel Services as Director of Sales. Following CTSI’s acquisition by in 1999, Shands and Godwin worked for through 2006. Shands, Godwin and a group of investors launched Leisure Travel Alliance in 2007. John C. Shands passed away June 12, 2010 following a 10-month battle with cancer and is missed dearly.

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