A is for Access to systems, partners, and back-up for advisors and their clients
S is for Support in business development, lead generation and strategic suppliers
C is for Collaboration and a strong sense of community
E is for Elevate: to ensure success in building and maintaining business
N is for Networking: helping advisors build relationships with partners, colleagues and collaborators
T is for Training and Development, with access to the Virtuoso Travel Academy, continual supplier training, and ongoing professional development including weekly Town Hall zoom calls with Direct Travel’s senior management.
Smith adds that many of the ASCENT components are proven success strategies, including the Dream Away series of virtual events, to which advisors are welcome to invite their clients. “On multiple occasions, we have had a client make a booking with their advisor in the middle of the event,” says Smith.
ASCENT is the right combination of a solid, accessible support system, the latest technology in the industry and the prestige of a great partnership with Virtuoso, the world’s leading luxury travel network, says Brian Robertson, President, Canada West region of Direct Travel.
“We have a marketing team to drive client engagement and generate leads for all advisors; a supplier management team that builds personal relationships with regional and national suppliers; and a leadership team which has strong connections to key decision makers at a global level,” adds Robertson.