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American Express agent Jodie Gonzales wins 2014 Avis Scholarship

October 23, 2014 Accolades No Comments Email Email

unnamed (9)Avis Australia is proud to announce Jodie Gonzales from American Express Global Business Travel in Queensland is the winner of the 2014 Avis Travel Agent Scholarship, the retail travel industry’s most prestigious and enduring award.

Jodie was announced as the 18th recipient of the annual Scholarship – which recognises and rewards consultants who consistently deliver outstanding customer service – at a ceremony last night at Sydney’s Four Seasons Hotel attended by travel industry leaders.

As the 2014 winner, she receives a range of educational and travel-related prizes valued in excess of $40,000, including:

Avis Scholarship winners Anne Hobbs (2013), Lisa Upton (2009), Jodie Gonzales (2014), Michelle McNamara (2003), Robyn Sinfield (1996) and Kim Hatherly (2008)_3305le

  • two return Qantas Airways Business Class airfares to New York
  • six nights’ accommodation in Manhattan and seven days’ car rental from Avis
  • a scholarship to study at Southern Cross University with financial support of up to $8,000*
  • training modules from the Cruise Lines International Australasia
  • a Polonious Resources Personal Profile, Feedback Session and on-call personal/professional coaching for 12 months
  • two tickets to the 2015 NTIA Gala Dinner in Sydney (return flights, overnight accommodation and return limousine transfers)
  • a one year honorary position on the Avis Travel Agents Advisory Board
  • a tour of Avis’ World Headquarters in New Jersey and site visits to US agencies.

Avis Travel Industry Manager Russell Butler says that Jodie demonstrated all the skills, integrity and passion required to be a Scholarship winner.

Jodie Gonzales

Jodie Gonzales

“One of the things that stands Jodie apart is the genuine care and compassion she shows for her customers,” says Butler. “She is also someone who appreciates that looking after small but important details can make a huge difference to a client’s overall travel experience.

“She is dedicated to consistently exceeding her customers’ expectations and to ensuring that they are all treated like valued individuals.”

Avis Scholarship 2014_Russell Butler (Avis) and Jodie Gonzales (winner)_2943le

This year’s Scholarship winner was chosen from four finalists, all of whom presented to members of the Avis Travel Agents Advisory Board during yesterday’s final judging session in Sydney.

Avis Scholarship Finalists 2014_Paul Mirabito_Melanie Whyte_Meagan McLeod_Jodie Gonzales (winner) and Russell Butler (Avis)_2950le

This year’s finalists also included:

  • Paul Mirabito, Corporate Travel Management (NSW)
  • Meagan McLeod, Escape Travel (NSW)
  • Melanie Whyte, TravelManagers (TAS).

All finalists receive a personal online behavioural profile and consultation session with a Polonious Resources business coach.

For more information on the 2014 Scholarship please visit

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