Nexion Announces Keynote Speaker, Programs for CoNexion 2017

June 8, 2017

Renowned fighter pilot Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour will share her life experiences and help Nexion member agents to harness the power of a “Breakthrough Mentality” mindset

Nexion, the travel industry’s premier host agency, has announced Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour as its keynote speaker for CoNexion 2017, which will take place Sept. 16 – 19, 2017, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Armour, America’s first African American female combat pilot in the United States Marine Corps, will share her inspiring life journey and how Nexion members can implement a “Breakthrough Mentality” into their businesses. This year’s CoNexion theme is Think BIG in the Big Easy, and attendees will learn about the latest industry trends, Nexion tools and programs, and be taught additional ways of thinking big for business success.

CoNexion 2017 Think Big in the Big Easy

Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour
Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour

“We chose ‘Think BIG in the Big Easy’ for CoNexion 2017, because we know that the best way we can support our travel agent members is to give them access to new ideas and the motivation to carry them out,” said Nexion President Jackie Friedman, CTC, CTIE. “That’s why, in addition to the multitude of educational workshops offered at CoNexion, we are bringing in such an inspirational keynote speaker. Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, and her incredible life story, has helped many others soar, and I am very excited to see and hear how she will encourage our travel agent professionals to further excel in their lives and businesses.”

Leveraging her “Breakthrough Mentality” and “Get Gutsy” mindset, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour propelled herself from beat cop to combat pilot in a record-breaking three years and became America’s first African American female combat pilot. As featured on CNN, MSNBC, The View, FOX News, Oprah Winfrey and others, FlyGirl’s fresh edgy style, highly contagious energy and unique gutsy essence jump off the stage, page and screen and moves people to action. Since 2007, she has inspired countless organizations and individuals to make gutsy moves and create breakthrough results.

As part of the event’s encouragement to “Think BIG,” CoNexion attendees will have access to a wide range of educational and training experiences, including:

  1. Supplier roundtables where attendees will have the opportunity to network with Nexion’s partners in a small group setting.
  2. More than 40 skills-based workshops, including: Made to Measure Trips, Circle of Excellence Success Stories—How to Take Your Business to the Next Level, and Travel Marketing Ninja: 9 Ways to Leverage Video and Animation to Grow Your Travel Tribe.
  3. myExperience Zone, for attendees to learn more about Nexion’s programs and tools from subject matter experts.
  4. A full supplier trade show featuring airlines, cruise lines, tour operators, hotels, rental car companies, destinations and more.

Additionally, Nexion will honor its top-producing agents, as well as those who embody the spirit of Nexion. There will also be plenty of opportunities to network with fellow travel professionals and enjoy all that New Orleans has to offer as a top leisure travel destination.

“CoNexion isn’t just about educational and training opportunities for our members,” commented Friedman. “It’s also about celebrating them and their successes. We have a phenomenal group of members, and CoNexion is the perfect time to recognize all that they did for their clients.”

For more information and to register for CoNexion 2017, Nexion members can visit All travel professionals interested in learning how to succeed as a professional business owner, backed by Nexion’s many great benefits, are encouraged to call 800-747-6813 or email

About Nexion LLC

As a branch of Tzell Travel Group (a Travel Leaders Group company), Nexion® is a fully licensed, bonded and accredited host agency, where members have focused on selling travel since 1995. Nexion provides ticketing, operations and fulfillment support to independent travel professionals coupled with best-in-class tools, technology, marketing, education and support. Nexion is the complete host agency for multi-agent agencies, corporate agencies, experienced agents and those new to the industry.

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