In my free time

I like to ride horses and spend time at my vacation home in Virginia.

President, Western Region

Helen Leon is President of Direct Travel’s Western Region, having assumed the position in January of 2017 following the retirement of Tyler Peak. Previously, Helen served as Executive Vice President of Peak Travel Group (Peak Travel), working with Tyler Peak through the San Jose, California-based agency’s acquisition by and subsequent integration with Direct Travel.

Helen brings 30 years of operational experience to the role and is responsible for all business operations, sales, growth and employee retention for the Western Region. With a background in technology, Helen encourages her team to utilize innovative enterprise solutions, which help build scalable processes and drive efficiencies while maximizing the customer experience.

Prior to this position, Helen served as Senior Vice President and member of the ESOP Board and Board of Directors for Norfolk, Virginia-based CI Travel. During her 26 year tenure with CI, Leon worked as Project Manager for NASA Travel, and was instrumental in a second contract award for this prestigious business. Leon has been involved in operations throughout her career and was responsible for the financial management and operational direction of CI Travel throughout her affiliation with the company.

Helen is a member of Travel Council, served as President of SEAT for two years and is active in various local Business Travel Chapters. She is also a participant on Travelport’s customer Advisory Board.