|Traded as||NASDAQ: EPAX|
|Founded||Spokane, Washington (1967)|
|Revenue||US$98.6 million (FY 2009) |
|US$32.2 million (FY 2009)|
|US$20.3 million (FY 2009)|
|Total assets||US$128 million (FY 2009)|
|Total equity||US$91.0 million (FY 2009)|
Ambassadors Group, Inc. is a publicly traded educational travel company based in Spokane, Washington. It was originally an operating division of Ambassadors International, Inc., but was divested into a separate corporation in 2002 to form the company under its current name. The CEO is Jeffrey Thomas, whose 2009 compensation totaled over $1.7 million.
This for-profit company has a close business relationship with People to People Student Ambassador Program and several other related cultural exchange groups involving students from several countries.
According to the company's end of year filings, in 2008 and 2009, Ambassadors Group served 41,929 and 34,248 travelers, respectively. In 2010, the company estimated that it would serve 26,674 participants (a net decrease of 22%.)
Travelers (thousands) :
- In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded People to People.
- In 1967, Ambassadors Group is founded
- In 1995, Ambassadors Group became a wholly owned subsidiary of Ambassadors International, Inc.
- In 1996, acquisition of Marc L. Bright (professionals). Jeffrey Thomas joined the company.
- In 1999, acquisition of Travel Dynamics (sport)
- In 2001, Jeffrey Thomas became CEO
- On February 28, 2002, Ambassadors Group spun off from Ambassadors International
- On May 15, 2008, Ambassadors Group bought BookRags, an educational website for $18 million. The merger was a friendly takeover.
- On March 17, 2009, Ambassadors Group announced its partnership with Discovery Education to become the travel provider for the new Discovery Student Adventures learning and adventure-based trips for students in grades 5–12. In 2010 approximately 125 students traveled.
- Ambassadors Group (EPAX) annual SEC income statement filing via Wikinvest.
- Ambassadors Group (EPAX) annual SEC balance sheet filing via Wikinvest.
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- "Ambassadors to spin off its student travel group". The Spokesman-Review (Cowles Publishing Company). 2002-01-30. Archived from the original on 2009-02-19. Retrieved 19 February 2009.
- "Jeffrey D. Thomas". Forbes. 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
- "Ambassadors Group Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008". Ambassadors Group (Yahoo! Finance). 2009-02-05. Archived from the original (PRESS RELEASE) on 2009-03-05. Retrieved 2009-03-05.
- "Ambassadors Group Reports Results for the third Quarter 2010". Ambassadors Group (Ambassadors Group). 2010-10-20. Archived from the original (PRESS RELEASE) on 2010-10-21. Retrieved 2010-10-21.
- Ambassadors Group (EPAX) annual SEC 10K
- "BookRags, Inc.". BusinessWeek. Archived from the original on 2009-02-23. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
- "Ambassadors Group buys BookRags for $18 million". International Business Times (Associated Press). 2008-05-21. Archived from the original on 2009-02-23. Retrieved 22 February 2009.
- "Ambassadors Group buys BookRags". Puget Sound Business Journal (American City Business Journals). 2008-05-22. Archived from the original on 2009-02-23. Retrieved 22 February 2009.
- "BookRags Inc & Ambassadors Group Inc". CNNMoney.com (Time Warner). 2008-12-12. Archived from the original on 2009-02-23. Retrieved 22 February 2009.
- "Discovery Education to Launch International Travel Program for Students and Teachers". C. Blohm. 2009-03-17. Archived from the original on 2009-03-22. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
- "Ambassadors Group, Inc. CEO Discusses Q3 2010 Earnings - Call Transcript" (PRESS RELEASE). Ambassadors Group (seekingalpha.com). 2010-10-21. Retrieved 2010-10-22.
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