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Short's Travel Management Partners with Western Kentucky University Athletics to Provide Full-Service Athletic Travel Management

Short's Travel Management (Short's), a leader in the travel management industry, is excited to announce a new partnership with Western Kentucky University’s athletic teams, the Hilltoppers. This collaboration will provide the university's athletic teams with complete travel management services, ensuring efficient and seamless travel experiences.


Western Kentucky University has chosen Short's to handle all their athletic travel arrangements, leveraging Short's extensive expertise and innovative designated agent model. This model assigns a specific travel agent to work closely with the Hilltoppers, delivering personalized and consistent service that caters to the unique demands of collegiate athletic programs.


“We are excited to partner with Short’s Travel Management,” said WKU Director of Athletics Todd Stewart. “The volume of team travel for our 16 sport programs results in complex challenges given the expenses involved coupled with the time our coaches and staff members currently devote to this. Short’s multitude of resources will enable us to manage our entire travel operation in a much more efficient and cost-effective manner.”


Short's will oversee the booking of all commercial flights for the Hilltoppers, securing the best options in terms of schedules and pricing. For charter flights, Short's will manage every detail, ensuring a smooth journey from departure to arrival. Additionally, Short's will organize all ground transportation, including buses, shuttles, and rental vehicles, to guarantee safe and reliable transportation for athletes, coaches, and staff. Completing the package, Short's will manage hotel reservations for all team travels, ensuring comfortable and conveniently located accommodations that meet the Hilltoppers' specific needs.


"We are honored to collaborate with Western Kentucky University Athletics and provide our specialized travel services," said David LeCompte, CEO of Short's Travel Management. "Our goal is to enhance the travel experience for the Hilltoppers, ensuring they have the best possible support and convenience on their journeys. We look forward to contributing to their continued success both on and off the field."


With Short's comprehensive travel management services, the Hilltoppers are set to experience a new level of efficiency and convenience in their travel arrangements. This partnership aims to eliminate the logistical challenges of athletic travel, allowing the teams to focus entirely on their training and performance. By ensuring every travel detail is meticulously handled, Short's Travel Management is committed to supporting the Hilltoppers' journey towards continued success and athletic excellence.


About Short’s Travel Management

Short’s Travel Management is a family-owned and majority woman-owned private corporation, led by CEO David LeCompte. In 2020, Short’s strategically pivoted to exclusively serve athletics, solidifying its position as the fastest growing provider for athletic teams.


With a client portfolio that is over 95% collegiate sports, Short’s supports over 16,000 games, meets, and tournaments annually, assisting more than 200 athletic departments with their regular season travel, in addition to exclusively managing championship travel for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 


The Short’s logistics team orchestrates more air charters, commercial air, ground transportation, and group hotel accommodations than any other provider in the collegiate team space. Comprised of former collegiate athletes, coaches, business operations and logistics staff, pilots, hotel leaders, gate agents, and dispatchers, Short’s understands firsthand the demands of this sector and the critical importance of teams arriving on time.


About Western Kentucky University AthleticsWestern Kentucky University (WKU) Athletics, home of the Hilltoppers, is a renowned program known for its excellence in collegiate sports. Competing in Conference USA, WKU Athletics offers 16 varsity sport programs. With top-notch facilities, dedicated coaching staffs, and a strong emphasis on academic achievement and community involvement, WKU Athletics is committed to developing well-rounded student-athletes who excel both on and off the field.

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