Our Company

Carlson's roots are set in 1938, when Curtis L. Carlson took an idea for a loyalty program and a $55 loan from his landlord and founded the Gold Bond Stamp Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is a classic story of entrepreneurialism and free enterprise.

Now in its third generation of closely-held family ownership, Carlson operates in more than 150 countries and territories throughout the world. A global leader in the travel industry, the foundation of the Carlson portfolio of businesses is the world’s premier business and travel management company, Carlson Wagonlit Travel.

Serve millions of business travelers in a way that positively influences their lives.
Provide tens of thousands of jobs and help our employees grow and achieve their potential.
Contribute to the common good through our commitment to social responsibility.
Generate attractive financial returns for our shareholders and business partners.

Carlson Credo

Carlson has always been driven by and rooted in a strong set of values exemplifying the bold, entrepreneurial spirit and high quality standards embodied by our founder, Curtis L. Carlson, who left us the Carlson Credo.

Whatever you do, do with Integrity.

Wherever you go, go as a Leader.

Whomever you serve, serve with Caring.

Whenever you dream, dream with your All.

And never, ever give up.

Carlson Credo
+ 150
Countries and territories
with local presence
18,500
Employees
$22.9
Billion
Revenue as of Q4 2016

Board of Directors

Brad AndersonBrad Anderson
 

Laura M BornLaura M Born
 

Geoffrey C GageGeoffrey C. Gage
 

Richard C GageRichard C. Gage
 

Scott C GageScott C. Gage
 

Diana L NelsonDiana L. Nelson
 

Wendy M NelsonWendy M. Nelson
 

Michael T P SweeneyMichael T.P. Sweeney
 

Company History