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
Sales as of Q4 2016

Board of Directors

Laura M Born Laura M. Born

Jude BuckleyJude Buckley

Lee A. ChadenLee A. Chaden

Geoff GageGeoffrey Gage

Richard C GageRichard C. Gage

Scott C Gage Scott C. Gage

Diana L NelsonDiana L Nelson

Michael T P Sweeney Michael T.P. Sweeney

Wendy M NelsonWendy M. Nelson

Company History