by Deanna Ting | January 03, 2013
Mike May of Spear One

Texas-based Spear One has merged with Sunbelt Motivation & Travel, a Dallas-based group incentive travel company, following a Dec. 31 acquisition of the 32-year-old Sunbelt. Founded in 1993, Spear One offers full-service meeting management, group incentive travel, recognition and incentive programs, and engagement campaigns for its clientele. Both companies’ operations and account teams will continue serving their respective clients, says Spear One.

The merger will allow Spear One to expand its incentive travel offerings, while giving Sunbelt’s clients more access to broader services that include creative communications, promotional strategy, meeting planning, and non-travel incentives across numerous vertical markets nationwide. As part of the merger, Spear One is expanding its Irving, Texas headquarters to accommodate former Sunbelt employees who will keep their current positions.

Sunbelt Motivation & Travel was founded in 1980 by Bill Boyd, CMP, CMM, CITE, an influential meetings and incentive executive who formerly served as international president of Meeting Professionals International and international president of the Society of Incentive Travel Executives. While the acquisition marks Boyd’s retirement from Sunbelt, he will continue to work as the owner and chairman of Allied/PRA Dallas/Fort Worth, a full-service destination management company.

“Bill Boyd is an icon in the incentive travel and meetings industry,” says Mike May (pictured), CMP, president of Spear One. “For 32 years, Sunbelt and Bill have been known for superior customer service, impeccable professionalism, and uncovering the next hot club trip destination. Our commitments to excellence are very similar, and I look forward to working together with the Sunbelt employees to serve our collective clients."

Boyd is equally satisfied with the match of the two companies.  “Mike May is not only a successful entrepreneur but a professional whose business ethics have helped solidify his success,” states Boyd. “Spear One has been a respected competitor of Sunbelt’s for a number of years and with this combination, our merged market strength becomes formidable. Knowing the high level of professionalism and client care practiced by both organizations makes my retirement an easy transition.”