One of the things that brought Elizabeth Blount McCormick back to Columbus in 2006 was leaving a job that required relentless travel to such far-flung countries such as Portugal, Tunisia and India.

One of the things that brought Elizabeth Blount McCormick back to Columbus in 2006 was leaving a job that required relentless travel to such far-flung countries such as Portugal, Tunisia and India.

"I think it was quality of life," she said. "I was burnt out."

Interestingly enough, travel weighs heavily in her present and future, but in a much different capacity.

Blount McCormick announced last week that Uniglobe Travel Designers, of which she is president, will expand by 5,500 square feet in German Village.

The Ohio Department of Administrative Services has named Uniglobe, under a contract with the Minority Business Enterprise program, as the state's designated full-service travel agent-broker.

That has allowed Uniglobe to go from 2,500 square feet to 8,000 square feet at 480 S. Third St. and add 12 employees, bringing the total to 30 employees.

The travel agency will occupy a second floor, which will serve corporate clients, while the first-floor employees will maintain leisure accounts.

Uniglobe recently inked a 10-year lease with the landlord and will contribute $150,000 toward the renovation process.

The franchise, part of a chain based in Vancouver, British Columbia, has been on a steady upswing since Blount McCormick took over in 2013.

"I had a nice little business and I'm so proud she took it over," said Blount McCormick's mother, Elsie Blount, who bought the franchise in 1996.

At the time, Blount had a full-time and a part-time employee and was doing $800,000 in business.

The office is now grossing $27 million annually.

The business moved to the corner of Third Street and Livingston Avenue in 2013, when Blount McCormick became president.

"We wanted to be in a new area," she said.

"We outgrew our other space. We thought German Village was a charming area."

Its central location, to clients such as the Ohio State University Athletic Department and Nationwide Children's Hospital, didn't hurt.

Elsie Blount still works with her daughter, serving as chief financial officer.

Blount McCormick, who grew up in Bexley, most recently served as production manager for Edun, the boutique clothing line for Bono, the lead singer of the band U2.

The pace was unyielding, so she said she moved back to Columbus to join her mother and be closer to her family.

"When I joined my mother in 2006, I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into but I knew I loved to travel and I was determined to be successful at being the leader of our company," Blount McCormick said.

"When I was named president in 2012, I had big shoes to fill, but I was confident we would be successful.

"I have said many times, we will not fail; failure is not an option, it is not in our DNA," she said.

"We have experienced significant growth and are considering opening offices in other states.

"I am excited about the future. The best is yet to come."