Panel: Initiating and Managing a Corporate Payment Solution 2.0
Sourcing Manager - Travel, Professional Services,
Manager, Associate Travel Program,
Head of Global Travel, Meetings & Fleet Management,
Global Travel Manager,
Managing Director/Practice Leader,
Corporate Travel Buyer Resources
There is a proliferation of technology available to manage your corporate payment processes; this panel will discuss some of the lessons learned and related challenges companies have faced.
•The business case for a corporate card
•Use of Virtual Cards
•Millennials and corporate cards
•What services are payment cards providing
•Best practices regarding corporate cards and payment alternatives
•Incorporating company culture
Ruben was born and raised in New York, NY, and received a BA from Colgate University with concentrations in English and Political Science. Before entering the workforce, he took two years to get his Master’s degree in Political Theory from the University of Oxford.
After graduating, Ruben worked for five years at FROSCH, a boutique
Rick Wakida started his career in corporate travel management in 1995 and has developed and managed travel programs for both public and private companies in a variety of industries, including financial services, bio-pharmaceutical, telecommunications, software and semiconductor.
Rick is a subject matter expert in global travel management, tr
Don Swartz is founder and Managing Director of CTBR LLC, a niche consultant entity leveraging analytics to empower travel buyers with new sourcing approaches to reducing direct travel costs and improving travel sourcing processes.
Don’s corporate travel background spans almost thirty years, including senior manager roles in Sales, IT and Op
Panel: It Costs How Much? Delivering Travel and Meetings Value in a High-Cost City/Environment
North America Travel Lead,
Cognizant Technology Solutions
Travel Category Manager/Strategy Architect,
The Boeing Company
Founder and CEO,
Senior Director, Business Development,
Carlson Wagonlit Travel
Corporate travel and meeting costs continue to spike in high demand areas (e.g., San Francisco, NYC). How can procurement deal with this?
•Leveraging sharing economy
•Identifying date and/or location alternatives within a metro area
Drew Mitchell is the Regional Travel Manager for the Americas at Cognizant Technology Solutions responsible for travel operations, programs, and sourcing projects. Drew started his career in corporate travel management with WorldTravel BTI as a dedicated resource on key accounts such as Merrill Lynch and GlaxoSmithKline. Drew has also held position
Kathy Briski is currently the Travel Category Manager at The Boeing Company. Over her procurement and corporate travel career, Kathy has worked in a variety of industries including aerospace, banking, entertainment, software, merger and acquisitions, and consulting.
Kathy holds a Masters in Business Administration, C.P.M. (Certifi
Brian is a seasoned event marketing professional, with more than 20 years of experience in event management and strategy, both domestically and internationally. He has an event procurement background, experienced in contractual risk management, event/trade show production and is considered an event budgeting expert. He is a CMP – Certified Meetin
Dan Ruch is the Founder & CEO of Rocketrip, the leading tech platform for reducing corporate travel costs. Rocketrip motivates below policy spending by giving employees data-based trip budgets and letting them keep half of what they save. Venture-backed by Bessemer Venture Partners, Canaan Partners, Genacast Ventures, and Y Combinator, Rocketrip he