ProcureCon Travel 2019

May 14 - 15, 2019

Hilton Lake Las Vegas, Henderson, NV

1 (888) 482 6012

Our Speakers

Confirmed Speakers To Date

Pawan Chowdhary
Senior Technical Staff Member

Pawan Chowdhary is a Senior Researcher at IBM Almaden Research located at San Jose, California. Pawan joined IBM US Research in 2004 and helped develop visual modeling tool to automate data warehouse generation as part of the larger Model Driven Business Transformation project that later became commercial offering. Pawan’s major interest is in solving complex problems with backed by analytics. He led several projects such as IBM Pricing Analytics tool (IPAT), Procurement Analytics and next generation of supply chain management solution (SCSM) to name a few.

Currently he has been working to transform the business travel that impact both employee and sourcing side by developing a solution call IBM Travel Manager (ITM). In addition, Pawan has keen interest on sensors and IoT, and its usage in improving the social aspect with projects around Eldercare, cognitive nose and smart home. Over the years, Pawan has published several papers and patents and was received several awards inside and outside of IBM for his work.

Jessica Banish
Senior Commodity Manager, Travel, Fleet and Living
Jessica Banish is the Senior Commodity Manager on GE’s Sourcing team focused on travel and fleet. Her 20+ years of supply chain experience comes with a record of demonstrated success in driving multimillion-dollar savings in competitive markets. Adept at driving growth of company revenues and improving purchasing performance, she has experience in industries including digital industrial, IT, airline, and automotive. As a part of GE’s travel sourcing team, she has delivered millions in hard deflation managing one of the largest travel programs in the world. She enjoys traveling and riding motorcycles with her husband and 3 sons.
Raquel Hefferan
Director, Procurement Services and Strategic Travel
Daryl Keiper
Senior Manager US Travel Program
Daryl Keiper has been the Sr. Manager of Genentech Inc.’s US travel program for the past three years.  He oversees a travel program of more than $275M in total travel spend and his responsibilities include traveler engagement, policy development, vendor management (including air, ground, GDS, online booking tools and emerging technologies).  Daryl has more than 24 years of experience in the travel industry including Travel Manager for Agilent Technologies, Director of Account Management for CWT, Airline Consulting for Advito and Industry Relations at BCD Travel. 
Robert Goodman
Executive Director Global Sourcing, Travel Category
Time Warner
Rob Goodman is an Executive Director in Global Sourcing, having joined Time Warner in 2004. In this role, Mr. Goodman is responsible for leading Travel Sourcing for Time Warner’s divisions: HBO, Turner, and Warner Bros.  His focus includes Travel Policy, Private Jets, Ground Transportation, Event Management platforms, analytics and new disruptive travel offerings and technology. He is also responsible for the company strategy and leading the adoption of Spend Management through a suite of online tools. Prior to Time Warner, Mr. Goodman was part of the strategic sourcing practice at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. His sectors of focus included healthcare, financial services, telecom & technology. Mr. Goodman is a frequent speaker at various industry conferences.

Mr. Goodman holds a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurial Studies and Management Information Systems from Babson College. Outside of work, he enjoys coaching his sons’ sports teams and raises money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute through a 2 day bike challenge. 

Makiko Barrett
Director, Global Travel

Makiko Barrett is currently the Director of Global Travel for Oath, based in Sunnyvale, CA. Makiko’s career spans over 20 years managing corporate travel, having worked as a travel manager for various internet, semiconductor and pharmaceutical companies, with a background in travel operations.

Makiko has been very active in the business travel industry. She is currently serving the Silicon Valley Business Travel Association as their Vice President.

Makiko holds a B.A. in English from the Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan. She is originally from Japan but was raised in Houston, TX and Yokohama, Japan. When she is not at work, she is at her son’s soccer games or busy rescuing cats for the local Humane Society.

Sean-Michael Callahan
Senior Director, Head of Global Read Estate Operations and Corporate Programs
Hewlett Packard

Sean-Michael leads HPE’s Corporate Program’s team. He is tasked with leading the global program design and operational delivery of a comprehensive portfolio of Travel, Fleet, Compliance and Sales Enablement (Mutual Value Program) programs. Sean-Michael’s teams are focused on delivering effective policies, business insights, optimized demand/budget management for our internal stakeholders and supporting our HPE Go-To-Market sales motions.

Prior to this role, Sean-Michael led the Global Travel, Meetings & Corporate Credit Card team. Since 2014 his team drove out greater than 60% of HPE’s global travel and entertainmnent spend. His team was able to achieve this with elevated internal alignment, enhanced policy compliance and stringent oversight of travel behavior. Sean-Michael’s team has dedicated FY15-17 to driving all travel, meetings and events related separation efforts in the world’s biggest ever corporate IT separations.

Sean-Michael joined HP in 2010 as the Mutual Value Program (MVP) leader. Prior to joining HP, Sean-Michael held business development, sales and marketing roles in the commercial real estate sector.

Sean-Michael received his Bachelor in Science (Marketing) from Santa Clara University. He is a huge soccer fan, whether it is coaching, watching or playing. Sean-Michael lives with his wife, Brenna, and children, Keane and Éire, in Roseville, CA.

Jennifer Kern
Procurement Category Manager, Travel and Meetings
BAE Systems
Pradeep Nair
Director Procurement Services

Pradeep Nair - Director, National Basketball Association, heads the Procurement Operations Group and has been leading the transformational journey for Travel, using analytics and tools, to bring efficiencies into the business travel program. Pradeep strongly believes that the only way to get the buy in of people is to make fact based/ data driven decisions and then empower people with tools to sustain the change.  

Jay Sklar
Chief Procurement and Real Estate Officer
HUB International
Jay Sklar is the Chief Procurement Officer for HUB International Limited, where he is responsible for implementing a long-term procurement program to leverage HUB’s buying power across a historically decentralized organization that has grown rapidly via acquisitions.

Jay brings more than 20 years of experience in procurement, strategic sourcing, supplier diversity, and real estate.  Most recently, he was Vice President of Procurement and Real Estate for Orbitz.  Prior to that, Jay held various procurement-related roles at Aon, BankOne (now JPMorgan Chase), Waste Management, and A.T.Kearney.

Jay earned a Bachelor of Arts, with Honors, from Northwestern University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Kellogg / Northwestern University.

Kelly Christner
Head of Global Travel and Meetings

Kelly's category background includes experience in operations, sales, marketing, multi-national corporate program design, development and deployment of global RFP’s, technology implementation, Business Intelligence, and collaborative change management. She has honed a keen eye for contract parsing, SOW definition, and the development of meaningful SLA’s.

Kelly holds a Global Travel Professional certification from the Global Business Travel Association and has served on executive advisory boards for T&E professional associations, international airports, and two non-profit foundations.

Ruben Leavitt
Manager, Associate Travel Program
TD Ameritrade
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 full-service travel agency, where he started as an Associate Account Manager in the corporate travel division, but quickly worked his way up the ranks to eventually oversee its Corporate Account Management department.

Ruben then moved from the agency side to the buyer side of the business. For the past year, he has worked at TD Ameritrade administering the T&E program and managing the company’s relationships with travel and credit card vendors.
Kim McGlinn
Head of Global Strategic and Sourcing
Judy Payne
Director, Meetings and Travel

Judy Payne is the Director of Meetings & Travel at GameStop, the largest video game retailer in the world. With 17+ years in events, she creates passion, excitement and education in over 50 events annually in the US and Canada. The SMM program expands across all event-genres from board meetings to incentives, and from conferences to comic cons. 

While hosting roughly 12,000 multi-generational attendees, Judy’s objective is to excite, engage and empower her attendees throughout their award-winning events. From gamification to socialization, the event is fun and exciting – on a shoestring budget. 

Judy manages the travel program and policies for a fortune 300 company to help reduce overall company costs and enforce compliance. While supporting a diverse leadership team, Judy defines programs to increase moral and align with business objectives each year.   

Judy also sits on several Customer Advisory Boards, is a PCMA Gulf States Chapter board member, and speaks on industry topics at PCMA chapter events, Convening Leaders and Business Travel New events.  Travel is a passion. She enjoys adventures with her family and finding the best restaurants across the US where ever she goes. 

Show Accolades: “Mind-Blowing Set Design & Staging” by PCMA 2018. Nominated for 4 awards in 2014 including “Best Show”, “Best Corporate Meeting” and “Best Use of Social Media” by Expo Magazine in 2014. Named one of the “Top 25 Fast Growth Shows of 2013”. Awarded “Best Innovative Sponsorships” and nominated for “Best Interactive Exhibit” by Expo Magazine in 2013.

Professional Accolades: Winner of SPIN 40 over 40 for veteran planners 2018. Named “ChangeMaker 2015” by Meetings Net Magazine. Name Expo Elite by Expo Magazine in 2014. 

Kevin Betts
Strategic Sourcing Director
The E. W. Scripps Company
Kevin is a Director – Category Management for The E.W. Scripps Company, which serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of television, radio and digital media brands. He has been with Scripps in various roles for 29 years, first on the journalism, operational and technology categories at a Scripps TV station where his duties included purchasing and vendor management. For the last 12 years, he has been a member of the Scripps Procurement team. Kevin is responsible for enterprise wide vendor relationships in numerous categories including Travel, he is responsible for travel procurement, manages the day to day relationship with their TMC and other travel partners. Kevin is a member of the Business Travel News (BTN) advisory board.
Nancy Murray
Vice President of Sourcing, Procurement & Travel Operations
Jason Cammorata
Vice President Strategic Sourcing
MDC Partners
MDC Partners is one of the fastest-growing and most influential marketing and communications networks in the world. Jason’s overall focus at MDC is delivering best in class business results to MDC’s network of 40+ agencies, globally. Prior to joining MDC Partners, Jason spent five years within Publicis Groupe.
Rick Wakida
Global Travel Manager
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, travel sourcing and procurement, expense reporting management, commercial card programs and strategic meetings management. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA in Finance and, prior to entering travel management, worked for ten years in Finance at Bank of America.
Marc Newman
Procurement & Business Services, Senior Manager
Novo Nordisk Inc.
Anjela Evangelista
Travel & Expense Manager

Anjela Evangelista is the Travel and Expense Manager of Twitter, based in San Francisco. She oversees global travel, expense reporting and corporate card programs. Prior to joining Twitter in 2015, Anjela was at Salesforce working on the T&E team, managing the global card program for 7 years. Although she has only been in the travel industry for a few years, she's built an innovative travel program that delivers a seamless travel experience while meeting cost savings objectives.

Cheryl Benjamin
Manager Travel Services
Dart Container
Leslie Andrews
Global Travel Category Manager
CDK Global
Dana Davies
Travel and Expense Manager
The Standard Insurance
Jean Sloan
Global Travel Manager, Purchasing
Carolyn Pearson
CEO and Founder
Maiden Voyage
Nancy Young
Vice President of Sourcing, Procurement & Travel
Ryan Kulp
Program Director
WBR (ProcureCon)

Confirmed Vendor Speakers

Gyre Renwick
VP, Enterprise Sales

Gyre Renwick is the Vice President of Lyft Business, whose mission is to provide solutions to organizations to move the people they care about. His team is responsible for creating travel, commute, event, and courtesy ride programs that provides enterprise customers with the tools they need to reduce cost, save time, and streamline their transportation programs. Before joining Lyft, Gyre was the Head of Industry for Healthcare for 13 years at Google where he created and launched the Healthcare team. He was responsible for helping Healthcare clients leverage the full suite of Google products and potential opportunities across all of Google’s initiatives. At the beginning of Gyre’s career at Google he also created and launched Google Grants program focused on helping non-profits grow through technology, which later grew into Gyre is a graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz and has an MBA from Duke University.

James Filsinger
President & CEO
James has more than 20 years of experience in the travel industry with proven success in CEO, M&A and Business Development roles within global startups and Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining Yapta, James was CEO of, Inc. where he was responsible for orchestrating the sale of the company to TravelClick. Earlier in his career, James was CEO and General Manager of Moneydirect, an international joint venture between Sabre Inc. (USA) and Amadeus IT (Spain) that processed over $2.5 billion in travel payment transactions annually. Prior to Moneydirect, he spent more than a decade at Sabre Holdings where he served as VP of New Business Ventures, among other roles within the organization. James is active in the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), and was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Executives in the Business Travel Industry for 2013.   

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