ProcureCon Travel 2019

May 14 - 15, 2019

Hilton Lake Las Vegas, Henderson, NV

Our Speakers

Confirmed Speakers To Date

Leslie Andrews
Global Travel Category Manager
CDK Global

Possessing over 20 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry and Higher Education serving in various leadership capacities from Global Travel Manager to Academic Dean.  Currently, serving as Global Travel Category Manager for CDK Global.  Leslie is a consultant, providing Adult Professional Development Training, and Coaching.  Her corporate experience includes positions working with Caterpillar, Abbott, American Express Travel, JLL, KPMG and Embassy Travel.  Additionally, her academic experience includes being a college instructor, and currently, Chair’s the Advisory Board for Roosevelt University’s Heller Graduate School of Business.

Tanya Andrews
Global Travel Manager
Palo Alto Network
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.
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.

Cheryl Benjamin
Manager Travel Services
Dart Container
Kevin Betts
Strategic Sourcing Director
The E. W. Scripps Company
\Kevin is a Director – Strategic Sourcing for The E.W. Scripps Company, which serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of local and national media brands.  He has been with Scripps in various roles for 30+ 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 13 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.
Sean-Michael Callahan
Senior Director, Head of Global Corporate Programs
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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.

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.
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.

Jessica Maloney Cowart
Senior Buyer, Procurement – Indirect Materials & Services
Reynolds American Inc.

Jessica Maloney Cowart is currently a Senior Buyer for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, a subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc.*  In her current role, she has enterprise-wide responsibility and oversight for travel, meetings, and events.  She also has primary procurement responsibility for various marketing services categories such as strategy & planning, consumer engagement, and media.

Since joining Reynolds in 2010, Jessica has held a range of positions in Indirect Procurement, including supporting research & development and marketing materials.  Prior to her tenure at Reynolds, she worked in various industries including legal, retail, and consumer services.  

Jessica has a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  

Outside of work, she’s a crazy cat lady and a foodie who loves staying active while trying to keep up with her business-owning runner husband.

*Reynolds American Inc. is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of British American Tobacco p.l.c.  

Jeff Daily
Director of Global Travel

Jeff Daily is a corporate travel industry professional with over 25 years’ experience in the field.

With a travel career which began in 1990, Jeff has distinguished himself with a leading passion for his work, and capacity to get the best out of others within positive team environments.  In particular, Jeff’s unique ability to identify strategic opportunities for improvement of efficiencies, savings and optimized processes for growth been a consistent hallmark of a career which has included US Travel, Rosenbluth International, Travizon/CTM, and currently Director of Global Travel at Sanmina Corporation. 

Presently, Jeff is most excited about the changing landscape of travel and designing an optimized program within his role at Sanmina through integration of enhancements to improve the passenger experience. 

Dana Davies
Travel and Expense Manager
The Standard Insurance

Currently employed at Standard Insurance as a Travel Manager/ Business Analyst.

Dana has been in the procurement industry for over 30 years starting as an Inventory Specialist for a small start -up company in Canada called MetroNet, which laid all of the fiber optic cables throughout Canada, and then was bought out by AT & T Canada.  Dana managed and distributed millions of dollars of telecom equipment across Canada while training two managers. 

In 2000 Dana moved back to the US and started a new Senior Buyer Position at Consolidated Freightways where she built a Refurbishment program for used telecom equipment as well as 3151 Green Screens.  Dana purchased equipment for all of the IT needs for the company and unfortunately, in 2003, after 9-11 the company went out of business. 

Soon there-after Dana started a new job at TRM Corporation as the Inventory Specialist, Fleet Administrator, and Inventory Control Manager. Dana Traveled to London several times to train people on the application and how to be an Inventory Coordinator.

Today, Dana has 14 years under her belt at Standard Insurance in Portland Oregon starting as a Buyer and now is the Travel manager /Business Analyst. She has proficiencies in Systems knowing the full procure-to pay process and is Lean trained. Concur expert for both Travel /Expense, and AD Hoc reporting through the Concur Intelligence Module.

Dana loves to do volunteer work! She is currently on the OBTA (Oregon Business Travel Association) Board as the Vice President and is actively involved in other charities such as Habitat for Humanity and the Blanchett House.

Jeanine C. Davis
Category Manager
Raytheon Company

Jeanine C. Davis, is a Category Manager in Commercial Indirect Supply Chain for Raytheon Company. She manages a portfolio that focuses on Global Travel, Meetings, Events and Trade Shows in excess of $500M in annual addressable spend. 

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with sales of $26 billion, and 62,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security, cyber and other government markets throughout the world. Raytheon’s global headquarters is in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Jeanine joined the cISC team in July of 2007.  She is responsible for negotiating and managing Travel Operations globally for Raytheon, which includes overseeing the travel Management Company, global negotiations of Air, Hotels, Ground Transportation and Corporate Card Programs.  Jeanine also serves as a member of the Raytheon Meetings and Events and Trade shows Council. She regularly accepts speaking engagements at industry sponsored events, and participates on the BCD Travel Aerospace and Defense Customer Council and American Airlines Advisory Board.

Davis joined Raytheon from Gillette/Proctor &Gamble where she managed global travel for Gillette. She subsequently accepted a position with P&G to assist in consolidating their Meetings and Events functions.  Prior to that Jeanine held Travel Management positions with Honeywell and Stratus Computers.  She also worked as an Account Manager at Carlson Wagonlit Travel and as a General Manager for the New England Region at Rosenbluth Travel.

A 2009 graduate of Northeastern University, Jeanine holds a degree in Business Administration. She also received her GTP (Global Travel Professional) certification from GBTA in 2012.

Malcolm Davis
Sr. Manager, Indirect Procurement
The Home Depot

Malcolm Davis is a Senior Manager of Indirect Procurement at Home Depot. Over the twelve years he has been with the company, he has held positions of increasing levels of responsibility, and supported various areas of the business, including HR, Legal, Building Services, Aviation, Corporate Travel, Finance, and Business Processes Outsourcing. In his current role, Malcolm leads a team that supports approximately $2B in annual spend, across HR, Legal, Building Services, Aviation, and Corporate Travel. He also led the effort to consolidate procurement practices across all of Home Depot’s North American operations. Prior to joining Home Depot, Malcolm spent eight years in Procurement/Supply Chain at Delta Air Lines and Ford Motor Company. Malcolm holds a B.S. and MBA in Business Administration from Florida A & M University.

Ann L. Dery
Global Category Lead, Director, Travel & Meetings of Global Travel
S&P Global

Ann is an accomplished Global Travel Executive and “GBTA 2016 Masters Honors Travel Professional Award” recipient with demonstrated ability to create, transform and execute highly complex initiatives. A strategic visionary leader with solid experience managing Global Travel Procurement and Operations including all levels of complex, cross-functional projects focusing on implementations, process efficiencies, hard and soft savings, SRM, internal/external stakeholder engagement, demand management and recruitment.

Ann joined SPGI’s Global Procurement organization in 2017 to lead the newly formed categories of Global Travel and Meetings. In her 18 months at SPGI she has successfully launched several flagship enterprise-wide projects including the consolidation of 31 countries under a single designated TMC, launch of an enterprise-wide Data Management Solution, a governance structure around the Global T&E Policy and the company’s first Meetings Strategy framework and operating model.

Ann is based at S&P Global world headquarters in New York City.

Marc Ensign
Director, Global Category Manager – Corporate

Marc Ensign is the Director, Global Category Management and leads a team of sourcing professionals covering

indirect and services spend, and is the company travel manager. Marc has been at Sonoco for 17 years and is a

seasoned professional in all areas of sourcing and materials management. He has served on numerous supplier

diversity boards and has received occasional recognition. Marc has a passion for supplier diversity and for the

past 12 years has been active in regional supplier diversity efforts. Previous to Sonoco, Marc had experience in

general management at a small manufacturing company and in Materials Management at Honeywell. Marc loves

photography, currently resides in South Carolina and is the proud grandfather of 18.

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.

Jo Ellen Geurts
Senior Manager, Global Travel & Supply Chain
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. 

Leslie Hadden
Global Travel Manager

Leslie Hadden is the Global Travel Manager for LinkedIn and she is in it to make travelers happier and more productive on the road #InItTogether.  She has made several appearances on various panels and webinars on traveler satisfaction/engagement.  Her goal: To reduce the travel stressors so travelers can be safe, productive, and healthy while getting stuff done, having fun, and dreaming BIG. 

Nathan Haydn-Myer
Head of Procurement Operations and Insights
VSP Global

Nathan Haydn-Myer is an internationally accomplished business leader with experience in transforming perceptions and performance across various industries and teams.  Currently he is the head of Procurement Operations and Insights for VSP Global’s Corporate Procurement and Travel division where he has been instrumental in renovating the processes and image that help secure Procurement’s seat at the proverbial table.  Prior to VSP Global, Nathan lead teams in the fields of forecasting, finance and marketing in companies such as Blue Shield of California (healthcare), Angel (Italian early stage capital for hi-tech firms), Blackshape Aircraft (aviation) and the MERMEC Group (railway diagnostics). 

Nathan earned his MBA from UC Davis Graduate School of Management where he also obtained a fellowship in their leadership program.  He earned his Certified Sourcing Professional certificate through SIG University, holds a certificate in lean six sigma and is fluent in Italian.  

Raquel Hefferan
Director, Procurement Services and Strategic Travel
Cindy Heston
Director, Travel and Events
Stacy Hirons
Global Travel Manager
The Hershey's Company
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. 
Jennifer Kern
Procurement Category Manager, Travel and Meetings
BAE Systems

Jennifer Kern is a Procurement, Meetings & Travel Professional with over 20 years' experience providing leadership in the areas of procurement, strategic meetings management, and corporate travel products and services. In general, Jennifer strives to identify areas of organizational development and optimization, cost reduction or service enhancement (or both), and risk opportunities, within the areas of corporate meetings and corporate travel. She’s collaboratively lead many cross-functional teams for special projects to successful conclusion and works collaboratively with business units to create, implement & monitor strategic business plans.  Her current responsibilities with BAE Systems, Inc. has her overseeing $115M in travel spend and the beginnings of a strategic meetings management program.  She’s recently conducted a request for proposal for technology to support this SMMP initiative and has just completed implementation of the selected tool.  

Jennifer earned her MBA from Wake Forest University and is currently working on becoming a Certified Supply Chain Professional through the Institute for Supply Management.

Alicia King
Global Category Manager, Commercial Air and Ground Transportation

Alicia King is the Global Air and Car Rental Category Manager for Chevron, she is responsible for setting buying strategies and delivering significant value to 50 plus countries.

Alicia brings over 25 years of experience as an airline sales manager, procurement consultant and corporate buyer.  She brings diverse experience in high risk travel operations, stakeholder collaboration, supplier relations, strategic sourcing, contracting and process implementation and optimization, bringing expertise in the development of global air strategies.

Katie Loudon
Americas Travel & Meetings Manager
ProcureCon Travel
Kim McGlinn
Head of Global Strategic and Sourcing
Sandra McMahon
Global Travel Commodity Manager

With over 30 years of Travel Industry experience, Sandra joined VSP Global in 2016 as the Global Travel Manager to build a comprehensive, value add travel program. Joining VSP provided a transition from her extensive career on the agency side over to customer buyer side.

Sandra had been with Carlson Wagonlit Travel for eighteen years prior, working both on the operations side, as well as account management. Through her excellent leadership skills, she created strong partnerships with a diverse portfolio of clients, resulting in high performing, cost effective travel programs.

Since joining VSP, Sandra has successfully consolidated multiple online booking tools, realizing an 80% adoption in less than one year. She also has a significant focus on creating awareness around the importance and opportunities with strategic meetings management for VSP. In 2017, she and her team conducted a series of M&E Summits, expanding the enterprise wide M&E “community”.

Sandra is a Six Sigma green belt and just recently completed the Certified Sourcing Professional program. Through her collaborative, energetic, and client-focused attitude, Sandra is passionate about delivering relevant value and building strong partnerships.

LeKea McMillian
Senior Procurement Manager
The Coca-Cola Company

LeKea lives to blow stuff up…and then put them back together again, only better. LeKea started her career as a Process Engineer working with companies that included Tosco Corporation, Hovensa LLC, BASF Corporation, and Ocean Spray where she leveraged data analytics to make intelligent business decisions that cut costs, increased efficiencies, reduced waste, and improved processes. After moving to Atlanta to follow her dream to work for one of the world’s largest and most valuable brands, The Coca-Cola Company.

Over the last 13 years, LeKea has had numerous roles with increasing responsibility within production, new product commercialization, project and program management, and global procurement. In her current role as a Senior Procurement Manager, she manages The Coca-Cola Company’s global travel program developing, implementing, and executing strategic sourcing strategies across 4 major regions which includes 198 countries. LeKea holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and is currently attaining her Doctorate in Business Administration. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and carries a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification.  

Drew Mitchell
Regional Travel Manager - Americas

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 (now BCD Travel) as a dedicated resource on key accounts such as Merrill Lynch and GlaxoSmithKline. Drew has also held positions with American Express, Hewlett-Packard, and Pfizer. 
Drew enjoys being active in the industry, conducting various ad-hoc benchmarks and surveys to develop business intelligence and keeping his finger on the pulse of the industry. Drew is on the Board of Directors for Silicon Valley Business Travel Association (SVBTA).
Drew holds a B.S. in Finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and currently resides in Santa Cruz, California. 

Nancy Murray
Vice President of Sourcing, Procurement & Travel Operations

Nancy Murray has worked in the strategic sourcing and procurement field for over 15 years. Nancy is currently Vice President of Sourcing, Procurement & Travel Operations at Endeavor (formerly WME IMG), a global entertainment, sports and fashion company. She manages the global travel and expense management programs as well as she and her team drive savings through sourcing activities across all corporate business units. Nancy is also on the Endeavor M&A integration management team. 

She started her career in financial services at Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital supporting the strategic sourcing function for Global Real Estate, Corporate Services and Travel. With that success, she and her team went on to support sourcing projects in HR, Legal and other travel categories including ground transportation, airlines and hotels.  Nancy then moved into the marketing and advertising industry and was responsible for growth of the Supplier Diversity program at Interpublic Group. Nancy is past President of ISM-NY.

Pradeep Nair
Director Procurement Services
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.
Marc Newman
Procurement & Business Services, Senior Manager
Novo Nordisk Inc.
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. 

Louis Perricelli
Executive Buyer
Kathy Rust
Director, Global Travel Services

Kathy Rust and her team created a comprehensive global travel program to support over 10,000 NetApp employees in 45 countries.  In the past 8 years, the new services and tools launched resulted in better control over spend and high customer satisfaction.  Her focus is now optimizing the travelers’ end to end experience and improving their well-being.  Prior to joining NetApp, Kathy developed and implemented a strategic meetings management program at Washington Mutual over a 4 year period.  Kathy managed a variety of global travel and meetings programs for Microsoft for over 10 years.  She expects the pace and magnitude of change in the coming years will once again reshape how NetApp delivers travel services.   

Szilard Simon
Global Category Chair

Szilard Simon holds the Global Travel Category Manager Position within IBM Global Services & General Procurement Organization. He owns the Global Travel Procurement Strategy supporting IBM Travel Program and owns the global enterprise & strategic Supplier Relationships in the Category.

Previous roles include 15 years of IBM Procurement Management Experience covering wide range of Procurement and Supply Chain Management. 

As EMEA & LA Procurement Center Leader he managed large organization of talents in a shared service center optimizing IBM processes, client experience and held responsibility for Procurement Services Delivery to IBM customers. 

As Global Supplier Relationship Manager he was managing strategic sourcing in the Network Product Distribution and Network Maintenance Industry on behalf of IBM including managing core supplier relationships, developing sourcing strategy, market analysis and supply chain optimization. 

In prior years he held various Management positions in IBM Integrated Supply Chain supporting IBM’s Hardware Business from a Supply Chain / Fulfillment perspective, working as Technical Assistant to IBM CPO, Procurement Controls and Compliance Management, Application Support. 

Szilard’s passion for innovation was the source to gain transformative Leadership experience using Lean & Six Sigma, agile practices & principles and Design Thinking Techniques

Szilard Simon holds a bachelor degree of Economics from Budapest International Business University specialized in international Trade.

Jay Sklar
Chief Procurement and Real Estate Officer
HUB International
Jay Sklar is the Chief Procurement & Real Estate Officer for HUB International Limited, where he oversees the firm’s North American footprint.  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, while simultaneously driving efficiencies within HUB’s leased office portfolio.

Jay brings more than 20 years of experience in procurement, strategic sourcing, supplier diversity, and real estate from prior roles at Orbitz, Aon, BankOne (now JPMorgan Chase), Waste Management, and A.T.Kearney.

Jay earned his BA from Northwestern University, and his MBA from Kellogg / Northwestern University.

Jean Sloan
Global Travel Manager, Purchasing
Samantha Vogel
Senior Manager, Meetings & Travel

Samantha Vogel, CMP is Sr. Manager, Meetings & Travel at GameStop.  Samantha’s responsibilities include overseeing a multimillion-dollar sponsorship goal for the 12,000 attendee Annual Conference, management of the 250,000 sq. ft. Expo show floor and oversight of all sponsor relations.  In addition to her responsibilities for the Annual Conference, Samantha also plans the annual EB Games Canadian Conference and Expo, plans GameStop’s annual Field Leadership Meeting, and oversees GameStop’s corporate travel program. 

From re-designing GameStop and EB Games Expo show floors to implementing Expo tournaments and vendor pub crawls, Samantha’s passion is bringing festivalization to events and ensuring that GameStop is always on the forefront of sponsorship innovation!  

Samantha sits on the PCMA Exhibits & Tradeshow Taskforce, the Visit Houston Customer Advisory & Innovation Board, and the Connect Tech Customer Advisory Board.

When she’s not redesigning tradeshow floors, Samantha loves spending time with her family and her two chihuahuas at the lake or traveling to any tropical location! 

Awards & Accolades:

2018 Convene Magazine: Mind-blowing Set Design & Staging Best in Show

2018 MeetingsNet Changemaker

2017 ConventionSouth Meeting Professionals to Wattch


July 2018 MeetingsNet: 3 Super Creative Ideas for Reinventing a Corporate Tradeshow

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.
David Weaver
Manager Global Travel
Bechtel Corporation

David has over 24 years of travel industry experience on both demand and supply side disciplines.  He currently leads the Managed Travel program at global engineering and construction company, Bechtel Global Corporation. David is active on numerous industry boards, speaking on behalf of advancing managed travel programs through education, advances in traveler centric technologies, and greater integration of the supply chain to deliver best value outcomes. 

David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from San Jose State University and a Master’s degree in Management from the University of Rhode Island.

Raymond Williams
Director, G&A Operations, Indirect Sourcing

Raymond Williams is a leader in developing policy, procedure, process and compliance programs within organizations.  Mr. Williams has over 20 years of leadership experience and currently is director, G&A Expense Operations at Starbucks Corporation.  He has responsibility for global travel, card and expense programs, as well as the contingent workforce program, third party engagement compliance, telecom/mobile programs and oversees share service operations within indirect sourcing organization.

Mr Williams is experienced in leveraging service providers to optimize operational efficiency and couples those capabilities with internal program managers who can navigate organization hierarchy and culture to enable business units to realize saving while exceeding their business expectations.   

Ryan Kulp
Program Director
WBR (ProcureCon)

Industry Experts

Steve Belkin
Evil Genius
Book Your Award

When you have been hounded by every major airline Security/Fraud Department, you must be doing something right!  Steve Belkin has earned over 43 million (not a typo) miles and points leveraging the unpredictable (Thai rice farmers to fly as my surrogates), the perplexing (purchasing hotel rooms for 2 months in a wing that was closed) and the mundane (buying thousands of cheese, RIFD luggage tags, awful magazines and web storage space that offered huge bonuses).  Steve parlayed his passion into BookYourAward mileage award booking service that crushes it with over 4 Billion (not a typo, again) worth of international Business/First Class awards at the elusive low cost 'Saver' level.  The company principal has merited the 'CondeNast Traveler Magazine 'Top Travel Specialist' (only one out of 135 of over 10,000 judged)for the fifth straight year.  Steve also runs, which Chicago tribune calls 'The Amazing Race For Regular People'- a team travel competition to Europe featuring mystery itinerary, surprise challenges and hot pursuit of a cash grand prize. 

Colleen Black
Business Development

Colleen Black is a trusted travel management professional with three decades of proven national and international leadership.  Colleen has worked in every region of the world, which gives rise to a deep understanding of cultural and ethical differences that impact the success of global travel management solutions.  

Prior to joining Tripkicks, Colleen was a partner in GoldSpring Consulting, where she ran business development and the payment category.  From 2007 to 2014 Colleen was responsible for global business development at AirPlus International.  Colleen began her career in meetings and event management, later transitioning to business development for travel management companies.  First, with Thomas Cook, and then with BCD Travel as Vice President of Global Business Development, leading the global sales division and charged with delivering innovative global travel solutions.  As Vice President of Global Sales at Carlson Wagonlit, she managed complex sales accounts for large global organizations.   

Colleen is a sought-after presenter and has spoken extensively on corporate travel management topics worldwide, with an emphasis on travel programs for multinational corporations. 

Chad Costa
VP of Sales

Growing up in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania and with over 20 years of sales experience in the travel industry, you can say that travel is in Chad’s DNA.  Before joining Traxo, Chad has held numerous strategic sales and leadership roles for American Express Business Travel, Egencia, Expedia Affiliate Network and HRS.  His extensive, global sales background covers all market segments from SME to large, global organizations in corporate travel management, hotel distribution and travel technology. Chad currently lives in Dallas, TX and when he and his daughter are not planning or taking their next Disney vacation, you can find him watching and cheering for the Cubs, Redskins, Knicks and LA Galaxy.

Joe Di Re
Director of Sales
ABODA by Reside

Joe Di Re is the Director of Sales for ABODA by RESIDE, tasked with strategically leading ABODA’s global sales and account management teams, while driving revenue growth for the organization via new account acquisition and existing Fortune 1000 clients.

Joe joined ABODA from SmartTalent, where he led sales and business development strategies as the Regional Sales Manager overseeing staffing efforts in industrial, clerical and professional verticals. Prior to this role, he served as the Senior Business Development Manager for COMFORCE Global Staffing Solutions and was responsible for external market positioning, internal talent acquisition, and sales and recruiter training.  Joe was also a Language Arts Teacher for Teach for America and was nominated for the Rodel Exemplary Teacher Award for his innovative initiatives to close the educational achievement gap.

Joe is a strategic sales professional with over 10 years of experience in management, training, negotiation, client acquisition and revenue generation. He is a proven leader with an aptitude for guiding and building successful teams and growing industry market share for his companies.

Joe is a Seattle native and holds a Master of Education from Arizona State University and a Business Administration degree in Marketing & Management from Gonzaga 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.   
Ryan Grabau
Sr. Director
Visa Business Solutions

Ryan is a Senior Director within Visa Inc.’s Business Solutions organization.  He is responsible for Commercial Travel strategy, including traditional travel payment solutions such as Corporate Card and Central Travel Accounts as well as emerging payment capabilities that leverage virtual accounts and mobile.  Prior to Visa, Ryan spent more than ten years on the treasury and payment issuing side, most recently at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, focused on business travel solutions and digital enablement.   Additionally, Ryan began his career at American Airlines focused on financial and product management roles.  

Ryan holds degrees in Business Administration and Political Science from Southern Methodist University. He and his wife have three children currently reside in the Chicago area.

Josephine Hutton
Travel Security Specialist
Maiden Voyage

Josephine is a highly experienced senior manager, specializing in international operations, safety and security, with a specific interest in gender-based traveler safety. Jo has lived and worked in over 25 countries across the globe from Thailand to Liberia, Yemen to the United Kingdom, and visited many more than that.  

Josephine has managed large complex operations in many of these places with a high focus on management of team safety and security, especially in insecure contexts. She has direct experience of managing individual security issues and incidents, and managing and supporting teams throughout. She has developed, led and delivered training and simulations related to international operations and team safety, all over the world.  

Josephine represents Maiden Voyage, an organization that provides intelligence and solutions to support the corporate female traveler. Maiden Voyage sets the global standard for female-friendly hotels, and partners with TMCs and organizations to provide a number of solutions to enhance duty of care for female business travelers. Maiden Voyage is regularly featured in the international press and has won numerous awards.

Mark Judson
Senior Vice President Global Strategic Sourcing and Procurement
BCD Travel

Mark leads a team responsible for BCD Travel’s Global Strategic Sourcing function. He uses his expertise and experience to support internal technical and operational functional areas by providing best in class strategy, planning and execution for the procurement of goods and services.   

Mark has been with BCD for 18 years. Prior to his current role, he was head of Administration for seven years and a divisional controller for three years. Before joining BCD, he was part of the accounting team at Turner Broadcasting Systems and worked in public accounting. Mark graduated from Florida Atlantic University with an accounting degree and is a Certified Public Accountant.  

Kathleen Kaden
Head of Travel & Fleet Operations
Formerly Novartis

Kathleen Kaden is celebrating more than thirty years in corporate travel.  In her most recent position, Head of Travel & Fleet Operations; the Americas for Novartis, Kathleen was responsible for more than 15 country level operations and more than $125million in air spend.  Prior to joining Novartis in 2015, Kathleen worked for other notable organizations such as Cognizant and ITT.  Her experience includes, agency operations, corporate travel management, airline sales, and corporate card programs.  She has earned an industry reputation as a strong troubleshooter in both start-up and problematic operations.   

Monyrith “Mony” King
Director of Sales and Marketing

Mony is responsible for all sales and marketing efforts at YOTEL San Francisco including its preopening efforts and has been an important part of the development of YOTEL sales initiatives as the brand has been rapidly growing globally. Mony’s experience in the hotel industry includes positions as Regional Director, Director of Sales and Marketing, and task force roles at Hyatt and Marriott properties including multi property experience and brand conversions. He graduated from San Jose State with degree in Hospitality and Tourism and a business minor. 

Monique Mardinian
CEO & Founder
Zii Travel Technologies

CEO's with 30 years of industry experience are rare and Monique Mardinian knows a thing or two about the business of travel for business. In 2018 she assembled a team whose mission was to eradicate the points that plague the industry. Brainiacs from multiple disciplines such as behavioral science, data science, computer science and communications and of course travel industry experts  got together and created Zii, an unprecedented and unique platform, out of the desire to prove that b-to-b services can be innovative and streamlined, and to revolutionize business travel management altogether. Zii is the only platform that any business will ever need to provide governance , measure, educate and service business travellers. Zii will become the world’s leading corporate travel technology.

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.

John Rizzo

John has more than 35 years of experience helping guide some of the world’s most successful technology companies through start-up phases, major product launches, branding and marketing campaigns, rapid growth, acquisitions and IPOs. Before joining Deem, he was Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Customer Officer and General Manager at SolarWinds, an IT software company that grew from $325 million to $505 million in revenues during his tenure. SolarWinds was taken private in a $4.5 billion transaction – over a 75% premium from the time he joined the company. Prior to SolarWinds John was Chief Marketing Officer at Jive Software, where he helped grow the business from $75 million to $150 million in revenues in 24 months and completed a successful $1.75 billion IPO. John has served as CEO at several early-stage startups with successful exits and early in his career held senior leadership roles at Oracle, Apple and Intel. He also sits on the board of Untangle and Filld, and is a board advisor to the Stanford StartX accelerator, Prevedere and Motiva, as well as a being an instructor at Stanford University Continuing Education.

Sue Shouldis
Director of Business Development

Sue Shouldis is the Director of Business Development at Dinova, where she is responsible for the sales strategy and execution for enterprise corporations. Shouldis was hired at Dinova in 2012, and previously worked for Deem as the Director of Channel Sales where she was responsible for channel sales management –  assisting channel partners in growing their revenues through the selling of the SaaS based technology. The role involved training, selling, implementing and supporting all channel teams.

Prior to deem, Shouldis worked for American Express in operations, account management and finally as the Director of Market Sales where she was responsible for leadership of centralized and remote sales teams focused in middle market travel sales. Her role involved motivating, challenging and leading a team of 12 sales managers to meet and exceed company goals.

Shouldis graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Leadership, and was the winner of the Top Sales Person award at Deem as well as the Centurion and Pacesetter awards at American Express.

Alon Zaibert
Vice President, Sales
Travel Leaders Corporate

Alon Zaibert is the Vice President of Corporate Sales at Travel Leaders Corporate, a division of Travel Leaders Group, a $20 billion organization ranked in the top ten travel management firms in North America and the UK. Alon is a relationship-driven sales executive who successfully harnesses his energetic personality and interpersonal psychology skills. Along with a track record of significant bottom-line results and decades of management experience, Alon has achieved the reputation of being a highly impactful motivational leader.

Today, Alon leads the sales division at Travel Leaders Corporate. Since his appointment as VP of Sales, Alon has led the company through a period of significant growth with record sales in 2018. His passion for inspiring and establishing processes and building genuine business relationships is truly unique. He has a very positive energy and an out of the box “everything is possible” attitude which greatly benefits his clients and colleagues alike. Alon has a popular blog “Take it AZ it is” which focuses on relationship building and emotional relevance.

Prior to joining Travel Leaders Corporate, Alon ran a travel technology start-up company leading it to great success. Multifaceted Alon was also a professional basketball player overseas. 

Ian Van Hove
Regional Director Mobile Sales & Partnerships, the Americas

Ian Van Hove has spent two decades in the Travel industry, with extensive experience in advancing adoption of new mobile technology.  Ian is currently the Director of Sales and Partnerships for Mobile in the Americas for Amadeus.  He is responsible for driving the company’s mobile strategy and managing relationships with customers and partners in these regions.  As part of the Amadeus Mobile team for over 5 years, Ian led a number of projects and initiatives that have led to the growth and success of the company’s mobile products, including Amadeus m-Power, which serves hundreds of thousands of travelers around the world.

Prior to joining Amadeus, Ian served in management roles at ATPi Belgium and SAS Scandinavian Airlines.  His broad international and professional experience have fueled his passion for the commercialization of innovative technologies that enhance the traveler experience.

Ian is a native of Belgium. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Management and Economics from Katholieke Hogeschool Mechelen, Coloma in Belgium.  Sports, sportsmanship and a winners mentality is in his DNA, having played at the highest level in the Belgian youth soccer league, and now dedicates himself to his family, technology and tech gadgets. He is currently based in Miami but is an avid traveler and is always on the move.  You can connect with him on LinkedIn or follow him on Twitter @IVHove.

Brian Znotins
Vice-President, Network Planning and Alliances

Brian Znotins is the Vice-President, Network Planning and Alliances for WestJet Airlines. After spending 17 years with United Airlines (Continental before the merger), Brian returned to his native Canada to join WestJet in October 2016. In just two years, Brian has helped oversee the shift of WestJet’s Network strategy to a hub & spoke model; the order of 787s; the launch of WestJet’s ultra-low-cost carrier Swoop; new service to Paris, France; and, new strategic partnerships with Pacific Coastal Airlines and Delta Air Lines. One of his current areas of focus is getting WestJet’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners into service in 2019, which include the airline’s first-ever business class. 

Brian’s long history in the network world started with Canadian Airlines in the late ‘90s before moving to Continental/United and into progressively more senior roles over the years. Many of his career accomplishments were profit-focused initiatives including the restructuring of United’s Tokyo hub; playing a key role in the construction and implementation of two international joint-ventures (Atlantic and Pacific); transformation of United from three-cabin long-haul configuration to two cabin; and, a slimline seat program. He also championed United’s China strategy and its San Francisco growth strategy.

Brian holds a bachelor of arts degree in history and a master of business administration in finance from the University of Calgary. 

When not out hiking or trail-running, Brian is an avid traveler having visited more than 30 countries, five continents and 100 airports since he began his career. Together with his wife, Susan, Brian also shares a deep love of animals and animal welfare, having volunteered in rescue in various forms over the last 15 years. Brian and Susan live in Calgary, Alberta with their dog and two cats. 

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