ProcureCon Travel 2018

May 16-May 17, 2018

Green Valley Ranch, Las Vegas NV

1 (888) 482 6012


Our Speakers

We're already at work booking an industry-leading roster of speakers for 2018 - keep an eye on this page for updates.

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Shawn Busby
Shawn Busby
Global Category Lead - Travel & Expense

Shawn is a Global Category Leader in IBM Procurement Services. He brings extensive experience in all aspects of strategic sourcing, supplier management, complex analytics, technology applications, negotiations, contracting, implementations, and process optimization. Shawn is recognized as a leader in driving significant cost reductions and process efficiencies for a diverse portfolio of global clients as his holistic approach delivers value and direct bottom line impact.

Shawn has 20+ years of direct and indirect supply chain experience, encompassing all travel and expense sub-categories including agency, air, rental car, hotel, meetings and events, ground transportation, rail, and commercial card . In addition, he has experience in marketing and communications subcategories including public relations, market research, digital, agency, media, and creative design. He is a leader in transformation, business process redesign, and deployment of innovative technology. He has worked with global clients and in diverse industries including electronics, health care, consumer and commercial products, automotive, technology, and beauty.

Shawn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Luther College. He’s a member of the Global Business Travel Association and a certified PMP.

Robert Gisborne
Global Procurement Travel Manager
Eric Bailey
Global Director, VenueSource, Payment
Joe Postiglione
Joe Postiglione
Vice President - Global Procurement
National Basketball Association
Jay Sklar
Jay Sklar
Chief Procurement Officer
Hub International Limited
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.

Jessica Banish
Jessica Banish
CPM, Senior Commodity Manager, Travel/ Living & Fleet- Global Operations Sourcing
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.
Daryl Keiper
Daryl Keiper
Senior Procurement Manager, US Travel Program
Tarbinlam Lafon
Tarbinlam Lafon
Director- Travel, Card & MEetings Procurement
Tarbinlam (Tar) is currently Director of Global Travel, Meetings and Payments Procurement at Merck & Co., Inc., whose corporate headquarters are in Kenilworth, New Jersey; he has worked at Merck since September 2012.  In his current role, Tar and his team are responsible for global category strategy development/ execution and supplier relationship management for Travel, Meetings and Payments in concert with internal business partners and regional procurement peers.  Prior to his current role, he had responsibility for Global Transportation Procurement, where he led the delivery of transformational value and stretch performance in savings, working capital conversions, supplier rationalization among other procurement initiatives.
His broad experience includes several years of increasing responsibility in diverse supply chain functions in the pharmaceutical industry, including supply chain logistics, order-to-cash business operations, ERP systems implementation, project management and other procurement categories.
Tar holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and both Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Industrial Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology.  In addition to English, he speaks German and French.

Geert Behets
Geert Behets
Head of Global Travel, Meetings & Fleet Management
Robert Goodman
Robert Goodman
Executive Director Finance and Global Sourcing
Time Warner, Inc.
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 and new disruptive travel offerings and technology. He is also responsible for the company direction 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
Makiko Barrett
Sr. Manager, Global Travel

Makiko Barrett is currently Sr. Manager of Global Travel for Yahoo, 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 Director of Education & Professional Development.

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.

Theresa Gehler
Director, Travel Sourcing
Courtney Page
Courtney Page
Global Category Manager - Meetings & Events, and Hotel

Courtney brings over 20 years’ of global experience in procurement, contracting, operations and marketing to her role as Category Manager Global Meetings & Events and Global Hotel at Chevron.

Courtney joined Chevron in 2009 and is responsible for creating a Strategic Meetings Management program from the ground-up and implementing it enterprise-wide at Chevron, as well as managing Chevron’s corporate hotel program. Her role leverages spend between the two categories, creates efficiencies, and drives value. Prior to Chevron, she was at Autodesk, Inc., in a procurement role supporting meetings & events.

Before her corporate experience, Courtney worked on the agency side with Carlson Marketing Group, and more recently served as Director of Marketing and Procurement for Woodberry Events, Inc. (now ITA Group). This unique blend of corporate and agency experience has proven beneficial in strengthening supplier relationships, and designing solutions that benefit both the corporation as well as her internal clients.

Courtney earned a degree in Public Relations and Marketing from Gonzaga University, and dedicated to furthering her education, she completed her certificate in Supply Chain Management through Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of business. She has participated on many hotel advisory boards, frequently spoken at industry events, and has been recognized for her achievements as the recipient of industry awards.

Greg Wilczek
Greg Wilczek
Americas Travel Manager
Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.
Drew Mitchell
Drew Mitchell
Na Travel Lead
Cognizant Technology Solutions
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 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 will be joining the Silicon Valley BTA Board of Directors in Jan 17. Drew holds a B.S. in Finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and currently resides in Santa Cruz, California.
Cindy Novak
Cindy Novak
GTP, CTC, Director, Global Travel & Events
Kathleen Kaden
Kathleen Kaden
Head of Travel & Fleet Operations – The Americas
Novartis Business Services
Cathy Sharpe
Director, Strategic Sourcing, Global T&E
Illinois Tool Works
Sandra Broughton
Global Travel Leader, Senior Director of Global Procurement and Travel
Angel Montpetit-Maack
Sourcing Team Manager, Professional Services, Fleet, Aviation & Travel and Government Team
Howard Brooks
Director, Travel, Card & Fleet Services
Kim McGlinn
Head of Global Strategic Sourcing and Travel
Workday Inc.
Jolee Goularte
Director Global Procurement Operations Flextronics World Wide Travel
Jason Cammorata
Jason Cammorata
Director, Strategic Sourcing
MDC Partners
Ruben Leavitt
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.
Jo Ellen Geurts
Jo Ellen Geurts
Senior Manager, Travel & Supply Chain

Jo Ellen Geurts is a Senior Manager of Corporate Supply Chain and Global Travel at KLA-Tencor Corporation located in Milpitas, California. She is currently responsible for Supplier Management, Contracts Management and Negotiations, Global Travel Management, and Reporting.

Prior to her relocation to Oklahoma, Jo Ellen was the Director of Corporate Procurement at KLA-Tencor, where she was responsible for all Indirect Procurement Operations and led the offshore outsourcing of KLA-Tencor's Finance, HR, Procurement and IT functions. Under her leadership, the procurement organization obtained a company- wide reputation for delivering extremely competent professional services matched only by a customer service performance level that set the standard for the company.

Jo Ellen has 25+ years of experience in both direct and indirect procurement and has held director and senior procurement manager positions at Applied Materials, Intevac, Tandem Computers, and Tellabs. In 2007, Jo Ellen was presented the YWCA Twin Award which honors Silicon Valley Executive Women who exemplify excellence in their positions. In 2008, she was recognized as a “Top Performing Woman" by KLA-Tencor.

She has an undergraduate degree from Valparaiso University and a Master of Business Administration from Lewis University.

Joy Anzinger
Senior Manager, Global Travel
Splunk Inc.
Marc Newman
Procurement & Business Services, Senior Manager of Travel
Novo Nordisk
Amy Page
Director, Travel & Expense Programs, Purchasing
Johns Hopkins University
Katie Loudon
Global Travel Manager
Anjela Envangelista
Anjela Envangelista
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.

Laura Sawinski
Laura Sawinski
Travel Manager
Gentex Corporation

Laura is the Travel Manager at Gentex Corporation. During her final year at Grand Valley State University Laura started at Gentex as the Travel Intern. Six years later, Laura is moving the department forward looking towards innovative ways to create a desirable travel experience within the scope of the business at Gentex.

Laura oversees all commercial travel in addition to the general aviation side of the business. Laura works with travel suppliers and numerous departments to ensure continued improvement to the department.

Sandra McMahon
Global Travel Commodity Manager
Rick Wakida
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.
Marjan Ghaffari
Marjan Ghaffari
Meetings, Events & Travel Procurement Analyst
Marjan was recruited in 2014 by Informatica to centralize and globally manage the procurement of the company’s meetings and events. Since assuming the role, she developed and designed a cost-neutral business model to serve as the basis for the global strategic meetings management program she launched two years later.  Prior to her current position at Informatica, she served as the Global Travel Manager for two years at TIBCO, where she managed travel sourcing and procurement, the global commercial card program and meetings management. Marjan began her career as a consultant in financial and procurement analyses, working for over a decade within the technology industry, after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A in Economics. 
Sean-Michael Callahan
Sean-Michael Callahan
Director, 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.