May 14 - 15, 2019
Hilton Lake Las Vegas, Henderson, NV
1 (888) 482 6012
Confirmed Speakers To Date
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.
Senior Commodity Manager, Travel, Fleet and Living
Senior Manager US Travel Program
Executive Director Global Sourcing, Travel Category
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.
Senior Director, Head of Global Read Estate Operations and Corporate Programs
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.
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.
Chief Procurement and Real Estate Officer
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.
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.
Manager, Associate Travel Program
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.
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.
Strategic Sourcing Director
The E. W. Scripps Company
Vice President Strategic Sourcing
Global Travel Manager
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.
Confirmed Vendor Speakers
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 Google.org. Gyre is a graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz and has an MBA from Duke University.
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