Digital Travel

May 08 - 10, 2017

Green Valley Ranch, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Speakers

Brian Kelly
 Brian Kelly 
CEO and Founder 
The Points Guy
Brian Kelly is the founder and CEO of The Points Guy, a leader and influencer in the industry of points, miles and travel in general. As a passionate traveler since childhood, Brian used his knowledge and insight to start ThePointsGuy.com during his time as a Wall Street road warrior while traveling the globe for up to six months a year. Brian was able to book exciting and extravagant trips for next to nothing through his hard-earned points and miles, flying first class and staying at luxury hotels all for less than the cost of a coach ticket and a hostel bed. Due to the immense interest in his tips and advice, Brian left his Wall Street job in June 2011 to grow his site and travel the world full-time.
 
Through his earning strategies and travel savvy, ThePointsGuy.com now has grown to over 2.9 Million unique monthly visitors with 1.3 million followers on social media, with a growing staff of editors and writers keeping readers up-to-date on important points and travel news.
 
Brian has been featured in over 100 publications and news outlets including The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, The Los Angeles Times, The Independent, CNN, TED and The Today Show, among others. He has presented at various travel conferences including the LA Times and New York Times Travel Shows, and the annual Chicago Frequent Flyer Seminars.

Michael Marino
 Michael Marino 
SVP Customer Loyalty and Chief Experience Officer 
Caesars Entertainment
Michael Marino is the SVP of Customer Loyalty & Chief Experience Officer at Caesars Entertainment.  Michael oversees Total Rewards, Caesars’ 50m member loyalty program, Caesars’ Digital business including Caesars.com and Caesars’ mobile app PlaybyTR, brand, media and all customer communication channels.  Michael’s previous roles within Caesars include Vice President and Executive Associate to the Chairman, President and CEO and Director of Marketing Analytics.  Prior to joining Caesars, Michael worked at Bain & Company and Capital One Financial.
 
Michael holds a BS in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of Virginia.

Kevin Krone
 Kevin Krone 
Former Chief Marketing Officer 
Southwest Airlines
Mehmet Bütün
 Mehmet Bütün 
Vice President, Digital Services (IT) 
Turkish Airlines, Inc
Mr. Butun has +15 years professional life in telecommunication, consulting, aviation industries with hands on experiences in digital transformation, CRM & Loyalty Management, BI & Analytics.

He has studied  Management Information Systems in Bosporus University, Istanbul. Instantly he started working for Turkcell Telecommunication Company as project manager in CRM & Campaign managements domains. After 6 years, he has been transferred to Turkish Telecommunication, another triple play telco, as senior business analyst and PM in Billing Charging & CRM initiatives. 

He joined Turkish Airlines as Manager of CRM Programme & Business Development in 2010. He joined Teradata Turkey office as CME Industry Lead in 2012. Then re-joined Turkish Airlines as VP of Digital Services in Jan, 2016. He has been directing all digital direct touchpoints (web, mobile, kiosks etc.) as well as managing middleware services teams under Information Technology side. He is also STAR Alliace IT Committee supporter for Turkish Airlines. He is married and has two children.
Jaron Millner
 Jaron Millner 
Vice President, Direct Business 
Finnair
Edward Perry
 Edward Perry 
Head of Partnerships 
Americas at HRS - The Hotel Portal.
Edward Perry is the Head of Partnerships, Americas for HRS Group. In his role, he is responsible for supporting hotels chains in the Americas to maximize their market share of corporate, leisure and group travel business on a global scale. He also manages strategic partnership relationships with technology partners to meet hotel chain requirements.

Prior to his role at HRS Group, Edward was the Global Senior Director for Worldhotels, an independent hotel chain. In that position, he was responsible for global online travel agency  partnership management as was as a lead on all social media matters.

Edward sits on the Board of the Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association (HEDNA) which supports the growth of distribution opportunities for the hospitality industry. He holds a MBA in Global Business Management.
Mark Molinari
 Mark Molinari 
Corporate Vice President, Revenue Management and eCommerce 
Las Vegas Sands
Mark is a revenue management veteran with 15 years of experience specializing in the resort and gaming industries.  As the head of Revenue Management for Las Vegas Sands, Mark oversees 10 hotels with over 17,000 rooms and more than $1B USD in annual hotel revenues.  Mark also oversees global eCommerce Analytics, Marketing Performance, and Data Science. 


Sebastian Riedle
 Sebastian Riedle 
Senior Director Online Sales for Lufthansa 
Swiss & Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa Group
Jose Murta
 Jose Murta 
Global Head of Hospitality 
Trivago
José Murta is the Global Head of Hospitality at Trivago, a leading global hotel metasearch that serves millions of visitors per month and receives 1.4 billion visits per year. 

José is leading the team of industry experts who are strengthening the connections between trivago and the travel industry. His goal is to establish trivago as the number one marketing channel for hoteliers, to empower them to boost their ranking on trivago and drive bookings directly to their hotel websites.

Before taking on his current role, José was a Country Manager at trivago and a key contributor to the company´s rapid growth. He was responsible for managing and developing platforms within the European, Middle Eastern and African markets. Additionally, he developed the market launch strategies for four new platforms, managed key sales, and handled negotiations with partners.

Enabling hoteliers to expand their opportunities online is a challenge that pivots on José’s keen interest in the start-up scene, his passion for travel and his experience in business development. 
Mamie Peers
 Mamie Peers 
Vice President, Digital, Social, eCommerce 
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Lillibeth Bishop
 Lillibeth Bishop 
Senior Marketing & Public Relations Director 
Air China Limited
LILLIBETH CANET BISHOP is Air China’s Senior Director, Marketing & Public Relations for North America.  Bishop is also the President/CEO of Bishop International Group, a marketing, PR and advertising company based in Los Angeles.  Bishop is a multi-awarded marketing & PR professional.  In 2009, Bishop was honored for being one of the “Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing” by the prestigious Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI). In 2012, she was a panel speaker on trade day of the Los Angeles Times Travel Show.  She received two Telly Awards and a Magellan Award (silver) for Best Marketing Campaign from a destination when she was the Publicity & Promotions Manager for the Hong Kong Tourism Board.
Nikhil Gupta
 Nikhil Gupta 
Director of Hotels and Car Hire 
Skyscanner
Nikhil Gupta is the Director of Hotels and Car Rental at Skyscanner. Based in Edinburgh, Skyscanner is the biggest global online travel marketplace in the world. It’s a place where people are inspired to plan and book direct from millions of travel options at the best prices. Skyscanner was recently acquired by CTrip. Nik is responsible for the overall performance of Skyscanner’s hotel and car rental business.
 
Prior to Skyscanner Nik was the owner and Board member of BDL Hotels, UK’s largest hotel development and management company with over 60 Hotels in its portfolio. In this role, Nik was responsible for all commercial activity of the company - overseeing distribution, sales, marketing, reservation centres and revenue management. As a hotel owner and franchisee of both InterContinental Hotel and Wyndham Hotels, Nik was appointed Vice Chairman of IHG Owners Global Distribution & Revenue Committee, Chairman of IHG’s UK Marketing Forum and Chairman of Wyndham Hotels UK Marketing Group.
 
Nik has also worked with IHG in Sri Lanka, Oberoi Hotels in India and Fairmont in USA.

Darren Skomorowsky
 Darren Skomorowsky 
Director, Revenue Management 
The Pierre, a Taj Hotel
Jennifer Andre
 Jennifer Andre 
Senior Director, North America, Media Solutions 
Expedia
As a senior director for North America at Expedia Media Solutions, Jennifer Andre focuses on the creation and execution of digital media campaigns. Jennifer and her team specialize in developing strategic marketing programs for destinations, air, hotel, attractions and activities partners across the vast network of Expedia, Inc. travel brands and global points of sale. 

With more than 17 years of experience working in the online travel industry, Jennifer previously managed travel marketing partnerships at Orbitz, and spent over a decade at Travelocity where she held a variety of media and partner marketing roles in San Francisco, New York, London and Paris. Jennifer currently resides in Connecticut with her husband and two children.

Sonia Zamborsky
 Sonia Zamborsky 
Director of Product Field Support & Communications 
Marriott International Inc
As Director of Product Field Support & Communications for Digital Globalization, Sonia Zamborsky helps optimize Marriott's global digital channels across a diverse portfolio of international products. She provides operations leadership for an extended team at HQ and around the globe. (Basically she's the Chief Dot Connector between corporate and the field, for everything related to Marriott's in-language web sites.) Sonia's focus this year includes an examination of merchandising and personalization tactics as they relate to the global digital marketplace. She's pretty excited about the recent Starwood merger, and is looking forward to using the associate discount on properties in Tahiti.
Arun Gambhir
 Arun Gambhir 
Director, Digital eCommerce Integration 
Choice Hotels
Arun is a Director within eCommerce group at Choice Hotels.His main responsibility is to ensure that Choicehotels.com, a $1B+ eCommerce site is optimized across web and mobile (including App) environments. He leads efforts to ensure that Choicehotels.com is applying best practices with respect to eCommerce, Merchandizing, Personalization, Content and Loyalty integration across Web and Mobile experiences.
Steve Sickel
 Steve Sickel 
CEO 
Room Key
Steven Sickel is Chief Executive Officer of Room Key. Steve focuses on setting company strategy, directing the venture’s financials and commercial performance, leading the board of directors function and process, and steering the organization’s leadership team through day-to-day operations. In just one-and-a-half years with Room Key Steve has made significant positive impact on the organization, overhauling the company’s financials, improving its cash position and bringing it to profitability in mid-2015 just three years post-inception. He also overhauled the company’s marketing approach through customer segmentation and redesigned the company’s customer value proposition.
Steve is a travel industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience in senior-level roles across multiple marketing disciplines. One of the founding leaders who conceived of and brought Room Key to market in 2012, Steve previously served for more than 13 years at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), most recently on the executive team as Global Head of Sales, Distribution and Relationship Marketing. Steve departed IHG in late 2013 to launch his own consulting company, AsburyAve Marketing Advisors. He returned to Room Key in 2014 as CEO.
During his tenure at IHG Steve led the strategy and commercial performance for IHG’s main revenue platforms including Digital Marketing/e-Commerce, Loyalty Programs, Database Marketing, Pricing/Revenue Management and Corporate Sales Programs. Steve was recognized by Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) as one of the “Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing.”
Steve also spent 10 years at Continental Airlines where he led their Relationship Marketing team globally with specific focus on Loyalty Programs, Database Marketing, Affinity Marketing and Data Analytics. Under Steve’s leadership the OnePass frequent flyer program was heralded year after year as “Program of the Year” and “Best Elite Program” in the annual Freddie Awards.
Steve holds an M.B.A. in Marketing from Boston College and a B.A. in Business Management from Gettysburg College. He and his wife live in Atlanta with their three daughters.
Jennifer Streidt-Hilgart
 Jennifer Streidt-Hilgart 
Associate Director, Digital Marketing; 
Miles & More GmbH
Since December 2016, Jennifer is the Associate Director of Digital Marketing for Lufthansa’s Miles and More, Europe’s leading Frequent Flyer Program currently working on implementation of the Adobe Marketing Cloud with Campagin, Experience Manager and Analytics. Previously, she served as the Project Lead on Lufthansa’s Project Personalized Marketing to where she handled pre- and retargeting and personalized email communication/anicllary sales. The project team with 100 people was set up to establish personalization for the Lufthansa Group, incl. Lufthansa/Swiss/Austrian Airlines. Jennifer has also served as the Social Media Manager, handling Lufthansa‘s Social Media and Digital Innovations, including their YouTube channel and global social media campaign, #inspiredby.  
Benjamin Berenson
 Benjamin Berenson 
Senior Product Manager, Mobile Apps 
MGM Resorts
Beth Jacobs
 Beth Jacobs 
Senior Director, Personalization & Content Marketing 
Choice Hotels
Beth Jacobs leads Personalization and Content Marketing at Choice Hotels Int’l where she is responsible for devising and leading Choice's enterprise Personalization strategy, product roadmap, technologies, process and execution in order to transform existing omni-channel customer experiences into customized ones across all platforms and grow customer LTV.   Prior to Choice, Beth was the VP of Product Services at 3Pillar Global, leading digital product development for large media, financial and health brands. 

Beth has held senior leadership positions in digital and mobile product management, operations, and business development at Fortune 100 digital media companies such as The Washington Post, AOL, Nokia, The Weather Channel, Cox Interactive, and AT&T.
Beth has an MBA in Marketing and International Business from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a BA in International Relations and Japanese Studies from Bucknell University; and studied abroad in Kyoto, Japan. She is active in several industry associations including the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), Women In Technology (WIT) where she is a Mentor; and is a native of Washington, DC.  Beth was named to Mobile Marketer’s 2012 “Mobile Women to Watch” list.

Alan Josephs
 Alan Josephs 
Vice President, Hotel Distribution 
Travelzoo
Francisco Trejo
 Francisco Trejo 
Senior E-Commerce Director 
Hilton Worldwide
Lori Gustafson
 Lori Gustafson 
Senior Director, Digital Marketing & eCommerce 
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Deyola Adekunle
 Deyola Adekunle 
Director, Strategic Partnership 
HotelTonight
Deyola is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at HotelTonight, the pioneer mobile app for last minute deals on great hotels. Founded in 2010, HotelTonight helps consumers plan less and live more, by offering incredible convenience and amazing value at top hotels around the globe.  

Since joining HotelTonight in 2012, Deyola has worn multiple hats including leading expansion efforts into new countries in the Caribbean and Mexico. She currently oversees the global partnerships the team focused on building strong relationships with internationally recognized brands and management companies. 

Before joining the HotelTonight team, Deyola helped to develop global sustainable tourism policies and practices for UNESCO’s World Heritage Sustainable Tourism Program. Deyola holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the prestigious Georgetown University and a Master’s degree in Sustainable Tourism from the Sorbonne University in Paris.
Jeff Ulrich
 Jeff Ulrich 
Senior Manager, E-Commerce 
United Airlines
Jeff Ulrich has worked in the Airline business for over 25 years.  His background is as varied as the number of years he's worked for Continental and now the new United; from Call Centers to Airports to Technology, all of his experience has focused on enhancing the Customer Experience.  In his current role as Sr. Manager eCommerce Digital Innovation, Jeff focuses on new technologies and ways to deliver exceptional customer experiences through United’s Mobile digital channels.
Jeff lives to travel and loves gadgets, so he’s passionate about his role at United.

Stuart Martin Weiss
 Stuart Martin Weiss 
E-Commerce Marketing Strategy 
Virgin Vacations
Stuart Weiss is the Manager of E-Commerce Marketing Strategy for Virgin Vacations.  He has expertise in lead generation, web development, search engine, email, and social media marketing.  Stuart has implemented successful PPC campaigns for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online (WDPRO) properties such as DisneyCruise.com, DisneyVacationClub.com, DisneyParks.com, and DisneyInstitute.com.  He has created websites and online marketing programs for prominent timeshare companies such as The St. Regis Residence Club, The Ritz-Carlton Club, Starwood Vacation Ownership, and Marriott Vacation Club brands.  Stuart was also a member of the Worldwide E-commerce Organization at Compaq Computer Corporation.
Ed Schwitzky
 Ed Schwitzky 
Vice President, eCommerce 
TPG Hotels & Resorts
Billy Sanez
 Billy Sanez 
Former Vice President, Marketing at FareCompare; Co-Founder 
GoFlyMore.com

For the past twenty years, Billy has been helping brandsachieve their communications goals through brand development and integratedcommunications strategies.  He currentlyworks with various travel and consumer brands, optimizing their strategies and focusingtheir daily execution.   

For the past few years, he has been on a travel andtechnology journey, co-founding GoFlyMore.com, serving as the Vice President ofMarketing/CMO at FareCompare, and as travel subject matter expert for dozens ofnews outlets.  At American Airlines,Billy managed global advertising, directing global customer communications,social media, public relations, promotions, sports and entertainment marketingas well as crisis communications.

His prior work experience includes managing director ofdigital strategy for iNSPIRE! & Moroch; director of social media and publicrelations practice at J. Walter Thompson supporting the Marine Corps; managingcommunications for HP’s Latin America and U.S. Hispanic markets through Hilland Knowlton; news production for KUVN–Univision DFW; developing sponsorshipand marketing programs for the Dallas Cup and sales for the Dallas Burn; anddeveloping media relation programs at Ketchum Public Relations.

Since he has been around the travel industry for about twodecades, he has become a subject matter expert in airlines, frequent flyerprograms, fares and industry marketing, is a weekly guest in various ABC andCumulus radio new programs and contributes to other various news outlets,including Forbes, ABC World News Tonight, NBC News, Telemundo, Good MorningTexas, LA Times and Clarin. He has flown almost 3 million miles since his firsthop to Brazil, is a self-proclaimed “packing magician”.

Cathy Tull
 Cathy Tull 
Senior Marketing Vice President 
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
Cathy Tull is the senior vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).  The LVCVA is the destination marketing organization for Las Vegas and Southern Nevada, and its mission centers on attracting visitors by promoting the destination as the world’s most desirable destination for leisure and business travel. The LVCVA also owns and operates the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center.

As senior vice president of marketing, Ms. Tull oversees all of the organization’s marketing, advertising and sales efforts.  She joined the LVCVA in 2005 with extensive business experience in travel and tourism, health care administration and journalism. Ms. Tull began her career as the organization’s vice president of strategic planning where her responsibilities included providing strategic direction regarding issues facing the destination, including air and ground transportation, fuel infrastructure and government affairs.  She was promoted to her current position in 2009.

As a 19-year resident of Las Vegas, Ms. Tull previously worked as vice president of administration for MedicWest Ambulance.  Prior to moving to Las Vegas, she worked as a news reporter and in public relations.

Ms. Tull holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from St. Bonaventure University in New York and an associate’s degree in journalism from the State University of New York at Morrisville. She was recently named as one of the Skift 50, Top 50 Travel Marketers and led Las Vegas to being named Brand Steward: Top Eight Cult Brands in North America. She is active in many industry organizations, serving as a member of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition and a staff liaison for the U.S. Travel Association, the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB) and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI).

Ahmed Elemam
 Ahmed Elemam 
Digital Marketing 
WestJet Airlines
Megan Harris
 Megan Harris 
Managing Partner 
SYZYGY
As a digital native and global business citizen, Megan brings a unique perspective to her role as Managing Partner at SYZYGY North America. She manages operations and business growth for the digital agency, which offers creative, technology, and media services to major travel, luxury, and financial services brands, including Avis Budget Group, Chanel and Paypal.
 
Prior to joining SYZYGY, Megan was Business Director and a member of the senior leadership team of Razorfish’s London office, running the full service media offerings in EMEA. Clients included Starwood Resorts, Holland America Lines, Ralph Lauren, and Mondelez. She spoke frequently at digital marketing and advertising symposia across Europe. 
 
Megan started her digital career in as an Account Manager in Razorfish’s Chicago office in 2006 after brief but enlightening stint in finance at Deutsche Bank. She earned a Journalism degree from the University of Oregon.
David Stewart
 David Stewart 
Chief Business Officer 
Turo
David is responsible for for business development, partnerships, strategic account management, sales, pricing, and other special projects at Turo. He joined Turo in 2015, via the acquisition of SocialStudio, the company he founded and led. Previously, David was VP Product at Yammer, Senior Director of Growth at Playdom, led platform marketing at YouTube, and advised management teams with the Boston Consulting Group. David holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from Yale University.
Steve Born
 Steve Born 
VP of Marketing 
Globus Family of Brands
Steve Born, Vice President of Marketing Steve Born is vice president of marketing for Group Voyagers, the company that markets and sells the Globus family of brands (Avalon Waterways, Globus, Cosmos and Monograms) within the United States. Born began his marketing career outside the travel industry more than 20 years ago and now is responsible for guiding all marketing and call center initiatives for the Globus family. He spends his days bringing consumers the experience of travel--one of his true passions--and he could not be happier. A self-proclaimed people person, Born thrives on the daily interactions he has with travel industry colleagues, as well as with his staff--a group of individuals he fondly compares to NASA engineers. With the help of this “rocket science” crew, Born has helped grow the Globus family from two to four brands, including the introduction of Monograms and Avalon Waterways. Prior to joining the company, Born worked as vice president at Karsh and Hagan Communications, Inc., in Denver, Colo., overseeing the account services department. Born received a B.A. in advertising from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he graduated cum laude. When not "talking travel," he and his wife spend their time coaching and chasing their two children (and their buddies), engaged in every sport known to man, around the Denver area.
Gil Harel
 Gil Harel 
Vice President Of Business Development 
Trip.com
Planning the perfect trip is about more than the price of a room. Before they book, and when they are on the road, travelers want to learn about their destination, find great lodging near the places they want to see and sample amazing cuisines while they are there. In the past year, more than 10 million people used Gogobot to research places to go that are perfect for them. As Gogobot's vice president of business development, Gil and his team work with businesses – from major travel brands to independent hotels and restaurants – to enhance their customers’ experiences on their sites by adding high quality content from Gogobot. Gil has traveled internationally as far back as he can can remember. He was born in Los Angeles, but has called Israel, Paris, London, Las Vegas, Seattle and, most recently, New York home. Before Gogobot, Gil led business development at Como (an app building platform). He has co-founded two companies: BiteHunter (a real-time location-based mobile app that enables people to purchase dining deals) and DiningFever.com (which let restaurants publish and promote their own exclusive dining discounts to generate business and attract customers). He also spent several years in the travel and consulting sectors holding positions at Expedia, Ernst & Young’s hospitality group and Isrotel (a leading hotel chain in Israel). Gil earned his MBA from Cornell and Essec University.
Amanda Johnson
 Amanda Johnson 
Director, Customer Relationship Marketing 
Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation
An almost 20-year thrill ride in advertising, digital marketing and technology implementation has fueled Amanda’s passion to pair unique consumer insights and database analytics with unique brand offerings to drive business.  She has delivered winning B2B and B2C strategies for Fortune 500 public, private and non-profit environments alike.  Amanda is currently enriching American summer fun by driving personalized, behavior-based marketing programs for Herschend Family Entertainment’s 26 theme park and attractions across the U.S.  When she is not analyzing and strategizing, she is making memories with her own family in Atlanta. 
Zach Ruben
 Zach Ruben 
Corporate Director, eCommerce 
Hawkeye Hotels
Zachary Ruben joined Hawkeye Hotels in 2014 to lead their newly founded eCommerce department from the ground up as the Corporate Director - eCommerce. With Hawkeye, Zachary sets eCommerce strategy for over 40 managed select and full service hotels across 10 different parent brands including Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, and IHG. Additionally, his eCommerce team provides dedicated eCommerce support for all Hawkeye managed hotels including paid search, social media, photography, reporting, SEO, reputation management, auditing brand.com and OTAs, and more.

Prior to joining Hawkeye Hotels, he worked for Thayer Lodging Group’s owned and managed portfolio including full service and luxury hotels across Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, and Hyatt brands as the Internet Marketing Analyst.  Additionally, he has worked for The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center in Six Sigma and the Doubletree Bethesda & Executive Meeting Center in Sales and Executive Meeting Center Operations.

Zachary is a graduate of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration and is actively involved in his alumni club in the Kansas City area.  In his free time, he is a photographer, and loves to cheer on his beloved Kansas City Royals and Chiefs.

Gene Kornota
 Gene Kornota 
Co-Founder 
Rebel Hospitality LLC
Gene Kornota is the co-founder and Principal of Rebel Hospitality LLC, a hotel development and management company founded in 1988. Rebel Hospitality specializes in the conception and development of modern lifestyle hotel experiences, with a focus on distinguishing each hotel brand and outlet from design to tone, to amenities and the staff that work in them. The company has developed nine hotels over the last 20 years and was the first to introduce the boutique hotel concept to Chicago’s lakeshore neighborhoods. At Rebel Hospitality, Gene oversees the development and design, marketing and ongoing management of each property.
Adam Miller
 Adam Miller 
Senior Mobile Marketing & Analytics Manager 
Turo, Inc.
Adam joined Turo in January 2015 and has spent nearly a decade in digital branding, user acquisition, growth, and analytics. Previously, he focused on healthcare clients (Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca) while at Publicis-owned agency Razorfish and began his involvement in the travel industry at Carat in San Francisco. There he managed user acquisition and new attraction launches for Disneyland and California Adventure as part of the Disney Parks & Resorts team, after which he transitioned to mobile marketing and acquisition, focusing on Expedia.
Christopher Erkelens
 Christopher Erkelens 
Marketing Manager 
HomeExchange
Marion Hughes-Roger
 Marion Hughes-Roger 
GM, North America 
DayUse.com
Michael Weiss
 Michael Weiss 
Senior, Director, Online Retail, Global Operations 
Marriott International
As a seasoned professional in eCommerce, marketing and product management, Michael has created unique business opportunities and has driven profitability within several industries, including hospitality, health & wellness, software and retail.
 
Most recently, Michael serves as Director of Online Retail for Marriott International.  For the past three years, Michael’s effective marketing and business relationships have been primary contributors to the significant growth in program revenues.  His responsibilities include managing vendors, designing online marketing campaigns, maintaining the promotional strategy and building external and internal partnerships.

Previously, Michael served as Director for MGM Resorts International’s Online Marketing Group.  Michael managed the company’s domestic online marketing campaigns for its world-class hotels including Bellagio, Mirage, ARIA, MGM Grand and others.  Michael's creative leadership, utilizing display marketing, SEM, SEO, social media, strategic partnerships and ecommerce, produced over $100 million dollars in annual revenue.

Prior to working for MGM Resorts International, Michael developed online marketing strategies for Internet startups such as eDiets and Barpoint.com, and leading companies such as Office Depot and Electronic Data Systems.
 
Michael has participated in several interactive marketing associations and currently sits on the board of the Ataway Exchange and The Digital Travel Summit- a leading conference focusing on digital strategies and tactics for travel professionals. He has spoken at industry conferences such as eTail East, the Ataway Exchange, Digital Travel Summit and eTail Brasil on various ecommerce topics.

Michael has a B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Florida and a M.B.A. in international business from the University of Miami. 

Mathias Eichelberger
 Mathias Eichelberger 
GM of US Sales and Marketing 
Korean Airlines
Mathias Eichelberger has over 20 years of experience in the Travel Industry and E-commerce.
He is currently working as General Manager Online Sales and Marketing at Korean Air where he is focused on developing new marketing channels and utilizing technology to grow the company’s online sales.

Prior to joining Korean Air, Mathias was working for 12 years in leadership roles at Expedia and its corporate travel division Egencia.


Julie Hoffmann
 Julie Hoffmann 
Head of Industry Strategy, Travel and Hospitality 
Adobe
Adam Morgan
 Adam Morgan 
VP – North America 
SessionM
Adam is responsible for the Global Partner & Alliance organization at SessionM which includes industry leading Digital Agencies and Systems Integrators. Prior to joining SessionM, Adam served in both Sales and Channel leadership positions at Sitecore. In his last role as Global VP of Partners and Alliances at Sitecore, his team more than doubled the partner contribution to revenue and expanded the service delivery capabilities across Sitecore's global time zones to include net new products and technology acquisitions like commerce. Prior to Sitecore, Adam spent 8 years at Microsoft as part of the SharePoint organization including managing sales integration on the FAST Search acquisition and helping create Microsoft's Digital Marketing practice. He is a graduate of Florida State University and Northwestern Kellogg's Executive Education program.
Niklas Schlappkohl
 Niklas Schlappkohl 
Senior Director, Travel Solutions 
Translations.com
Niklas Schlappkohl is the Senior Director, Travel Solutions in the Global Client Solutions team and in-house consultant for the Travel industry. His responsibilities include onboarding new Travel clients as well as strategic localization consulting for existing clients. Niklas joined Translations.com after 20 years in the global digital travel industry, having lead ecommerce and localization efforts at some of the leading hospitality brands including Starwood, Accor, NH Hotels and most recently Carlson Rezidor, where he was Senior Director, eCommerce. Since 2015, he has also been Chairman of the HSMAI Digital Marketing Advisory Board. A native from Germany, Niklas has a BA in Languages, and MA in International Relations and speaks 8 languages.
Parag Vohra
 Parag Vohra 
Vice President Sales North America 
Sojern
Parag has been involved in the hotel industry and digital media space for 14 years. His in-depth knowledge of the online travel space makes him an industry expert in hotel revenue management and digital marketing.

Before joining Sojern, he spent five years at Wyndham International and three years at Marriott International, learning the hotel space inside and out. He then served in several director-level positions at Yahoo!, Travelzoo and TripAdvisor.

Parag has a B.A. in English literature, an M.S. in hospitality, and an MBA in information systems and marketing from Bentley University.
Jamey Bainer
 Jamey Bainer 
Strategy & Planning Director 
Pacific
Jamey is a speed-freak. Well hold on, not that kind of speed-freak! He’s the kind that intentionally chose to specialize in a field of marketing (social media and digital content strategy) that moves and changes so fast it would (and does) drive many people crazy. For whatever reason, this guy loves that the industry innovations he reads about in the morning are usually obsolete by that same afternoon. He says it has something to do with “keeping our clients’ strategic positioning in a state of constant motion and creative evolution, so that we’re always the leaders, never just following the pack.” Whatever.
Before joining PACIFIC, Jamey was managing social media and content marketing campaigns for clients in the travel, entertainment, and hospitality sectors. He’s brought that expertise to our team and is currently helping our clients run clever social media and off-page content initiatives. Watching him work makes the rest of us dizzy, but man do we love the results he stirs up– and most importantly, so do our clients. When he does slow down, it’s usually to relax with his beautiful wife D., and their adorable dog (and PACIFIC’s office mascot), Penny.

Brandon Meyers
 Brandon Meyers 
CRO 
ADARA
 Sherene Hilal 
VP Product Marketing 
Curalate
Tevin Anderson
 Tevin Anderson 
Director of SEO – Expedia Americas, ANZ, & Flights.com 
Expedia, Inc.
Tevin Anderson is the Director of SEO for Expedia Americas. With over 10 years’ experience in digital marketing, Tevin is all about the thrill of the search. When Tevin joined the world of SEO over six years ago, he started as a practitioner, learning the ins and outs of building and implementing strategies in the travel market. Today, he oversees Expedia Americas’ search optimization strategy, coordinating projects across multiple languages, countries, and lines of business.   

Before joining Expedia, Tevin worked as an affiliate marketer and consultant for local businesses. He also co-founded The Clunker Junker, a national car removal and resale service. In addition to working in the travel market, Tevin is an outdoor adventure seeker and he’s always on the lookout for local live music venues.  
Nancy Hall
 Nancy Hall 
SVP, Travel Solutions Conversant 
Conversant
Nancy Hall is a digital marketing executive with more than 20 years of experience working with best-in-class agencies and brands to develop programs that drive performance and branding across multiple devices and channels. As Senior Vice President of Travel Solutions at Conversant, she leads a team responsible for reaching travelers with personalized messages for leading brands like Marriott, Celebrity, Wyndham and more.

Nancy was previously vice president of ValueClick Platform Services, where she was responsible for leading sales teams across the healthcare and retail verticals. 
A member of the IAB and 212 New York, Nancy has extensive experience speaking at industry conferences and events about topics including targeting, measurement, data usage, incrementality, branding and attribution. 
Damien Mahoney
 Damien Mahoney 
CEO & Founder 
Stackla
Damien was armed with 15 years of digital publishing and product management experience when he founded Stackla in 2012. He led Macquarie Radio Network into the digital age in 2007, assembling and managing a team of 20, before moving to the National Rugby League as a senior strategist. When Damien isn’t barracking for his beloved (and reigning champion) Hawthorn Australian Rules Football team or playing guitar in his band, he’s leading the strategic direction of Stackla in his role as CEO.
Erik Mikisch
 Erik Mikisch 
VP, Marketing 
Performance Horizon
Erik has more than 25 years of executive experience in sales and marketing with mobile, high tech, advertising, and new media companies in the B2B and B2C spaces. At Performance Horizon, Erik leads the development and implementation of all internal and external marketing activities globally.  Previously, Erik held senior marketing and sales management positions at Rocket Fuel, Belief Networks, Thomasnet.com, Ramdor, Netaccess, FTP Software, and Primavera (now Oracle).

Erik has an MBA in Industrial Management and a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Business from the Technische Universität Berlin.
Josh Saunders
 Josh Saunders 
Director of Market Management 
Expedia, Inc.
Josh is responsible for an extensive, multi-layered consultative sales team that represents the many brands of Expedia Inc., and helps hoteliers maximize their revenue from online channels. Leveraging his 11 years of successful experience on the supply side of Expedia, Josh is very involved with bringing strategic business perspective to the global product and technology developments within Expedia. Most notable is Josh’s work with Expedia PartnerCentral, Expedia’s innovative platform that helps hoteliers manage their business with Expedia, where he provides key insight on what hoteliers see every day.  

Prior to Expedia, Josh worked on the hotel side in Revenue Management and Ecommerce.  
Bob Adams
 Bob Adams 
Senior Managing Director, Travel/Hospitality & Entertainment 
Acxiom Corporation
Bob Adams brings more than 20 years of sales, marketing, and technology experience as the Senior Managing Director of sales for Acxiom’s Travel/Hospitality and Entertainment division. Leveraging technology, data, and analytics, Bob partners with travel industry clients to apply innovative omnichannel marketing strategies to drive positive, measurable business results.

Previously, Bob held senior leadership roles, including Chief Marketing Officer, in the lodging/hospitality industry, and serving as VP of Marketing in the casino gaming industry. Most recently, he served as a Principal Solution Consultant at Acxiom, where he delivered above-market growth for clients through client-centric martech/adtech solutions. Prior to that, as a Senior Strategist at Acxiom, Bob provided strategic multi-channel marketing and CRM consulting to Fortune 1000 travel industry clients contributing to 19% year-over-year revenue growth. Bob holds a BA from Indiana University and Executive Education Certification from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Based in Germantown, TN, in his spare time Bob enjoys deep-sea fishing, reading, walking, bicycling, travel, and time with family.
Jeffrey Harmon
 Jeffrey Harmon 
Sr. Manager – Disney Travel Operations Project Development and Integration 
The Walt Disney Company
Angela Blanchard
 Angela Blanchard 
Director, Travel Operations Infrastructure & Support 
The Walt Disney Company
Kalle Marsal
 Kalle Marsal 
Chief Marketing Officer 
Mitek
Kalle has over 20 years of marketing, technology entrepreneurship, venture capital and general management experience in digital imaging, telecommunications, mobility, printing, and other high-technology industries. Prior to Mitek, Kalle was the VP of Product Management for HP’s inkjet printing businesses. During his time at HP, he also led the product, marketing, business development, and strategy efforts and built HP’s retail photo business to a major division. Prior to HP, Kalle worked as a general manager and venture capital executive, focusing on wireless technology and high-tech ventures.  His experience also includes serving as a senior consultant at Bain & Company. Kalle has an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business where he was honored as an Arjay Miller Scholar.  He also holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees of science in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.
 Annette Hogan 
Director, Cross-Brand Marketing Strategy 
Apple Leisure Group
Rondel Holder
 Rondel Holder 
CEO & Founder 
Soul Society 101
Under 35 years old, Rondel Holder has visited over 45 countries and counting. As a Content Director and Marketer who keeps his finger on the pulse of urban culture, Rondel noticed the rapid growth of African American travel yet lack of representation and diversity across the industry, and desired to create a space for what he calls, "under-served young black professionals and creatives" who enjoy exploring the globe. 
In 2012, Rondel started sharing his travel experiences on social media under the moniker Soul Society 101. As a result, it has since blossomed into a premium multi-platform experience that includes the website, traveling event series and most recently, Soul Society 101- the Podcast. Known as a leading platform in the "Black Travel Movement," Soul Society 101 engages over 100,000 culture enthusiasts via social media and has been featured in The New York Times, NY Daily News, Black Enterprise, BuzzFeed and more.
Charleen Ring
 Charleen Ring 
Program Director 
Digital Travel Summit 2017
Charleen is an experienced content director, market researcher and published author with a passion for creative storytelling. She produces innovative b2b networking conferences that serve as platforms to help businesses and professionals create narratives that inspire and foster connectivity between industry thought leaders. Her portfolio currently focuses on events in the life sciences and travel, hospitality and leisure industries. She manages WBR’s Digital Travel Summit, PharmaForce, MedForce, and NGPX. When not developing awesome programs, you can find her working on her next novel, traveling with her husband, or Instagramming photos of her beloved French Bulldog, Marv.