Digital Travel US 2018

April 30-May 02, 2018

Green Valley Ranch, Las Vegas, NV

1.888.482.6012

Speakers

Rich Clayton
Rich Clayton
Vice President, Digital User Experience
Hilton Worldwide
Sue Lucas
Sue Lucas
Senior Vice President, Digital Innovation and eCommerce
Wyndham Vacation Ownership
Tammy Lucas
Tammy Lucas
Vice President, Marketing
Best Western
Scott Struletz
Scott Struletz
General Manager, Digital Content and Optimization
Delta Air Lines
Tammy Snow
Tammy Snow
Director, User Experience Research
Expedia, Inc.

Tammy Snow is the Director of UX Research for Brand Expedia Global product organization. She joined Expedia in 2012 as one of three researchers. As the leader of UX research, she has successfully grown the team to include 12 researchers who work across 3 global regions. The Expedia Research team is an industry leader in delivering user insights related to product functionality, usability, appeal & customer delight.

Snow started her career in User Experience in 1992. She spent several years working for WordPerfect, Novell, and Microsoft before leaving the corporate world to work as an independent UX consultant. After working on several unique and fun projects she made her way back to the corporate world at Expedia where she has had the good fortune of finding some of the most interesting research challenges of her career. Snow now fancies herself as a “finder of delight” which makes discussions about what she does very interesting!

Jenny Thomassian
Jenny Thomassian
Head of Industry, Travel
Google
Michael Marino
Michael Marino
Senior Vice President & Chief Experience Officer
Caesars Entertainment
Mark Molinari
Mark Molinari
Corporate Vice President, Revenue Management & eCommerce
Las Vegas Sands
Felicia Yukich
Felicia Yukich
Senior Director, Brand Strategy, Social Media and Content
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Rahul Khanna
Global Marketing Negotiations, Finance
Uber
Beth Jacobs
Beth Jacobs
Senior Director, Head of Personalization and Content
Choice Hotels
Robecta Ma
Robecta Ma
Vice President, Marketing
Cathay Pacific
Luis Terife
Vice President, Marketing
Carnival Cruise Lines
Marina Suberlyak
Head of Vacations, Analytics and Revenue Management
JetBlue
Emmanuel Arnaud
Emmanuel Arnaud
Chief Executive Officer
HomeExchange.com and GuesttoGuest
Jaron Millner
Jaron Millner
Vice President, Direct Business
Finnair
Nikhil Gupta
Nikhil Gupta
Director, Hotels and Car Rentals
Skyscanner
Ahmed Elemam
Ahmed Elemam
Director, Digital
WestJet
Inderpreet Banga
Inderpreet Banga
Senior Director, eDistribution Strategy and Commissions Systems
Wyndham Hotel Group

Inderpreet Banga is Senior Director of eDistribution Strategy at Wyndham Hotel Group (WHG), the world’s largest and most diverse hotel business, with a global portfolio of more than 8,400 hotels and over 700,000 rooms in 79 countries. Inder focuses on setting company strategy with regards to online travel agencies and metasearch across the globe. Since joining distribution in 2015, Inder has led Wyndham Hotel Group to sizeable positive gains in central contribution by over 55% and increase in average property content score by 100% from the prior year. In addition, Inder has reduced the average cost of distribution by over 15% for WHG hotels and continues to seek ways throughout the organization to reduce costs and optimize share for WHG hotels.

Prior to distribution, Inder was in revenue management for 3 years impacting the lives of hotel owners, hotel employees and their guests. Inder excelled in both the franchisee and managed revenue management with initiatives surpassing double digit RevPAR growth and flowing more to the bottom line. His principal accomplishment with the managed portfolio was implementing a project with a cost of $300K which exceeded $4M in gross rooms’ revenue for the portfolio or an astounding 12x ROI and exceeding 100% RevPAR growth over 2 years.

Inder has been a key speaker for Distribution sessions for 200+ attendees at the Wyndham Hotel Group global conferences in Las Vegas. He is a principal board member of the Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association and an active member of AHLA’s Consumer Innovation Forum. Most recently, Inder was a finalist for HSMAI NY Chapter’s “Hospitality Professional of the Year” for 2017.

Inder holds an M.B.A. in Supply Chain Management and Marketing from the Rutgers Business School and a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University.

Chris Hodges
Chris Hodges
Director, Business Initiatives & Development
Expedia
Eric Yale
Eric Yale
Senior Consultant, Marketing & Strategy Practice
Forrester
Andrew Wilson
Andrew Wilson
Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau

Andrew Wilson, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, atlanta.net, guides all online and offline marketing initiatives of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB). Wilson has been with the organization since January 2009.

In his position, Wilson works with bureau members and the city's key organizations to integrate content and grow Atlanta's official destination presence. In addition, he is charged with expanding ecommerce initiatives and increasing advertising revenue for ACVB.

Wilson began his career at consumer marketing giant, Procter & Gamble, where he spent more than a decade managing product development based on consumer insights. Following, he held leadership positions in business development, marketing, corporate branding and product positioning with companies such as Cap Gemini and Alliance Consulting. Wilson has also served as a consultant for CibaVision Corporation.

He later took the role of chief operating officer for Brand Atlanta, a not-for-profit city-led initiative to develop and promote a singular brand identity for Atlanta. Five years later, Wilson transitioned his destination marketing experience to his current role at ACVB. Wilson serves on the board of directors for 7 Stages Theatre and not-for-profit organization #weloveatl.

A resident of Atlanta since 2002, he has also lived and worked on four continents which has given him a broad perspective to critically evaluate the destination product. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and has dual citizenship in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Debra Smith
Debra Smith
Vice President, Digital Marketing & Visitor Services
Nashville Conventions and Visitors Corporation

Debra Smith serves as the Vice President of Digital Marketing and Visitor Services for the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. She is responsible for overseeing the strategy of the visitor experience and communicating directly to Nashville’s 14.5 million visitors through both traditional and digital channels. She has been with the Nashville CVC since 2002 and has led the charge for digital tools and personalized customer service which play key roles in Music City’s visitor development strategies.

Debra is responsible for the strategic leadership and implementation of all digital marketing efforts including website, SEM, email marketing, social media, mobile tools and digital partnerships. Her team was recognized by SKIFT in 2016 when visitmusiccity.com was named one of the Top 25 websites in the world.

She also oversees the Visitor Services team who is charged with managing city inquiries, developing vacation packages, booking leisure rooms, selling attraction tickets and managing storefront and digital retail sales.

Her broad experience that includes focusing on the traveler’s process of choosing a destination and how to fulfill visitor expectations has given her a valuable perspective on what creates memorable trip experiences. Her teams are deeply engaged with Nashville’s visitors throughout their journey.

Debra is a 29-year veteran of the hospitality industry and has held key management roles in sales and marketing for a variety of travel related businesses. She holds a BA in Advertising/Marketing from the University of Alabama.

Colleen Coulter
Colleen Coulter
Industry Manager, Travel Suppliers
Facebook

Colleen Coulter is Industry Manager for Travel Suppliers at Facebook. She’s responsible for developing partnerships with hotels, airlines, cruise lines, and tourism boards to help them connect with travelers and ultimately achieve their goals in a mobile-first world.

Previously, she was the Business Lead to Facebook’s Vice President of Business and Marketing Partnerships, focused on strategy and communications to advance Facebook’s marketing solutions, deepen client engagement, and scale global teams. Prior to joining Facebook, she worked at the Boston Consulting Group, working across industries on consumer-focused growth strategies and profitability and process improvement.

Colleen earned her master’s in business administration from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Billy Sanez
Billy Sanez
Co-Founder
GoFlyMore.com
Amanda Johnson
Amanda Johnson
Director, Customer Relationship Marketing
Herschend Family Entertainment
Martin MacDonald
Martin MacDonald
Founder of Martin MacDonald, Inc, and Former Head of Content Marketing & SEO
Orbitz
Jonathan Stephen
Jonathan Stephen
Digital Marketing Executive
Norwegian Cruise Line
Dan Towvim
Dan Towvim
Senior Director, eCommerce
Sonesta Hotels

Dan is Senior Director of eCommerce and Digital Marketing at Sonesta Hotels. Sonesta is a growing global hotel brand with 80 properties worldwide, whose US portfolio has grown over 15x in the last five years. In his role at Sonesta Dan is responsible for digital advertising, sonesta.com, email marketing, and CRM for the company’s collection of global brands, including Royal Sonesta, Sonesta Hotels & Resorts, Sonesta ES Suites, Sonesta Posadas Del Inca, and Sonesta Cruise Collection.

Dan has over 20 years of experience building consumer brands and driving growth through cross-channel customer acquisition, retention, and loyalty. His experience ranges from early stage startups to Fortune 100 companies across multiple industries including hospitality, automotive, entertainment, and gaming.

Dan graduated from Connecticut College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

David Tutin
David Tutin
Manager, SEO
Orbitz
Darren Skomorowsky
Darren Skomorowsky
Director, Revenue Management
Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
Gil Harel
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Trip.com
Edward Perry
Edward Perry
Head of Partnerships, Americas
HRS
Deyola Adekunle
Deyola Adekunle
Director, Strategic Partnerships
HotelTonight
Adam Miller
Adam Miller
Senior Manager, Mobile Marketing – Growth & Analytics
Tura
John O'Donnell
John O'Donnell
Chief Technology Officer
HostelWorld
Claudia Infante
Claudia Infante
Head of Revenue Strategy
Margaritaville
Carmen Malangone
Carmen Malangone
Former Director, Data Strategy
Aetna
Oscar Guerrero
Oscar Guerrero
Manager, Brand & Consumer Insights
Crystal Cruises
Michelle Lockary
Michelle Lockary
Director, Revenue Management
Four Seasons
Mamie Peers
Mamie Peers
Vice President, Digital, Social, eCommerce
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Mamie Peers serves as Vice President of Digital Marketing at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the 3,005-room resort located at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. She oversees the resort’s digital communications strategy, which includes the redesign and mobilization of the resort’s website, a revamp of its social media channels, and an inspired approach to online advertising. The new website features a clean, simple yet compelling layout that guests can easily navigate to book reservations and entertainment options from their mobile phones. Most recently Peers launched Rose, a mischief-making SMS chatbot who helps guests have more fun on their trips to Vegas by dishing out insider tips in a playful tone distinct to The Cosmopolitan.

Before leading the resort’s digital communication efforts, Peers served as Senior Director of Internal Communications and Identity Membership where she created innovative communication initiatives to keep The Cosmopolitan’s most loyal groups, including 5,000 employees known as CoStars, informed, engaged, motivated and inspired. In this role, Peers created the resort’s intranet, Clive, a social business network that changed the way CoStars interact and communicate with each other. Composed of hundreds of pages of critical information and videos documents direct to employees, Clive provides CoStars with the most up-to-date information on guests, programs and services and resort happenings.

Prior to joining The Cosmopolitan, Peers was an English teacher in the Clark County School District at Mojave High School for four years and an IT Communications Manager at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for seven years. In these two positions, she launched advanced technologies and communication techniques to improve teaching and learning within the classroom and at an enterprise level. These skills have not only contributed to her success at The Cosmopolitan, but have molded her into the dynamic and respected leader she is today.

Peers received a Master of Arts from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Bachelor’s of Science from Pittsburg State University. Peers is actively involved in the community and volunteers with Communities In Schools of Nevada and the Las Vegas Rescue Mission.

Jeff Russell
Jeff Russell
Director, eBusiness
Globus Family of Brands
Working in various fields, from telecommunications to financial planning, Jeff Russell has been in the digital marketing field for nearly 20 years. The last 12 years, he's been working in the travel industry growing online efforts for a global travel company - the Globus family of brands. He oversees all web-related projects, initiatives and strategies for an integrated, company-wide approach that encompasses all travelers for Globus and Cosmos tours, Monograms packages and Avalon Waterways cruises. In addition to managing technology projects, he's also responsible for all online marketing efforts, including SEM, email marketing, display and social media.
Jereme Carlisle
Jereme Carlisle
Senior Manager, Digital Marketing Strategy
Apple Leisure Group
Angela Blanchard
Angela Blanchard
Director, Travel Operations – Infrastructure & Support
The Walt Disney Company
Jeffrey Harmon
Jeffrey Harmon
Senior Manager, Disney Travel Operations, Project Development and Integration
The Walt Disney Company
David Shenman
David Shenman
Director, Sales & Marketing
Lotte New York Palace Hotel
Cheryl Booker
Senior Manager, Digital & eCommerce
LegoLand
Jose Canelos
Jose Canelos
Senior Manager, Digital Product Development
Leading Hotels of The World
Jose Canelos is the Senior Manager of Digital Product Development for Leading Hotels of the World. In this role, he is responsible for driving optimization of core product features, innovation and platform development, as well as oversee the product development lifecycle. Prior to his role at LHW, Jose was a digital transformation consultant focusing on leading and implementing digital products and strategies for fortune 500 clients.
Chaney Kwak
Chaney Kwak
Editor/Writer
Conde Nast/Traveler
Driss Belmadani
Cobrands Cards and Loyalty Partnerships
JetBlue Airways
Tedd Evers
Tedd Evers
Founder & CEO
Triptuner

Tedd Evers (@teddevers) is Founder & CEO of TripTuner® (https://triptuner.com) an engaging way to discover personalized travel experiences by fine tuning addictive sliders, as you would a stereo equalizer. Conceived during a round-the-world trip 20 years ago, it’s a mix of his experience as a DJ, traveler to over 68 countries and 18 years in online marketing at Site59, Travelocity and eDreams.

TripTuner launched in 2011 as a bootstrapped startup, leveraging the Lean Startup methodology to reach profitability in 14 months. Since then it has grown each year, fine-tuned millions of preferences for travelers in over 192 countries and been featured in CNN, NBC News and The New York Times. Its patented technology powers the inspiration functionality for leading travel brands worldwide like ebookers, LATAM Airlines, Kempinski Hotels and VISIT FLORIDA.

Parag Vohra
Parag Vohra
Vice President, Travel Sales – US & Canada
Sojern
Yeojoon Yoon
Yeojoon Yoon
Executive Vice President, International Business
Xtrader

Yeojoon currently manages the International Business at XTrader, the largest independent programmatic media company in China. He is an industry veteran with 20-year experience in the digital media and advertising technology. Since 2007, he has worked primarily in the behavioral targeting and performance optimization of the programmatic media.

Most recently, Yeojoon led the Rocket Fuel's Japan business and the business expansion to the Asia-Pacific, Brazil and Australia. In 2010, Yeojoon launched a digital advertising agency, Cross Digital Media, targeting the rapidly growing mobile advertising market in US and Asia. Prior to that, Yeojoon built the Online Gift Registry at Toyrs R Us and Babies R Us. At Citibank, Yeojoon led the M&A Due-diligence team to complete the integration with KorAm bank which was acquired by Citibank for $3.2 billion USD. Prior to Citibank, Yeojoon was a software and systems engineer.

Yeojoon holds a BS in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, MSE in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania and MBA from the Columbia University.

Damien Mahoney
Damien Mahoney
Co-Founder & CEO
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.
Sameer Patel
Sameer Patel
Chief Executive Officer
Kahuna
Sameer Patel is CEO at Kahuna, where he's focused on helping brands connect in relevant and meaningful ways with every customer at the individual level. Prior to Kahuna, he served as GM/SVP at SAP/SuccessFactors where he led the team responsible for making SAP a leading provider of customer and employee collaboration solutions, serving over 35 million subscribers. Sameer has keynoted over 50 industry and venture capital/private equity events and has been quoted in publications like The New York Times, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, and HBR.
Ryan Deutsch
Ryan Deutsch
Senior Vice President, Global Customer Success
Persado
Ryan Deutsch is SVP of Global Customer Success at Persado, responsible for advancing the adoption and growth of Persado’s Marketing Language Cloud among its largest enterprise customers on an international scale. He joined the company from Sears Holding Corporation, a long-time Persado customer, where he led one of the largest and most sophisticated digital direct response programs in North America. A 17-year veteran of the digital marketing space, he most recently served as the DVP, Digital Addressable Marketing at Sears, focused on the use of data to personalize digital experiences. Prior to that Ryan was VP of Emerging Media at StrongView (formerly StrongMail), and VP of Marketing Automation Solutions for collaboration and conferencing platform PGi.
Angie Arnspiger
Angie Arnspiger
Vice President, Business Development
NaviStone

Angie started her career on the agency side spending nearly 14 years with the Hibbert Group and Sterling Rice; both ad agencies focused on integrated marketing strategies, specifically database services, customer engagement, print, digital, global fulfillment, brand building and professional services.

Most recently, Angie spent nine years with Datalogix/Oracle Data Cloud as VP Client Services, managing a sales team within the retail/consumer vertical, selling and executing on data-driven comprehensive omni channel marketing solutions.

In her current role as VP of Business Development for NaviStone, Angie focuses on data-driven consultative marketing strategy to brands who can benefit from the opportunity to retarget their web browsers via the high response and proven channel of direct mail.

Angie holds a bachelor’s degree in business management/marketing from Franklin University of Ohio.

Jamey Bainer
Jamey Bainer
Director, Strategy & Planning
Meet Pacific
Hussein Ebied
Hussein Ebied
Senior Director, Search
Meet Pacific
Mario Ciabarra
Mario Ciabarra
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Quantum Metric

Mario is a 4x successful entrepreneur with previous exits in Enterprise APM and Mobile App spaces. Lobbying congress in 2009 for fair competition against Apple’s walled garden, Mario initiated the effort with EFF to successfully ensure a Library of Congress DMCA exemption for “jailbreak” for iOS devices and lead the most successful company in the alternative iPhone app market.

In 2011, Mario founded Quantum Metric, a digital customer experience and analytics platform, competing with products like IBM’s Tealeaf. Under Mario’s leadership, Quantum Metric has seen rapid adoption from Fortune 500 eCommerce and financial services companies. By 2017, Quantum Metric’s machine intelligence engine was monitoring over $20B of eCommerce and had discovered over $200M of revenue recovery for enterprises.

Mario lives in Colorado with his wife and 3 little mini-hackers. Mario holds a BS from Penn State.

Casey Martin
Casey Martin
Senior Director, Client Partnerships
Oracle Data Cloud
Casey leads client partnerships at Oracle Data Cloud in the Travel, Financial Services and Telecom verticals. Prior to Oracle, Casey served as VP, Head of Sales at AddThis, helping a successful transition from a media business to DaaS business prior to acquisition by Oracle in 2016. With more than 14 years of experience in marketing and sales leadership, Casey remains focused on intersection of marketing and technology.
Christi Olson
Christi Olson
Head of Evangelism
Microsoft
Christi is the Head of Evangelism for Bing at Microsoft and is a member of the board of SEMPO. For over a decade Christi has led Digital Marketing teams at Microsoft, Expedia, Harry & David, Pointmarc and Point It. She is passionate about search marketing and has spent her career helping businesses solve their marketing challenges and goals through studying and analyzing data to develop actionable insights and strategies. Christi has been recognized by PPC Hero and her peers as one of the top 25 Most Influential PPC Experts in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Her deep love for digital has driven her to speak at hundreds of conferences and events globally including CES, AdWeek, DMEXCO, SMX, SEOktoberfest, PubCon, HeroConf and Search Insider Summit.
Sara Wyman
Sara Wyman
Senior Director, New Markets
Affirm Inc.
Gilad Berenstein
Gilad Berenstein
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Utrip

In 2010, Gilad began planning a dream trip to Europe and spent untold hours researching his trip. He had an epiphany—there had to be a better way to plan the perfect trip. Upon returning to Seattle, he vowed to make his vision a reality and founded Utrip.

Gilad’s background includes leadership positions in business development (Watch2Help and GB Consulting), financial and asset management (PricewaterhouseCoopers and Harris Allison Buxbaum Group) and entrepreneurship as a founder, startup executive and corporate advisor.

He holds a BA in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance and a Masters in Taxation from the University of Washington.

Keith LaFerriere
Keith LaFerriere
Chief Creative Officer
Verndale

From Creative Director to UX thought leader and back again, Keith has taken on just about every industry since he began creating and exploring in the 'digital' world over 18 years ago. At Verndale, he works across all accounts and is responsible for the creative and user experience practices.

Before Verndale, Keith spent time working with various agencies including R/GA for MasterCard Global and Arnold where he was SVP of User Experience across accounts including Ocean Spray, Jack Daniels, Dell, CVS, American Eagle Outfitters and many others. He's one of the founding members of the online design curriculum team for Bentley University and a former Board of Directors member for the American Marketing Association.

Chris Lehman
Senior Vice President, Sales
AdMarketPlace
Alex Sutton
Director, Digital Acquisition
Avis Budget Group
Charleen Ring
Charleen Ring
Program Director
Digital Travel

Our Speakers

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