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Expert in Managed Travel Industry; Airline, Travel Agency, and Corporate Travel Management

Expert ID: 736086 Florida, USA

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Expert W. Expert has a 40-year history in the travel industry, with a varied background in Airline, Travel Agency, and Corporate Travel Management.

Expert started his career with TWA and during a nine year period he worked in various departments in Passenger Reservations. He served as TWA’s Regional Manager of Interline Sales, and later as the first Regional Manager of Automation Sales during the start of GDS installations at travel agencies and corporate accounts.

Expert founded and served as CEO of a New York based agency with international offices in London and Hong Kong. He also held various regional and executive positions for a number of Mega Travel Agencies.

Expert was Vice President of Finance and Vice President of Administration for A.C.T.E. (Association of Corporate Travel Executives) and a member of its Executive Committee. He has also served on the Technology Committee of the Corporate Travel Association of New York, as well as on the Board of Directors of the National Business Travel Association (NBTA).

He joined Republic New York Corporation in January of 1997 as its first Vice President of Global Travel Management. Expert has received recognition as the first Travel Manager to be accredited by ARC as a Corporate Travel Department (CTD). He also pioneered the first corporate-direct (Internet-based) Electronic Ticket purchase with British Airways and initiated a similar web-based program with Jet Blue in the U.S. One year after Republic merged with HSBC, Expert founded Partnership Travel Consulting (PTC).

He was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Travel Executives. Business Travel News named Expert Travel Manager of the Year. He was once again recognized as among the Top 25 Most Influential Travel Executives soon after. He currently sits on a number of advisory boards including Business Travel News. In 200x, Expert was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Business Travel Management (IBTM). Expert is the creator of a unique travel industry benchmarking tool as well as a supplier ratings system.
Expert's company, has offices in NJ, the United Kingdom and EMEA, with Partners in France, Germany and Latin America.
Expert was inducted into the Business Travel Hall of Fame, as the first corporate buyer to be recognized for lifetime achievement.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: Degree: N/A Subject: Liberal Arts Institution: Brooklyn College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2001 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Founder and CEO Department: Responsibilities: Established a global business travel consulting firm with total client travel expenditures in excess of $3B.
Years: 2016 to 2016 Employer: BCD Travel Title: SVP Global Client Solutions Department: Executive Responsibilities: Reported to Global COO and support global strategies for client retention and acquistion. Subject matter expert on managed travel
Years: 1998 to 2001 Employer: Republic National Bank Title: VP Global Travel Department: Travel Responsibilities: Responsible for global travel program spanning 14 countries. Primary liaison for all travel suppliers.
Years: 1997 to 2000 Employer: Republic National Bank Title: VP Global Travel Department: Travel Operations Responsibilities: Recruited to implement a global travel management program, with end-to-end responsibilites from booking through reimbursement processes. Developed first Global Hotel program, designed and maintained Corporate Travel Intranet. Responsible for all global vendor contracts and performance. Implemented electronic (self-designed) pre-trip authorization and electronic expense reporting system. Program manager for corporate VISA card. Total T&E for Republic was $35,000,000. Reported to Senior VP, and then CEO, prior to the company being sold to HSBC on 01/01/00. Created industry’s first Corporate Travel Department as will as first multi-currency offshore ticketing program with British Airways. Implemented the first JetBlue corporate booking tool.
Years: 2006 to 2008 Employer: Eos Airlines Title: SVP Reservations and Sales Department: Executive Responsibilities: Responsible for all passenger and cargo sales originating in the United States as well as the worlwdie Reservations Center. Managed sales force of 18 sales executives calling on Travel Agencies, Major Corporate Accounts, SME Market and direct sales. Management of reservations staff of 16 both home-office and reservations center based. Member of Executive Committee reporting to CEO. Company ceased operations on April 28, 2008

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
CTC, Certified Travel Counselor
Awards / Recognition
Travel Manager of The Year
Top 25 Most Influential Travel Executives (twice)
Business Travel Hall of Fame

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
American Airlines v Sabre
US Airways v Sabre

Expert has been an expert witness in 2 trials involving an airline and global distribution system.
Vendor Selection
All travel related vendors specific to business travel.

Fields of Expertise

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