Digital Travel US 2017

May 08-May 10, 2017

Green Valley Ranch, Las Vegas, Nevada

1.888.482.6012

Speaker

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
Kevin Krone
Kevin Krone
Chief Marketing Officer
Southwest Airlines
Mehmet Bütün
Mehmet Bütün
Vice President, Digital Services (IT)
Turkish Airlines, Inc
Jaron Millner
Jaron Millner
Vice President, Direct Business
Finnair
Edward Perry
Edward Perry
Head of Partnerships
Americas at HRS - The Hotel Portal.
Mark Molinari
Mark Molinari
Corporate Vice President, Revenue Management and eCommerce
Las Vegas Sands
Sebastian Riedle
Sebastian Riedle
Senior Director Online Sales for Lufthansa
Swiss & Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa Group
Jose Murta
Jose Murta
Head, Global Sales
Trivago
Mamie Peers
Mamie Peers
Senior Director; Digital, Social, eCommerce
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Lillibeth Bishop
Lillibeth Bishop
Senior Marketing & Public Relations Director
Air China Limited
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
Sonia Zamborsky
Sonia Zamborsky
Director of Product Field Support & Communications
Marriott International Inc
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
Lufthansa

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
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
Jeff Ulrich
Jeff Ulrich
Senior Manager, E-Commerce
United Airlines
Billy Sanez
Billy Sanez
Vice President of Marketing
FareCompare.com
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
Gogobot, Inc.
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
Gene Kornota
Gene Kornota
Co-Founder
Rebel Hospitality LLC
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
Michael Weiss
Michael Weiss
Senior, Director, Online Retail, Global Operations
Marriott International
Mathias Eichelberger
Mathias Eichelberger
General Manager Online Marketing
Korean Airlines
Julie Hoffmann
Julie Hoffmann
Executive Director of Digital and Consumer Experience
MGM Resorts International.
Adam Morgan
Adam Morgan
VP of Global Partners and Alliances
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.



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
Senior Vice President, Eastern Sales
Conversant

Nancy Hall is a digital marketing executive with more than 15 years of experience working with best-in-class agencies and brands to develop programs that drive performance across multiple devices and channels. As senior vice president of eastern sales at Conversant, she leads a team responsible for working with agencies and their clients to reach consumers with personalized messages across devices. 




Nancy was previously vice president of ValueClick Platform Services, where she was responsible for leading sales teams across healthcare, retail and travel verticals. Throughout her career, she has worked with brands such as American Express, Discovery Communications, Lenovo and Bed Bath & Beyond.




A member of the IAB and 212 New York, Nancy has extensive experience speaking at industry conferences and events about topics including data usage, incrementality, branding and attribution. 

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 Integratio
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
Annette Hogan
Director, Cross-Brand Marketing Strategy
Apple Leisure Group
Jim Harriman
Jim Harriman
Business Development Director
CJ Affiliate

Jim Harriman has over a decade of experience in online marketing with much of that experience involving Affiliate Marketing.  He currently works as Business Development Director for enterprise partnerships at CJ Affiliate where he is focused on using CJ’s unique data assets and technology to help Advertisers grow business both online and offline.




Prior to his current role, Jim was responsible for establishing a CJ presence in Atlanta, GA and worked for Lenovo, managing their Global and North America affiliate channels.

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.