Here we have highlighted just a few: 

Brian Beard

President

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Brian is widely known as a key industry influencer and technology trendsetter based on his strong and diverse background that includes leadership roles at GE Power Systems, Toyota, Amadeus and Travel and Transport. He has led breakthrough projects in transaction processing, supply chain management, large project implementations, data warehousing and business intelligence for e-commerce, mobile and emerging technologies. Brian is an avid technologist that embraces change and believes that technology implemented appropriately will solve many of today’s problems.

Brian founded Data Visualization Intelligence, Inc., (DVI) in late 2016 with the goal to develop a viable solution to the data challenges in the travel industry. The next year, Brian led DVI to a win as the People’s Choice Business Travel Innovator Award at the yearly BTN Innovate conference. As a speaker, Brian has spoken at past GBTAs, regional BTA events, technology webinars, product launches for major technology companies, BTN events, and more. He was recently listed as one of 2018’s top innovators for the Business Travel Industry.

 

Steve Harter

Chief Technology Officer

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Steve is a highly accomplished technology professional with a successful 18-year career creating vision, identifying opportunities, building organizations, and delivering strong technology solutions within intensely competitive markets. Steve is recognized as a change agent with strong innovation and transformation skills. He is experienced in building, expanding and optimizing technologies, teams, products, and processes to improve market position, reduce costs, and strengthen bottom line performance across complex environments. He is a natural communicator and leader with strong motivational skills and an ability to build, produce and succeed. Steve possesses an uncanny ability to create consensus between technical and business teams.
 
Steve has lead major data initiatives at CitiGroup, Chase, Metlife, UnitedHealthCare, TRX, British Airways, Recall, BCD Travel, Verizon, Griffin, Amerigroup and others.

 

Mark Allen

Vice President – Product & Operations

Mark is a project management and consulting professional with over 15 years of experience in program and project management, delivering multi-million dollar projects for Fortune 100 firms. He is highly skilled at growing client relationships, driving revenue opportunities and delivering positive results through effective team building and project execution. Mark’s specialties include IT project and program management, E-marketplace business strategies, strategic planning, digital marketing, business planning, multicultural management, business system design, software development management, supply chain optimization, government relations, client relationship management, budget development, business integration management and quality control.

 

Kate Andersen

Head of Client Success

Kate has more than 28 years of experience in corporate travel operations, account management, project management, data, reporting and analysis. She has been responsible for account management of many of Travel and Transport's largest corporate clients and directed operations for multiple reservation centers. Throughout her tenure at Travel and Transport Kate has been actively engaged in supporting corporate customers with statistical and strategic analytics as it relates to the health of their travel programs. As a project manager, she has overseen several significant projects including development of Travel and Transport's proprietary non-refundable ticket management system. She also led a team of account representatives who provided support to Travel and Transport's SME customers as well as reporting and analysis to all of Travel and Transport's account managers. 

 

 

Tobey Samuel

Head of Channel Sales & Business Development

Tobey has 10 years of experience in the travel industry, where she has specialized in supporting corporate clients and the stewarding of strategic partners. Most recently, she built and managed the global travel program for a large enterprise customer operating in 30 markets. Within this program Tobey was successful in managing a complex team and providing attention and expertise at every stage of the program’s development. Tobey also developed and maintained a global sales pipeline of over $1 billion dollars from conception to implementation, including executing RFPs, pricing, presentations, and contract negotiation. She has a broad skillset spanning data analytics, program analysis and optimization, and disciplined cross-department and -organizational communication. 

 

Bruce Kopkin

Vice President of Direct Sales

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Bruce has over 35 years of experience in executive, sales, and marketing positions in high tech, manufacturing, retail, and distribution industries. His experience includes start-ups, turn-arounds, small companies, and large global enterprises and is focused on driving companies to reach their full potential by becoming more customer focused, results oriented, and process driven. He has a proven track record in driving turn-arounds to profitability, stagnant companies to growth, and average companies to industry leading positions. Bruce has previously held roles such as Vice President of Sales at Lectra, General Manager at sales-i, Executive Vice President at GT Software, and more.

Bruce is Founder and President of the Executive Sales and Marketing Association and is on the Board of Directors of Conexx, plus has Board and Advisory roles at several companies and not-for-profits. He holds a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and presently resides in Marietta, Georgia with his wife, Lenora.

 

Mike Daly

Vice President of Strategic Accounts

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Mike Daly has over twenty years in travel technology experience across corporate and leisure markets. After starting his travel career at United Airlines, Mike was instrumental to the development of online booking at GetThere, Travelocity and Sabre. More recently, Mike helped grow Deem in corporate travel procurement as their VP of Strategic Accounts. In August 2018, Mike joined Freebird as Senior VP of Sales to drive growth of the startup’s mobile rebooking technology. Mike frequently speaks at industry events, including GBTA, their local chapters, ACTE, ProcureCon, PhocusWright, and BusinessConnect. Mike is also a strong supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the YMCA, and the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. He also coaches various youth sports, including Team Georgia Baseball Academy.