March Quarterly Meeting

March 12, 2015
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
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Wyndham Boston/Chelsea
201 Everett Avenue
Chelsea, MA 02150
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Travel Programs for Emerging Markets and Airport Security Updates

Please join GBTA, New England Chapter for another fantastic event! 

Please note that meeting registration will begin at 1:00pm, announcements will begin at 1:45pm and the event will run from 2:00pm to 4:30pm. Parking is free at the Wyndham Chelsea in the hotel parking lot.

At the event we will be hosting a panel of experts, including Dee Runyan, President of World Travel, Inc. and Yael Klein, CEO and President of AirPlus International, Inc. who will share best practices in global travel program management expanding into emerging markets. Jerry Koehler from TSA will provide us with a Risk Based Security overview, including valuable TSA PreCheck updates. Join us for insights into travel programs in emerging markets, personal experiences, useful tips and the latest information on airport security!

Biographies of the Speakers

Dee Runyan President World Travel, Inc.

 Dee Runyan

Dee Runyan, a 25+ year veteran in the global corporate travel industry, was just recently promoted to President of World Travel, Inc. Prior to that she was the Executive Vice President of Client & Consulting Services for World Travel, Inc.  In this role she and her team oversaw the management of key travel program initiatives, deployment of relevant technology products and the customization of supplier programs. An accomplished senior leader, she has a strong track record in account management, product support, implementations, sales, network management, and supplier relations. Prior to joining World Travel, Dee served in executive management roles with Radius Travel, KesselRun Corporate Travel Solutions, BCD Travel and Carlson Travel Group. She is a member of a variety of advisory boards including the BTN Group and Travelport. Ms. Runyan received her MBA from the Thunderbird School of International Management and earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees from University of California, Davis.

Yael Klein CEO & President AirPlus International, Inc.

 Yael Klein

Yael Klein is the Washington, DC based CEO & President for AirPlus International (U.S.), provider of global business travel payment solutions. She has an extensive travel background and experience of the travel payment industry, having worked at AirPlus International for over 13 years. Prior to her current role, she worked as a consultant and an international key account manager, specializing in global sales. She has a degree in international tourism.

Jerry Koehler Director, Marketing and Branding Office of the Chief Risk Officer, TSA

 Jerry Koehler

Jerry Koehler is currently the Director, Marketing and Branding in the Office of the Chief Risk Officer.  He has been with TSA since June 2009. 

Jerry began his career with TSA at Secure Flight, where he had responsibility for the implementation of Secure Flight with U.S. based and non-U.S. based airlines.   Secure Flight is a program that enhances the security of domestic and international commercial air travel through the use of improved watch list matching.

Jerry joined TSA’s Office of Risk Based Security (ORBS) in June 2011, where he led industry stakeholder engagement, technology integration, marketing, and partnership efforts with airlines, travel technology providers, and travel industry associations relative to risk based security initiatives.  He coordinated with stakeholders to ensure close collaboration in demonstrating scalable capabilities to enable TSA’s consideration of applying expedited screening, developed policy recommendations, and facilitated partnership and teamwork with stakeholders.

In his role as Director, Marketing and Branding for ORBS, and now the Office of the Chief Risk Officer, Jerry has led the marketing strategy and direction for risk based security initiatives, including TSA PreCheck marketing.

Prior to joining TSA, Jerry was Director, Business Development with Amadeus North America, and the Managing Director, Industry Relations with AgentWare.  In addition, prior to those roles, Jerry was with US Airways and held various positions including Director, North America Field Sales.

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