May Monthly Meeting

May 08, 2017
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
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Hotel Commonwealth
500 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
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Emerging Technology, Travel Trends and Their Role in Risk Management

Mark Williams of GoldSpring Consulting joins NEBTA as our speaker and panel moderator for a session titled “Emerging Technology, Travel Trends and Their Role in Risk Management”.

Mark will be joined by industry experts for a panel discussion following his presentation.  

Please find some information below on our speaker and panelists. We will update with more information as we get closer to the meeting.


Mark Williams, Founding Partner of GoldSpring Consulting

Mark is the founding partner of GoldSpring Consulting, an independent travel consultancy specializing in the practice of improving travel management for corporations and other organizations. Primary services include travel management strategy, drafting and implementation of travel policies, airline, hotel, and ground transportation sourcing and program management as well as outsourced travel management. Mark has responsibility for operations as well as additional responsibilities in sales, client delivery, and administration.

Prior to starting GoldSpring in January 2014, Mark was a Principal at Advito, the consulting division of BCD Travel. Previous roles include work in the Business Transformation Outsourcing practice at IBM where he was responsible for client-facing activities of the travel practice, including the development and implementation of strategic sourcing. Mark has 25 years of experience in Business Travel Management. He gained this experience beginning in the late 1980s working for WorldTravel Partners, followed by 10 years as the Director of Travel for Price Waterhouse and PricewaterhouseCoopers. 

 


Dan Ruch, Founder & CEO of Rocketrip

Dan Ruch is the Founder & CEO of Rocketrip, the leading tech platform for reducing corporate travel costs. Rocketrip motivates below policy spending by giving employees data-based trip budgets and letting them keep half of what they save. Venture-backed by Bessemer Venture Partners, Canaan Partners, Genacast Ventures, and Y Combinator, Rocketrip helps clients including GE, Edmunds, and Twitter create a positive culture around spend management.

 

Jason AirBnB

Jason Beckham, Business Development at Airbnb

Joining the team at Airbnb in May of 2015, Jason brings over 22 years of hospitality experience to his role in Business Travel.  Over the past 16 years while living in the city of San Francisco, he held Director of Sales and Marketing positions with Hilton, Marriott and Wyndham Hotels.

At Airbnb, Jason works with a team of Business Travel professionals who are getting Airbnb for Business in place as an option for business travelers and companies all over the world.  The team has helped companies like Salesforce, Morgan Stanley, AOL, PayPal and thousands of others to incorporate Airbnb for Business into their travel programs.  Those companies and their travelers are now enjoying cost savings, duty of care integrations, data capture, prioritized customer support and the unique benefits of staying in a home while in business destinations all over the world.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Relations from the University of North Carolina.   Though North Carolina will always be home to him, he is proud to be raising his 10-year-old son in the midst of San Francisco’s energy and diversity (and out of the humidity and away from the mosquitos of the south).



Brian Day, CFO at Fuze

As Chief Financial Officer, Brian leads financial strategy, planning, and operations for Fuze. Brian has a 25 year track record as a successful financial leader and operator at high-growth companies, most recently at Apperian where he served first as CFO, and then President and CEO through its sale in 2016.

Prior to Apperian, Brian held financial and operational leadership roles at Goal.com, Gomez, Inc., and Octave Communications. He began his career with Fleet Financial Group as a Vice President in the Bank’s structured finance group.

Brian has a B.A. in Economics from the University of New Hampshire, and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in Boston.

Outside of work, Brian is an avid sailor and skier and has even been known to show up at a triathlon or two.

Jeff Berall, Sr. Global Travel Coordinator at The MathWorks

Joining The MathWorks in 2014, Jeff brings nearly a decade of experience from the supplier side after holding many different roles with United Airlines. Most recently in the development and implementation of enterprise technology solutions following the airlines’ merger with Continental Airlines. After spending years as a ‘road warrior’, he brings a traveler centric focus to The MathWorks travel program while striving to balance Risk Management with traveler choice and an overall enhanced travel experience. 

 

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