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Corporate Travel Pitch Night

  • Rise New York 43 W 23rd St, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10010 United States (map)

This corporate travel edition of our flagship event will bring together entrepreneurs, corporate partners, and investors from around the world for an inside look at the next generation of products and services for corporate and business travelers.

Voyager HQ member companies with corporate travel-related products and services are invited to complete the application below for the chance to pitch at the event. Deadline: January 11, 2019

If your company is interested in judging, contributing to the prize package, or other sponsor opportunities at the event, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with more information.


Startups


Panelists

Duke Chung
Co-Founder and CEO at TravelBank

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Duke founded TravelBank to make expense and travel management easier and more efficient for business professionals worldwide. He has been widely recognized for his efforts in pioneering innovation and has been featured in Fast Company’s Fast 50, Washington Business Journal’s 40 under 40, SmartCEO magazine’s Smart100, and the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business, among several others. Duke is an active angel investor and a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences throughout the country including Digital East, South by Southwest, and the MIT Enterprise Forum.

Caitlin Gomez
Vice President of Business Development at GBTA

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Caitlin Gomez offers over 15 years of sales and relationship management experience in the travel industry. After spending the first 10 years of her career in the financial sector, Caitlin ran run sales, marketing, public relations and account management for the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA). Caitlin then served as Director of Account Management at Travel Leaders Corporate and Senior Director of Global & Strategic Sales for Hogg Robinson Group (HRG).

Caitlin is co-founder/creator and Chairman of GBTA Ladders, a talent development group within GBTA with the purpose of affording an opportunity for education, and collaboration and mentorship to help shape the next evolution of the industry. She is also Co-Chair of the Membership Committee for WINiT (Women in Travel) and in 2015 was re-elected for second consecutive term as National Director for ASTA. In 2018 Caitlin was selected as one of the travel industry’s top 35 under age 35 and participated in the Young Leaders Summit, hosted by Phocuswright.

Mitch Gross
Managing Director, 12² Growth

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Mitch Gross is a 25+ year technology industry expert with an especially deep knowledge of travel. His approach marries his early experience working with Amex GBT, his passion for service and strategy and a Jack Welch-era GE execution and financial discipline. Mitch served as CMO, President – Americas and Chief Integration Officer at Galileo, Global President of Travelex Insurance Services and as CEO of GTCR’s Mondee. Mitch is proud to advise numerous startups, including Dinova, DVI, Freebird, Shep and TripBam. They keep him young.

Evan Konwiser
VP of Product Strategy & Marketing, Amex GBT

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Evan Konwiser is the Vice President of Product Strategy & Marketing for American Express Global Business Travel, responsible for global marketing and experience for customers, travelers, and travel counselors. He most recently was co-founder and COO of Skylark, a luxury leisure travel agency start-up. He’s built two other travel products: FlightCaster, which predicts flight delays real-time and was acquired in 2010, and Farely, which analyzes airline cost data for travel buyers. He also spent several years consulting in the travel industry for TMCs, airlines, GDS, and travel media companies.

Evan has been an advisor to travel start-ups including Suiteness, Olset (acquired by Deem), RocketMiles (acquired by Priceline), and GetGoing (acquired by BCD Travel). He has also served on the board of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives and was selected as one of the “25 Most Influential Business Travel Executives” of 2016. He is passionate about the traveler experience and finding ways for corporate travel to leapfrog the experience currently available in the consumer travel market.

Krista Pappas
Senior Vice President, Lola.com

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Krista is a multi-disciplined, digital travel innovator and entrepreneur. She draws on more than twenty years of executive leadership experience in the travel industry, from startups to publicly traded companies, including her role as Global Director and Head of Travel at Bing, a Microsoft Company where she led the commercial team, evangelism and strategy. She has led and scaled global teams in sales and BD, marketing + customer acquisition. Most recently, Krista joined Lola.com where she oversees the company’s business development and distribution strategy.

Prior to Lola.com she was the COO of DuVine Cycling + Adventure responsible for the overall day-to-day management and growth of the company. Krista was an executive team member of the startup teams Farecast acquired by Microsoft and SmarterTravel which was acquired by TripAdvisor. She also led digital travel at the New York Times after selling her company FareChase, the first travel metasearch company to Yahoo! Krista was coined the first “Internet Travel Analyst” in 1999 and from that point on has been deeply immersed in the travel industry. Her focus has been on the intersection of growth opportunity, travel disruption, technology, search, and customer experience.

Krista currently invests and advises early stage Internet companies and sits on several travel boards.

Dan Ruch
Founder & CEO, Rocketrip

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Dan Ruch is the Founder & CEO of Rocketrip, the leading employee engagement platform for reducing business travel spending. Since founding Rocketrip in 2013, Dan has pioneered the behavioral incentive movement for corporate travel, reducing costs and improving cultures by motivating employees to save inside a massive, $1.25 trillion industry. Prior to building Rocketrip, Dan led business development and served as VP of European Operations for Telaria (fka Tremor Video) and prior to that held several positions at TACODA until its successful exit to AOL. Dan graduated from the University Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in Psychology. He resides in Manhattan with his wife and two children and in his spare time, he enjoys cooking and skiing.


Prizes Include

  • Over $5,000 in credit for the first year of Zendesk

  • Over $6,000 in email credits from SendGrid

  • 15% off the first two months of PR service from SKPR

  • Free 1-hour consultation with HR expert from TriNet

  • $2,000 credit for an IT consultation from SoftwareHut

  • $15,000 in hosting credits from Hatch by DigitalOcean

  • Discounted outsourced CFO services from Nomad Financial

  • Discounted Business Process Outsourcing services from Bristol Palmer

  • Discounted Sales Operations recruiting services from TwentyPine

  • Discounted digital marketing solutions from Firon Marketing


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Earlier Event: January 17
Office Hours with Gerry Taza