BTN's 2017 Influencers

The People Who Changed Business Travel in 2017
The People Who Changed Business Travel in 2017

Some people see change coming and jump on an early bandwagon, as did Oni Chukwu of meetings tech platform Etouches with data protection. Some make change happen via government, such as GDPR godfather Jan Philipp Albrecht. Others play unwitting roles... CHECK IT OUT

Steven Schoen's Teamwork Drives E2E Travel@Siemens
Steven Schoen: Travel Manager of the Year

"We're not here to make a headline. We're here to make a difference to our travelers." That's what Siemens director of mobility services for the Americas Steven Schoen told BTN last June when he was nominated by an industry peer as a candidate for... KEEP READING

Parexel's Benjamin Park Implements End-to-End Program for Small Meetings
Benjamin Park: BTN 2017 Best Practitioner

Parexel director of global procurement and travel Benjamin Park's end-to-end small meetings program has realized savings not only by leveraging transient rates for meetings but also by producing soft-dollar productivity increases. Parexel has launched... KEEP READING

Dycom's Jennifer Steinke Serves on-the-Move Travelers with Mobile Travel Program
Jennifer Steinke: BTN 2017 Best Practitioner

Dycom Industries corporate travel manager Jennifer Steinke was one of the first and continues to be among the strongest advocates for mobile travel programs. Why? "Because I live and breathe by this device," she said, clutching her smartphone. In... KEEP READING

Roxana Bressy: Woman You Should Know
Roxana Bressy: Woman You Should Know

Roxana Bressy took over at KDS from Dean Forbes in December, following American Express Global Business Travel's acquisition of the T&E provider. While Forbes was the face of the company, Bressy ran KDS in the background, first as EVP of operations and... Keep Reading

Leeny Oberg: Woman You Should Know
Leeny Oberg: Woman You Should Know

Now an 18-year veteran of Marriott International, Leeny Oberg assumed her role as CFO in 2016, just two months after Marriott announced the largest merger in hotel industry history. Her approach to her career is to continually learn and grow and to... Keep Reading

Lauri Reishus: Woman You Should Know
Lauri Reishus: Woman You Should Know

ARC promoted Lauri Reishus to EVP and COO in March. She joined the company in 2005 and brought with her a dedication to customer relationships and service that has fundamentally changed the organization... Keep Reading

Alison Taylor: Woman You Should Know
Alison Taylor: Woman You Should Know

After building a long sales career on the lodging side, Alison Taylor last year joined American Airlines. She held that same role at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and also spent several years in leadership roles in the Asia/Pacific region for... Keep Reading

Yukari Tortorich: Woman You Should Know
Yukari Tortorich: Woman You Should Know

When she was turned down for a college internship with a travel agency that specialized in travel to Japan, Yukari Tortorich refused to go home to her parents with the bad news. Instead, she scoured the building directory for another agency and... Keep Reading

Erin Wilk: Woman You Should Know
Erin Wilk: Woman You Should Know

Erin Wilk sees a growing opportunity for travel managers in travel risk management and safety, but only if they can connect with business strategy. As a woman in a male-dominated security field, she says diversity equals an opportunity to innovate... Keep Reading

AppZen
AppZen: BTN 2017 Innovator You Should Know

Q&A with CEO Anant KaleStartup AppZen's artificial intelligence engine analyzes expense reports and receipts to catch duplicates and out-of-policy purchases, and it scours the Internet to validate that the merchants and meal companions who show up are... KEEP READING

30SecondsToFly
30SecondsToFly: BTN 2017 Innovator You Should Know

Q&A with CEO Felicia SchneiderhanWith its virtual travel assistant, Claire, 30SecondsToFly is building an "artificially intelligent employee" that companies can hire. She's savvy about corporate travel policy and can learn on the job, among other... KEEP READING

Winding Tree
Winding Tree: 2017 BTN Innovator You Should Know

Q&A with CEO Maksim IzmaylovWinding Tree is among the few startups applying blockchain directly to the travel space. It is developing a "new economy" for hotel, airline, rental car and other travel suppliers—from distribution through payment.... KEEP READING