BTN's 2013 Influencers

25 Most Influential

This 30th edition of Business Travel News' annual effort to determine the executives who most influenced the business travel industry features a new wrinkle: There are more first-time designees on this list than in any previous edition since the first... KEEP READING

Danny Hood: Hall of Fame

BCD Travel’s Danny Hood identifies three trends that will impact the industry: mobile commerce, consolidation of hotel and airline companies, and gamification.... Keep Reading

Randy Smith: Hall of Fame

STR founder Randy Smith talks about the hotel research company that started at his kitchen table and became a “small company that had a large impact.”... Keep Reading

Joseph Vittoria: Hall of Fame

Joe Vittoria got into the travel industry because working for Hertz gave him the chance to relocate to Europe, where his future fiance lived. He ended up steering the growth of the car rental industry across the continent.... Keep Reading

Karoline Mayr: Travel Manager of the Year

It's clear that effective travel management requires a multidisciplinary approach. Practitioners usually must address the needs of various constituents, ranging from senior executives and budget holders to suppliers and third parties, while... KEEP READING

Tim Hay: Best Practitioner

In the 14 years Tim Hay worked for the state of Oregon, he slowly built an integrated travel consortium program across more than two dozen states in cooperation with the Western States Contracting Alliance-National Association of State Procurement... KEEP READING

Cindy Heston: Best Practitioner

Travel buyers usually choose between one of two approaches for implementing travel management technology: build the technology within their organizations or find a third-party supplier with the technology they need. WellPoint manager of strategic... KEEP READING

Steven Schoen: Best Practitioner

In spurring his company's preferred meetings management technology provider and online booking tool to integrate, Siemens' Steven Schoen helped make the often-slippery process of calculating meetings spending all but transparent. That gave department... KEEP READING

Mark Stansbury: Best Practitioner

Finding incremental savings is a perennial challenge for managers of mature travel programs, but Lockheed Martin global travel and event services manager Mark Stansbury in June 2012 implemented an automated process for tracking and reusing unused... KEEP READING