TravelConnect

October 11-12, 2018

Lansdowne Resort and Spa, Leesburg, VA

Join Us for dynamic conversations with leaders in technology, e-commerce and customer experience.

 
Transform the Customer Experience

Get inside the mind of the traveler as we walk through their buying journey, from inspiration to purchase and beyond. We’ll examine the distinct opportunities on the horizon for air travel.

 
Achieve Smarter Personalization

Learn how leading e-commerce retailers use rich data and technology to create an exceptional customer experience. Industry leaders will discuss the most impactful ways to personalize marketing and product offerings.

 
Understand Industry Trends

Gain deeper knowledge of industry initiatives like New Distribution Capability (NDC), ONE Order and blockchain. Hear from experts in economics and investment, who will share their insights on external factors shaping travel.

 
Build Brand Loyalty

Discover how travel brands can create experiences that keep customers coming back. TravelConnect will feature discussions on how to maximize the lifetime value and loyalty of your customers.

With expert panels and a variety of industry leaders taking the stage,
TravelConnect will equip travel professionals to adopt fresh perspectives and transform their businesses.

Scott-Kirby
Scott Kirby
President
United Airlines
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Bonny-Simi
Bonny Simi
President
JetBlue Technology Ventures
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Amy-Webb
Amy Webb
Quantitative Futurist
Future Today Institute
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Jeffrey-Katz
Jeffrey Katz
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Journera
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Wayne-Best
Wayne Best
Chief Economist
Visa Inc.
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Massimo-Morin
Massimo Morin
Head, AWS Travel
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
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Tony-DAstolfo
Tony D'Astolfo
Senior Vice President, North America
Serko Limited
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Brian-Barth
Brian Barth
Chief Executive Officer
Uplift
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Scott-Kirby
Scott Kirby
President
United Airlines
Scott Kirby is president of United. In this role, Scott is responsible for United’s operations, marketing, sales, alliances, network planning and revenue management.

Prior to United, Scott was president of American Airlines, since the company merged with US Airways in 2013. Scott is a well-known industry veteran, with a broad and accomplished three-decade airline career with senior leadership roles at America West and US Airways, where he was named president in 2006. Kirby started his career at the Pentagon and in the technology sector.

Scott has bachelor degrees in computer science and operations research from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master of Science in operations research from George Washington University. He is married and has six children.
Bonny-Simi
Bonny Simi
President
JetBlue Technology Ventures
Bonny Simi is the President of JetBlue Technology Ventures, the Silicon Valley innovation hub for JetBlue Airways’ investment and incubation of emerging startups at the intersection of technology and travel.

Bonny joined JetBlue in 2003 and brings more than 25 years of experience in human resources, customer service, aviation, industrial engineering, operations, broadcast journalism and design thinking experience to her role.

Bonny is also an active JetBlue pilot and three-time Olympian in the sport of luge. She graduated from Stanford University with three degrees, including a Master of Science in management, a Master of Science in engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in communications.
Amy-Webb
Amy Webb
Quantitative Futurist
Future Today Institute
Amy Webb is a quantitative futurist. She is a professor of strategic foresight at the New York University Stern School of Business and the Founder of the Future Today Institute, a leading foresight and strategy firm that helps leaders and their organizations prepare for complex futures. Founded in 2006, the Institute advises Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, government agencies, large nonprofits, universities and startups around the world. Amy’s special area of research is artificial intelligence, and she has advised three-star generals, White House leadership and CEOs of some of the world’s largest companies on the future of AI.

Amy is the author of three books, including The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream, which explains how to forecast and manage technological change. Her latest book, The Big Nine: How The Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Will Change Humanity, is a call-to-arms about the broken nature of artificial intelligence and the powerful corporations that are turning the human-machine relationship on its head. Amy’s future-forecasting work has been featured in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, CNN, NPR and more.
Jeffrey-Katz
Jeffrey Katz
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Journera
Jeffrey G. Katz is the founder and chief executive officer of Journera, the technology company that has developed the first software platform to create more seamless travel journeys.

Prior to this, Mr. Katz served as chairman, co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Orbitz Worldwide. He was also president of Sabre’s Travel Information Network and chief executive officer of Swissair, as well as president and chief executive officer of Leapfrog. He also held several senior leadership positions at American Airlines and Northwest Airlines. He has served on the boards of both Friendster.com and City of Hope National Cancer Research Institute.

Mr. Katz received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Davis, and holds master’s degrees in science from both Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Wayne-Best
Wayne Best
Chief Economist
Visa Inc.
As chief economist for Visa Inc., Wayne Best keeps close watch on emerging opportunities in the trillion-dollar payments industry. An active participant in the World Economic Forum’s Future of Consumption community, he identifies economic trends shaping the future. His unique presentations explain the impact of these trends to company and client executives as well as government leaders around the globe.

Frequently quoted in the trade and business media, Best brings economic theory and analysis to life with compelling stories and data from the largest payment provider in the industry. Because he stays close to the underlying dynamics of the business, his insights provide a clear perspective on the consumer's ability to spend, save and pay down debt. His passion for business and engineer's logic turn mathematical models and technical jargon into business intelligence that enables future-oriented business decisions.

Before joining Visa in 1990, Best worked as a consultant performing cost-benefit analyses for the power industry. In addition to his MBA, Best holds a degree in nuclear engineering and has participated in the Stanford University and Kellogg School of Management executive programs.
Massimo-Morin
Massimo Morin
Head, AWS Travel
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Massimo joined Amazon in 2017 as head of AWS travel, bringing 20 years of experience in the airline and hospitality industry. Before joining Amazon, he worked for ITA Software as technical director, and at Google as head of BD travel, EMEA. His core expertise is in airline pricing, distribution, revenue management and e-commerce. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he is now responsible for AWS engagements globally in the travel space. He graduated in software engineering from the University of Venice and acquired a Master in Science in transportation and airline business and management from MIT. He is Italian by birth with a passion for cooking and traveling the world.
Tony-DAstolfo
Tony D'Astolfo
Senior Vice President, North America
Serko Limited
Tony joined Serko, the market-leading online travel and expense company in Australasia, in April 2018 to lead their efforts in North America. A 35-year industry veteran, Tony is an accomplished executive with rich expertise in travel and technology and a passion for moving the industry forward. His career includes senior leadership positions at Deem, Phocuswright, GroundLink, Sabre/GetThere and United Airlines.
Brian-Barth
Brian Barth
Chief Executive Officer
Uplift
Brian drives Uplift’s business and product strategy, forges and manages relationships with key partners and investors, and sets the company’s cultural tone. Prior to co-founding Uplift, Brian was a co-founder, chief executive officer and director of SideStep, which invented travel metasearch in 1999. SideStep was acquired by Kayak in 2007, which was, in turn, acquired by Priceline for $1.8 billion in 2013. Brian has been a board member and advisor for numerous startups and holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from MIT.
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