Founders

Thank you to all who believed in a vision and an idea, jumped on board and led us to where we are today.  These are the innovators in the industry and the reason why we accomplished so much in a short amount of time!

NOTE: Companies and titles listed reflect each individual’s position at the time of their initial engagement with WINiT.

Founding Board of Directors

Christie Hicks
Senior Vice President
Starwood Sales Organization
Starwood Hotels

Dave Hilfman
Senior Vice President
Worldwide Sales
United

Donna Kelliher
Director, Travel and Corporate Services
Dominion
President/CEO
GBTA

Michelle (Mick) Lee
Corporate Services, Procurement and Travel Executive
Founder WINiT WomenInTravel

Hervé Sedky
Regional President, Americas
Reed Exhibitions

Founding Advisory Board

Doug Anderson
President and CEO
Carlson Wagonlit Travel
(Currently at American Express Global Business Travel, a proud WINiT Premier Donor)

Katie Benson
Regional Vice President
Langham Hospitality Group, North America

Pamela Codispoti
Executive Vice President and General Manager
American Express

Tony D’Astolfo
Managing Director
PhoCusWright

Dorothy Dowling
Senior Vice President
Best Western International

Peter Greenberg
Travel Editor
CBS News

Gail Grimmett
Senior Vice President
Delta Air Lines

Craig Kreeger
CEO
Virgin Atlantic Airways

Kathleen Matthews
Executive Vice President & Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer
Marriott International

David Meyer
Editorial Director
Business Travel News

Christine Ourmières-Widener
CEO
CityJet

Steve Singh
CEO
Concur

Cathy Voss
Executive Vice President, Global Program Solutions and Meetings and Events
Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Rana Walker
Co-Founder & Principal
GR&AT Management

Want to learn more about WINiT’s Founders?

Read their biographies in the 2014 WINiT Summit Bio Book.

Founding Leaders

Sally Abella
Director, Global Corporate Travel
Harman International

Argie Agrapides
Executive Director
Morgan Stanley

Mimi Almeida
President
All Performance Associates

Cindy Allen
Vice President – TMC Services
Concur

Maria Aydag
Account Director
Starwood Hotels

Esther Barbosa
Area Director of Business Travel Sales
Highgate Hotels

Barbara Barnard
Senior Vice President
Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Mary Bastrentaz
Managing Director
Global Travel and Events
Accenture

Bindu Bhatia
Senior Vice President
Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Kellen Brink
Manager of Business Strategy & Development
Global Business Travel
American Express

Olivia Brooks
Global Strategic Account Director
American Express Meetings & Events

Sandra Broughton
Senior Manager, Global Travel
AECOM

Anna Brown
Manager, Business Strategy, Operations and Effectiveness
American Express Global Business Travel

Maylena Burchfield
Senior Vice President
ADTRAV Travel Management

Marc Casto
President, CEO
Casto Travel

Donna Centofanti-Powers
Manager, Sales Northeast US
Porter Airlines Inc.

Bridget Clark
Director, Acquisition and Retention Services
American Express Global Business Travel

Richard Crum
Group Head, T&E
MasterCard Worldwide

Amy Dalton
Senior Vice President, Americas
Executive Leadership
BCD Travel

Christa Degnan Manning
Senior Vice President
HFS Research

Shani DeSantis
Administration – Director, Global Travel
ACE Group

Vicky Dodson
Senior Director
U.S. Client Strategy
Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Lane Dubin
Vice President/General Manager & Head of Global Sales
American Express Global Business Travel

Christine R. Dunton-Tinnus
Founder & CEO
CREATETALENT

Val Feuell
Senior Director Program Management Australia & New Zealand
Country Director New Zealand
Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Patricia Gardiner
Head of Global Marketing
Tristar Worldwide Chauffeur Services

Caitlin Gomez
Senior Director, Global & Strategic Sales
HRG North America

Claire Harrington
Public Relations Manager, Social Tables Founder
Redpoint Consulting

Beverly Heinritz
Vice President, Client Development
Dinova

Kerrie Henshaw-Cox
Global Commercial Leader Procurement, Travel Services
AstraZeneca

Krissy Herman
Director, Innovative Solutions
The Travel Team, Inc.

Cindy Heston
Director, Travel & Events
Wellpoint, Inc.

Kevin Iwamoto
Vice President, Industry Strategy
Lanyon Solutions

Jennifer Kane McGee
Director, Corporate and Leisure Sales
Langham Hotel Group

Kim Kaye
Global Director – Travel, Expense & Policy
Keysight Technologies

Amber Kelleher
Managing Director, Global Engagement
ACTE

Ann Kloepfer
Global Service Delivery
Microsoft

Mike Koetting
EVP, Supplier and TMC Services
Concur

Tracey Kroboth
Executive Director, Travel Services and Corporate Card
Condé Nast

Noel Lee
Marketing Director
FlightStats

Jeanne Long
GetThere Product Director
Sabre

Linda Oliver-Eckhardt
Senior Vice President, Client Strategies
Program Management, Marketing
Travel Leaders Corporate

Lisa Paul
Head of Marketing and Manager
Global Accounts
Kuoni Destination Management

Tracy Paurowski
Director of External Communications and Public Relations
American Express Travel

Jane Pearsall
Senior Manager, Worldwide Sales
Global Business Travel
Best Western International

Liz Porco
Vice President Global Travel Tech Manager
Citigroup

Dawn Repoli
Director of Program Management
Facilitator of WINiT Mentor Program
WINiT

Tammy Routh
Vice President, Global Sales – U.S.
Marriott International

Dee Runyan
Executive Vice President
Client and Consulting Services
World Travel, Inc.

Carol Ann Salcito
President
Management Alternatives

Anita Salvatore
Executive Vice President
Global Account Services
Travizon

Barbara Santino
Global Business Manager
HRG North America

Tracie Saunders
Head of Corporate Services
Neuberger Berman

Bradley Seitz
President and CEO
Topaz

Barbara Shanly
Director, Implementation Solutions
Global Corporate Payments
American Express

Michael Share
Managing Partner
Travel Leaders Corporate NEXT Corporate Travel

Denise Sheldon, GTP
Director, West Region Sales, NA
Virgin Atlantic Airways

Cindy Shumate
Travel Manager
Princeton University

Julie Simpson
Principal
Managed Travel Consulting

Jim Sisco
Global Travel Director
Reed Elsevier

Jami Stapelmann, GLP, GTP
Director, Global Travel and Meeting Services
Estée Lauder Companies

Phillip Tau
Marketing Strategist
Cornerstone Information Systems

David E. Thompson Jr., CPSM
Director, Global Travel & Meetings Services
Estée Lauder Companies

Alicia (Klosowski) Tillman
Chief Marketing Officer
Ariba at SAP

Bonnie L. Troped
Head of Conference Planning and Travel
Putnam Investments

Linda A. Valenza
Sales & Marketing Assistant
JOVA Sales & Marketing

Rich Venezio
President- Creative Director
Events Forum

Rita Visser
Director, Global Travel GPO
Oracle

Jessica Walkoski
Director of Business Development
Tzell Travel Group Northwest

Jennifer Walsdorf
Vice President, Meetings & Incentives
Tzell Travel Group Northwest

Harriet Washburn
Global Travel Strategy Leader
IBM

Holly Warner
Vice President, Travel Manager
Citigroup

In 2014, the Founding Leaders worked at the following companies:

Accenture
ACE Group
ACTE
ADTRAV Travel Management
AECOM
All Performance Associates
American Express Group
AstraZeneca
BCD Travel
Best Western International
BottomLine Group
Business Travel News
Carlson Wagonlit Travel
Casto Travel
CBS News
CitiCards
CityJet
Concur
Condé Nast
Cornerstone Information Systems
CREATETALENT
Delta Air Lines
Dinova
Dominion
GBTA
Estée Lauder Companies
Events Forum
FlightStats
GR&AT Management
Harman International
HFS Research
Highgate Hotels
HRG North America
IBM
JOVA Sales & Marketing
Keysight Technologies

KLIO Travel Ventures, LLC
Kuoni Destination Management
Langham Hospitality Investments
Langham Hotel Group
Lanyon Solutions
Managed Travel Consulting
Management Alternatives
Marriott International
MasterCard Worldwide
Microsoft
Neuberger Berman
NYSE
Oracle
PhoCusWright
Porter Airlines, Inc.
Princeton University
Putnam Investments
Redpoint Consulting
Reed Elsevier
Sabre Inc./GetThere
Share and Partners LLC
Starwood Hotels
Starwood Hotels
The Travel Team, Inc.
Topaz
Travel Leaders Corporate
Travizon
Tristar Worldwide Chauffeur Svcs
Tzell Travel Group Northwest
United
Virgin Atlantic Airways
Wellpoint, Inc.
WINiT
World Travel, Inc.