Posted April 17, 2006 - New York City
Rebecca Martin

INTERVIEW: TMC Exec Rebecca Martin

Established in 1953, A & I Travel Service (American & International) in Memphis has grown to more than $30 million in annual ARC travel volume--nearly all of which is derived from corporate travel--with a staff of 36. President Rebecca Martin recently spoke with The Beat's David Jonas.

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Posted April 11, 2006 - New York City
Kurt Ekert

INTERVIEW: Cendant SVP Kurt Ekert

United Airlines has signed a five-year participation agreement with Galileo, the global distribution system firm owned by Cendant, according to an announcement the companies made yesterday. Unlike the recently announced Worldspan agreements with American and Continental, the Galileo-United deal does not appear to contain components that would result in lower incentive payments to system users. Without specifically saying so, Cendant Travel Distribution Services senior vice president for supplier Read More »
Posted April 7, 2006 - New York City
John Smith

INTERVIEW: TMC Exec John Smith

Founded in 1979, Chicago-based Tower Travel Management is known as tech-savvy player in the corporate midmarket. The Beat's Jay Campbell and David Jonas met with Tower president John Smith here this week.

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Posted March 22, 2006 - Danbury, Conn.
Kevin Krone

INTERVIEW: Southwest VP Kevin Krone

Less than five years after launching its Web site a decade ago, Southwest Airlines wowed the business world by announcing it had surpassed $1 billion in online revenue. The airline later added the Swabiz corporate portal, and all the while utilized limited global distribution system participation. Kevin Krone, now vice president of marketing, sales and distribution, has been involved in Southwest's online initiatives from the beginning. He spoke this week with The Beat's David Jonas.

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Posted March 16, 2006 - New York City
Roz Garber

INTERVIEW: TMC Exec Roz Garber

BCD Travel CEO Mike Buckman yesterday said his organization is "in a number of different discussions about the ultimate direction the Synergi network would take. There will be a number of Synergi partners in the new BCD Travel network, and [as far as] the remainder of the network, we're still having internal and external discussions with partners with other potential interests, and what happens will be a discussion for a different day."

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Posted March 13, 2006 - New York City
Suzanne Fletcher

INTERVIEW: NBTA President Suzanne Fletcher

Weyerhaeuser travel, meetings, food service, fleet and transportation director Suzanne Fletcher is president of the National Business Travel Association. Fletcher spoke last week with The Beat's David Jonas about how the corporate travel community views a number of travel distribution issues. An excerpt follows.

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Posted March 9, 2006 - Danbury, Conn.
David Radcliffe

INTERVIEW: Hogg Robinson CEO David Radcliffe

Hogg Robinson and its subsidiaries will be re-branded as Hogg Robinson Group, effective April 3, the company said this week. It also recently announced that Business Travel International partners in 68 countries agreed to join the newly named network, along with U.S. travel management companies Robustelli World Travel, which Hogg Robinson acquired last month, and Sea Gate Travel Group. The Beat's David Jonas yesterday spoke with Hogg Robinson chief executive David Radcliffe on the latest develo Read More »
Posted February 10, 2006 - New York City
Mike Cameron

INTERVIEW: TMC Exec Mike Cameron

Salt Lake City-based Christopherson Business Travel in November acquired Travel Connections of Denver, boosting its annual travel sales to $126 million for 2005. Owner and president Mike Cameron spoke with The Beat in late December about how the purchase, as well as other industry issues, fit into his vision of running a mid-sized travel management company. An excerpt follows.

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Posted February 8, 2006 - New York City
Mike Buckman

INTERVIEW: Mike Buckman, CEO Designee Of BCD's New TMC

Mike Buckman will run the new travel management company produced by a pending merger between Atlanta-based WorldTravel BTI and the TQ3 Travel Solutions TMCs owned by Germany's TUI. Under Dutch parent company BCD Holdings, the newly formed TMC also would include British agency The Travel Company, which last month said it acquired the Synergi agency network. An excerpt from a Friday telephone interview with Buckman, conducted by The Beat's Jay Campbell, follows.

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Posted January 27, 2006 - New York City
Harold Stevens

INTERVIEW: TMC Exec Harold Stevens

Based in downtown Manhattan, Stevens Travel Management is the closest travel management company to The Beat's Brooklyn headquarters. That is, except for American Express.

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