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INTERVIEW: Travel Leaders Corporate President Gabe Rizzi

INTERVIEW: Travel Leaders Corporate President Gabe Rizzi

Nearly two years ago, multibrand travel agency operator Travel Leaders Group appointed Gabe Rizzi to lead the Travel Leaders Corporate division. Since then, he has welcomed several acquisitions into the fold. He recently spoke with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer about acquisitions, multinational positioning, mobile strategy and Travel Leaders Corporate's approach to client technology.

Groupize Adds More TMC Resellers And Partners

Groupize has signed about 45 TMCs as resellers of its technology for venue sourcing, room block management, attendee management, registration, approvals and data and reporting on "simple" meetings. Among the dozens listed on the company's site are BCD Travel, Christopherson Business Travel, Travel and Transport and Travel Leaders Corporate.

Travel Leaders 'Me Too' Case Could Go Class Action

When a former Travel Leaders Group executive filed suit against the company on claims related to the U.S. Equal Pay Act, sexual harassment, negligence and defamation, she positioned herself as "just one female employee of many others similarly situated." Her complaint noted that other "me too" examples could emerge. According to a filing last week, the plaintiff anticipates "additional parties in this action" and stated there is "the possibility that this matter may evolve into a class action."

Serko Lands CWT As Zeno's First U.S. Reseller, More TMCs On The Way

New Zealand-based corporate T&E technology provider Serko landed Carlson Wagonlit Travel as its first reseller of the Zeno travel booking and tech system in the U.S., the companies announced this month.

United Tests Blockchain Settlement With ARC, Blockskye And A Large Client

United Airlines, airline settlement clearinghouse ARC, a large corporate client of United and travel blockchain entrant Blockskye have completed a proof of concept to examine reporting and settlement through a blockchain ledger for flights booked on the airline's website.

Salesforce-Based T&E Startup Aims To Crack ROI Of Travel

Corporate booking and travel management startups are ten a penny right now. But SalesTrip has a distinct point of differentiation. Launching in February 2019, the startup claims to be the first native booking and expense offering built within Salesforce, the huge customer relationship management platform with 150,000 customers of its own.

Save The Date For The Beat Live 2019

Please mark your calendar to join over 125 of the most influential travel industry executives at The Beat Live, taking place Sept. 17-19, 2019, at the InterContinental New York Times Square.

Altour To Merge With Travel Leaders Group

Travel Leaders Group and Altour agreed to a merger and will "unite under common ownership to form a single, powerhouse travel agency organization with nearly $24 billion in annual sales," the companies announced. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, and the transaction is subject to customary regulatory approval.

Consultant Andy Menkes Heads To BCD In Newly Formed Role

Longtime corporate travel consultant, decorated former travel buyer, former travel agency leader and occasional airline executive Andy Menkes took a position at BCD Travel as SVP of global client solutions, a new role for the mega travel management company. He starts Monday, reporting to BCD Travel COO and president of the Americas Mike Janssen.

Travel Leaders Group Faces A 'Me Too' Moment In Wrongful Termination Suit

A former Travel Leaders Group executive last month sued her former employer and two high-ranking executives on a variety of claims related to the U.S. Equal Pay Act, sexual harassment, negligence and defamation.