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Travel Tech Talk Organized by Gillian Morris, Travel 2.0
When: Wednesday May 28th, 2014, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: 500 7th Ave, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10018
About the event
David Pavelko, Head of Travel at Google, and Drew Patterson, CEO of Room77, are two of the chief executives leading the charge in building a better online travel booking experience. Join us for an intimate fireside chat to hear how they plan to improve the customer experience in this $600bn market.
About Dave Pavelko
David Pavelko is the head of travel at Google and manages marketing and advertising campaigns for airlines, hotel chains, cruise lines, car rental companies, tourism groups, OTA’s, meta, and travel publishers across Google search, display, YouTube and television advertising platforms. Prior to joining Google, David spent 6 years at Cendant Corporation where he was vice president of business development and was responsible for developing and managing marketing programs for Fortune 500 organizations for the purposes of leveraging Cendant’s travel (Orbitz, CheapTickets, Galileo), hospitality (Ramada Inn, Days Inn, Super 8), car rental (Avis/Budget), real estate and financial services distribution channels.
About Drew Patterson
Drew Patterson currently serves as CEO of Room 77, a hotel search and booking engine pioneering a better way for travelers to shop for hotels, instantly searching hundreds of tavel sites at once to find the best hotel at the best price. Drew founded and served as CEO of Checkmate, a mobile travel site that was acquired by Room 77 in April 2013. Previously, he co-founded Jetsetter, the private sale site that helps travelers discover and purchase the world's best vacations (acquired by TripAdvisor in April 2013). Drew served as CEO from Jetsetter's inception and helped grow the company from an idea to nearly $100m annual bookings run rate.
Prior to Jetsetter, Drew was part of the founding team at KAYAK and served in a variety of key leadership roles from 2004 to 2009. He began his career at Starwood Hotels as director of distribution and revenue management, where he forged new distribution channels wiht online travel agenst, including Expedia and Travelocity, to increase sales and strengthen the company's hotel brands.
About Travel Tech Talks
The Travel Tech Talk series, hosted by Gillian Morris, is dedicated to bringing the leaders in the travel space into dialogue with startup/innovation community. Each features a half hour fireside chat between two travel industry leaders, a Q & A session with the audience, and informal drinks & nibbles before and after.
This session is generously hosted by The Alley NYC (http://www.alleynyc.com/).