|By PR Newswire||
|August 4, 2014 04:23 PM EDT||
DENVER, Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Direct Travel, a leading provider of travel management services in the U.S., announces the appointment of industry expert Gerard Bellino as Vice President of Leisure Travel, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships.
With over 37 years of travel industry experience, Bellino is one of the most accomplished travel management executives in the industry today, offering unparalleled knowledge and expertise in the premium and luxury markets.
In his new role, Bellino will maintain the dual focus of evaluating the company's current leisure portfolio, developing future direction and building strategic partnerships with suppliers; while concentrating heavily on the Independent Contractor community. One of Bellino's upcoming initiatives will be the rollout of Direct Travel's nationwide Independent Contractor (IC) program.
Bellino's leisure leadership will include both Supplier Management and Business Development, while also overseeing the development and evaluation of innovative technologies that directly support the requirements of leisure business across the enterprise.
"Gerard's selection complements our strategic plan to offer a consultative approach to all sides of our business, both corporate and leisure," said Ed Adams, Direct Travel CEO. "His knowledge of supplier management is superior, and exactly what Direct Travel needs as we continue on our accelerated path of growth."
Holding numerous key leadership roles, Bellino was most recently Vice President of Business Development at Worldview Travel. Prior to Worldview Travel, he served as Vice President of U.S. Leisure Travel at CWT for over 14 years, where he was responsible for developing and expanding the leisure line of business.
"Gerard's reputation as an expert in the luxury market is truly unrivalled, and his distinct hands on approach to daily business will allow him to provide invaluable internal guidance, while supporting both our leisure advisors and broadening our existing Independent Contractor program. He will take a proactive approach as a leader to rapidly respond to changing business environments and drive initiatives that enable Direct Travel to be a leading leisure provider in the higher end market," said John Coffman, Direct Travel CFO.
"I'm eager to join the Direct Travel team, and look forward to developing and driving initiatives that will position us as a true leader in the luxury market," said Bellino. "Our current business mix provides the perfect launching point for what is already one of the most comprehensive product portfolios in the industry today. These are exciting times at Direct. The company's commitment to its leisure line of business is clear and the ability to collaborate with a team that has a proven record of success is exciting," added Bellino.
About Direct Travel, Inc.
Direct Travel, Inc. is a privately held corporation established in 2011 with the goal to create a $1.5 billion dollar company through acquisition and organic growth. We have been providing travel management services for over 40 years; by working with clients to develop customized travel programs. The company prides itself on providing high-quality business travel management services, internet-based technology solutions, and significant cost savings.
Direct Travel employs over 540 travel professionals nationwide with locations in Paramus, NJ; New York City, NY; Baltimore, MD; Scranton, PA; Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Minneapolis, MN; Denver, CO; Nashville, TN; San Francisco and San Jose, CA. Direct Travel is ranked among the top US corporate travel management firms.
SOURCE Direct Travel, Inc.
High-performing enterprise Software Quality Assurance (SQA) teams validate systems that are ready for use - getting most actively involved as components integrate and form complete systems. These teams catch and report on defects, making sure the customer gets the best software possible. SQA teams have leveraged automation and virtualization to execute more thorough testing in less time - bringing Dev and Ops together, ensuring production readiness. Does the emergence of DevOps mean the end of E...
Nov. 25, 2014 06:30 PM EST Reads: 603
Scott Jenson leads a project called The Physical Web within the Chrome team at Google. Project members are working to take the scalability and openness of the web and use it to talk to the exponentially exploding range of smart devices. Nearly every company today working on the IoT comes up with the same basic solution: use my server and you'll be fine. But if we really believe there will be trillions of these devices, that just can't scale. We need a system that is open a scalable and by using ...
Nov. 25, 2014 06:30 PM EST Reads: 702
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, discussed single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series dat...
Nov. 25, 2014 06:30 PM EST Reads: 736
"For the past 4 years we have been working mainly to export. For the last 3 or 4 years the main market was Russia. In the past year we have been working to expand our footprint in Europe and the United States," explained Andris Gailitis, CEO of DEAC, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Nov. 25, 2014 06:15 PM EST Reads: 767
"Cloud consumption is something we envision at Solgenia. That is trying to let the cloud spread to the user as a consumption, as utility computing. We want to allow the people to just pay for what they use, not a subscription model," explained Ermanno Bonifazi, CEO & Founder of Solgenia, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Nov. 25, 2014 06:15 PM EST Reads: 698
The term culture has had a polarizing effect among DevOps supporters. Some propose that culture change is critical for success with DevOps, but are remiss to define culture. Some talk about a DevOps culture but then reference activities that could lead to culture change and there are those that talk about culture change as a set of behaviors that need to be adopted by those in IT. There is no question that businesses successful in adopting a DevOps mindset have seen departmental culture change, ...
Nov. 25, 2014 06:00 PM EST Reads: 634
P2P RTC will impact the landscape of communications, shifting from traditional telephony style communications models to OTT (Over-The-Top) cloud assisted & PaaS (Platform as a Service) communication services. The P2P shift will impact many areas of our lives, from mobile communication, human interactive web services, RTC and telephony infrastructure, user federation, security and privacy implications, business costs, and scalability. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robin Raymond, Chief Architect...
Nov. 25, 2014 06:00 PM EST Reads: 1,260
The Domain Name Service (DNS) is one of the most important components in networking infrastructure, enabling users and services to access applications by translating URLs (names) into IP addresses (numbers). Because every icon and URL and all embedded content on a website requires a DNS lookup loading complex sites necessitates hundreds of DNS queries. In addition, as more internet-enabled ‘Things' get connected, people will rely on DNS to name and find their fridges, toasters and toilets. Acco...
Nov. 25, 2014 05:30 PM EST Reads: 1,036
"Verizon offers public cloud, virtual private cloud as well as private cloud on-premises - many different alternatives. Verizon's deep knowledge in applications and the fact that we are responsible for applications that make call outs to other systems. Those systems and those resources may not be in Verizon Cloud, we understand at the end of the day it's going to be federated," explained Anne Plese, Senior Consultant, Cloud Product Marketing at Verizon Enterprise, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at...
Nov. 25, 2014 05:00 PM EST Reads: 1,137
Enthusiasm for the Internet of Things has reached an all-time high. In 2013 alone, venture capitalists spent more than $1 billion dollars investing in the IoT space. With "smart" appliances and devices, IoT covers wearable smart devices, cloud services to hardware companies. Nest, a Google company, detects temperatures inside homes and automatically adjusts it by tracking its user's habit. These technologies are quickly developing and with it come challenges such as bridging infrastructure gaps,...
Nov. 25, 2014 04:30 PM EST Reads: 1,131
SYS-CON Media announced that Centrify, a provider of unified identity management across cloud, mobile and data center environments that delivers single sign-on (SSO) for users and a simplified identity infrastructure for IT, has launched an ad campaign on Cloud Computing Journal. The ads focus on security: how an organization can successfully control privilege for all of the organization’s identities to mitigate identity-related risk without slowing down the business, and how Centrify provides ...
Nov. 24, 2014 11:00 PM EST Reads: 1,101
SAP is delivering break-through innovation combined with fantastic user experience powered by the market-leading in-memory technology, SAP HANA. In his General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Thorsten Leiduck, VP ISVs & Digital Commerce, SAP, discussed how SAP and partners provide cloud and hybrid cloud solutions as well as real-time Big Data offerings that help companies of all sizes and industries run better. SAP launched an application challenge to award the most innovative SAP HANA and SAP HANA...
Nov. 24, 2014 09:30 PM EST Reads: 1,096
"SAP had made a big transition into the cloud as we believe it has significant value for our customers, drives innovation and is easy to consume. When you look at the SAP portfolio, SAP HANA is the underlying platform and it powers all of our platforms and all of our analytics," explained Thorsten Leiduck, VP ISVs & Digital Commerce at SAP, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Nov. 24, 2014 09:15 PM EST Reads: 1,103
"We help companies that are using a lot of Software as a Service. We help companies manage and gain visibility into what people are using inside the company and decide to secure them or use standards to lock down or to embrace the adoption of SaaS inside the company," explained Scott Kriz, Co-founder and CEO of Bitium, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Nov. 24, 2014 07:15 PM EST Reads: 1,035
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Chief Ar...
Nov. 24, 2014 07:00 PM EST Reads: 1,550