|By PR Newswire||
|January 7, 2014 06:12 PM EST||
OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Bill Tech, President and CEO of Travel and Transport, has announced that he will retire on December 31, 2014. In preparation of this change, Travel and Transport's Board of Directors made the following appointments.
Bill Tech was named Chairman and CEO of Travel and Transport effective January 1, 2014. He will continue as the company's Chairman after his retirement in December of 2014.
Bill Tech joined Travel and Transport in 1987 as a regional vice president in Chicago. He moved to Omaha in 1992 as vice president of finance. In 1997 he was named executive vice president and in 1998 President and CEO.
Kevin O'Malley was named President of Travel and Transport effective January 1, 2014. Upon Bill Tech's retirement, Kevin will become the President and CEO of Travel and Transport.
Kevin O'Malley joined Travel and Transport in 1994 as an assistant controller after working for five years as a CPA at Deloitte and Lutz and Company. He was named controller in 1997, vice president in 1998, a senior vice president and CFO in 2000, and as executive vice president in 2003.
Kevin is a member of Travel and Transport's Board of Directors, and also serves on the Board of Directors for Employee Travel Specials, as well as for Commonwealth Business Travel Group. He is a longtime Board member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He also serves as an advisory board member for Delta Air Lines.
Tim Fleming was named Chief Operating Officer of Travel and Transport effective January 1, 2014.
Tim joined Travel and Transport in 1982 as a travel counselor and managed a number of branch locations prior to being promoted to vice president, business travel management services in 1995. Tim was promoted to vice president, operations and client services in 1998, to senior vice president of sales, operations and client services in 1998, and to executive vice president in 2003.
Tim is a member of Travel and Transport's Board of Directors, and he also serves on the Board of Directors of Keith M. Merrick Co., Inc. and Employee Travel Specials. Tim is also a member of the Corporate Travel Agent and Planner (CTAP) Advisory Board.
Due to the tremendous success of the company, it is Travel and Transport's Board of Directors desire to keep the leadership team in place. The Board planned for this succession for some time, feeling that it was important not to disrupt relationships with any of their clients. It was their desire to keep Bill Tech involved in the company by naming him Chairman of the Board, and to promote both executive vice presidents Kevin O'Malley to President and Tim Fleming to Chief Operating Officer. This was a Board of Director's led change to allow for a smooth transition. The Board believes these changes will leave the company well positioned for the future.
This transition will have no effect on the leadership structure of Ultramar Travel Management company which Travel and Transport acquired in October 2012. Peter Klebanow will remain President and CEO of Ultramar and will continue to lead the company's overall growth trajectory. "We are very happy for Bill as he steps into a new role at Travel and Transport and prepares for his well-deserved retirement. We have seen much success since the acquisition and the leadership teams at Travel and Transport and Ultramar are committed to the growth of both companies. This is a very exciting time," Klebanow stated.
Steve Gehring, previous Chairman and now Lead Independent Director of Travel and Transport's Board of Directors, stated: "We have an outstanding management team that has been with us for a very long time providing outstanding customer service to all of our clients. Our eight officers alone have over 157 combined years of experience at Travel and Transport. Being a 100% employee-owned company, and the largest employee-owned company in the travel industry has produced outstanding results. Our stock value continues to grow substantially year after year, and our client and employee retention are the best in the industry."
About Travel and Transport, Inc.
Founded in 1946, Travel and Transport, Inc., is the 5th largest travel management company in the U.S. specializing in corporate travel management, vacation travel, and group and meeting travel services. Travel and Transport, a 100% employee-owned company recognized for unparalleled service, integrity and travel industry knowledge, has locations in 34 states and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. Please visit our company web site at travelandtransport.com for more information about Travel and Transport's services.
About Ultramar Travel Management, Inc. – A Travel and Transport Company
Founded in 1947 and headquartered in New York, Ultramar Travel Management, Inc. is a recognized leader in the area of corporate travel management. Ultramar leverages the "smartest" industry leading and proprietary technology solutions and high touch customer service to deliver unparalleled service experiences to its prestigious client roster of sophisticated, exacting business travelers. Acclaimed for its nimbleness and close-to-the-client relationships, Ultramar specializes in delivering the finest in fully managed, customized corporate travel management programs to its clients. Learn more about Ultramar at www.ultramartravel.com.
CONTACT: Chantel Windeshausen
SOURCE Travel and Transport, Inc.
The buzz continues for cloud, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) and their collective impact across all industries. But a new conversation is emerging - how do companies use industry disruption and technology enablers to lead in markets undergoing change, uncertainty and ambiguity? Organizations of all sizes need to evolve and transform, often under massive pressure, as industry lines blur and merge and traditional business models are assaulted and turned upside down. In this new da...
Oct. 9, 2015 06:00 PM EDT Reads: 303
Cloud computing delivers on-demand resources that provide businesses with flexibility and cost-savings. The challenge in moving workloads to the cloud has been the cost and complexity of ensuring the initial and ongoing security and regulatory (PCI, HIPAA, FFIEC) compliance across private and public clouds. Manual security compliance is slow, prone to human error, and represents over 50% of the cost of managing cloud applications. Determining how to automate cloud security compliance is critical...
Oct. 9, 2015 06:00 PM EDT Reads: 313
The Internet of Everything is re-shaping technology trends–moving away from “request/response” architecture to an “always-on” Streaming Web where data is in constant motion and secure, reliable communication is an absolute necessity. As more and more THINGS go online, the challenges that developers will need to address will only increase exponentially. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Todd Greene, Founder & CEO of PubNub, will explore the current state of IoT connectivity and review key trends an...
Oct. 9, 2015 05:30 PM EDT
There are many considerations when moving applications from on-premise to cloud. It is critical to understand the benefits and also challenges of this migration. A successful migration will result in lower Total Cost of Ownership, yet offer the same or higher level of robustness. Migration to cloud shifts computing resources from your data center, which can yield significant advantages provided that the cloud vendor an offer enterprise-grade quality for your application.
Oct. 9, 2015 05:30 PM EDT Reads: 296
Today air travel is a minefield of delays, hassles and customer disappointment. Airlines struggle to revitalize the experience. GE and M2Mi will demonstrate practical examples of how IoT solutions are helping airlines bring back personalization, reduce trip time and improve reliability. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Dr. Sarah Cooper, M2Mi's VP Business Development and Engineering, will explore the IoT cloud-based platform technologies driv...
Oct. 9, 2015 05:15 PM EDT Reads: 112
Achim Weiss is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of ProfitBricks. In 1995, he broke off his studies to co-found the web hosting company "Schlund+Partner." The company "Schlund+Partner" later became the 1&1 web hosting product line. From 1995 to 2008, he was the technical director for several important projects: the largest web hosting platform in the world, the second largest DSL platform, a video on-demand delivery network, the largest eMail backend in Europe, and a universal billing syste...
Oct. 9, 2015 04:45 PM EDT Reads: 201
Containers have changed the mind of IT in DevOps. They enable developers to work with dev, test, stage and production environments identically. Containers provide the right abstraction for microservices and many cloud platforms have integrated them into deployment pipelines. DevOps and Containers together help companies to achieve their business goals faster and more effectively.
Oct. 9, 2015 04:15 PM EDT Reads: 183
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly by extending current technologies, products and networks. By 2020, Cisco estimates there will be 50 billion connected devices. Gartner has forecast revenues of over $300 billion, just to IoT suppliers. Now is the time to figure out how you’ll make money – not just create innovative products. With hundreds of new products and companies jumping into the IoT fray every month, there’s no shortage of innovation. Despite this, McKinsey/VisionMobile data...
Oct. 9, 2015 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 238
The web app is agile. The REST API is agile. The testing and planning are agile. But alas, data infrastructures certainly are not. Once an application matures, changing the shape or indexing scheme of data often forces at best a top down planning exercise and at worst includes schema changes that force downtime. The time has come for a new approach that fundamentally advances the agility of distributed data infrastructures. Come learn about a new solution to the problems faced by software organ...
Oct. 9, 2015 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 907
Chris Van Tuin, Chief Technologist for the Western US at Red Hat, has over 20 years of experience in IT and Software. Since joining Red Hat in 2005, he has been architecting solutions for strategic customers and partners with a focus on emerging technologies including IaaS, PaaS, and DevOps. He started his career at Intel in IT and Managed Hosting followed by leadership roles in services and sales engineering at Loudcloud and Linux startups.
Oct. 9, 2015 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 225
Electric power utilities face relentless pressure on their financial performance, and reducing distribution grid losses is one of the last untapped opportunities to meet their business goals. Combining IoT-enabled sensors and cloud-based data analytics, utilities now are able to find, quantify and reduce losses faster – and with a smaller IT footprint. Solutions exist using Internet-enabled sensors deployed temporarily at strategic locations within the distribution grid to measure actual line lo...
Oct. 9, 2015 03:49 PM EDT
You have your devices and your data, but what about the rest of your Internet of Things story? Two popular classes of technologies that nicely handle the Big Data analytics for Internet of Things are Apache Hadoop and NoSQL. Hadoop is designed for parallelizing analytical work across many servers and is ideal for the massive data volumes you create with IoT devices. NoSQL databases such as Apache HBase are ideal for storing and retrieving IoT data as “time series data.”
Oct. 9, 2015 03:45 PM EDT Reads: 506
Too often with compelling new technologies market participants become overly enamored with that attractiveness of the technology and neglect underlying business drivers. This tendency, what some call the “newest shiny object syndrome,” is understandable given that virtually all of us are heavily engaged in technology. But it is also mistaken. Without concrete business cases driving its deployment, IoT, like many other technologies before it, will fade into obscurity.
Oct. 9, 2015 03:45 PM EDT Reads: 141
As a CIO, are your direct reports IT managers or are they IT leaders? The hard truth is that many IT managers have risen through the ranks based on their technical skills, not their leadership ability. Many are unable to effectively engage and inspire, creating forward momentum in the direction of desired change. Renowned for its approach to leadership and emphasis on their people, organizations increasingly look to our military for insight into these challenges.
Oct. 9, 2015 03:15 PM EDT Reads: 156
The IoT market is on track to hit $7.1 trillion in 2020. The reality is that only a handful of companies are ready for this massive demand. There are a lot of barriers, paint points, traps, and hidden roadblocks. How can we deal with these issues and challenges? The paradigm has changed. Old-style ad-hoc trial-and-error ways will certainly lead you to the dead end. What is mandatory is an overarching and adaptive approach to effectively handle the rapid changes and exponential growth.
Oct. 9, 2015 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 207