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GBTA Convention 2022

14 August 2022
17 August 2022
San Diego, CA

We’re getting back to business travel and back to business. GBTA Convention 2022 will bring together the best of the best from around the industry and beyond to re-connect, re-imagine and re-create the future of business travel. 

From serving the traditional needs of business travel to looking ahead to what’s needed most now by travel buyers, suppliers, business travelers and others, GBTA Convention returns for its 53rd year as the global business travel event of the year.

  1. In-person networking, business and connection opportunities with thousands of peers and partners from the business travel community around the world 
  2. Curated topics, speakers and experts on what matters most for the times we're in including: The State of The Industry, The Future of Work, Sustainability, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, and Wellness and Balance 
  3. An unmatched offering of sessions all in one place for education, learning, training and professional development, with on-demand replay available to attendees 
  4. Tools and insights you need, from the latest forecasts and data to best practices and technologies to help you navigate the road ahead for your business travelers, organizations and teams

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José Ortiz

Director, Sales & Partner Success – Latin America

Handling ATPCO’s Latin America and US West Coast accounts, José is on a mission to help the travel industry find the right tech solutions. Based in LA, he has spent 15 years with airlines such as LATAM and Air New Zealand in sales, business development, digital marketing, pricing & revenue management, and technology. José is a natural facilitator and strategic visionary.

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Brandon O'Connor

Manager, Partnerships

Brandon’s background in aviation has had a focus on industry innovation and forward-thinking philosophy with a can-do attitude for almost a decade. Presently, he manages the external partnerships that complement ATPCO industry solutions of the now and of the future. Before joining ATPCO, Brandon has managed the NDC Distribution product at Lufthansa Group for the Americas and held various management positions at Delta and Tesla.

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Sophie Carkeek

Senior Strategist

Sophie evaluates what additional content ATPCO could and should be sourcing, ingesting, building, and distributing to bring value to the industry. She enjoys finding ways to simplify processes and improve industry standardization, and she is passionate about continually evolving content quality and reach. Sophie is currently working on Next Generation Storefront and is leading ATPCO’s work on sustainability. 

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Doug Sharpe

Commercial Director, Americas

A transformational leader and advocate for simplicity, Doug has over 20 years of experience in the travel industry spanning technology, product, marketing, business development, and sales. In his current post as Commercial Director of ATPCO’s accounts in the Americas, Doug leads Partner Success initiatives aimed at unlocking potential value for customers in order to help them meet their goals. Doug is an avid traveler and musician with roots on both the East and West coasts. 

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Michael Schlesinger

Manager, Global Sales

Michael leads Sales in the Americas for ATPCO. He joined ATPCO via its 2018 acquisition of Routehappy, where he similarly worked with airlines and sales channels using merchandising content to enhance flight shopping. Previously, Michael spent nine years in the financial services industry while staying current on air travel, airlines, and their loyalty programs. 

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