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Stop the dance! I survived the Hotel RFP Season

May 12, 2016
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Embassy Suites Milpitas
901 East Calaveras Boulevard
Milpitas, CA 95035
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Stop the Dance!  I Survived the Hotel RFP Season

Here it comes!  The Hotel RFP season is just around the corner.  What does your dream RFP season look like from both the hotel industry and buyer perspective?  How can we make the 6 month process more seamless and favorable for both sides?  What does a corporate buyer look for?  What does a hotel look for, and how can a 3rd party supplier help ease the process for both?  What changes are coming over the next couple of years to redefine how we look at hotel RFP’s in the future?


Will Tate, CPA, Partner, GoldSpring Consulting

Will Tate, partner at GoldSpring Consulting, an independent travel management consultancy company, brings three decades of financial accounting and travel management experience to a wide range of organizations. Beginning his career at Dresser Industries as an internal auditor, he led global operational and financial audits across 30 countries, and later served as its global travel manager, consolidating a global travel spend of $100+million. In 2000, Will joined Management Alternatives, Inc., and served as senior vice president while he simultaneously founded 3d Travel Metrics. He developed a software solution to quantify the effectiveness of travel management programs in a multi-dimensional format.


Jonathan Davidson, Manager, Travel and Expense Operations, Starbucks

Jonathan Davidson has held multiple positions in the travel and meetings industry over 14 years.  He joined Starbucks in 1998, and is currently serving as the operations manager of the Travel and Expense functions.  Jonathan oversees the daily operations of a multi-national travel and expense program with $45M annual spend.  He provides supplier relations leadership for the company’s travel management, corporate card and expense management programs.

Laura Hodgkinson,  CTC, GLP, Sr. Global Travel Strategy Leader, PayPal

A Travel Industry Partner that strives to make a positive difference for PayPal business travelers, as well as my company’s bottom line.  I recently returned to the  PayPal  Travel Team as the leader of the  travel program.  This enables me to leverage my  experience from my previous positions in  Procurement , Corporate Travel Management, Airline Sales & Marketing, and Travel Agency Account Management. Honors received: BTN Best Practitioner Award ,GBTA President Council Award and SVBTA Certificate of Appreciation and Member of the Quarter. 

Jean Tan, Lanyon

After spending the first 15 years of her career with Westin/Starwood, Jean has been working with a good varity of corporations for the last 14 years, managing hotel programs with $5 million to $360 million in spend. Her hotel experience has enabled her to effectively manage these programs with the main objective of maximizing cost savings through careful selection of preferred hotels.

Parul Suri, Hyatt Regency SFO

Parul has worked in the hospitality sector in Revenue Management and Business Development for about 10 years all across the World including Asia, Middle East, Africa and Americas. She has worked with different hotel brands from Select Service hotels to Full Service and Luxury Resorts. She has held multiple positions within IHG, Taj hotels and now Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. Currently Parul manages the Revenue for Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport including rooms and meeting spaces. 

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