3rd Quarter 2018 CNFBTA Educational Forum

September 13, 2018
12:30 PM - 6:00 PM
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Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs
350 Northlake Blvd
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

It is a known fact that over 50% of a Travel Manager's time is spent negotiating and managing supplier relationships to deliver cost savings to their company.  Many Travel Managers are measured on performance on the savings and cost avoidance that they have negotiated to deliver to overall Travel & Expense reduction.

As our industry is so dynamic and products offered by suppliers continue to evolve, it is important to understand the current and future trends.  Our Keynote speaker,  Brian Beard, President of Data Visualization Intelligence (DVI)  will talk about  how data plays the most important role in your negotiating strategies. A panel of your peers, also moderated by Brian Beard will take a deeper look at what has been successful and what questions need to be addressed to deliver to an overall best-in-class supplier agreement.  Our Panelists will include:

  • Lowell Fiallo - Travel Operations Manager, KPMG
  • Ilene Onieal - Travel Program Manager, NetJets
  • Jami Hedrick - Executive Director, Account Mgmt, Travel & Transport
  • Maria Chevalier - Executive Director, BTS, Hilton Hotels


Our Industry Spotlight speaker will be T.J. Lepore from AppZen, a leader in artificial intelligence that provides overall savings to your organization with their new and innovative approach to audting travel expenses.

GBTA Certification credits - 3 CE credits will apply.


  • 12:30 PM - Registration & Networking
  • 1:00 PM - Educational Forum (with Lunch)
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Networking Cocktails & Raffle


Please join us.  We guarantee that you will leave with great ideas that you can incorporate into your portfolio of skills. 

Keynote Speaker and Panel Moderator

Brian Beard, President, Data Visualization Intelligence (DVI)

Brian Beard’s industry influence as a technology trendsetter spans over 20 years. His top leadership positions include serving as Chief Information Officer at GE Power Systems where he led technology innovation courses at the renowned Crotonville Leadership Center. Brian has also held the position as head of technology innovation at Toyota and Chief Strategic Technology Officer at Amadeus. Brian entered the industry as an application developer and went on to lead breakthrough projects in transaction processing, supply chain management, large project implementations, outsourcing, document management, data warehousing and business intelligence such as e-commerce, mobile and emerging technologies. Brian has recently focused on addressing the challenges that revolve around travel data.
Brian is currently President of Data Visualization Intelligence Inc., a company dedicated to making the travel industry smarter through data science and visualization. As a speaker, Brian has spoken at past GBTA events, industry technology webinars, product launches for major technology companies, regional BTAs, BTN events, airline association events and more. In 2017, Brian led the DVI team to winning the People’s Choice Business Travel Innovator Award at the yearly Business Travel News Innovate conference. His passion is all things technology, but his current focus is data science.


Lowell Fiallo, Travel Operations Manager Firmwide Procurement, KPMG

Lowell Fiallo is Travel Operations Manager Firmwide Procurement for KPMG.  Lowell is primarily responsible for the managing the strategy for hotel sourcing for the America and APAC region.  Lowell also managed KPMG’s corporate apartment and car rental programs.   He partners with key stakeholders on the testing, implementation and promotion of travel technologies.  Previous to joining KPMG, Lowell was the Travel Operations and People Leader, Client Management and Consulting for American Express Global Business Travel.  In this role, he partnered with cross functional teams in category sourcing for hotels, airlines and ground providers and lead the management strategy to drive supplier savings and support.

Ilene Onieal, Travel Program Manager, NetJets

Ilene Onieal is the Travel Program Manager for NetJets.  It is her responsibility to oversee execution of travel initiatives to achieve annual improvements in rate, quality, and service. She supports $150-million-dollar global hotel, air, and ground travel program through analytics, forecasting, budgeting, and cost containment initiatives.  To accomplish that, Ilene monitors daily rate compliance, traveler issues/complaints, metrics for meeting targeted budgets and market share at primary hotels, tax residency programs, automated booking targets, collaboration with Scheduling on room support, and continued collaboration with the Pilot's Union Joint Travel & Logistics Committee.   Ilene has also recently joined thew GBTA Accommodations Committee.

Jami Hedrick, Executive Director, Account Management, Travel & Transport

Jami Hedrick is the Executive Director, Account Management at Travel & Transport.  In her role, she provides direction and oversight for Account Management activity in the corporate travel arena; including direct management of Account Managers and Representatives. Jami is responsible for strategy, scope, execution, and success of Account Management activity and for maintaining relationships with top level personnel in key accounts and cultivating new relationships for prospective accounts.

Jami has her MBA in Business Administration from Creighton University – Heider’s College of Business and a BS from Upper Iowa University.

Maria Chevalier, Executive Director, BTS, Hilton Hotels

Maria Chevalier is a 30 year travel industry veteran.   She has held senior leadership roles on of buyer, distribution & supplier sides of the travel industry.   She is currently the Executive Director of BTS at Hilton where she oversee the transient organization.   Prior roles include the COO of The Travel Desk , BCD Travel’s VP Hotel Relations/Consulting and Travelport’s GVP Corporate Incubation.   Additionally as a buyer she was the Global Director of Travel & Meetings Services for Johnson & Johnson and HP where their annual T&E spend was in excess of $1 billion with end-to-end travel management responsibilities.   She has won multiple industry awards including Travel Manager of the Year, Best Practioner & Driving Innovation.  

Industry Spotlight Speaker

TJ Lepore, Enterprise Account Executive, AppZen

Based in the NYC area, TJ Lepore has been helping companies introduce advanced technologies to solve their knowledge management, eDiscovery, SEC compliance, and information governance needs since 2004. Recognizing the coming value of A.I., he joined AppZen earlier this year to focus on helping companies reduce their Travel & Expense losses with automation and artificial intelligence.


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