Neil Hammond Partner

neil@goldspringconsulting.com

Neil has 15 years experience in the travel industry. He joined GoldSpring Consulting in May 2014. Prior to joining GoldSpring Neil led a team of airline and hotel consultants at Advito, the consultancy division of BCD Travel. In that role Neil had responsibility for the coordination and delivery of many large and small consulting engagements. In addition to his role in the airline and hotel areas Neil led the Advito policy writing and benchmarking practice. Neil also has experience as a global corporate travel manager with Schlumberger, the diversified supplier of solutions to the oil and gas industry.

15 Years Experience in Travel Industry

 

Past Employers

Advito (subsidiary of BCD Travel)
Consulting

Schlumberger
Corporate Travel Manager

Areas of Expertise

Airlines
Hotels
Travel Policy
Travel Program Strategy

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Will Tate, CPA Partner

will@goldspringconsulting.com

With more than 25 years of business process improvement experience in both financial accounting and travel management systems, Will provides clients with multi-faceted expertise. Will spent 15 years with Dresser Industries, capping them as Global Travel Manager. He has pioneered two separate measurement tools to quantify the effectiveness of travel management programs.

25 Years Experience in Business Process Improvement

Past Employers

Management Alternatives, Inc.
Consulting

Dresser Industries
Internal Audit

Areas of Expertise

Agency Relations and Operations

Charge Card

Supplier Negotiations

Business Unit Reporting

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Bill Knepper Senior Consultant

bill@goldspringconsulting.com

Bill Knepper, Senior Consultant with GoldSpring Consulting, has over 20 years of experience in the travel industry. He joined the company in May 2014. Prior to GoldSpring, his consulting experience included responsibility for analysis and delivery of rental car, black car, limo, and other ground transportation engagements.  This included benchmarking, policy, sourcing, implementation, and program maintenance.  Bill also developed a proprietary costing model that reveals the real cost of car rental agreements including value added components.

20 Years Experience in Travel Industry

Past Employers

Advito (subsidiary of BCD Travel)
Consulting

Budget Rent a Car/Cendant (parent of Avis)
Sales and Marketing

Ford Motor Company
American Isuzu Motors
Sales and Service

Areas of Expertise

Rental Car

Black Car

Limo

Rail

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Susan Stowe Senior Consultant

susan@goldspringconsulting.com

Susan began her career in 1980 as a travel counselor on Carlson’s newly formed 24/7 emergency desk. During her tenure, she was promoted nine times in 10 years, culminating in her appointment as Director of National Services. In 1990, Susan joined Caldwell Associates while attending law school at night and for the next 21 years consulted with numerous national and international corporations, managing TMC, technology and payment engagements for clients ranging from $10 million in T&E in a single location to over $1 billion in global T&E and operations in 75 countries. She and colleague Julie Simpson founded Managed Travel Consulting in 2011, which merged with GoldSpring in 2015.

30 Years Experience in Travel Industry

Past Employers

Carlson Wagonlit Travel
Operations

Caldwell Associates
TMC, Technology, Policy, Airline and Payment

Managed Travel Consulting
TMC, Technology, Policy and Payment

Areas of Expertise

Supplier Benchmarking

Sourcing and Contract Negotiations

Process and Policy Review<

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Julie Simpson Senior Consultant

julie@goldspringconsulting.com

Julie’s introduction to the travel industry began as a tour guide at Walt Disney World over 40 years ago. After relocating to Washington, D.C. she joined Ask Mr. Foster Travel, which later became Carlson Wagonlit Travel. There she held positions of increasing responsibility in operations, customer service and sales. She left Carlson as Vice President of Government Services. After her time at Carlson, she spent five years with Professional Travel Corporation as a Regional Director. She joined Caldwell Associates, a leading travel management consulting firm, as a Senior Consultant in 1998. She and colleague Susan Stowe founded Managed Travel Consulting in 2011, which merged with GoldSpring in 2015.

30 Years Experience in Travel Industry

Past Employers

Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Professional Travel Corporation

Caldwell Associates

Managed Travel Consulting

Areas of Expertise

Operational and Service Reviews

Proposal Evaluations

Benchmarking and Contract Negotiations

Global and U.S. RFPs for Travel Management Services

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Debra Blowers, GTP Senior Consultant

deb@goldspringconsulting.com

Debra has over 25 years of experience in the travel industry.  She has a variety of experience to benefit clients from strategic sourcing practices to travel business operations.  Deb was with Amgen for 15 years in multiple roles including Travel Program Manager, Senior Category Manager and culminating as head of Global Travel.

25 Years Experience in Travel Industry

Past Employers

Amgen Inc.
Corporate Travel Management

McCord/Hoffman Travel
Travel Management Operations

Carlson
Operations

Areas of Expertise

Supplier Relationship Management

Supplier Negotiations

Category Management

Travel Agency

Corporate Card

Travel Booking and Expense Systems

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Kevin Iwamoto, GLP, GTP Senior Consultant

kevin@goldspringconsulting.com

Kevin has enjoyed over 35 years in the travel industry. He is considered one of the original founders of Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) and is acknowledged globally as a leading subject matter expert in the discipline. Kevin is a former President & CEO of the Board of Directors for the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), and is a sought after industry spokesperson representing business travel and meetings and event interests globally.

35 Years Experience in Travel Industry

Past Employers

Lanyon

Hewlett-Packard

Walt Disney Company

Northwest Airlines

Areas of Expertise

Strategic Meetings Management (SMM)

Travel Management Strategy

Business Development

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Jennifer Donnelly Senior Consultant

jen@goldspringconsulting.com

Jennifer is an industry expert in travel and expense, with 20+ years managing global programs that delivered cost efficiencies, reduced risk, and improved employee experiences. Demonstrated ability to influence business partners, stakeholders, suppliers and senior management using data and market intelligence.  Proven leadership skills for managing global high-functioning teams.

20 Years Experience in Travel Industry

Past Employers
Intel Corporation

Areas of Expertise

Supplier management

Executive communication

Operational program management

Negotiation and influencing

Strategy development

Innovative problem solving

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Melissa Ashworth Manager, Marketing and Communications

Melissa Ashworth serves as Manager of Marketing and Communications for GoldSpring. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2010, Melissa started her career in marketing in the athletics department at Wake Forest University.

Prior to joining GoldSpring, Melissa worked in sports marketing with IMG College, where she worked as a Partner Service Coordinator, managing public relations and communications, sales, and event management efforts.

Melissa is accountable for marketing and promotions efforts for GoldSpring, including corporate communications, press releases, publications, newsletters, sales materials, and digital media content. She also supports hotel and airline sourcing projects, as well as survey analysis, support, reporting and client interfacing.

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Garth Jopling Managing Director, Canada

garth@goldspringconsulting.com

Garth brings over 20 years of experience as a sourcing manager for corporate travel and fleet to the GoldSpring team. Throughout his career, he has enjoyed success in developing and executing strategies that deliver lower costs and increase process improvements. He is an expert in driving compliance management and business data analytics.

20+ Years Experience in Travel Industry

Past Employers

IBM
Consulting

PricewaterhouseCoopers
Corporate Travel Manager

Areas of Expertise

Compliance Management

Data Analytics

Ground Transportation

 

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Catherine Craig Regional Director, APAC

Catherine has 30 years of industry experience in senior positions spanning Airline, TMCs and Car Rental.

Catherine is a focused and results driven industry specialist with solid Business-to-Business experience, widely acknowledged among her peers as being committed to delivering outstanding results.

She takes a holistic approach and focuses on the issues to source the best strategies and solutions to meet client’s needs.

30+ Years Experience in Travel Industry

Past Employers

Qantas Airways
Business to Business

Synergi
National Sales Manager

Maxims Travel
National Sales & Marketing Manager

Europcar
National Manager TMC

CDC Consulting Group Pty Ltd

Areas of Expertise

Supply Chain

TMCs

Proposals and Tenders

Contract Negotiation

Travel Policy Management

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Jeremy Martin Senior Consultant, APAC

Jeremy has worked in the Corporate Travel industry for 18 years as the owner/operator of a national Corporate Travel Agency called Mettrex.

Prior to travel, Jeremy worked firstly as a Chartered Accountant for Price Waterhouse Coopers in London and Hong Kong.

He then moved to Australia and specialized in corporate policy and process improvement, working for Pfizer, Jardines, and Boral.

Jeremy’s uses his travel, process and policy experience to create and implement tailored corporate travel solutions for businesses.

18+ Years Experience in Travel Industry

Past Employers

Mettrex

Price Waterhouse Cooper

Jardines

Grey Advertising

Pfizer

Travelport

Areas of Expertise

Travel Agency Selection

On-line Booking Tools

Travel Policy and Process Improvements

Travel Supplier Negotiation

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Nicolas François Senior Consultant, APAC

Nicolas is a seasoned consultant with over 15 years of experience in procurement including 10 dedicated to the corporate travel industry.

Starting his career as an Air Travel consultant for CWT Solutions Group in Europe, Nicolas moved to Australia in 2006 to successfully kick-start and develop the CWT consulting practice for Asia Pacific.

In 2011 he expanded his area of expertise as a senior procurement manager across multiple industries and category portfolios, including travel and expense systems.

This diversity of background allows him to cut through the complexity of the corporate travel industry and deliver meaningful outcomes to his clients. Having delivered projects on all continents and for a wide array of industries, Nicolas will adapt to your needs and help you deliver on your objectives.

15+ Years Experience in Travel Industry

Past Employers

CWT Solutions Group

Portland Group

The University of Sydney

Areas of Expertise

Air sourcing

Travel strategy reviews

Policy reviews and process improvement

Supplier negotiations

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John Lojo Analyst
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