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With expert panels and a variety of industry leaders taking the stage, TravelConnect will equip travel professionals to adopt fresh perspectives and transform their businesses.

Amy-Webb
Amy Webb
Quantitative Futurist
 
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Wayne-Best
Wayne Best
Chief Economist
Visa Inc.
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Holly-Hegeman
Holly Hegeman
Founder and Publisher
PlaneBusiness Banter
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Mike-Premo
Mike Premo
President and CEO
ARC
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Lauri-Reishus
Lauri Reishus
Executive VP and COO
ARC
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Amy-Webb
Amy Webb
Quantitative Futurist
 
Amy Webb is a quantitative futurist. She is a professor of strategic foresight at the New York University Stern School of Business and the Founder of the Future Today Institute, a leading foresight and strategy firm that helps leaders and their organizations prepare for complex futures. Founded in 2006, the Institute advises Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, government agencies, large nonprofits, universities and startups around the world. Amy was named to the Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led, and she has won the prestigious 2017 Thinkers50 RADAR Award. Amy’s special area of research is artificial intelligence, and she has advised three-star generals, White House leadership and CEOs of some of the world’s largest companies on the future of AI.

Amy is the author of three books, including The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream, which explains how to forecast and manage technological change. It is a Washington Post bestseller, was selected as one of Fast Company’s Best Books of 2016, won a 2017 Gold Axiom Medal for the best book about business and technology and was named one of Amazon’s best books in 2016. Signals has been released in multiple international editions and has been translated into a number of languages. Her bestselling memoir, Data, A Love Story, is about finding love via algorithms. Her TED talk about Data has been viewed more than 6 million times and has been translated into 32 languages. Data is being adapted as a feature film, which is currently in production. Her latest book, The Big Nine: How The Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Will Change Humanity, is a call-to-arms about the broken nature of artificial intelligence and the powerful corporations that are turning the human-machine relationship on its head.

Amy is a fellow in the United States-Japan Leadership Program. She was a 2014-2015 Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where her research received a national Sigma Delta Chi award. Amy was also a delegate on the former U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, where she worked on the future of technology, media and international diplomacy.
Wayne-Best
Wayne Best
Chief Economist
Visa Inc.
As chief economist for Visa Inc., Wayne Best keeps close watch on emerging opportunities in the trillion-dollar payments industry. An active participant in the World Economic Forum’s Future of Consumption community, he identifies economic trends shaping the future. His unique presentations explain the impact of these trends to company and client executives as well as government leaders around the globe.

Frequently quoted in the trade and business media, Best brings economic theory and analysis to life with compelling stories and data from the largest payment provider in the industry. Because he stays close to the underlying dynamics of the business, his insights provide a clear perspective on the consumer's ability to spend, save and pay down debt. His passion for business and engineer's logic turn mathematical models and technical jargon into business intelligence that enables future-oriented business decisions.

Before joining Visa in 1990, Best worked as a consultant performing cost-benefit analyses for the power industry. In addition to his MBA, Best holds a degree in nuclear engineering and has participated in the Stanford University and Kellogg School of Management executive programs.
Holly-Hegeman
Holly Hegeman
Founder and Publisher
PlaneBusiness Banter
Holly Hegeman is founder and publisher of PlaneBusiness Banter, the most widely read weekly subscription publication covering operations, labor relations, management strategies, communications and financial analysis of the U.S. airline industry, as well as select international carriers.

Previously a consultant to former AMR president and chairman Robert Crandall, Holly was heavily involved in the coverage of the American Airlines bankruptcy and the airline's subsequent merger with US Airways. Her weekly column AMR Bankruptcy Follies, which ran in PlaneBusiness Banter, was widely regarded as a "must read" for the most thorough take on the merger. Holly is a frequent speaker at both corporate travel and airline financial events, has appeared on news outlets such as PBS NewsHour, CNBC, CNN and NPR, and has been quoted in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
Mike-Premo
Mike Premo
President and CEO
ARC
As president and chief executive officer, Mike Premo plans and leads the execution of ARC's overall corporate strategy. With the help of the executive team, he also oversees the company's operations in support of revenue growth and customer satisfaction.

Premo became ARC's president and chief executive officer in June 2011 after serving as the company's Vice President of Business Development, during which he managed and guided relationships with all ARC customer groups, including travel agents, corporate travel departments (CTD), carriers and third parties. In addition, Premo was responsible for growing ARC's sales program in support of the company's broad range of products and services.

Before joining ARC in 2006, Premo served as senior vice president of global network for TQ3 Travel Solutions and held senior executive positions at Navigant International, TQ3's parent company. He also served as president and chief executive officer of SatoTravel from 1990 to 1999. Having grown up in Minnesota, Premo began his industry career at Northwest Airlines, after which he first entered the agency business at Gelco Travel.
Lauri-Reishus
Lauri Reishus
Executive VP and COO
ARC
Lauri Reishus is an industry veteran leading the teams at ARC that both develop and execute against ARC’s strategy of delivering high-value products to the air travel industry. Lauri is responsible for the business operations functions supporting ARC’s customers, including corporate strategy; data product innovation and management; airline and agency settlement products; corporate communications, marketing services and product sales; agency and airline participation programs; and all customer operations.

Lauri spent 16 years with SatoTravel/Navigant prior to joining ARC in 2005. During her tenure, she held leadership positions in call center operations, quality management and marketing communications. She last held the position of vice president of account management, responsible for some of the firm's largest multinational clients.

Lauri hails from northern Wisconsin and began her industry career with a short stint at American Airlines before moving to the agency side of the business at Gelco Travel. She’s an avid traveler and lives with her family in Northern Virginia.

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