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ACTE Education Forum - Orlando

September 27, 2016

All buyer hotel accommodations are complimentary!

ACTE focuses on practical issues and innovation to help deliver greater results to your company through interactive, immersive learning, provocative discussion and networking:

  • We encourage participation of corporate travel professionals, buyers and suppliers, from all size of program and sectors.  Questions?  Contact lbellini@acte.org
  • We welcome members and non-members.  ACTE buyer members can attend for only a $10 administration fee.
  • If your company would like to sponsor this event and gain valuable marketing exposure, please contact dthomas@acte.org

Pre-Conference Buyers Workshop
Monday September 26,2016
3:00pm - 6:00pm

Hands on the Wheel - Buyer Workshop: Drive Savings and Compliance by Comparing/Contrasting Dashboards and Case Study Road Maps

Capture opportunities for enhanced travel management controls that data offers.  Be prepared to step into this facts and figures-based workshop to explore dashboards and case studies.  Emerge with the data-based tools that provide optimal services and drive savings and compliance to your travel program.

Learner Outcomes:

    • Solutions to meet or exceed traveler expectations.
    • Ensure suppliers are delivering expected services.
    • Optimizing your travel program to increase compliance.


Moderator: Jack Reynaert, Manager, Global Travel/Meetings at Meritor, Inc.

Tuesday September 27, 2016

We will Kick Off the First Ever Florida Education Forum with 
Registration & Networking at 8:30 am 

  Corporate Buyers Round table Discussion
How Do You Measure Success 
Open to Corporate Buyers and Travel Managers
The Buyers' Round table provides an engaging environment exclusively for corporate buyers and travel managers to engage in purposeful dialogue with their peers.

Miriam Abujasen, Global Travel Manager at Brightstar Corp.
Joel Baum, Strategic Sourcing at Harris Corp.

Mentoring for Life  - Open to all Suppliers
Learning is a continuous process and building relationships is a key component.  We teach by example and learn by listening; in doing so are both a mentor and mentee. In this session you will explore the power of Networking and Mentorship with both experienced and emerging professionals.

Learner Outcomes:
  • Maintain open dialogue and direct teams to work effectively.
  • Improve client relationships through meaningful communications.  
  • Obtain tools to become a more dynamic leader in your organization.

Moderator: Connie Polanec, Director of Global Accounts at FRHI Hotels & Resorts


Presented by:
Dr. Alan Fyall, Graduate Programs Director at the Rosen College of Hospitality
Dr. Jeeyeon (Jeannie) Hahm, Assistant Professor at the Rosen College of Hospitality
Dr. Sevil Sommez, Professor at the Rosen College of Hospitality at the Rosen College of Hospitality
Jessica Wickey,Instructor & Internship Coordinator at the Rosen College of Hospitality

General Session will include: 


Cyber Threats and Security Solutions for the Traveler 

In these uncertain times our electronic resources can be a lifeline to your travelers. Travelers leave the safety of their offices and homes reliant upon on the safety and security measures provided by their travel programs and suppliers.  The nature of cyber-attacks has become progressively complicated, affecting not merely the theft of credit card data, but something more severe.  In this critical session we will discuss the latest evolution in cyber threats and what can be done pragmatically to secure travelers and their data today.  

Christopher Taylor, Cyber Threat Analyst

Engaging Your Travelers -  A Buyer / Supplier Challenge 
Take a front row seat in this lively panel discussion with both Buyers and Suppliers sharing ideas on hot topics which affect traveler engagement. Audience members will have the opportunity to contribute to the topics discussed and participate in this lively and candid discussion ending with words of encouragement about how we can all strive to build better relationships.


Cheryl Benjamin, Travel Manager at Dart

Miriam Abujasen, Global Travel Manager at Brightstar Corp.
Wendy Prewitt, VP, Business Development at BCD
Scott Schneider, Category Manager at Tyco
George Klein, Founder & CEO at Peoplocity
Mary Straub, Travel Manager at Siemens
Mark Williams, Partner at GoldSpring Consulting


Next Gen Technology – Are you Ready?
Consumerization, mobility and technology are powerful forces that are advancing and disrupting the business travel landscape.  Discover the latest innovations for how IBM Watson Technology and Artificial Intelligence will impact the Travel industry. 

Daria GodunovaTravel & Transportation Global Industry Solutions at IBM
Susan LichtensteinDirector Global Procurement Services at Cisco Systems, & ACTE Board of Directors

IGNITE the Industry
Industry provocateurs will have five minutes each to share their personal and professional passions to ignite the audience, to generate awareness, and to stimulate thoughts and action.

Presentations by: 
Michelle Olson, Account Executive at Lyft
Nathan Prior, Director of Business Rental Sales at Enterprise
Todd Pelletier, SVP of Global Business at Concur
Robbie Mehoke, Director of Global Sales at Jet Blue

Lunch, Breaks and Provided
Program concludes with a 
Networking Reception for all 

** Agenda subject to change based on speaker availability.