Advisors From The Field


In The Company Dime’s From The Field program, industry leaders contribute guideposts and other commentary for publication to the business travel audience.

We task these advisors to focus on opinion, analysis and education rather than marketing. You are encouraged to contribute to the dialogue by commenting on their posts. 

Want to go a step further and become an advisor? Email us for more details. Participation is complimentary, but does come with some requirements. 

Thanks to all participants!


Craig Fichtelberg

Op Ed: Craig Fichtelberg On The Red Flags Of Travel Management Company Consolidation

Craig Fichtelberg is president and co-founder of AmTrav, a travel management company that has not participated in the latest cycle of acquisitions. He knows you’ll…

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Op Ed: Scott Gillespie On The Case For A Bold New Travel Policy

Scott Gillespie of tClara warned that his advice here would make “old-school” procurement folks gnash their teeth. “So be it,” he said. The sustainability issue…

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Op Ed: George Kalka On Why You Need To Hear The Silent Traveler

Fox World Travel’s George Kalka highlights why corporate travel programs may need to refresh the ways they gather input from travelers. Silent travelers can be…

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Op Ed: Stefan Wälde On Why ‘Request To Pay,’ Europe’s Answer To PayPal, Apple And Google, Will Change Payment Processes

In this guest post, Stefan Wälde of AirPlus offers a primer on Request to Pay and highlights its potential for commercial transactions. In the digital…

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Tony D'Astolfo, Serko

Op Ed: Tony D’Astolfo On Whether We Have Gotten Too Comfortable Staying At Home

Seasoned frequent traveler Tony D’Astolfo of Serko recognizes the value of face-to-face interaction, and is eager for more of it, but also that travel is…

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Matt Blackmon, DataArt

Op Ed: Matt Blackmon On Common Information Security Vulnerabilities In Travel Management

Matt Blackmon is vice president of customer success for the Travel, Transportation & Hospitality Practice at DataArt, a global software engineering firm. Here he provides…

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Lauren Aste, CWT

Op Ed: Lauren Aste On Travel’s Return Hinging On A Commitment To Global Public Health

CWT chief legal officer Lauren Aste discusses how humans have an innate impulse to help each other. She argues that the travel industry, governments and…

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Danny Eldridge, ServeVita

Op Ed: Danny Eldridge On The Questions Travel Companies Should Ask About Their Readiness

Adaptable travel companies kept up with planning and process improvement throughout the pandemic. According to Danny Eldridge, CEO of software integration firm ServeVita, they’re the…

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Suzanne Neufang, GBTA

Op Ed: Suzanne Neufang On Reasons For Optimism And A Dose Of Reality With Business Travel Recovery

The Global Business Travel Association in February named Suzanne Neufang CEO. The veteran of HRS, Sabre and other tech and telecom firms offers her two…

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Mark Bresnahan, Prime Numbers Technology

Op Ed: Mark Bresnahan On Commonsense, Absolutism And ‘Negativo’ In International Travel

Domestic corporate travel is showing a slow and steady rebound; international not so much. According to Prime Numbers Technology, its roughly 5,000 corporate accounts together…

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Katharine Farrell, Dots & Lines

Op Ed: Katharine Farrell On What Brands Need To Consider Following Acquisitions

Executing an acquisition or merger can be tricky, and there have been several in the corporate travel space recently. Katharine Farrell of the Dots &…

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Louise Miller, Areka Consulting

Op Ed: Louise Miller On Travel Service Challenges Amid A Choppy Return

Deteriorated or insufficient travel services will be a reality for some as volumes recover. Demanding corporate travelers and their managers, generally satisfied with their service…

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Festive Road

Op Ed: Paul Tilstone On New TMC Needs In A New Era

Festive Road’s Paul Tilstone interprets recent survey results about corporate clients’ relationships with travel management companies suggesting that even in the face of current market…

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Alisa de Gaspe Beaubien, Groupize

Op Ed: Alisa De Gaspe Beaubien On Applying Technology For The New Segment Of Business Travel Inspired By The Future Of Work

As the co-founder and CEO of Groupize, Alisa de Gaspe Beaubien knows a thing or two about technology facilitating travel and meetings management. She makes…

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Op Ed: Scott Gillespie On The Folly Of Blanket Bans On Internal Corporate Travel

Industry thinker Scott Gillespie of tClara is focused on determining which trips are and aren’t worthwhile. He advocates using a scalpel rather than a sledgehammer…

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AmTrav CEO Jeff Klee

Op Ed: AmTrav CEO Jeff Klee On The (Possible) End Of Airline Distribution As We Know It

Airline distribution has been evolving, at times quickly or slowly, for decades. The potential for change has always been great. How does it look when…

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Clayton Nelson, Egencia

Op Ed: Clayton Nelson On A New President, New Rules And A Fresh Mandate For Sustainable Travel

The U.S. government’s reorientation to more sustainable thinking is a signal to businesses, according to Egencia head of strategy and business development Clayton Nelson. He…

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Derek Sharp, CWT

Op Ed: Derek Sharp On The Annual Hotel RFP’s Diminished Role

Complicated in the best of times, hotel sourcing is particularly tricky right now. Derek Sharp, SVP and COO for CWT’s RoomIt, makes the case for…

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Brandon Strauss, KesselRun

Op Ed: Brandon Strauss On A Really Perfect Storm For 2021, In A Good Way

Considering pent-up demand, the effects of evolving traveler demographics and newfound wiggle room in corporate budgets, Brandon Strauss of KesselRun Corporate Travel Solutions is bullish…

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Anna Price, Procurigence

Op Ed: Anna Price On Hotel Dayrooms

Hotel dayrooms can stand in for office space in certain scenarios. Anna Price, a consultant with Procurigence, explores how organizations can find, manage and pay…

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Tony O'Connor, Butler Caroye

Op Ed: Tony O’Connor On Why Humanity May Need Travel To Survive

Consultant Tony O’Connor looks back 10,000 years and then to the heavens as he contemplates travel’s role in human civilization. Humanity may need travel to…

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Tony D'Astolfo, Serko

Op Ed: Tony D’Astolfo On Why It Should Be Us Leading The Return To Business Travel

In his own way, Serko’s Tony D’Astolfo issues a call to action to get the industry out of the gutter. The last time I stepped…

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Op Ed: Krissy Herman On 2021 Corporate Hotel Programs

KesselRun Corporate Travel Solutions vice president of client services Krissy Herman shares observations from the current sourcing season and what corporate hotel program managers should…

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Andrew Crawley, American Express Global Business Travel

Op Ed: Drew Crawley On Keeping ‘Aviation For All’ A Reality

American Express Global Business Travel has been among the more vocal advocates for a thoughtful restart of business travel. Chief commercial officer Drew Crawley lays…

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Alan Tyson, Databasics

Op Ed: Alan Tyson And Marcel Syriani On A C (Level) Change For Employee Expense Management

Databasics CEO Alan Tyson and CTO Marcel Syriani examine what clients’ employees have been expensing during the pandemic and recommend a new focus on managing…

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Jean-Christophe Lacour, Amadeus

Op Ed: Jean-Christophe Lacour On The Potential Impact Of Strong Customer Authentication For Payment

Amadeus recently conducted research to assess the travel industry’s readiness for new payment security rules in Europe. Jean-Christophe Lacour, the company’s head of merchant services…

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