In partnership with Festive Road, The Company Dime’s Jay Campbell and David Jonas chat with experts about business travel and expense management news, best practices and emerging options.

Festive RoadPlease check out our beta episode on Airline Direct Distribution, which took place Sept. 8, 2016. You also can download recordings of our 2015-2016 podcast.

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Upcoming Events:

Teleconference 17
Personalization In Corporate Travel, Feb. 8, 2018
Business travelers want a better experience, one designed to their needs and wants. Suppliers want to give it to them. Many employers do, too. There are various travel policy and budgetary considerations, but if HR can personalize employee benefits packages, why not task the travel department with the same? Find out from Festive Road’s Caroline Strachan, tClara managing partner Scott Gillespie and other expert speakers to be announced.

Teleconference 18
Enterprise Engagement, March 8, 2018
In engaging travelers, it’s important to educate them about why policies exist and ask them how travel programs could improve. Engaging with senior executives and other departments in the organization is another challenge altogether. Join us to discuss it with UBS travel operations leader Anne Barlow, Microsoft global employee engagement and user experience lead Julia Fidler and Louise Kilgannon from Festive Road.


Teleconference 16
Data Privacy And Security, Jan. 11, 2018
Every week it seems we hear about breaches of data and threats to privacy. American Express Global Business Travel chief privacy officer Kasey Chappelle and Journera chief technology officer Kevin Iverson helped us sort through the issues that should concern you.

Teleconference 15
The TMC Tech Stack, Dec. 14, 2017
If you could use a primer on what goes on behind the scenes at a travel management company, get it from Travel and Transport CIO Mike Kubasik and consultant Kim Castro.

Teleconference 14
The Data Future, Nov. 9, 2017
What’s next with business intelligence and the science of data? Check out our chat with Advito’s Lexi Honohan, Susan Hopley of The Data Exchange and Grasp Techology’s Erik Mueller.

Teleconference 13
Hotel Negotiating, Oct. 26, 2017
With buyers and hoteliers in the throes of 2018 rate discussions, we discussed today’s negotiating climate. Our expert panel included travel management pros Yvonne Moya from Festive Road, Sharon McManus from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and AccorHotels global account director Susan Shaid.

Teleconference 12
Corporate Airline Relationships, Sept. 14, 2017
We convened an expert panel to discuss how both buyers and airlines are approaching their relationships in the current environment. It included American Airlines’ managing director for strategic account sales Hank Benedetti, GoldSpring Consulting partner Neil Hammond, Novartis travel and fleet director Kathy Kaden and Microsoft global travel sourcing manager Diane Lundeen Smith.

Teleconference 11
Introducing Blockchain, Oct. 12, 2017
We talked with travel tech consultant William Niejadlik, Blockchain Academy founder Bryant Nielson and Hospitality Technology Next Generation senior director of strategy and workgroups Armand Rabinowitz about this possibly disruptive force in contracting, payment, traveler identity and maybe even travel distribution.

Teleconference 10
One-On-One With John Snyder, July 13, 2017
BCD Travel president and CEO John Snyder is a good sport. He joined us live to take questions from Jay Campbell with help from Festive Road’s Paul Tilstone and attendees.

Teleconference 9
Payment, May 11, 2017
Featuring an interview with Citi managing director Gonca Latif-Schmitt and a roundtable discussion including Conferma co-founder and CEO Simon Barker, CHG Healthcare travel manager Gordon Cowley and U.S. Bank head of corporate payment systems emerging markets and strategy Nicole Schrader Tackett.

Teleconference 8
NDC In Corporate Travel, Apr. 13, 2017
Featuring Festive Road managing partner Caroline Strachan with NDC Travel Manager Advisory Group members Pascal Struyve (Ingersoll Rand global travel, fleet and meeting services director) and David Weaver (Bechtel Corporation manager of travel procurement).

Teleconference 7
Mobile Technology, March 9, 2017
With American Express Global Business Travel vice president Evan Konwiser, Festive Road associate Aurélie Krau, head of Sabre Labs Mark McSpadden, BCD Travel VP Will Pinnell and Roadmap CEO and co-founder Jeroen van Velzen.

Teleconference 6
Traveler Engagement, Feb. 9, 2017
With Festive Road associate Mia Andersson, Shire senior global travel procurement manager Mary Batal, Microsoft global employee engagement and user experience lead Julia Fidler and Advito principal and vice president Lesley O’Bryan.

Teleconference 5
Inside TMC Economics, Jan. 12, 2017
** Special extended episode **
With AmTrav CEO Jeff Klee, Short’s Travel Management CEO David LeCompte, Meritor global travel manager Jack Reynaert, CTBR managing director Don Swartz and Festive Road managing partner Paul Tilstone.

Teleconference 4
Cost Vs. Comfort, Dec. 8, 2016
With Nvidia senior global travel manager Karoline Mayr, tClara managing partner Scott Gillespie, DUFL co-founder and CMO Andrea Graziani and Carlson Wagonlit Travel Solutions Group vice president Christophe Renard.

Teleconference 3
Online Booking Tools, Nov. 10, 2016
With Microsoft global travel and venue group lead Eric Bailey, Dart Container travel services manager Cheryl Benjamin, Deem chief commercial officer Tony D’Astolfo, Travelport group vice president Scott Hyden and Upside Travel chairman and CEO Jay Walker.

Teleconference 2
Hotel Buying, Oct. 13, 2016
We gained insight from ABC Global Services CEO Eric Altschul, Hilton executive director for business travel sales Maria Chevalier, Festive Road associate Lora Ellis, Anthem travel and events director Cindy Heston and HRS VP of the Americas Suzanne Neufang.

Teleconference 1 (beta)
Airline Direct Distribution, Sept. 8, 2016
Featuring American Airlines managing director for distribution and data commercialization Cory Garner, ARC president and CEO Mike Premo, WestRock corporate travel manager Karen Hatch and World Travel Inc. president Dee Runyan.


“Congratulations on what I thought was a great Teleconference. The content and candor of all the speakers was exactly what we have come to expect and appreciate from The Company Dime. Upon speaking with numerous colleagues here at Amadeus, we’re all very much looking forward to the future sessions.”
John Dwyer, Amadeus IT Group

“This was a refreshing Teleconference because the speakers were not only experienced and articulate, but had the confidence to talk openly about the industry as well as their own companies.”
Tom Wilkinson, Concur