Story Musgrave was born in 1935 on a dairy farm in Stockbridge, MA. He was in the forests alone at 3 and by 5 floated his homebuilt rafts on the rivers. He rode combines at 5, drove trucks and tractors at 10 and when alone in remote fields, repaired them by 13.
Story never finished school, ran off to Korea with the U.S. Marines where he was an aircraft electrician and an engine mechanic. He started flying with the Marines and over the next 55 years accumulated 18,000 hours in over 160 aircraft. He is a parachutist with over 800 freefalls. He has 7 graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, literature and psychology. He has been awarded 20 honorary doctorates. He was a part-time trauma surgeon during his 30 year astronaut career.
Story was an NASA astronaut for over 30 years and flew on six spaceflights. He performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger's first flight, was a pilot on an astronomy mission, conducted two classified DOD missions, was the lead spacewalker on the Hubble Telescope repair mission and on his last flight, he operated an electronic chip manufacturing satellite on Columbia.
John Hazlewood founded TravelStoreMaker.com in September 2000 assuming the job of company's President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, Mr. Hazlewood had founded several other entrepreneurial ventures also assuming management positions. An early pioneer of the Internet, Mr. Hazlewood led the marketing and development of an Internet web-based travel reservation system that was first of its kind at that time. In 1996, he founded and secured investment funds for INTRANSCO Inc., an e-commerce travel company. While with INTRANSCO, he spearheaded its development subsidiary located in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 1998, in parallel with the e-commerce travel initiative, he began a Y2K Services and IT staffing division in order to take advantage of the technical resources in Bulgaria.
In his capacity as CEO, Mr. Hazlewood grew the company from a one-person organization to over 100 professionals developing at the same time numerous software applications in Bulgaria at a fraction of the cost that they would have taken to develop in the United States.
Mr. Hazlewood owned and operated several leisure travel agencies, founded and operated a sport agency representing professional athletes and sport teams, was a principal and general manager of a semi-professional soccer team, founded and operated a lawn maintenance and landscaping company, and founded and operated an import-export company. He has extensive experience in the information technology industry, international business, public relations, contract negotiation, developing partnership/strategic relationships, and the travel industry.
Dr. Krassi Simonski is a recognized IT professional with extensive background in academic and business computing and communications. His prior job was with the Government where he was responsible for the development of Information Technologies online casino in Bulgaria as Chair of ???????????? the slots Bulgarian Executive Agency for slots machine ICT. He play casino has casino extensive project management experience developing and leading numerous IT projects to successful implementation and great impact on the industry and society.
After his term with the Government, he rejoined the business as Consultant on Business Development and expert in spinning-off companies. He is the driving force to establishing the first SKAL international club in Bulgaria and also as Head of the eCommerce Academy.net to organize the Travel Automation Conference.
Kathy was President & Chief Executive Officer of the SABRE Group (a division of AMR Corp) from 1993-1995. She grew into ever-increasing leadership roles at AMR from 1973-1995. She is a visionary high-energy executive, with high standards, professionalism, & ethics. She leads by example, & I would follow her into any battle! I am honored & blessed to have Kathy as a mentor, advisor and colleague
Gerasimos ‘Michael’ Perdikaris left his native Greece, spent some of his career time in England honing his skills and ended up on Asian soil proving his worth.
After finishing his tertiary education in Hospitality and Tourism Management at the renowned International Centre of Glion, Montreaux, Switzerland, he started his career in the hospitality industry in 1987 with the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. However it was at the Mount Royal Thistle Hotel, which joined in 1991, that he showed the first signs of his burgeoning management skills where he delivered his first financial turn-around between 1992 and 1993, despite the worst economic recession ever seen in the UK.
In 1995 he bid UK goodbye and landed on the shores of Thailand to begin his exploration of career opportunities in Asia. His last assignment in Thailand was between the end of 1999 and mis-2003 as Resident Manager of Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square, where he was responsible for the entire operations of the hotel.
He eventually found himself in Malaysia as General Manager of the 330-room Sofitel Palm Resort, Johor in June 2003, achieving outstanding financial results year-on-year for the hotel, the best in fact in the hotel’s 11-year history. He was also selected to be one of 10 Sofitel general managers Asia-wide to sit in the committee for establishing Sofitel Quality and Standards. He is the current GM of the Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan.
Director Business Development EMEA at Enveritas Group
"Started working in the Online Tourism Industry at 19 years old and now already more than 10 Years of experience in the exiting Travel Technology business! Started with the GDS Worldspan selling the first booking engines to the french online travel agencies, helping the launch of expedia and lastminute booking engines in France...when the big Internet boom happened in Europe in 1998-2000. I keep on working slot machines online in the GDS business with Amadeus and always stayed close to online distribution problematics and innovations! After Amadeus Cruise product management, I started a great adventure and participated in the creation and launch of www.unaira.com in 2007 in collaboration with Amadeus: a global activities and transfers booking engine used by travel retailers (Airlines, Travel Agencies, OLTA’s...) for ancillary revenues.
Now I am concentrating on Web Content Marketing, organic traffic, social Media Management and SEO for the online Industry, managing Business Development for all brands of the EnVeritas Group including 10best.com, 10bestSolutions.com and unaira.com.
Vladimir Krastev is a highly qualified expert in the field of creative video productions, directing and producing of various video materials, such as hotel videos, advertising spots, TV commercials, visitors attraction videos, destination promotional videos, conference videos, corporate video productions and other video and audio presentations. Vladimir has an 8-year experience in video editing, directing and visual effects and more than 10 years of experience in the field of audio mixing and compositing. He participates in conceptual designs of Web applications and sites, realizes his own projects as well. Vladimir has developed his skills in the field of management as a head and coordinator of projects for development and implementation of IT systems. Vladimir graduated from the City University of Seattle with a degree in Business Administration and Management in the field of Information technologies. He successfully combines his knowledge and experience being managing director in the video productions company ProVideoMotion.com.
General Manager with strong specialization in the travel industry and a broad overview of other sectors thanks to many years as consultant, Davide is currently the CEO & General Manager at BCD Travel, founder at Comitato Promotori della Costituenda Banca del Turismo and the owner of Ulysse2 current.
In his past expirience Mr Rosi has worked as General Manager at Compagnie Internationale des Café Voyages, Network Manger at H.I.T. and a Senior Manager at Roland Berger& Partner.
She has a Master Degree casino online casino nl in English Philology from the Sofia University and a course and Honorary Certificates in airline fares and ticketing from Oxford , UK. She has over 12-year travel industry experience working for the Bulgarian and foreign Airlines, both in Bulgaria and abroad. She has experience with 5 Computer and Global distribution systems.
Anton Iliev is expert in Marketing . He graduated as a Bachelor of Economics and Management in Magdeburg, Germany.
Having interests in the marketing and software industries, he built strong marketing and travel industry knowledge. His academic background helps him support the projects he runs with ideas and best practices. He also built expertise in the email marketing and telemarketing spheres
White Bull Founder Farley Cash Duvall has been involved in the High-tech sector for over 15 years. He is known to many in this space as the "Connector," building relationships and making things happen amongst his worldwide network of peers. Farley's vision stems from the idea that in order to excel in business, people need the right connections, great kasyna networking opportunities, and a dynamic forum for discussion.
Farley has held sales, marketing, and management roles with several professional services, consulting and media organizations, beginning his career at DASAR in 1992 and including CBT Systems, Fabrik Communications, (acquired by Critical Path), Whitman Hart (leading integrator of SAP) and others. Until the fall of 2009, Farley led all EMEA operations for Red Herring Magazine.
Currently, Farley sits on the advisory board of Red Alpine Capital and Woodside Capital Partners. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Farley resides in Zurich, Switzerland.
Katerina is Product Manager ORAK Hotel at ORAK Group - a software consultancy company with over 14 years of experience in providing software solutions for the global tourism industry.
As a product best online casinos manager in ORAK, Katerina has managed to bring her own expertise to the table and to evolve the hotel software solution to a total managerial tool of a new generation. She manages implementation projects in Europe, Russia, and Middle East.
Other positions that Katerina has held are with Marco Island Marriott Resort in the USA, The Grove Hotel in England, RiuGergana Beach Hotel at AlbenaResort , and EifelblickHaus Hotel in Germany.
Marin Yotovski is working as a web designer and developer for four years. Now he holds the position of Senior WEB Developer of the WEB – design Department at Webboratory.com. Apart from developing innovative web-sites, web-based systems and creating databases, he is also resposible for managing the work process in the department, assigning tasks to the team members, time-planning, discussing technical issues with clients and so on.
Marin has created many popular, interactive and innovative web-sites, web-based applications and designed variety of web usabilities while he has worked as a web–developer for one of the main web-design companies on the European market.
Nicky Nikolaev is the Head of Sales and a Social Media Marketing Strategist in the Web Design and Interactive Marketing Department at Webboratory.com
Nicky has extensive knowledge and experience in the fields of Blogging, Copywriting, Internet Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Web Traffic and Lead Generation.
His past experience as a Sales Manager and Online Marketing Strategist at companies from the IT/Software fields has given him the experience that is required for fruitful communication in the online environment and the ability to establish good personal relationships with clients.
Nicky has the know how in Blogging, Copywriting, Internet Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Lead and Traffic Generation and can help businesses online establish their online presence, spread their ideas, target their potential target audiences and attract loyal followers.
Petar Panayotov is a graduate of the International Business in the Netherlands. he has long expirience in Sales & Marketing of the travel industry. In the course of his career, he has managed to develop in-depth knowledge of the market needs and drivers.
Petar began to build competences in the field of strategic marketing at Kurtz Marketing in the Netherlands, where he served as a consultant in the area of online services and high-tech. Then, he moved to Bulgaria to take over a strategic marketing role at a global tobacco machinery company. Prior to his last job, he gained experience in the consumer sector at Procter & Gamble.
Bogdan Stefan is expert in partner management and distribution channels management. He has extensive experience in the travel online business, having worked for sales divisions for over 5 years, and CRM industry, both as a supplier and as a buyer.
Bogdan has started his professional career in partner management and lobby activities at European level in the NGO sector and has worked his way through by changing sector. He has worked for a major CRM vendor as sales and implementation consultant on business processes and a CRM manager for a market-leader IT company and then working in client- and partner-facing positions being in charge of client and partner relations and CRM.
Post graduate educated at Cornell University's leading hotel school, Kostas, the founder and Managing Director of Aeolus Hospitality (www.aeolushospitality.com), is a hospitality and travel management consultant, luxury hotel asset manager, investment advisor, product-business development and revenue optimization strategist with a broad experience in the performance enhancement aspects of the luxury hospitality and travel sectors. He has implemented commercial strategies for established and growing hotel and travel businesses, at start-up or post acquisition mode and has experience with reputable hotel management and owning companies, luxury resorts and boutique hotels, hotel distribution management solutions and interactive travel, across four continents and different companies such as IXeo Interactive Travel, Synxis International Holdings, the Savoy Group, the Peninsula Group, Sofitel Luxury Hotels, Le Meridien Hotels etc.
With almost 30 years of experience in the travel industry, 20 of those years in senior management working for an airline, two of the global travel management companies, having launched & managed an event marketing company & a smart card loyalty program, he has a very diverse experience within the travel & marketing segments.
He finally departed from corporate life at the helm of his career as the Managing Director for Asia Pacific & Middle East of one of the global travel management companies to launch his own consulting firm. He currently operates a successful consulting business, the first within this industry in the Middle East. Besides that his company owns a portfolio of online business portals – his current passion.
Bicky has been on the global speaking circuit for about 12 years. His knowledge & experience of the travel business, especially within Asia Pacific & Middle East is unparalleled. In fact since he released his book on travel management in Asia Pacific, he has become a very sought after speaker at travel conferences world-wide. Presently Bicky spends about 4 to 5 days a month on speaking assignments. His forte is the regional knowledge as well his acquired technology & online knowledge given his business segment.