American Express & USA TODAY Presents:

The 5th Annual Travel Executive Summit

As part of the expanded Freddie Awards event, the Travel Executive Summit offers attendees a rare opportunity to listen in, and join in, as loyalty industry leaders discuss issues impacting their business today. The Travel Executive Summit is a must-attend event for loyalty program executives, partners and vendors of the industry, frequent flyers, program members and anyone else who wants to participate in the discussions that typically go on behind the scenes in loyalty program offices throughout the world. By all means the public is invited to this extraordinary event.

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LUNCH will follow these sessions.


WHERE: Hilton Atlanta Airport, 1031 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta GA 30354

WHEN: 10:30 am – 11:30 am / Thursday, April 30

TOPIC: View From 30,000 Feet, CEO/Senior Executive’s View of Loyalty Programs

In a first ever for any conference, we feature an intimate one-on-one with one of the leading CEOs in the industry and there will only be a single topic—loyalty programs. Effective? Growing? Jumping the Shark? In Five Years?

[participants: Adam Aron (interim CEO, Starwood Hotels—confirmed)


 11:30 am – 11:45 am / Thursday, April 30

WHEN: 11:45 pm – 12:30 am / Thursday, April 30

TOPIC: Plastic Fantastic—Part 2

This panel features executives from the various credit cards companies who will chat about the sky high bonus offers from their cards, whether or not they will last and what’s new and better for the future for these very important partners to most travel loyalty programs.

[participants: Lisa Kalhans (Vice President, Co-Brands, American Express—confirmed)Bob Daly (Senior Vice President, FlexPerks Rewards & Loyalty Management, U.S. Bank—confirmed), David Gold (General Manager, Chase Card Services—confirmed), Matt Massaua (Managing Director for Airline Partnerships, Barclaycard US—confirmed), Bruce Sibley (Senior Vice President, Business Development, MasterCard—confirmed)




As a reminder, net proceeds from this event are distributed to charitable organizations.

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