board & key personnel

Our Board of Directors and Key Personnel

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 Board of Directors and management team is made up of business and travel veterans from a variety of disciplines and product/service sectors that includes in most cases an ownership stake. Their experiences also include Branding, Strategic Marketing, Social Media, Conversion Improvement, Vendor Contracting, Web (SEO) Optimization, Target Tracking Programs, Business Modeling, Distribution Strategy, and Marketing Alliances. This provides a rich context of diverse international experience, and perspective from which to make key decisions. 

Organizational Chart

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Biographies for Our Board of Directors & Board Seat Alternates (Curriculum Vitae):

Our Board of Directors and Alternates

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Steve A. Myers M.A.

Vice Chairman, Operations Director, Seat on Board of Directors

Mr. Steve Myers is a Community Leader and Civic Voice. Candidate for Ohio State General Assembly. Cincinnati, Ohio. Leadership, Management, Human Resources, Relations, Recruiting, Staffing, Safety, TQM, and Training. Steve has proven to be a tremendous asset to mytravelgrab.com by masterminding the organization set-up of our organization.


Summary:

Commensurate Human Resources Professional with Extensive Human Resources Experience, Expertise, and Creative Win-Win Solutions Oriented Accomplishments. Stellar 30+ year HR Career, from Private Sector Top Fortune 500 Corporations to Public Sector Federal, State, and Local Government Organizations. Accomplishments include: Developing, Matching, Recruiting, Staffing, Talent Management and Training, over 10,000 qualified candidates and jobs. Continuous Improvement of Performance, Quality, and Results for Employees, Employers, Individuals, Groups, Organizations, and Teams. “Who’s Who in American Business & Colleges.”


Titles: CEO, President, CEO, CHRO, Executive VPHR, Sr. VPHR, Vice President Human Resources, Director of Human Resources, Human Resources Director, HR/Safety Director, Human Resources Employee and Labor Relations Manager, Human Resources Manager, HR Supervisor, HR Representative, HR Business Partner, HR/OD Organizational Development Consultant, TQM Total Quality Management Consultant, Human Resources Consultant, Human Resources Contractor, Recruiter. Chief: Change Manager, Facilitator, Instructor, Negotiator, Mediator, Mentor. Board of Directors: ASTD, GCHRA, GMAA, IRRA, JSFG, MYBA, MACL, Fortune 500 Business Organizations:  General Electric (GE Mfg.), General Motors (GM Mfg.), Lowe’s (Home Improvement), McDonald’s (McCompCo Restaurants), UPS (World Wide Logistics).


Human Resources/Organizational Development/Recruiting/Talent Management/ HR-OD Projects/ Consulting & Contracting (Clients & Customers):  Adidas, Allied Signal, Auto Lite Spark Plugs, A.O. Smith, Bendix, Blue Sky Unlimited, Case Equipment, Cintas, Clean Harbors, Eaton, Emerson Electric, Ethicon, Fram Filters, Hear Music, 

Steve has also been Endorsed as an, “Outstanding Human Resources Professional, Who Performs Excellently, in Extraordinary Circumstances” 

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John Franks, PH.D.

President and CEO, Seat on the Board of Directors

Dr. John R. Franks, CTC, has over 20-years’ experience with the travel industry with domestic and international levels of travel industry experience in virtually all segments of the business. Before assuming his role as President and CEO, Dr. John came to mytravelgrab.com from a mytravelgrab.com acquired company where he also previously resided as president. Under his leadership, the Company launched unprecedented marketing campaigns that, garnered the highest total growth in the Company’s history. Before that position, he was a senior adviser to Cendant Corporation with brands such as Avis and Budget, Orbitz, Caldwell Banker, Galileo. 


John discovered research while working on his B.A. and went on to earn a Master’s Degree from Washington University in St. Louis. While working on his Ph.D. at Purdue University, John also studied Mechanical Engineering. John also developed the language for the legislation establishing professional licensing for Audiologists and Speech Pathologists in Indiana. After licensing for law in Indiana, John took the necessary examinations and received the license number two, along with his Ph.D. John applied for and received a research grant from the National Institutes of Health, the only student to receive such funding in the history of the program.


John left his tenured position for the private sector, joining Tracoustics, Inc., a manufacturer of medical sound rooms, music practice rooms, recording studios, as well as noise control products. 

Additionally, Tracoustics manufactured medical-diagnostic equipment for the assessment of hearing and balance. In addition to being responsible for product development, John served as Marketing Manager, responsible for the national and global media across print, TV and early digital platforms as well as negotiating all federal contracts. He later was promoted to Vice-President for medical instruments. 


John was additionally responsible for corporate partnerships, consumer products, travel, IP licensing, and the in-house photography and video agency of the Marketing Team. John traveled heavily, going to visit each of his domestic representatives annually and whenever they needed help with a difficult sale. John traveled to meet with the international representatives at their primary locales and with their customers to help with sales and support. 

Due to his research he won the Federal Employee of the Year, the Award for Outstanding Research, as well as awards from the National Hearing Conservation Association arid the Acoustical Society of America. 

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Mr. Richard Dickieson

Chief Technology Officer-Board of Director

Mr. Dickieson is principle areas of practice for mytravelgrab.com are for IT systems implementation, who also holds a background in accounting, operations and financial analysis on behalf of the Company. Richard is additionally a call center and logistics specialist.


Mr. Dickieson has an extensive experience in service industry operations and accounting, systems selection and implementation, focusing on setup and general ledger systems in the Company’s businesses, and is a marketing and distribution innovator, and is a senior manager in the Company’s service business.


Areas of Practice

  • Logistics
  • Service Industry Operations
  • Call Center Management
  • Service Industry Marketing

 

Education/Qualifications

  • MBA DePaul University
  • B.A. Business, Michigan State University  CTC – Certified Travel Consultant

CEO International Travel Brands

  • Led this 100 person, multi brand spin-off from Classic Vacation Group  Acquired three additional companies
  • Implemented new enterprise software

Industry Lines

  • Hospitality
  • Project Management Services
  • Public Transportation
  • TOC-Theory of Constraints

Services

  • Implemented logistical tracking system for the company vehicles
  • Cleaned up the company’s books to facilitate accurate year to year comparisons
  • Selected and implemented a new accounting system
  • Oversaw improvements in company’s distribution system
  • Improved profit margins
  • Created and implemented an employee evaluation and incentive program
  • Reviewed company compliance with industry and government regulations

The Signature Group $400 million direct marketing subsidiary of Exxon Mobil

  • Led project to select enterprise system on which the company could consolidate all of its business units
  • Turn around project for the Group’s travel club operation
  • Reviewed twenty plus systems, narrowed field to three finalists
  • Successfully implemented multiple systems (accounting, call center, reservations)
  • Selected system and developed implementation plan
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Financial Analysis
  • System Selection
  • System Implementation
  • system across all brands Information technology
  • Turn Around Situations
  • Web Marketing
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Property Management
  • Systems Design
  • IT - Information Technology

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Keith Powell

Director of Travel Advisor Success

Mr. Keith Powell has been in the travel industry for years holding many positions. Currently he holds a senior member of the mytravelgrab.com Team overseeing many areas within the Company. Keith has crisscrossed the globe from Bangkok to Cannes, Rio de Janeiro to Vancouver, and has presented programs internationally and domestically. As a keynote speaker for 43 years plus and business person, Keith is sought after for his delivery style and his knowledge of trends and how they affect our thinking, selling, marketing and living.


  

HONORS AND AWARDS:

  • NISOD EXCELLENCE AWARD
    An international study of teaching excellence. Presented by the Department of Education, University of Texas. 
  • DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD Alumni recognition award for accomplishments. Presented by Rio Hondo College. 
  •  TRAVEL EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR Presented on behalf of the U.S. travel agent industry. Presented by Travel Trade Productions 
  •  TEACHING EXPERIENCE
    As an Associate Professor, has taught Travel and Tourism for adult education in Whittier, CA. Six additional Colleges throughout CA and one in Arizona where he taught Travel & Tourism to 120 students per semester, covering the following topics: Tours, Travel Guide, Hotel Inspections, and Travel Agent basics.
  • Publications: Book and Articles: Keith Powell, “The Transforming Power of Achievement”, Omni Press, 
  • In it’s third printing. This also has been published in a number of travel trade magazines, also published online and was featured in an article in Sales Management Magazine.
  • PROFESSIONAL WEBINARS 
  • Performed webinars have been formed for the following organizations;
    OSSN,  Travel Professionals International,  Travel Research Online, CCRA,  TravelPulse
  • PRESENTATIONS AND INVITED LECTURES
    Keynote Address and Workshops for the following Travel organizations;
    Travel Trade,  Vacation.com, Norwegian Cruise Line, Caribbean Tourism Organization,  Carnival, Cruise Line, Cruise West  

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Audrey L. Campbell, BSJ, MBA

President of the Travel Training University, Seat on the Board of Directors

Ms. Audrey Campbell has over 25 years experience in international business travel, corporate communications. and marketing/public relations.


Audrey was previously an instructor Indiana Wesleyan Universities where she facilitates courses in International Business and Cultural Anthropology and also works as an International Public Relations Consultant. Prior to teaching, she worked for five years with Convergys Corporation, (NYSE:CVG) responsible for their C-level executives speaker placement program and successfully placed executives at leading forums on three continents and in 11 countries including Brazil, China, India and the Philippines. 


Audrey’s work at Convergys required she actively liaise with program organizers for the Forbes CEO Forum, Fortune Global Forum, and The World Economic Forum, to support the senior management in effectively communicating company messages to its global stakeholders. Through her travels with the senior management of the corporation Audrey is well acquainted with the international issues facing multi-national corporations. 


Before joining Convergys, she spent 15 years with Business Wire, the international media relations wire service, as a media relations representative, where she was directly responsible for maintaining relationships with major media in the Northeast, Midwest, USA, and helped a number of public relations professionals communicate with both national and international media outlets. 

Audrey grew up in Cleveland and earned her Bachelor's of Science in Journalism at Ohio University, and her Master's in International Management from Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio, and now resides in Cincinnati.


Her experience and education in international business, communications, and travel make her uniquely qualified to work with the mytravelgrab.com. 

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AUNDRA BARBER 

Chief Marketing Officer

Mr. Barber comes to mytravelgrabcom as Chief Marketing Officer from another travel company.  He has over 28 progressive years of experience in sales consulting, sales pipeline development and marketing execution with an industry specific focus dedicated to leisure travel, fashion, beauty, entertainment, alternative energy, mortgage finance and information technology. 


Mr. Barber has a unique ability to transform dormant marketing and sales forces into high performing teams in short periods of time by developing automated and streamlined sales and marketing processes, therefore employing productive activities that generate tangible results.

Aside from business; Mr. Barber has attended and has gained degrees, certifications and recognition from Ohio State University, DeVry Institute of Technology, Brain Bosworth School for Solution Selling, Toast Masters, Veritas Institution and a host of other affiliations and institutions. He currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio and enjoys Golfing, Listening to Jazz, Dancing, Piano and Chess. His real love is his wife and three children. 


CORE FUNCTIONS: 

Create, implement, and monitor a strategic marketing and public relations designed to companies to a higher level of sustainability and success, and develop methods to expand client base and improve market effectiveness in band recognition, client retention, and renewals. 

  • Assume major responsibility for relationship cultivation and stewardship 
  • Direct the marketing execution and business development units. Lead department in creation and achievement of stretch goals and oversee public relations activities, including research, writing, materials design, and relationship-building 
  • Oversee monitoring and tracking of market trend activities, providing regular reports to the Board of Directors and business development department staff. 
  • Coordinate the development of marketing materials and opportunities to increase visibility and elevate public image 
  • Organize and produce workshops, round table discussions and seminars. Brain-child such venue recruitment methods while overseeing its execution strategy
  • Plan and coordinate client, affiliate and joint venture partner appreciation events
  •  Continually research and pursue new business lines, direct and indirect revenue channels and market share opportunities.

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 Lampros Papaspyrou  

President of International Development, Seat on the Board of Directors

Mr. Papaspyrou resides at mytravelgrab.com London office located at 219 Kensington High Street, Kensington (Office 4) W8 6BD.


He has an extensive background in international business development, specifically within the travel sector and is exploring the growth worldwide. He comes to mytravelgrab.com from Intracom, one of the largest multinational travel technology groups in Greece. Mr. Papaspyrou initially started with Intracom in the Telecommunications sector.


He was instrumental in transitioning products developed for the Greek mobile operators into the International Market. Within a year, the success was so great that they opened a Dubai office, then 18 months later a Jordan office which was staffed by Mr. Papaspyrou. 


During his time at Intracom, he was also charged with helping a reservation center business unit of Cyprus Airways achieve global recognition. During this project he successfully achieved installations in 12 countries; developed major partnerships on a global scale including Siemens with joint marketing in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Oracle with joint sales in USA and Asia, and a global partnership agreement with Cendant; started offices for the group in USA and London. During his tenure, the group sales for this unit were more than one billion Euros.


Prior to joining Intracom, he was a Marketing Manager for ICAP, a wholly own subsidiary of the largest private bank in Greece, which functions as a consulting organization. From 1985 –1992, Mr. Papaspyrou was Marketing Manager for ADDAX SA, a consulting company owned by the Commercial Bank of Greece.

Mr. Papaspyrou is in charge of the Company’s International Business Development, building the infrastructure, finding re-sellers, setting up new offices, and determining segment markets.

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Richard Masters  

Chief Financial Officer-Board of Director/Secretary/Treasurer

Mr. Richard Masters CPA has also earned himself a law degree to serve as our Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr. Masters earned a BBA and JD from University of Oklahoma, MBA from Central State University (now University of Central Oklahoma). Mr. Master’s degree in law also has consulted the Company on legal matters.


As CFO, Richards has management oversight and responsibility for all financial functions and oversees all revenues, costs, capital expenditures, investments and debt.


Summary of Accomplishments

  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Extensive knowledge about accounting and business principles.
  • Creative and innovative mind, always seeking the clients' satisfaction.
  • Very organized.

 Richard has been in practice as CPA since 1973 and is looking forward challenging and rewarding position as our Chief Financial Officer.

Member of Oklahoma Society of CPA’s and Oklahoma Bar Association.

Participant in various MLM and DS programs so we think that you will find Richards’s qualifications most impressive as it relates to our Company.

Richard’s greatest strengths are his creativity, drive and leadership. He thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand the company’s reach.

Like any investment of time, money, and energy, people need to be aware of what they are getting into and do their homework. That’s the primary reasons he began researching the topic by reaching out to regular everyday people and who were willing to skip the hype and offer a transparent view of the programs and give their opinions as to whether Planet Opportunity can be a realistic source of retirement income. We unquestionably believe it truly can and will be.

In his free time, Richard’s leisure activities include: Travel, Boating, Tennis, Scuba, Pilot, and Racquetball.

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Panagiotis (Takis) Michas

International Operations

Mr. Michas worked previously as Senior Sales and Business Development Executive in Genesys/Alcatel –Lucent. 

  

His market area was M.East and my main role was:

  • Sales Teams leader monitoring the three main offices in Dubai, Karachi and Riyadh
  • Partnership Management in whole M.East area
  • High Level Business Development in whole M.East area
  • High Level Contacts (C-level) in Area/Market of mine.He is working closely with Mr. Lambros Papspyrou on International expansion.

Mr. Michas also worked as Business Development and Alliance Consultant supporting Greek companies wishing to expand their activities in M.East market and to secure their SW or Services Portfolio through local Partners.


These Solutions or apps Portfolios are:

  • Dept. Collections, Back office automation, KM and BI
  • E-Banking and Mobile Payments
  • Workflow and BPM/ Information Security Services and Apps
  • CRM/ Reservation and Ticketing
  • News Agency
  • Health Care and HIS/ HR

Worked in OLYMPUS COMPANY first as product manager and later as sales manager in the medical department and medical equipment specialized in flexible endoscope area. 

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Summer Daniel

Supplier Relations/Action Coordinator

Ms. Daniel’s background it very eclectic with a history in travel.  She has worked with many levels from the employees making the product to upper Management overseeing the production. She began my adult life with four years serving in the United State Marine Corps. From there she entered the medical field. She then spent one year in Dermatology, and eight years in Pediatrics.

Leaving the medical side of things, she took a position as a Business Sales Supervisor for a local telecommunications company. After much success in that role she was offered to become an Office Manager for a global plastics packaging company.

Throughout that endeavor she was then moved into the role of Maintenance planner in charge of overseeing and schedule machine repairs and rebuilds along with the proper training of Maintenance Personnel.

She has one Son, Daniel.  Who is currently in the Marine Corps and stationed in Washington State. As many others she scheduled her life around the next time she can get to the beach and take in the beauty of our oceans. She is very excited to be working with mytravelgrab.com.



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