Co-Founder, President, CEO & Board Member
As President and CEO, Carmine Carpanzano is responsible for strategic planning and business development. From December of 1989 to June of 2003, Carmine served as Founder, Chairman, President and CEO of Advance Travel, a $30 million corporate travel business, with offices in Bermuda and Stamford, CT, as well as affiliate locations in London, Dublin and Hong Kong.
Carmine began his career in the travel industry in 1987 as Director of Marketing and operations for American Travel Service, a wholesale tour operator to Nassau, Bahamas and Cancun, Mexico, and was responsible for charter operations and hotel contract negotiations as well as a sales force of 50 sales representatives stationed throughout the East Coast.
Carmine attended The University of Connecticut from 1983 to 1984 and Pace University from 1984 to 1986.
Michael J. Materasso
Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer & Vice Chairman of Board
As President of Allegiant Interactive Development, Michael J. Materasso co-founded nuTravel Technology Solutions as a result of strategic initiatives with key clients and was instrumental in the formation of the nuTravel operational model.
Prior to Allegiant ID, Michael was a Director of Professional Services for Commerce One, Inc. As Director, Michael was responsible for operations and delivery for large scale consulting services and staff management within the custom e-commerce line of business, as well as three offices and $20M in annual revenue. Prior to Commerce One, Mr. Materasso’s experience with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Ciba-Geigy and Merrill Lynch included Financial Systems Application Consulting, 401K and Pension Plan investment and management, Trust Reporting & ERISA Compliance, Corporate Budgeting and Investment Banking.
Michael holds a BA from Iona College with majors in Accounting and Management Information Systems.
Chief Strategy Officer, Board Member
After 30 years with American Express, Mr. Miller consults for small companies with emphasis on the development, expansion, and execution of their individual business plans; focusing on helping companies increase their sales and revenue by broadening their business offering.
Miller began his tenure with American Express in 1974, and throughout 30 years there held several positions within the Card, Financial Services, Establishment Services and Travel businesses. He has managed all aspects of the business including sales, marketing, operations and account retention.
Miller’s last position at American Express was as Vice President and General Manager of the Global Interactive Travel Group for American Express Corporate Travel. Leading the group, he was responsible for managing all aspects of the its interactive and on-line travel business, including strategy development, product development, sales, marketing, operations, and account development.
Prior to this, Miller was appointed as the Vice President of Small Business and Specialty Travel in 1996, responsible for developing and implementing U.S.strategy for the expansion of the Small Business Travel segment. He also served as Vice President for West Region Sales & Marketing from 1987 to 1991, at which time he was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of the West Region HQ for the Consumer Card Group.
Mr. Miller received a BA degree from Hillsdale College and has done graduate work at St. Mary’s College.
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Airline Solutions
Brown is a veteran airline industry leader, with more than 22 years of sales, marketing and distribution experience with Southwest Airlines. Prior to joining nuTravel Brown served as the Director of Corporate Sales, Distribution and Air Programs from 2003 through 2015. During his tenure at Southwest, Brown was instrumental in leading the development and growth of Southwest Airlines’ direct distribution strategy, including: SWABIZ the airline’s online corporate booking portal, and Southwest’s API/XML direct connect service, Southwest Gateway Services (SGS). In addition to his broad distribution experience, Brown developed Southwest Airlines’ very first Corporate Travel Program. At the time of his departure from Southwest Airlines, the Corporate Travel Program has grown to represent 16% of total Southwest revenues.
Rob is active with some of the airline industry’s largest associations. He currently serves on the GBTA Education Foundation board, and previously served on GBTA’s Aviation Committee. He is also an experienced public speaker having served as keynote speaker and/or panel discussion participant at airline distribution industry events.
Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from North Central College, in Naperville IL. He has been married for 22 years to his wife Sonya, and they have 2 children, Kendall (15) and Cameron (12).
Joseph J. Sternlicht
Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
As the Chief Technology Officer, Joseph oversees all Software Development and Technology Management at nuTravel. For the past 15 years, Joseph has focused exclusively on Internet technologies from Java to Network Operations. Having been a key player in such companies as Prodigy, Mail.com, and Commerce One, Joseph has built several high volume and high availability Internet infrastructures. At Prodigy, Joseph led the Advanced Technologies Group in researching and demonstrating the applications and limitations of the latest Internet technologies.
Joseph received his Masters Degree in Computer Science with a minor in Artificial Intelligence from Florida Tech.
Director, Software Development
Paul leads all mission critical Software Development and Systems Integration at nuTravel. Prior to nuTravel, Paul was a Senior Consultant at Commerce One, a hands on Developer and Technical Lead for dozens of multi-million dollar ERP efforts. Paul has spent the last ten years developing Java-based Data-Driven Transaction Systems and Web Services for the Travel Industry and is considered a Domain Expert on Computer Reservation Systems and Global Distribution Systems.
Director, Software Development
Curtis has over twenty-five years of development experience. As Director of Software Development, Curtis focuses on system architecture, innovation, graphic design, and competitive analysis. Curtis also has considerable experience in business operations engineering and intelligence reporting.
Prior to becoming a member of the nuTravel team, Curtis presided over the development of multiple TRX Inc. solutions including TRAVELTRAX, CORREX, RESX, and QueueManager. Curtis was also a paid professional figure skater, is in the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame, acted in movies, modeled, and was the U.S. Ambassador for the Youth of Yugoslovia at the 1992-1993 U.N. conference in New York. His passion for travel has given Curtis a diverse background, taking him all over the world, visiting over 23 countries and providing technical expertise in travel technology for more than eleven years.
Director, UX/UI Design & Brand Marketing
Joseph leads the conceptualization and execution of all online media and product interface initiatives, marketing campaigns, user experience design and brand development. He has a diverse background in identifying markets, defining and refining corporate visions, and enabling products and services for the web.
Joseph’s prior experience with Allegiant Interactive Development includes project management and media development; designing online and offline marketing campaigns, corporate web sites and associated technology infrastructures required to support business objectives. Joseph also worked with Expo International and MBIA Insurance Corporation; directing the production of online and offline visual product development while enhancing the quality, productivity, and profitability of each campaign.
Joseph currently holds a BA in Computer Science from Pace University.
Director, Technical Support, Implementation and QA
As the Director of Technical Support, Implementation and QA at nuTravel, Artie’s mission is to ensure quality releases and first class support for all nuTravel products. Prior to nuTravel, Artie was a Senior Functional Analyst for Commerce One and functional lead on several multi-million dollar projects. His expertise includes business process design, system implementation, client/product management, as well as Post Go-Live Support. Artie also worked for Ciba Specialty Chemicals where he played lead roles in a multitude of ERP implementation projects.
Artie holds a B.S. in Business Administration from St. Thomas Aquinas College.
Director, Sales and Account Management
With over 23 years of experience in the travel industry Bradley brings a wealth of domain expertise and knowledge to the team. Previous Senior Account Management roles with American Express and HRG/BTI give Bradley a deep insight into how to successfully assist clients gain the most from their investments in the nuTravel brand and technologies. A passion for pushing the boundaries in Online Booking drives Bradley and as a result can be seen across the nuTravel solutions and client sites.
Prior to nuTravel Bradley held a variety of roles within TRX Inc. specific to the Online Booking environment, including Development, Training, Solutions management, Business Analysis and others allowing Bradley to have a vast knowledge not only of the solution but also of the marketplace in general. Prior to TRX Bradley managed a number of blue chip accounts including Diageo during his tenure with HRG/BTI.
Bradley advanced from the Imperial College, London following studies in Geography and Travel & Tourism.
Additional Board Members
Joseph R. Zimmel
Mr. Zimmel served on the board of directors of Modem Media, Inc. from May 4, 1999 until he joined the Digitas Inc. Board of Directors in October 2004. Mr. Zimmel is currently a private investor. From December 2001 until November 2002, Mr. Zimmel served as an Advisory Director to the Goldman Sachs Group.
Prior to that engagement, Mr. Zimmel held the position of Managing Director of the Communications, Media & Entertainment Group for the Americas in the investment banking division at Goldman, Sachs & Co., from 1999 to 2001. Mr. Zimmel served as a Managing Director and the head of that group from 1992 to 1999. Mr. Zimmel also serves on the board of directors of CenturyTel, Inc.
Ron is a thirty-year travel industry veteran who currently operates his own consulting practice, IN THE BLACK, specializing in travel and business management performance. He was one of the founding members of the British Airways OpenSkies airline subsidiary where he served as Chief Commercial Officer, where he had executive oversight for all aspects of marketing, sales, distribution and revenue management in both Europe and the United States.
Prior to the OpenSkies engagement, Ron was Senior Vice President and General Manager of American Express Travel EMEA, based in London, which during his tenure was a $7B business, employing 6300 people, and encompassing twenty-one markets throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. His direct responsibilities included operations, client retention and growth, sales, marketing, and supplier relations. He set the overall strategic direction for the region as part of the American Express Travel global executive team.
Ron also served on the board of American Express Europe Ltd, which set direction for all American Express businesses operating in the region which at the time included the American Express Corporate and Consumer Card businesses, the Establishment Services business, the Global Network Services business, and the American Express Bank.
Prior to American Express, Ron was the Chief Operating Officer of Rosenbluth International, a privately held global travel management company, employing 3800 people, with offices in forty-eight countries around the world. During his twenty-five years with Rosenbluth, Ron held various leadership roles in operations, sales, marketing, and client management.
Ron also serves on the board of advisors for Hudson Crossing, a strategic advisory firm that helps companies improve business performance in the travel, tourism and hospitality space. He is also on the board of trustees for the Historic Delaware Canal Improvement Corporation, which is a privately funded group serving the community in the interest of historic preservation.
Paul H. Warren
Paul H. Warren is a private investor and the CEO of Antipodean Partners LLC, a private company formed to look at ventures in financial services, health care and environmental initiatives. Paul was a co-founder, and until December 31, 2000 a Partner of Capital Z Partners a $3.25 billion alternative investment fund.
Prior to co-founding Capital Z Partners, Paul was a Partner in Insurance Partners I, LP (”IP I”) a S540 million private equity fund. Prior to the formation of IP I, Paul was a Managing Director of International Insurance Investors, LP. From June 1986 until February 1992, Paul was a Vice President in investment banking at J.P. Morgan & Co. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Paul was an Assistant Secretary in the Government of Hong Kong and from March 1979 until November 1982, a Senior Inspector of Police in the Royal Hong Kong Police Force.
Paul received a B.A. (Honors) degree in Politics and Law from the University of Otago, New Zealand.
Robert A. Spass
Robert A. Spass is a Partner of Capital Z Financial Services Partners. Mr. Spass currently serves on the board of directors for the following companies: Aames Investment Corporation; Ceres Group, Inc.; Endurance Specialty Holdings, Ltd.; Lancashire Insurance Company Limited; Universal American Financial Corp.; and USI Holdings Corp.
Prior to co-founding Capital Z in 1998, Mr. Spass was the Managing Partner and co-founder of Insurance Partners, L.P. Mr. Spass also was President and CEO of International Insurance Advisors, Inc., the management company of International Insurance Investors, L.P. Prior to joining International Insurance Investors, Mr. Spass was a Director of Investment Banking at Salomon Brothers with responsibility for corporate finance relationships with the insurance industry. Prior to joining Salomon, Mr. Spass was a Senior Manager for Peat Marwick Main & Co., providing accounting and consulting services for the insurance industry.
Mr. Spass received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.