BookingPal is a cloud-based travel technology company providing the vacation rental and holiday letting industry with a global distribution platform that features real-time connectivity between the leading property management software systems and top consumer travel websites in the world.
The BookingPal platform offers Vacation Rental Managers and Property Owners superior revenue opportunities by utilizing proprietary products to optimize distribution capabilities including myOptimize which calculates listing quality and provides key feedback to achieve optimal channel placement and conversion and myInquiry which provides a qualified team of reservation agents to handle guest reservation communications.
Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Irvine, California, BookingPal seamlessly connects thousands of rentals located on 5 continents, from 40 different property management software systems to over 35 online global consumer travel websites and the travel agent industry.
Alex Aydin is a serial entrepreneur and senior technology executive with over twenty years of experience in the software sector. A dynamic leader and resourceful thinker, Alex has developed an expertise in successfully managing the operations throughout each phase of a company’s life cycle, developing innovative and profitable software companies. After co-founding Procom Technology (NASDAQ: PRCM) in 1987, an embedded operating systems developer, Alex led the expansion of Procom’s operations for 16 years taking the company public and eventually selling to Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:SUNW). As CFO, he took the company through a successful IPO, Secondary Offering, and a Debt Offering; raising over $100 million in public financing and bringing the company’s growth from no revenue, to $120 million in revenue. While at Procom, Alex managed over 400 employees in 5 countries, established OEM relationships with HP, Dell, Fujitsu, and Sun Microsystems, and developed the sales infrastructure selling to Fortune 1000 companies. He was responsible for all SEC reporting and SOX compliance, and worked directly on the integration of 6 companies acquired by and integrated into Procom’s core operation. Alex was also the founder of Pacific Horizon Communities a builder of new home communities, and the founder and CEO of Home America Lending a wholesale mortgage lending company. His experience in both the new home building and Mortgage markets led him to his next software startup, Icanbuy. In 2006 Alex founded Icanbuy, an innovative Saas based online comparison-shopping platform for financial products. As CEO of the company, Aydin set up a large software development operation in Ukraine, worked on establishing partnerships with most major real estate and financial website publishers and large online mortgage companies. Alex subsequently sold Icanbuy to Informa (LON: INFR), and then worked on migrating Informa legacy software platform into Icanbuy’s state of the art platform.
In addition to a large reservoir of solid business skills and judgment, Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and connections in the transportation and distribution space where he spent the bulk of his career. Located in Dallas, Jeff spent 14 years with American Airlines, managed the legal separation of Sabre, Inc. from AA and left to become EVP and Chief Financial Officer of the stand-alone company in 1998. Over his 13 years at Sabre, both as Chief Financial Officer and as EVP Corporate Development, Jeff managed the Sabre initial public offering, completed over 25 acquisitions and divestitures of over $8 billion in value, served on the Board of Travelocity, managed the globalization of the Sabre organization, and completed sale of the company to a group of private equity firms, thereby taking Sabre, Inc. private. Currently Jeff serves on the Boards of Rent-A-Center, a $2.8 billion public rent-to-own retail space company and of Getty Images. Jeff is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has an MBA from the Northwestern’s Kellogg Business School. He serves as Chair of Parents Advisory Committee of Carleton College and as an ex-official member of the Board of Trustees.
Mark served as President of STEC, Inc. (formerly, Simpletech Inc.) from March 20, 2007 and as its Interim Chief Executive Officer from September 18, 2012 to September 12, 2013. Mr. Moshayedi was a Co-Founder of STEC, Inc. and served as its Secretary from January 1995 to March 2012. He served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technical Officer of STEC, Inc. since January 1995. He served as President of Research and Development at STEC, Inc. from June 1994 to December 1994 and as its Senior Vice President from April 1992 to June 1994. He served as a Director of STEC, Inc. from March 1992 to September 12, 2013. Mr. Moshayedi graduated with a B.S. in Engineering from the University of California, Irvine and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.
Sam Gilliland is CEO of Cherwell Software, setting the company’s strategic direction and driving its customer-first vision. Sam leads the company’s continued growth beyond IT Service Management (ITSM) and into new markets across the enterprise. Sam draws on his knowledge of and passion for technology to improve customer service experiences and make peoples’ lives easier. For nearly a decade, Sam led more than 10,000 employees in 60 countries as chairman and CEO of travel industry technology giant Sabre Corporation and Travelocity.com. Sam has served on the boards of Sabre Corporation and Travelocity.com, Brinks Home Security Holdings, Carlson, Inc., Gogo, Inc., Rackspace Hosting, Inc., Digital River, and BookingPal. Under U.S. President Barack Obama, Sam served on the President’s Management Advisory Board and on the Energy Security Leadership Council. He also served as chair of the U.S. Commerce Department’s Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. Sam holds an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Dallas and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas.
Simon was previously the CEO of Biketec AG, the producer of the FLYER E-bikes located in Huttwil, and CEO of Interhome, the European market leader in placing more than 32,000 vacation apartments, vacation homes and chalets in 29 countries. Mr. Lehmann’s past experience also includes deputy CEO of the Hotelplan-Gruppe in 2012, where he was responsible for the Travel Related & Online Services Division (including Interhome and the online travel agency travel.ch). Over the years, Lehmann made a name for himself beyond the Swiss borders as an online expert of the travel industry in general, but especially in the vacation rental industry. Simon Lehmann is frequently invited as a speaker for online travel events worldwide and is asked on board as a consultant for startups. He was also a non-executive board member with HomeAway until they were sold to Expedia. Prior to his time at Interhome, Simon was active in various top management positions at Swissport International, a worldwide leading company in the area of airport ground handling and former Swissair Group company.
Antoine Colaço is a Partner at Valor Capital Group. Prior to joining Valor, Mr. Colaço was at Google for 9 years serving in a wide range of capacities. He was most recently COO of Global Partnerships, supporting all of Google’s partnerships. Previously, he established Google’s India presence by founding its operations in Hyderabad and grew its Latin American presence by launching offices and online AdWords operations in Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina. More recently, he headed the Reseller Channel for Asia-Pacific and LATAM and was the COO for the APAC and LATAM regions.
Prior to joining Google, Mr. Colaço was in Business Development for Yahoo! Finance. Antoine also held roles at Goldman Sachs, Development Bank of Singapore, and CSC Healthcare. Mr. Colaço received his BSE, cum laude, from Princeton University, in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a certificate in Public and International Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School. He also has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.