LABTA | Los Angeles Business Travel Association

Event Details

LABTA Welcomes

Corporate Partner Of The Month - March 2018

"Travel Tech Takeoff - Vote for the Best Travel Technology that will Boom in 2018!"

Guest Speaker(s):

Johnny Thorsen , VP, Travel Strategy & Partnerships, Mezi
Jonathan Chizick, Head of Marketing, AppZen
Tom Nicholson, , Director Business Development, TRIPBAM
Tyler Dikman, CEO, LoungeBuddy
Ryan Wenger, , CEO, WhereFor


Wednesday, March 21, 2018



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Riot Games Headquarters


12333 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064



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Event Details:

The LABTA Travel Tech Council has organized a travel tech "pitch contest" with 5-6 travel startups that all focus on various travel themes for 2018 and beyond (ie. AI, Blockchain, Consumerization of the Enterprise, VR, etc). There will be a panel of 5 judges, consisting of Travel Managers & Procurement Managers from companies such as Sony Pictures, Snapchat, Cognizant, Riot Games, and Illumina, along with Jonathan Mooney from New Ground Ventures. The format will be a 5-minute pitch from each travel startup, followed by Q&A from the judges & LABTA audience. No actual investment will be made, this is to create broader awareness on new travel technologies coming to the market, and to let up-and-coming travel companies share their new ideas with the broader LA & CA travel community.


  • Drew Mitchell: Cognizant - North America Travel Lead
  • Lawrence Aldridge: Sony Pictures Entertainment - SVP, Chief Procurement Officer
  • Sean Parham: Snapchat - Global Travel Ninja
  • Mike Hall: Illumina - Global Travel Manager
  • Sophie Mokhtari: Riot Games - Head of Travel
  • Jonathan Mooney: Venture Investor/Advisor at New Ground Ventures in Los Angeles

Speaker's bio(s):

Johnny Thorsen
VP, Travel Strategy & Partnerships, Mezi

Mezi: Powered by Artificial Intelligence, Travel Genomeā„¢ and human experts, we're a 24/7 concierge for traveling. Travel like a VIP and Mezi handles all booking, rescheduling, cancellation, and everything in between.

Jonathan Chizick
Head of Marketing, AppZen

AppZen: AppZen has developed the world's first artificial intelligence (AI) solution for back-office automation - including the world's first automated solution for real-time T&E expense report compliance and audit.

Tom Nicholson,
Director Business Development, TRIPBAM

TRIPBAM: As hotel prices drop, TRIPBAM automatically finds a better rate for a traveler more than 50% of the time, saving over $100 per booking for corporate travelers.

Tyler Dikman
CEO, LoungeBuddy

LoungeBuddy: Whether you're a casual traveler looking to access a lounge on your occasional trip or a road warrior who passes through airports every week, LoungeBuddy helps you find your perfect airport oasis and instantly book guaranteed access at lounges worldwide, all at an affordable price.

Ryan Wenger,
CEO, WhereFor

Simply enter how much money you want to spend, and in about 10 seconds the WhereFor software analyzes a quarter million hotels and 5 million flights to show you where your money can take you. Reduce your corporate travel spend while improving traveler satisfaction.