NEW YORK, August 12, 2014 —Rocketrip, the first commercially available platform to save companies money on travel expenses by rewarding employees for cost-saving behavior, today announced two new additions to the team.
Mike Tangney, Google’s Global Travel Manager, joins Rocketrip as a strategic advisor. Tangney has emerged as an innovative thought leader among travel managers and has won numerous internal Google and industry awards including, BTN’s 25 Most Influential Travel Executives in 2010 and 2012, and European Travel Manager of the Year in 2010.
“Mike has pioneered the premise that issuing the carrot instead of the stick is a more relevant and productive way to drive compliance with preferred corporate objectives,” said Dan Ruch, Founder & CEO of Rocketrip. “Rocketrip is building on that premise and deploying a platform that will enable all companies to apply the concept in a cost effective way. Mike’s experience will help to accelerate Rocketrip’s rate of product innovations.”
"There is an entirely new type of savvy travelers in the workplace who are adept at using technology to find the lowest prices," said Tangney. "Online travel sites often have the best deals, so it makes perfect sense for companies to encourage employees to use the sites they want to use while saving the company money. I am impressed by Rocketrip’s platform and I’m thrilled to work with Dan and the team to continue to enhance Rocketrip’s offerings."
Bill Casper, Vice President, Sales
Bill Casper has joined Rocketrip as Vice President, Sales. He will report to Dan Ruch, Founder & CEO.
Casper is a 9-year veteran of technology sales. Prior to joining Rocketrip, he was director of sales for AppNexus, one of the leading independent ad tech companies in the world. During his tenure at AppNexus, Casper oversaw new business for the core ad-serving platform. As one of the company’s sales leaders, he introduced real-time bidding infrastructure to the industry’s most dynamic media companies and spearheaded new business efforts for the mobile platform. Before joining AppNexus in 2012, Bill worked in sales on Wall Street. Earlier in his career, Bill worked in technology and business risk consulting for Fortune 500 companies.
Rocketrip (rocketrip.com) is the first commercially available travel management platform to save companies money on travel expenses by motivating employees to become willing and enthusiastic partners in cost savings. Rocketrip’s algorithms integrate a company’s travel policy with real-time trip pricing and availability to create a personalized Smart Budget for each trip. Employees are set free to book using their favorite travel websites and are rewarded for booking under budget by sharing a percentage of the savings in gift cards for major retailers. Rocketrip provides employers with insights and analytics on company spending, savings and employee travel behavior, giving them the ability to optimize their travel policy and rewards program.