VacationCoach, Inc., has announced that travel industry gurus Terry Jones, founder and former CEO of Travelocity.com
, and Rob Erickson, former CFO for the travel operations of Carlson Companies, are now strategic advisors for the company.
Jones and Erickson will advise VacationCoach
on the strategic direction for Me-PrintT, the company’s automated advice tool platform, as well as helping VacationCoach grow its global partner network.
“While online travel has been great for bookings it has lacked the power to give advice. Vacation Coach`s Me-PrintT technology fills that gap,” says Terry Jones. “I was a strong supporter of the technology while I was leading Travelocity and I am convinced of the great benefits of automated expert advice.”
Terry Jones and Rob Erickson bring over 40 years of combined strategic travel industry and technology expertise to VacationCoach. Terry Jones was the visionary who created Travelocity. Prior to heading up Travelocity, Jones served as Chief Information Officer at Sabre Inc. In his 24 years at Sabre, Jones held various executive positions including President of Computer Services, Vice President of Applications Development and Vice President of Product Development. He brings first hand knowledge of creating national brands, thriving in rapidly changing markets and using technology for competitive advantage.
“I am excited about the uniqueness and value of VacationCoach’s expert-powered advice tools”, shares Rob Erickson about the capabilities of VacationCoach’s expert advice platform. “These intelligent solutions have excellent potential for supporting guided sales and customer service operations both online and in call centers.”
Rob Erickson has had in-depth travel experience with diverse global travel and marketing service businesses, including roles as a founding executive of Far&Wide Travel and CFO of $4.5 billion Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Americas.