has appointed C. Thomas (Thom) Nulty to
its Board of Directors. In this role, Nulty will leverage his deep industry
knowledge and broad base of contacts to help guide the company through
continued, rapid growth.
With over 30 years of experience, Nulty is recognized among industry peers
and influencers as a travel authority. He brings to SideStep expertise in
operations, technology, business process and process improvement, combined
with a thorough understanding of airline strategy and management.
“Thom is a well-respected leader in the travel and business community,” said
Brian Barth, CEO of SideStep. “His industry know-how and network will bring
substantial value to SideStep as we work to further strengthen our service
and bring new travel providers into the SideStep partner network.”
In January 2003, Nulty retired as the president and chief operating officer
of Navigant International (Nasdaq: FLYR). During his four-year tenure as
president, the company grew to become the second largest travel management
company in North America, handling over $6 billion in travel arrangements
annually for its clients. Navigant was also named to the Forbes “Best Small
Companies” list for two consecutive years. Prior to Navigant, Nulty was
president of Associated Travel, a large regional travel management company
known for its industry-leading technology. Associated was purchased by
Navigant in 1997.
Nulty began his career with American Airlines, where he spent 14 years in
various staff, line and executive positions. From American, Nulty moved to
Carlson Travel Network, where he served senior vice president of marketing.
He then joined Continental Airlines as vice president and general sales
“As a travel search engine, SideStep is fundamentally different than both
online and offline agencies,” said Thom Nulty. “By connecting consumers with
hundreds of travel providers to book flights, hotels and rental cars,
SideStep has developed a high margin, technology-driven model, one that does
not require intensive human capital to scale.” Nulty continued, “I see this
company as representing the future of the travel industry, and I`m looking
forward to helping SideStep succeed.”
Nulty is the founder of the consulting firm Finding the Better Way, Inc. The
firm`s mission is to assist clients in finding the better way of doing
almost anything through knowledge, dedicated effort and desire.