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Future of Airline Industry

April 12, 2012
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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Embassy Suites Waltham
550 Winter Street
Waltham, MA 02451
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 Future of Airlines


Our April meeting will be focused on the future of the airline industry - "Where are we going short and long term?" The topic will be driven by a lively panel discussion whereby David Hilfman, Senior VP Sales, United Airlines; Steve Sear, Senior VP Global Sales, Delta Airlines; and Dennis Corrigan, VP Revenue Management, JetBlue Airways will represent the airline industry.  Michael McCormick, Executive Director of GBTA will be our travel industry leader facilitator.


 Michael W. McCormick, Director and COO, Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)

Michael W. McCormick accepted the position of Executive Director and COO for the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) in August of 2009. 

 McCormick comes to GBTA with more than 20 years of travel industry experience, having most recently served as Managing Partner of Hudson Crossing, LLC, a successful travel industry advisory business. His goals for the association include aggressively globalizing the association, expanding product and service offerings, and growing membership.

 Prior to launching Hudson Crossing, McCormick served as Executive Vice President of Cendant’s Hospitality & Leisure Group, where as business unit leader, he was responsible for the strategic direction and operations of the global hospitality business for Cendant Travel Distribution Services, now Travelport. With brands that included Orbitz and Galileo, he was instrumental in designing and implementing strategies that resulted in the development of an industry-leading merchant hotel database of over 30,000 hotels and top line revenues that grew to $3 billion. McCormick has also served as the Chief Operating Officer of PhoCusWright, Inc, President of, and Vice President of Global Supplier Relations for Rosenbluth International. Rosenbluth was subsequently acquired by American Express.

 GBTA is the leading source for networking, advocacy, and education for business and government travel managers, buyers and planners. GBTA is the recognized voice of corporate travel in Washington, D.C. and around the world.  GBTA fights to control business travel costs, and advocates for business travel in the areas of security, travel facilitation, and risk management. 



Dave Hilfman, Senior Vice President Sales, United

Dave Hilfman is Senior Vice President Sales for United, the world’s leading airline.  In this role, Hilfman is responsible for directing the efforts of a team of more than 800 sales professionals who manage sales programs, relationships and revenue with corporations, travel management companies and distributors around the world.

Hilfman was previously Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Continental Airlines from 2004 to 2010, where he oversaw a team composed of more than 600 sales professionals.

Hilfman started his airline career in 1981 with Eastern Airlines as a campus sales representative at the University of South Florida.  He held sales positions of increasing responsibility with Eastern throughout the southeastern United States until joining Continental Airlines in 1986 where he served as Regional Sales Manager in New York City and Director of the Western Sales Division based in Los Angeles. In 1992, Hilfman moved to the airline’s corporate headquarters in Houston, where he held the positions of Senior Director of U.S. Field Sales, Vice President of Multinational Sales and Revenue Programs and Vice President of Sales and Reservations.

Hilfman graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in finance. He’s an avid golfer and has one son.


Steve Sear, Senior Vice President of Global Sales, Delta Air Lines 

Steve Sear is senior vice president of global sales for Delta Air Lines where he is responsible for Delta’s worldwide sales programs and relationships with corporate customers and travel management companies. Steve also oversees Reservation Sales and Customer Care, Delta’s Latin America region, and MLT Vacations, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta.

 Prior to joining Delta Air Lines, Steve held various leadership positions at Northwest Airlines, including vice president sales & customer care, managing director reservations, and Japan-based director revenue management & distribution.

Steve serves on the Business Travel News Editorial Board and is on the board of directors for Children’s Cancer Research Fund.  Additionally, Steve is actively engaged in a number of business organizations including Global Business Travel Association and Association of Corporate Travel Executives. 

Steve earned a master of business administration degree from theUniversityofChicagoand a bachelor’s degree fromDePauwUniversity.  Steve lives in Atlanta with his wife, Karen, and their three children.


Dennis Corrigan, Vice President Sales and Revenue, JetBlue 

Dennis Corrigan joined JetBlue in April 2009, and serves as the new York-based value airline’s Vice President Sales and Revenue Management. Mr. Corrigan guides JetBlue’s corporate sales and revenue management operations, bringing a global perspective as the airline expands its own network and its reach beyond the Americas through strategic international airline partnerships.

Prior to joining JetBlue, Mr. Corrigan served as United Airlines’ Managing Director, Revenue Management Operations. Prior to United, he spent 10 years as part of American Airlines’ revenue management team.

Mr. Corrigan holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Maryland. He spent three years with the United States Army in Nuremberg, Germany as Platoon Leader and Executive Officer of the 1st Transportation Company.





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