Oversee business development for the world’s leading privately branded travel affiliate program.
Personal sales portfolio exceeds $600,000,000 in annual gross bookings
Personally signed deals with 125 Convention & Visitors Bureaus and DMOs including Mexico, Bahamas, Jamaica, Caribbean Tourism Development Corp., New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Nashville, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Denver, Dallas, Virginia and many more!
Sales portfolio includes major airlines, hotel chains, publishers and leading travel websites worldwide
Extensive experience making presentations to boards and senior management teams
I ALWAYS meet and exceed annual goals
Home based with moderate business travel
Frequent Business Travel Rick and team announces deal with Donald Trump . Rick and Boston CVB CEO Patrick Moscaritolo ink booking engine deal . Rick and team answers questions at a Partner Conference in London. Rick speaks at Eye For Travel Asia in Singapore. Rick hosts the Middle East Regional Partner Meeting in Dubai.
Founded global travel affiliate program for start up company in 1997
Grew affiliate base from ZERO to over 10,000 in three year
Changed name of company from USAhotelguide.com to Worldchoicetravel.com
Served as company spokesman during funding efforts prior to acquisitions by both Air Tours and Travelocity.
Managed both Business Development and Affiliate Support teams
Expanded affiliate network internationally with frequent business development trips to Asia, the Middle East & Europe.
Represented the company annually at World Travel Market- London, ITB-Berlin, Arab Travel Market- Dubai, PATA- Kuala Lumpur
Produced and hosted quarterly Partner Conferences throughout the USA, UK, Canada, UAE, Singapore, Bangkok and the Netherlands.
Retained by both Air Tours/My Travel Group & Travelocity with Stay Bonus Programs to stay with the company to continue to oversee global growth
Following the Travelocity acquisition almost seven years ago, my position changed from VP at World Choice to Director at Travelocity and my business focus became more domestic focused due to the acquisitions of Last Minute in Europe and Zuji in Asia.
Press Secretary of U.S. Senate Candidate Stan York (Wisconsin)
TV Anchorman- WPTV-TV, (NBC) West Palm Beach, FL
TV Anchorman/News Director, WEVU-TV, (ABC) Naples- Ft. Myers FL
TV Anchorman/News Director, KBAK-TV, (ABC) Bakersfield, CA
TV Anchorman, News Director, WKPT-TV, (ABC) Tri-Cities TN
TV Reporter, KGCT-TV, Tulsa OK (aka Chris Van Dyke)
TV Weatherman, New Anchor, WHIZ-TV (NBC), Zanesville, OH
Morning News Anchor, WRIT Radio, Milwaukee, WI (aka Chris Van Dyke)
Evening DJ, WZMF Radio, Milwaukee, WI (aka Chris Van Dyke)
Morning Show Host, KMOD Radio, Tulsa, OK (aka Chris Van Dyke)
Afternoon Talk Show Host- KXLY-Radio, Tulsa OK
Morning Show Host & Program Director, WTKX, Pensacola, FL
Morning Talk Show Host, WPBR, Palm Beach ,FL
Broadcast Career Quick Takes Rick at age 18- the nation’s youngest TV weatherman. WHIZ-TV Zanesville,OH 1972 Rick at KGW Radio newsroom in Portland, OR. Aka Chris Van Dyke . Publicity shot @WZMF Milwaukee aka Chris Van Dyke in 1977. Rick in WPTV newspaper advertisement in West Palm Beach. Rick & anchor team at WEVU in Naples- Fort Myers, FL. Rick in newspaper advertisement for WEVU .