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  • 1. PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND 1971-2011 Rick Schneider
  • 2. Present
    • Vice President, Global Business Development
    • [email_address]
    • 423-344-3573
  • 3. September 2009- September 2010
    • Professional sabbatical while honoring one year non-compete with my former employer.
    • Traveled the world
      • Amazon River
      • French Polynesia
      • Riviera Maya
      • Western USA
      • Four cruises
      • Cruising the Tennessee River
  • 4. 1999-2009
    • Director of Global Business Development
  • 5. Director of Global Business Development
    • 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
  • 6. 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.
  • 7. 1999-2003
    • Vice President of Global Business Development
  • 8. VP, Global Business Development
    • 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 to
      • 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.
  • 9. 1998-1999
    • Vice President of Marketing
    • Travel Max International/Network Holdings
  • 10. VP, Marketing Travel Max/Network Holdings
    • Recruited to overhaul a newly acquired home based travel company
      • Developed preferred supplier programs and implemented strategic alliances with leading cruise, car rental, hotel and airline companies.
      • Managed all corporate communications including websites, newsletters, corporate brochures and travel catalogs.
      • Developed home based travel agent training program
      • Wrote, produced and hosted other corporate videos and recruiting infomercials.
      • Frequent appearances as corporate spokesperson at events across America
  • 11. 1996-1998
    • Director of Market Development Carlson Wagonlit Travel
  • 12. Director of Market Development
    • Liaison between franchise principals of 1000 independently owned travel agencies and Carlson HQ.
      • Significantly improved relations with Carlson’s franchise owners.
      • Decreased attrition from the Carlson franchise program
      • Managed a ten person staff located across the country
      • Hosted numerous seminars across the USA on behalf of Carlson
      • Worked on management task force to integrate name change from Carlson Travel Network to Carlson Wagonlit Travel
      • Headed a task force to develop a new communications program using satellite TV communications for training and internal communications
  • 13. 1987-1996
    • President & Founder
    • CWT/Media Travel USA
  • 14.
    • Founded and grew “start up” travel agency into a multi-branch, multi million dollar agency.
      • Managed national sales & marketing, specializing in travel for large associations and media companies.
      • Substantial experience selling at trade shows and in corporate board rooms
      • Produced and hosted monthly travel infomercials which were high profitable for agency and were eventually syndicated to other Carlson agencies
      • Featured on CNN’s “Travel Today”
      • Frequent national speaker on the topic of “Implementing Service Fees”
      • Recipient of Travel Weekly Magazine’s 1992 Best Public Relations Campaign Award
      • Recipient of multiple national achievement awards from Carlson Wagonlit Travel
      • Served on the Carlson Franchise Advisory Board for multiple years
      • Sold agency and was hired by Carlson headquarters
    President WCT/Media Travel USA
  • 15. Media Travel USA Booth at RTNDA Convention (Radio Television News Director’s Association) (Late 1980’s)
  • 16. 1984--1992
    • Executive Producer
    • Potomac Television Communications
  • 17.
    • Produced & managed all business development for television & radio coverage of THREE National Political Conventions for the GOP & Democratic Party. (1984-1988-1992)
      • Sold over $40 Million dollars of political convention services annually to leading domestic television news organizations, cable networks and foreign broadcasters
      • Clients includes Comedy Central, CBN 700 Club, VHI, MTV, Scripps Television, Metromedia, Pulitzer TV, Australian Broadcasting Network, Korean Broadcasting System, PBS, and many others
      • In addition to selling convention facility services, I provided all logistical functions including:
        • Newsroom facilities
        • Satellite coordination
        • Press credentialing & coordination efforts with the House Radio TV Gallery
        • Telephone and electrical services
        • Security, housing and transportation
        • Satellite scheduling
    Executive Producer Potomac Television Communications
  • 18. 1986-1987
    • Senior Consultant & Executive Trainer
    • Schneider Sales Management
  • 19.
    • Part time position traveling nationwide and facilitating sales training classes to the banking industry
      • Part time work while starting new my new company, Media Travel USA
      • M&I Bank
      • First Wisconsin
      • United Nations Credit Union
      • Numerous other Savings & Loans
    Senior Consultant/Executive Trainer Schneider Sales Management
  • 20. 1972-1986
    • Anchorman, TV & Radio News Director, Radio Personality, Talk Show Host and Press Secretary
  • 21.
    • 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/Media Experience
  • 22. 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 .
  • 23. Rick co-hosts “Hurricane” special at local mall in Ft. Meyers/Naples Florida with Dr. Neil Frank and weatherman Phil Whitelaw. (WEVU-TV ABC)
  • 24.