Neil Valentine is the newly appointed Chief Strategy Officer for HotelPlanner, a leading travel technology company powered by proprietary artificial intelligence. Reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer, Neil will oversee HotelPlanner's growth strategy and market focus to align the company's approach to technology, reservations - online/voice, sales, marketing, global partnerships, and new program creation to accelerate growth and profitability.
Neil began his career as an U.S. State Department attaché in Milan, Italy before launching his 20-year sales & marketing career. After a few years with smaller firms in roles of increased responsibility, Neil served as the Chief Marketing Officer from 2011-2018 at Partner Fusion, Inc., a full-service digital marketing agency, incubator, and technology innovator. From 2008-2018, he also became a Founding Team Member and Chief Strategy Officer for TravelPass Group, a travel distribution platform, helping to grow the company to $3.5 billion in sales.
Since 2014, Neil has served as an advisor to several e-commerce companies that are focused on hyper growth within the digital ecosystem. Neil has spent the past three years as Chief Revenue Officer for Lucency in Salt Lake City, a provider of contact center SaaS solutions. Neil has also spent nearly 25 years as a professional snowboard coach, trainer, and instructor at the Sundance Mountain resort in Utah.
Neil has a bachelor's degree from Excelsior College and currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife and four children.