John brings over 25+ years of international business knowledge and is also a distinguished motivational speaker and subject matter expert. John has in depth experience in mergers & acquisitions, international expansion, strategic planning and transformational change.
Prior to joining TRAVYRS, John spent 6 years as the COO of WorldAware (formerly known as iJET International) and 15 years as the President of Travel Guard Assist, an AIG company. He also served as Program Director for the Department of Defense for 5 years in Italy. After majoring in Aerospace Engineering and playing college football at the University of Kansas, John served 6 years in the United States Marine Corps and has remained an active member of MENSA. Through his professional and military experience John has visited more than 136 countries/territories and lived on three continents.
Chief Revenue Officer
Michael Largent is a C-Suite Executive with an extensive background driving rapid, sustainable, and strategic growth in organizations of all sizes and across a variety of industries. Equally strategic and tactical, analytical and creative, Mike is known for his ability to formulate a strong vision, to develop creative, winning strategies and tactics to achieve the vision, and to effectively manage the details of efficient execution. His breadth of talents, depth of skills, and diversity of prior industry experiences enable his ability to chart the course to success, overcome obstacles and deliver results that define success in any organization.
Prior to joining Travyrs, Mike was President of his own consulting business where he worked closely with start-ups and small businesses to increase sales and profits by developing their branding and brand strategy, creating new products & services that maximized the customer experience, optimizing their product portfolios, defining their go-to-market strategies, and enhancing their sales teams’ effectiveness and efficiency.
Before starting his consulting practice, Mike was Education Corporation of America’s first Region Vice President & General Manager. In that role, Mike played a major role in growing ECA from $70M to over $350M in only 4 years. He oversaw all functional execution, performance and compliance of half of ECA’s Virginia College division representing $100M in revenues, over 1200 employees nationwide across 13 campuses. He also successfully developed and launched more than 10 greenfield locations for the company resulting in an incremental $100M in revenues and more than 7500 incremental students. In addition to his RVP & GM role, Mike was also President of the Golf Academy of America division, and the Ecotech Institute division, the first career college of its kind which he created. In his first role with ECA, Campus President of their flagship campus, Mike led a dramatic turnaround resulting in revenues growing from $12M to $24M, student enrollment growing from 1050 students to over 2200, and profits increasing by more than 400% – all in only 16 months and with no prior industry experience.
Over the previous 11 years of his career, Mike developed strong expertise in Strategy, Marketing, Sales and Finance in working for KPMG Consulting, Frito-Lay/PepsiCo, and Zyman Group – a marketing and sales think-tank/consulting firm founded by the former CMO of the Coca-Cola Company. Consultants with the Zyman Group were brought in by Fortune 150 corporations to address & solve some of the toughest revenue growth challenges faced by some of America’s top corporations.
Mike earned his MBA in Marketing from Indiana University, Bloomington and his BA degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.
Mike and his wife, Mary, have three children and live in Birmingham, AL. In his free time, Mike enjoys golf, coaching youth sports, Alabama /SEC college football, Indy Car/F1 racing, and finding the best taco truck in town.
Bob is a nationally-recognized thought leader in strategic business development who has spearheaded the creation and execution of comprehensive global strategic development initiatives for international and U.S.-based companies – ranging from Fortune 100 and 500 companies to start-ups.
Bob’s professional career included ten years as a Commercial Lending Officer for a Commercial Bank, a Small Business Owner that grew a local travel company from a single location with just over a $1 Million in revenue to a 13 location travel company that reached $57 Million in revenue within 5 years. In 1991 Bob revolutionized the Performance Improvement Industry by developing a method of demonstrating Return on Investment for Performance Improvement Programs. Bob is recognized as an expert in this field and is the author of a best-selling book, The Secret to Incentive Program Success: The ROI that makes bean counters smile!
Bob is a graduate of Northeastern University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business & Finance and a graduate of Williams College School of Banking
Behnam Nami Ataee
As a Web pioneer, he has maintained state of the art knowledge and ability to provide cutting edge Web solutions that focus on client needs, customer traffic and revenue stream. He has created unique mathematical models, to optimize interface design, website flow, web environment, social media and e-Marketing for maximum profitability.
His experience in Arts sites and marketing ranges design and development, maximizing visitor experience to managing all related vendors and services. Nami and the team have developed and maintain over a dozen OTT channels in four separate platforms for a broad range business interests. His experience with surround marketing technologies has enabled him to plan and lead the surround marketing efforts for dozens of arts and entertainment sites.
Nami has authored several books of poetry, and translation of the works of Sohrab Sepehri, and Hafez. He has also authored books on Processes behind Web Site development and e-marketing. He is currently Member of Computer Science Advisory Committee for several higher learning institutions, and non-profit organizations.
He holds B.Sc. in Computer Engineering and Material Science with a minor in Mathematics in addition to an advanced degree in Psychology.
LaMae A Weber
LaMae Weber, CEO and go-getter is a force to be reckoned with. Whether Weber is presenting breaking trends on the web at a conference over seas or managing her fabulous team, her commitment to excellence sets her apart from the rest of the field. She is a sought-after speaker at Arts Reach and regional social media marketing events and routinely makes presentation on Information, Training, Contributions and Marketing.
Managing teams of multi-disciplinary experts of IT, Web development, and social marketing for over 50 clients, Weber developed a three- year growth plan and completed the first Content Management Service & System for Performing Art Organizations. She has also developed, implemented and managed multi-year social marketing campaigns for clients around the globe, including large and medium size businesses in the US and Asia.
Travyrs is her first foray into being a Founder in name but the innovation and reaching for new things is a pattern in her career. Her enthusiasm and shepherding of the vision and creativity is seen in the activities of Travyrs.
In her spare time, Weber devotes energy as a Board member of The People Concern. Her passion for ensuring all people are treated with dignity drives her work to make sure everyone is Housed, Healthy and Safe.