ceo and founder
Chicke is responsible for Solutionz’ strategic direction. Her focus is maximizing investor returns and inspiring the executive team to accomplish business goals.
Chicke spent the first half of her career working for industry leading travel distribution technology and telecom companies. If you have ever made a travel booking online or checked in for a flight, chances are Chicke worked for one of the companies that pioneered that technology. The second half has been spent turning trip tech and travel storytelling on its head.
She formed Solutionz in 1996 and for the last 20+ years has provided advisory services as a game-changing technologist and business designer. In the current venture, we’ve engineered into our business model the things that we want to achieve – giving back and innovation.
Chicke builds companies and has invested over $1.2 million on her own, while raising an additional $6 million in investment capital. Recognized as a game changer, her investment actions reflect her commitment to innovation and her principles. She is also an investor in Rich Media Exchange, digital asset marketing and management. She is author of The Game Changer, published in 2017. And host of The Game Changer Podcast.
Mary Jo Becker
chief innovations officer
Mary Jo is a co-founder of the TripProximity venture and is responsible for product design and development for all of the technologies of Solutionz. Where her title is CIO, the “i” is for innovations, not for information. Innovation is at the heart of everything we do.
Her team manages the technology behind products and the business operations of Solutionz.
Mary Jo learned the dynamics of the travel industry in senior positions with leading technology companies Galileo, Travelport and Sabre. She also co-founded a tech services and business process outsourcing firm, TDT.
In 2013, her deep expertise and entrepreneurial drive led her to launch Arizona Golf Trails, a specialized vacation provider for golfers seeking the best in desert golfing. Her tech prowess led her to create a dynamic proposal engine and reservation management system for the business, which is now being nurtured by Solutionz Innovations.
Mary Jo’s product design and delivery back ground brings seasoned experience to the clients of TripProximity. She is our “rock”, providing a solid foundation for all things technical.
co-founder and advisor on branding and giving
George is a co-founder of the TripProximity venture. In that role, he is responsible for brand marketing activities and supporting our channel partnership team to grow the adoption of TravelingToGive in the non-profit world.
A veteran brand builder, Lynch has worked on consumer and business-to-business brands that led their category. His insight from the start up days of travel brand Travelocity and developing consumer strategies at Bank of America, Lynch moved to the b2b realm, leading global brand marketing for travel technology giant Sabre.
He loves the challenge of complex, conceptual communication and helping people choose the right partner.
George serves as Chief Executive Officer of Traffic911, an anti-human trafficking non-profit. Solutionz supports this organization as a part of our giving program.
vp product design and technical co-founder
Paolo is our resident rock star. As the technical co-founder of our new venture, TripProximity, he is bringing our game changing ideas to life.
At the age of 13, Paolo began creating technology to solve problems. He has a magical ability to command pixels, bits and bytes to do his bidding. He sees solutions from the customer’s perspective, which is an incredible talent for a developer. His early work and more than a decade of design and development experience led to his most recent role as the Head of Development for a media firm in the UK.
Problem solving and innovation is in his DNA, which makes him a perfect fit for Solutionz. Paolo has built a Content Management System that is now a part of the company’s incubator program.
He is responsible for new product design and product development.
vp architecture and technical co-founder
Adam and Paolo began working together as young teens and so when Paolo joined Solutionz as our technical co-founder, it was natural for him to bring Adam by his side. His always sunny disposition (despite the lack of sunshine in the UK!) coupled with his broad talent set makes him an incredible asset to Solutionz.
Don’t let his youthful appearance fool you. Adam has over a decade of experience in networks and systems architecture, as well as in system security and development.
He is a talented developer and has contributed to both our widget product and the creation of a game changing portal for the management of client and company analytics, as well as building and managing our smart trip tools.
He is responsible for systems and product architecture, security, infrastructure and the tools used to manage our development team and our product and source code hosting.
Adam has been named as one of our co-inventors on some of the newest TripProximity inventions (stay tuned!).
the core team
chief commercial officer
Chris has been on the board of advisors of Solutionz Innovations since its inception and has recently stepped in to be our chief evangelist for the TripProximity product. In that role, she leads our sales team and business development with our channel partners.
She and Chicke first worked together in the late 1990s on a joint venture partnership with Ericsson Wireless and then Chris was brought on board to Solutionz venture with LasVegas.com, building the company from the ground up. Chris remained at lasvegas.com as the President, until they sold to Vegas.com.
Chris has held senior roles with Travelocity, XTRA Online and Bearing Point, and has been a part of the startup teams with PlumLife and BoomBox Network. Most recently she was the VP of Sales and Marketing for a manufacturer. She also worked with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program for small businesses, helping successful entrepreneurs and small business owners create more jobs and more revenue by providing greater access to education, capital and business support.
vice president – business development
Terri is our most recent addition to the Solutionz team. She brings a spirit of optimism and incredible energy to the team.
She is an accomplished senior sales executive and thrives on contributing to the growth and sustainable success of our clients. Terri’s commitment to helping our clients grow their businesses is a perfect complement to her role as the head of business development.
Terri brings to Solutionz more than two decade of sales and business development experience in the real estate and mortgage industries for leading firms, including Aflac and USAA.
vice president – enterprise sales
Charlie is our most recent addition to the Solutionz team. He brings tremendous sales experience to the team, with demonstrated success in strategic account, product, and revenue management, marketing, e-commerce, group solicitation and management, and event planning.
He is action oriented, and is a high-energy leader recognized for increasing sales, improving team effectiveness, and producing incremental revenue. Charlie has spent the bulk of his career in sales within the travel industry, with over 20 of those with Apple Leisure Group.
vice president – global growth, partnership and alliances
Umesh joined Solutionz in the Summer of 2018. He is responsible for developing partnerships and alliances to assist the company in growing globally. He is an International executive with strength and focus on global growth. He has 20 years experience as an executive in the travel and technology industries. He has extensively worked in Germany, Singapore, India, Asia, Middle East, Switzerland and throughout Europe across cultural and multi-functional environments.
He brings to Solutionz deep expertise in business strategy & international partnerships, developing global sales networks for startups in technology, airlines, aviation tech, travel, online travel, e-commerce business and luxury retail.
vice president – giving solutions
Corinne joined Solutionz in 2017 to lead business development for our non-profit clients. She also manages the corporate giving of our clients to the philanthropic organization of their choice.
She brings over a decade of experience in the non-profit and ministry arenas. Corinne is a marketer at heart and has an innate ability to envision a solution when everyone else sees a blank sheet of paper.
Her role is to help our clients build giving into their culture and to help non-profits tap into new donation opportunities from their corporate sponsors.