- Benson Samuel
Benson SamuelPresident / Group CEO & Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Benson Samuel founded Trip Brands LLC and all of its brands headquartered in Irving, Texas, USA. He built his success on the belief that the world must be traveled and be enjoyed by all and every customer should be given the same standard of service that he expects to receive.
A visionary strategist in global travel, and as a brand champion Mr. Benson is an extremely aggressive goal oriented super achiever. His management strategies are a unique blend of entrepreneurial fervor, innovative, inspiring and independent. He offers a collaborative approach to leadership working closely with his executive leadership team and the board of directors to deliver exceptional value to its customers and stakeholders.
Mr. Benson started his career in the travel industry over two and a half decades ago in Mumbai, India. He brings with him vast knowledge about Flights & Vacations verticals, Sales and Business Development, Consolidator Operations, Digital Marketing & Software development and Call center delivery and support functions.
Mr.Benson moved to USA in 1997 and his earlier assignment was to work for Taj Travel & Tours Inc, New York. After a year of exciting stint with Taj Travel he joined Royal Travel & Tours, Dallas Tx with the role of Managing Director. After a brief stint in the USA he returned to India in 2004 to help research and develop a successful business strategy for the overall development of Northern and Eastern India region starting from the scratch, for the Riya group, and later which scaled sales of approximately 1 Billion US dollars annually.
In 2009, Mr. Benson took up another challenge and this time on a journey to take the organization globally and was the person to set-up and launch in the USA and in 2013 in Canada. In a short span of seven years he could catapulted the company to become one of the leading travel companies in North America.
In 2016 Mr. Benson made another major move in his life, to establish a global conglomerate in the travel industry and announced the creation of Trip Brands Group of Companies. The strategy was to react to a growing demand in the travel industry and establish multiple distribution channels.
BookOtrip - To provide a seamless booking solution to the millennial BookOtrip.com was established in USA, BookOtrip.ca in Canada and BookOtrip.in was established in India, this is an internet travel portal that is innovative and user friendly and operates on the most modern technology in the industry.
B2B Travel Agency - doing business as BTA, was also established as a wholesaler (consolidator) to service the retail travel agencies, online travel agency and corporate entities. BTA has expanded to serve travel agents globally. To provide booking solution to the travel agent community BTA has introduced B2Btravelagency.com BTA is a technology adoptive travel consolidator that provides access to world class global content and travel products to the travel industry globally.
Trip Brands Technology PVT. Ltd. - is a leading travel tech service provider which enables its partner travel portals, operators and agencies with real-time information, streamline business processes and management. Offering intelligent and scalable solutions, TBT helps aspiring travel businesses in offering better customer experience and simplify processes. With on-going research and development, Tripbrandstechnology.com is able to develop innovative solutions which are strong and have the capability to change the way people travel. These path breaking solutions help in bringing the best game forward and enhance customer’s travel experience.
Taj Travels & Tours Inc. - a leading travel consolidator founded in New Hyde Park, New York in 1980 and incorporated in 1987. Mr. Benson has achieved another milestone by acquiring Tajtravel.com into Trip Brands Group of Companies. This strategic acquisition have placed Trip Brands at a competitive advantage in the industry.
He has personally selected a dynamic and enthusiastic team of experts from every segment of the travel industry in order to execute a global business plan and strategy.
As a top executive in the industry but humbled by his achievements, his charismatic personality has cultivated extensive relationships with trade partners, top notched customers, and retail agencies in the global travel industry, who now look to all of the brands owned and operated by Trip Brands LLC as a reliable and desirable global partner, reflecting his empathy, sensibility and high level of diligence and integrity.
He is well informed of the changing trends in the industry’s future, hence he is the most popular choice in the media’s go-to source for breaking aviation industry news. His pleasing unassuming personality has made him a very popular figure among the top industry leaders. He has personally picked his core team to execute his strategy and business plans into action.
Mr. Benson is an enthusiastic world traveler and has traveled across continents and oceans clocking over one hundred thousand miles a year. Enjoys outdoor activities, music, and a good movie or documentary. He and his wife Ani live in Dallas, Texas, USA.
- Ani Benson
Ani BensonHead of Contact Center and Director
Ani brings to the company experience, with a dynamic mix of understanding the human mind and a blend aesthetic studies and commerce. From the inception of her career, she focused a lot in human resources, psychology and interior design. Her unique qualities and attention to detail have been a major component in successfully managing a large call center team which contributed significantly to the growth of the company.
She started her career in the travel industry being in the shadows of her husband, Benson Samuel in every step of the way. Ani is a careful listener and a woman of few words, and very quick to grasp the intricacies of this complex and growing industry, standing alongside her husband throughout decades of challenging times and successful achievements.
In the early 2000’s Ani had taken the huge task of personally selecting a strategic team of operational, accounting and technical team to establish a 24X7 Contact center to service the North American markets. This team currently handles BookOtrip, BTA-USA and Taj Travel's customers from USA and Canada. Her ability to relate to people and bring out the best in them made this team one of the most efficient and service oriented in the industry, and she went on to expand a diverse team of different skill levels with over one hundred and twenty people.
As Director and head of Contact Centre, she has cultivated extensive relationships with several industry leaders and institutions retailers in the travel industry which now look to the standards set by her as a benchmark in call center management for travel companies.
The echoes of her aesthetic flair and her passion for unique design features, is proudly represented in all the offices across the world, includes the global headquarters of Trip Brands LLC in Irving, Texas, USA.
Ani was part of her school choir and loves singing gospels, she enjoys reading, shopping and entertaining, an excellent cook, and explore all cuisines and culinary standards. A very devout believer and actively involved in all activities in local Church in Dallas, Texas.
- Carr Staley
Carr StaleyLegal Counsel for Trip Brands Group of companies
Carr Staley is a partner at Vela Wood P.C. He represents financial institutions, private equity funds, and public and private companies across multiple industries, including real estate development, energy, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, and hospitality. He has a particular interest in emerging companies and startups. Carr was named a 2016, 2017, and 2018 Super Lawyer Rising Star.
Carr graduated cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) in 2009, where he was a Note and Comment Editor of the UHLC Law Review.Prior to law school, Carr received a BA in Political Science from the University of Texas.
After graduating from UHLC, Carr was a corporate and finance associate at Haynes and Boone from 2009-2012 and at Strasburg& Price from 2012-2016.
Carr’s practice focuses on advising his clients on a wide range of corporate and financial transactions, including commercial lending transactions, formation of venture capital funds and private equity funds, acquisitions and divestitures, and corporate restructuring and reorganization. Carr also assists his clients with general corporate governance and compliance matters.
- Syed Qaim Abbas Rizvi
Syed Qaim Abbas RizviManaging Director-B2B Travel Agency India Pvt ltd
Considered to be a dynamic go-getter and enthusiastic leader, Qaim known for his ability to envision and create successful outcomes in multi complex tribulations.As a strong organizer, motivator and a decisive leader, he possesses an entrepreneurial drive and have the clear vision to seize untapped business opportunities.
A key person in the Airline & Travel industry, over sixteen years of experience with a very strong understanding of the B2B market in India and Indian subcontinent. His sales and marketing skills and the ability to strategize and convert every threat and weakness into an opportunity and strength has made him a symbol of trust and dependability amongst his peers.
As Managing Director of the B2B Travel Agency India Pvt ltd, Qaim oversees the strategic planning & overall business of the BTA-India with a view to directing the Group towards profitability and optimum utilization of resources and funds.
Qaim started his career in India with high growth organization such as national carrier Air India and Carlson Wagonlit Travelsand Riya Travel and Tours. During his tenure, he was able to grow the business phenomenally in the Region he was heading.
His inputs are central to the structure and he aided unmatched potential workforce under BTA-India. He holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Kanpur and a Diploma in Travel & Tourism Management.
- Bivin Samuel
Bivin SamuelCEO & Director-BookOtrip India Pvt ltd
Bivin Samuel is CEO & Director of BookOtrip.in, a hybrid travel company based in India. Bivin oversee overall operations with a focus on driving innovation & strategic development and overall growth of the Company. He sets the strategy for BookOtrip-India and steers the operations of the Company by working closely with key personnel and by introducing modern etiquette and continuously raising the bar for personalized services.
Bivin’s Travel Industry experience and deep knowledge of managing end to end flights, hotels, consolidator operations, pricing, business development, sales and marketing functionshas helped in bringing about path-breaking changes in the way people travel. His immense knowledge in the travel verticals serves as a valuable resource and will collaborate with our global operations team. He has thorough experience in tour operations and online developments. He has travelled across the world developing vendor relations and contracting with the hotels and service providers.
Today BookOtrip.in has partnered with more than 600 airlines and 100,000 hotel properties, cruise companies, tour operators, car rentals and travel insurance providers allaround the world.
Prior to BookOtrip India venture, Bivin was Heading South Regions sales of the Riya Travel & Tours. Although he joined Travel Industry at a young age,hebecame integral part of the Company within short span of time. Bivin’s insights have played a pivotal role in growth and profitability of previous Company.
Bivin has an excellent relationship with all the trade partners and suppliers which is critical for this business. Bivin holds an MBA from Bedfordshire University in Lutan, United Kingdom. He has an ability to communicate in five different languages.
- Ajish Nair
Ajish NairDirector-Trip Brands Technology Pvt ltd
Ajish Nair is the Director of Trip Brands Technology Pvt Ltd based in India, a Travel technology Company.
Ajish leads the technology products for Trip Brands Groups of Companies across all channels and he is the crucial force behind all innovative technology creatures. Currently, he provides leadership for the e-commerce, data platforms, building mobile technology & B2B tools that power Trip Brands Group as modest Travel Technology brand.
Over the past decade, he has been focusing on building travel technology products. He has spent a greater part of his career focusing on creating a solution for the travel and tourism sector, analyzing customer data, industry trends and combining them to deliver a world-class product. He leads a team of highly skilled nerds who are some of the best experts, IT sector has to offer, constantly innovating and developing products that would make booking travel seamless and at the same time be cognizant of the revenue edge. Prior to Trip Brands Technology Pvt ltd ventured, he was working for Riya Travel and Tours as Manager-IT. He was instrumental in building Travel APIs & finance applications in the previous Company.
He has an insatiable hunger for innovation and is constantly focused for new innovations and technologies to help Trip Brands Technology Pvt ltd to deliver strong values to its clients. He was the brain behind establishing talented technology in-house team. Ajish holds a Master Degree in Computer Science and specific industry standard training program in Travel technology.