Company Leadership

Steven G. Casley – Chief Executive Officer & Partner

Steve has over 30 years of travel and transportation industry experience in both the entrepreneurial and corporate environments. Prior to joining WorldTEK, Steve held the position of Chief Operating Officer of the Official Airline Guide (OAG) a global information services, data solutions and event company. Under Steve’s leadership the company grew from $20M in 2005 to $48M in 2008. Steve implemented a strategic business plan resulting in strong organic growth along with an acquisition strategy that expanded the product/services portfolio to include data, solutions, and events that transformed OAG into the UBM Aviation Group. Prior to OAG Steve was the co-founder and President of BACK Aviation Solutions an analytical services firm providing on-line information products to the aviation and financial sectors. Directly responsible for P&L, business strategy and day-to-day operations. He was responsible for two acquisitions while at BACK, tripling the company’s revenue before the company was sold to CBM in March of 2005. Following the sale, Steve became a senior member of the CBM management team and played a key role in in the eventual sale of CBM to UBM in 2006. Prior to co-founding BACK, he held numerous airline executive positions, including being part of the early start-up team at People Express Airlines, serving as the Managing Director of Continental Airlines premier Newark hub, and he was a senior member of the Towers Perrin Transportation Practice. A native of New York City, Steve holds a B.S. degree in business administration and political science from St. John’s University, with corporate sponsored graduate studies through the Harvard Business School. He has served on the Boards of many mid-sized aviation and solution companies. Steve is an avid golfer and passionate hockey fan. He resides in Guilford, CT with his wife Susan and four children Sean, Scott, Annie and Sydney.

 

Renee C. Jacobs – Chief Operating Officer & Partner

Renée Jacobs has been actively involved in the meeting and event industry for 22 years. Renée joined WorldTEK as Vice President, Meetings & Events in August 2009. In this role, she managed the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) account which includes the annual IATA World Cargo Symposium, bi-annual IATA Schedules Conference and the IATA Ground Operations Symposium. She was promoted to COO & Partner of WorldTEK Events in October 2015. In this role, Renee oversees the entire Events Department which includes the operations, registration/housing & sales teams. In addition she is responsible for budget planning & forecasting, contract negotiations, client management and business development. Prior to WorldTEK, Renée was Conference Director for the The Journal of Commerce for nine years in their New York, New Jersey & San Diego offices. As Conference Director of the Journal of Commerce, Renée and her group were responsible for producing a number of maritime conferences and exhibitions including the Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference and Breakbulk Transportation Conference & Exhibition. She assisted greatly in the expansion of the division into the European and Asian conference market. Since she joined the JoC in 2000, she led the growth of the conference division 30-40% year over year. In 2008, the Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference won Bronze Medal from Folio Magazine for Best Conference. Renée was nominated as a 2008 finalist in the 5th Annual Stevie Awards for Best Executive Women in Business Category: Service Businesses – up to 2,500 Employees. Also, she was nominated in both 2008 & 2009 for the United Business Media Business Leadership Program (BLP). Prior to 2000, Renée was a meeting planner at The Compass Group, an independent meeting planning company specializing in the pharmaceutical industry. Renee received a BS in Commercial Recreation and Tourism at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She is an active member of the San Diego Chapter of MPI (Meeting Professionals International) and PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association). In addition she volunteers for the Red Cross of San Diego and the SD Humane Society. Her hobbies include scuba diving, photography, hiking and gardening.

 

David Rosen – Vice President Business Development & Partner

Dave comes to WorldTEK Events with extensive transportation and hospitality industry experience across a host of disciplines including joint venture business development, sales strategy, market management, revenue management and cultural relations throughout the Americas, Europe, The Middle East, Africa, Asia and Oceania. He has held senior level line of business, operational, marketing and sales positions with IATA, American Airlines, United Airlines, American Express, OAG, Back Aviation and ALPA. He holds an MBA in Marketing and a BA in Economics from Babson and Hobart Colleges respectively.

 

Jill Schaefer, CMP – Senior Manager, Meetings & Events

Jill Schaefer, CMP has been actively involved in the meeting and event industry for 10 years. Jill joined WorldTEK in January of 2010 to manage events of behalf of WorldTEK for the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) account which includes the annual AVSEC Conference, Legal Symposium, IGHC, and World Financial Symposium. In her role, she is responsible for almost all aspects of an event from conception to completion, including (but not limited to): budget planning & forecasting, international and domestic contract negotiations, logistics, and client and vendor management. Jill also actively participates in a number of other WorldTEK accounts as a consultant for best practices and business development. Prior to WorldTEK, Jill has held management positions in the outdoor adventure industry, and the aforementioned positions have afforded her the opportunity to manage groups in such locations as the Lake Tahoe Ski Slopes and out in the Pacific Ocean. Jill is a member of the San Diego Chapter of MPI and attends as many industry events as possible on a yearly basis (IMEX, EIBTM, MPI, SITE, PCMA, WEC). In her free time she can often be found on a jiu jitsu mat, in a kayak, scuba diving, or enjoying a meal with family and friends.

 

Michael Huntington – Director, Sponsorship & Exhibitions

A seasoned sales professional in B2B and B2C markets, Michael has played a valuable role in his various positions since starting his sales career in 1997.
Michael started his sales career with a startup venture capital funded e-commerce Company, who provided its customers with innovative e-commerce solutions to help maximize their reach and effectiveness globally. Among the first 5 employees, Michael played a critical and vital role in the company’s success over the years, managing 2 lines of business and a group of 20+ employees. Michael and his teams delivered continuous gains, both in profit and in market share that allowed the company to complete a successful IPO and become a publicly traded company on the Toronto stock exchange. In 2007 Michael decided to pursue other opportunities leaving behind a company he helped build, which now employed over 375 professionals, 10 unique lines of business and revenues of 50 million dollars annually.
Fascinated with air travel, Michael joined IATA, the International Air Transport Association, managing their Sponsorship and Exhibitions Department. In 2010, IATA’s conferences and events division was outsourced to WorldTEK, in which Michael was asked to join their team as Director of Sponsorship and Exhibitions Department.
Michael holds a degree in Business Administration & a certificate in Human Resources Management from Concordia University. He lives in Chambly Quebec Canada, a suburb of Montreal with his wife Julie and their two daughters.

 

Sandro Francini – Director Sales, Sponsorship & Exhibitions

Sandro has an exceptional international background, which includes over 30 years in international business development and finance in the airline and private investment banking business sectors that has taken him all over the world. He has lived and worked in South-America, Europe and Africa and is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian. He has extensive experience working in multicultural, multilingual business environments.
Sandro has a reputation as a result driven executive and entrepreneurial leader with a proven track record of success. Sandro has worked with an extensive network of clients including industry associations, government agencies, international banks, investment firms, private investors, airlines, law firms and other industries (creative structured financing projects, international film distribution and film exhibition projects, environmentally-sensitive commercial real estate projects, to name a few). He is known for being a people’s person, with very special skills in mediating difficult business relationships.
Prior to joining the WorldTEK team, Sandro was the Chief Operating Officer of Interline Archeology, d/b/a InterArc; a Miami, Florida based company that specializes in providing a proprietary web-based application that recovers Interline revenue over-billings for IATA airline members.
Sandro obtained his BS (Summa-Cum-Laude) in Economics and International Trade at “PRO DEO” (a.k.a LUISS – http://www.luiss.it) University in Rome, Italy. He subsequently obtained several certifications from various US and International bodies in various industries. Born in Lima, Peru from an Italian Father and a Slovakian Mother Sandro is an avid racquetball player, passionate football (soccer) fan, enjoys cooking, reading and traveling. He resides in Boca Raton, FL with his wife Ana and has four children; Alessandra, Daniela, Giuliana and, Kenyan-born, Claudia.