Matt Zito

I am a leisure travel product specialist, a business development guy and a true entrepreneur at heart. I’ve personally sold millions in online travel not including client sales. I’ve built and sold two travel companies, CollegeSkiTrips.com a college ski travel online travel agency (OTA) and the Yellow Breeches House a boutique fly-fishing lodge & Inn.

My Rolodex includes 100+ boutique hotels and ski resorts across the U.S and Canada, 25 travel software and technology firms, 20 OTAs, 10 Wholesalers and over 1,800 travel industry professionals that read my e-Letter, “Travel Business Profits.”

Consulting Projects:

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Aug 2012-November 2012 – Alico, Inc. (ALCO) a publicly traded company. Working with the CEO and the executive team I helped create a new corporate identity, brand and marketing strategy.

May 2012 –Oct 2012 – Federated Travel – Working with the CEO, I created a marketing and product strategy to transition the companies 25 premium travel domains from an Expedia affiliate business model to an online travel agency (OTA) business model.

Apr 2011-Nov 2011 – BuyWithMe – Working directly with the founder of BuyWithMe, a $22M VC-backed group buying daily deals startup, I developed BuyWithMe Destinations a travel deals brand selling $500,000 in travel in less than 4 months before being acquired by Gilt City.

July 2010-Ap 2011 – SnowTrax – Working directly with the CEO of Airfare.com a $100M company, I built and marketed SnowTrax.com an online ski travel agency. I acquired over 100+ lodging and lift ticket FIT wholesale contracts at major ski resorts in North America. I created and managed a $100,000 email marketing and CPC advertising campaign.

Entrepreneurial Bio:

CollegeSkiTrips.com- Online Travel Agency/Tour Operator, Acquired in August 2007. Matt was the former founder and CEO of CollegeSkiTrips.com the leading “youth based” online ski and snowboard travel company in North America. The company is now owned by the largest ski tour operator in the country, Ski.com.

Highlights under Matt’s ownership included:

-The #1 buyer of hotel rooms at Breckenridge Ski Resort (Vail Resorts, Inc. a publicly traded company) in the 2006/2007 ski season.

-Wholesaler and Partner to STA Travel the 9th largest travel company in the world with 110 retail travel agencies. In 2007 STA Travel was our largest wholesaler and travel partner.

-Online Travel Technology and Software Developer of a proprietary direct-connect for 660 retail travel agents to buy ski and snowboard packages for the agencies clients. We built a customized direct connection for the STA Travel agents to access to book ski and snowboard trips. The customized direct connect included the ability for the agent to search all our inventory, research the resorts, book the trip by making a deposit and paying by check or credit card. We built a customized fulfillment area where the individual STA Travel agents could login and print out the clients receipt and itinerary including all the check in information, driving directions and more. This process was very successful as the STA Travel agents could print out the trip ticket online and personally hand the client the check-in details. We built this system for STA Travel agents that had retail offices on college student campuses.

-Operated a sales distribution network of 15 sales reps that distributed 200,000 brochures a year to over 2,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. & Canada.

-CollegeSkiTrips.com was #1 most visited web site by college students @ Google & Yahoo search engines searching for college ski trips.

-Online Travel Software – Travel Booking Engine Software- We built a customized online travel software booking engine. The online booking engine and reservation system replicated the business process in which college students, youth ski & snowboarders buy, plan, and manage their vacations online.

The Yellow Breeches House –Lodge/B&B Inn, Acquired August 2009. Matt was the co-owner of the nationally renowned fly-fishing lodge and bed and breakfast located in Boiling Springs, PA. Sports Afield named The Yellow Breeches House one of North America’s Greatest Fishing Lodges. Orvis endorsed Fly-Fishing.

Author- Matt is the author of Trade IPOs Online, John Wiley & Sons, New York, New York Trade IPOs Online appeared and reviewed in the most highly respected financial publications and broadcasts, including CNBC television, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, CNN, Reuters, and Business 2.0 Magazine.