The Travel and Meeting Society (TAMS), an educational and networking community for business travel professionals, announced the members of its newly appointed Board of Directors.

Mark Williams, executive director of TAMS, said each of the members “brings a unique experience and perspective to the team, and we are excited to see all they do this year.”

The board includes:
  • TAMS Chair, Jennifer Steinke, director travel, meetings & fleet, Moderna
  • TAMS Co-Chair, Michelle Grant, travel administration manager, Ritchie Bros
  • Cheryl Benjamin, travel and expense manager, Gordon Food Service
  • Anne Blyth, CCO, DCX Travel and Technology
  • Susan Lichtenstein, vice president, sales, HQ Ground Transportation
  • Karoline Mayr, managing director, Get Travel Solutions
  • Kerin McKinnon, vice president-business development, Atlas Travel
  • Michael Premo, retired former president and CEO, ARC
  • Mark Ziegler, senior travel manager, NetApp
The board’s primary role, according to the announcement, is to provide strategic direction to the organization as it addresses the major issues impacting the travel and meeting industry. The board will determine projects to be researched and investigated by TAMS members and create deliverables for membership and the wider industry.

TAMS has held several virtual events, conducted, and delivered research, established an incubator, and developed a travel industry toolkit. The organization will conduct its first in-person meeting in Atlanta on Sept. 11-12, called TAMS Ignite 2023. The event will provide suppliers and buyers with educational and networking opportunities.

Founded in 2020, TAMS is a grassroots initiative focused on delivering education and innovation to the travel and meetings industry, regardless of an individual’s role, experience, or position within a company. Its mission is to foster professional collaboration across a diverse and inclusive community, ensuring every voice matters.