StayDriveFly was started by guys who always got stuck booking trips for friends and family.
While planning a trip with a group of friends or with family is fun, booking the trip can be a lonely experience. Picking the right hotel for a group of people or your family can be nerve-wracking. From picking a hotel in the right location, to one with the right amenities and then making sure it fits into everyone’s budget, booking the right hotel on your own can be very stressful.
Traditional online travel websites only allow one person to view a webpage and select a hotel, even if multiple people are traveling. With StayDriveFly, our online collaboration tools allow all travelers in your party to interact with a shared web page and provide input to simplify the booking process for everyone traveling.
StayDriveFly is a division of RIV Tech, Inc.
StayDriveFly is based in North Carolina. We have great people working for us around the world.
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Joe Lima is a co-founder and CEO of StayDriveFly. He has worked in the travel industry for over 10 years starting with the launch team of Hotwire.com. Prior to Hotwire, Joe served in various management and consulting roles at Excite.com, Accenture and EDS (now part of Hewlett-Packard).
At Hotwire, Joe led the launch activities for Hotwire’s Flights and Hotels product in late 2000 and spearheaded the development of Hotwire’s first data warehouse. Joe has held various positions on both the technical and business side of the travel industry, most recently serving as Hotwire’s Senior Manager for Core and Emerging Businesses. In that role, he was responsible for managing Hotwire’s product relationship with external partners such as United Airlines and Kayak as well as internal partners, Expedia and Hotels.com. He managed products generating over $800M in annual gross bookings and $30M in net revenue for Hotwire.
Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California, San Diego. Joe is passionate about travel, technology, animal welfare and education. Joe is the benefactor of the Joseph Lima Scholarship at UCSD providing financial assistance to students of limited means who are the first in their family to attend college.
Lee Heyne is a co-founder and CTO of StayDriveFly. Lee is the developer and integrator of much of the online collaboration technology that powers StayDriveFly. Prior to helping found StayDriveFly, Lee held a variety of lead technical positions at various start-ups as well as intern positions at Qualcomm, Boeing and Honeywell.
Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College. He has traveled the world extensively, especially Southeast Asia where he practiced yoga while enjoying the region's great vegetarian cuisine.
Josh Skoko is the Chief Marketing Officer for StayDriveFly. He has worked in the travel industry for over 9 years with 15 years of experience in the online marketing channel. At Hotwire, he was the Director of Online Marketing and Search Engine Marketing for seven years and significantly grew all aspects of the Hotwire Group’s online partnership marketing, affiliate marketing and search engine marketing programs. Josh also led all digital creative agency partnerships.
Prior to Hotwire, Josh ran online marketing programs at Blue Nile and worked in media at Avenue A/Razorfish where he focused on brands like Expedia, Classic Vacations, David’s Bridal, Intuit, Eddie Bauer, and Spiegel.
Josh received a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Western Washington University.
Clem Bason is an advisor to StayDriveFly. He spent seven years at The Hotwire Group, four of them as President overseeing all aspects of the Hotwire.com, Travel Ticker, and CarRentals.com businesses. Hotwire is the leading global online discount travel retailer, with over $2B in annual gross bookings, and operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Prior to Hotwire, Clem was at Gap Inc., McKinsey & Co., and Accenture.
Clem holds a MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA from the University of Delaware. Clem is passionate about making travel easier and a better value for consumers and continues to invest his time helping companies that do so.
Seth Strumph is an advisor to StayDriveFly. Seth currently serves as head of Search Engine Marketing at Amazon.com. Prior to Amazon, Seth's broad experience in Online Travel included executive leadership positions in Engineering, Product, and Business Development at Expedia and Hotwire.com. Earlier in his career, he held Engineering development and management positions at Sun Microsystems and Broadvision.
Seth received his BA and MS degrees in Computer Science from Columbia University.
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