Monaker Group is a technology-driven Travel Company with multiple divisions and brands, leveraging more than 60 years of operation in leisure travel. Monaker’s flagship is NextTrip.com, the industry’s first real-time booking engine featuring alternative lodging (vacation home rentals, resort residences and unused timeshares) as well as a vast array of airlines, hotels, cruises, rental cars, tours and concierge services all combined in one platform to give customers the power of choice when booking their vacations. With key partnerships and established travel brands used as cornerstones, the Company’s mission is to continue to expand offering to become the ‘one-stop’ vacation center.
Message from the CEO
Welcome to the Monaker Group, a Company committed to building innovative technology platforms and unique product sets for the travel marketplace. We are excited about our current focus and initiatives and believe we are well positioned to take advantage of the current major uptrend in Alternative Lodging and Travel. We are extremely proud of our company’s leading-edge Vacation and Booking Platform called NextTrip, and invite you to learn more about how we are making travel easy! Thank you for your continued interest and support.
Sincerely, Bill Kerby
Board of Directors & Management
Our Board of Directors has deep experience in travel and technology. Get to know some of the team below.
Chairman of the Board
Over 18 Years as a Partner and Senior Executive and 28 years as an International Information Technology and Business Management Consultant with Accenture, in Chicago. Principal owner of Monaco Air Duluth, LLC a full-service, fixed-base operator aviation services business at Duluth International Airport serving airline, military, and general aviation customers. Commissioner on the Metropolitan Airports Commission in Minneapolis – St. Paul (Minnesota Governor appointee). Commissioner and Vice-President of the Duluth Economic Development Authority (Duluth Mayor appointee). President of the Monaco Air Foundation, Chairman of the Miller-Dwan Foundation, Treasurer of Honor Flight Northland, Treasurer of the Duluth Aviation Institute, Co-Chair of the Northern Aero Alliance, a Director for the Destination Duluth non-profit corporation, a member of the Duluth Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee.
Vice Chairman of the Board & CEO
Bill Kerby has over 27 years of experience in the travel and media industries, preceded by 10 years of experience in financial industry. Key milestones include the founding of one of the largest video creation companies in the North American real estate industry; R&R Television Network, with distribution into 34 million households; TravelByUs, a small-cap NASDAQ company that completed 21 travel industry-related acquisitions; and Leisure Canada, with 210 agencies, international tour operations in Great Britain, France, South Africa and the South Pacific, travel magazines and a Cuban hotel development. Prior to this he held and operated the master franchise for Thrifty Car Rental – B.C. Kerby holds a Specialized Honors Economics Degree York University.
Mr. Orange has extensive knowledge and experience in the investment industry, from corporate finance and M&As to building global growth companies. In 2006, Orange co-founded CorpAcq, where he has been responsible for identifying and negotiating acquisitions in conjunction with its corporate finance partners, as well overseeing strategic development, funding, and partnerships. Following a “buy and build” approach, CorpAcq maintains long-term investments in a diverse portfolio of successful businesses. Currently comprised of 19 portfolio companies, CorpAcq has been recognized as one of the fastest growing enterprises in the UK. Orange has been involved in funding and managing the growth of numerous business ventures, some that have been acquired by NASDAQ and London Stock Exchange-listed companies. He is also a founding member of Cicero Consulting Group, based in New York City.
A Senior Media and Advertising Executive with nearly three decades of hands-on management in all facets of interactive media. 14 years of service with Mediacom where he rose through the ranks to become the CEO for Mediacom North America, until recently headquartered in New York. With close to $18 billion in global billings, 4,600 employees, and 116 offices in 89 countries, Mediacom provides and specializes in business-building media solutions for some of the world’s largest, well-known advertisers. Previous to Mediacom, Doug started his career in a media company in Toronto, Canada, and was a partner when the company was acquired by Grey Worldwide and the WPP – Assisting in the design and implementation of all Web, Media and Advertising programs for Monaker’s Travel divisions.
20 Years of Senior Experience on Wall Street and currently serving on the Board of Directors as Vice Chairman of InfuSystem Holdings Inc. Council Member of the NYSE Amex Listed Company Council, an advisory group to the NYSE Euronext Companies. Board member of Technology Innovator Acquisition Ltd., and managing partner of Sulla Global Partners, LLC an advisory firm focused on China and Southeast Asia. Previously served as Group Head of Global Private Corporate Equity Placements at Credit Suisse First Boston, Managing Director and Head of the Private Equity Placement Group at Bear, Stearns, Managing Director and Group Head of the Private Finance and Sponsors Group at Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc., and Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets at FTN Midwest. Mr. LaVecchia holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, BA, and was magna cum laude, at Clark University.
Director & COO/CFO
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Monaker Group. Mr. Jimenez, is an operationally-oriented executive with over 33 years of multi-industry experience in building, strengthening and leading national and multinational, public and private companies that were in various degrees of corporate maturity including start-up, stable, high growth or turnaround status. Mr. Jimenez is CPA, CGMA and a CPCU with an MBA. He has been involved with a number of public offerings and placements (and responsible for regulatory reporting) in the U.S. and in the U.K. In addition, he has participated in other venues to raise funds (e.g. debt, equity, joint venture, etc.). Mr. Jimenez has held a variety of senior financial management positions including President & CFO at American Leisure, with listings on the NASDAQ and London Stock Exchange focusing on leisure and business travel, hospitality & hotels, call centers and real estate development. Mr. Jimenez also served as Director of Operations for US Installation Group, Inc., a selling and installation group for The Home Depot, and CFO and VP of Onyx Group, Inc. a conglomerate with over 700 employees and annual revenues exceeding $400 million. Mr. Jimenez is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), a Member of the AICPA and FICPA. Mr. Jimenez holds a B.B.A in Accounting and a B.B.A in Finance from the University of Miami and an M.B.A from Florida International University.
VP of Sales & Business Development
Lori Hamilton is a sales and business development executive with 20+ years in travel, hospitality, real estate and non-profit industries. She was instrumental in growing sales for ANZ Travel to be a leader for South Pacific destination travel, and Executive Recruiter for Fortune 500 companies at Wetherby Partners and the Director of Development for non-profit organizations in Vancouver and Victoria, BC where she raised funds that tripled endowments to over $1.1 million. She also comes from a background of hospitality experience at Air Canada and Fairmont Group – Banff Springs Hotel.
Director of Corporate Development
Richard Marshall is a senior executive with over 20 years of experience generating growth and relationships for global corporations. As the former Chief Development Officer for Sibling Group, he led acquisition strategy, completed acquisition of a mobile education company and established international business with complementary distribution channels. As the VP of Investor Relations and VP of Corporate Development for Crystallex, Mr. Marshall helped close $600 million USD in equity and debt financings. The company joined six S&P indexes and market cap grew to over $1 billion, trading on TSX & AMEX. Part of senior team that developed strategy and case, winning $1.3 billion claim against Venezuela in the World Bank’s ICSID center. Earlier, Mr. Marshall was Broker, Investment Banker and Manager for Cohig & Associates, Corporate Securities Group, and JW Gant & Associates. University of Georgia, 1986, B.A. Economics.