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 B2B white-label solution Booking Platform and significant instantly-bookable vacation rental inventory, and invite you to learn more about how we are making travel easy.
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.
Jamie Mendola is currently the Head of Strategy and M&A for Mercer Park LP, a single family office. He was previously the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of San Francisco-based Pacific Grove Capital. Pacific Grove was named the best new hedge fund by Hedge Funds Review in 2015 and Jamie received awards from Institutional Investor as a Hedge Fund Rising Star and was named as one of Tomorrow’s Titans by The Hedge Fund Journal. Pacific Grove initially invested in Monaker Group in 2017.
Prior to founding Pacific Grove, Jamie was a Partner at Scout Capital, where he worked from 2009-2014. He was a senior member of the firm’s Investment and Risk Committees and helped to manage Scout’s Palo Alto office. Previously, Jamie gained experience as a Principal at Watershed Asset Management, a private equity analyst at JLL Partners and an analyst in the investment banking program of J.P. Morgan Chase. Jamie graduated with a B.S. in Management, summa cum laude, from Binghamton University, where he was a four-year letter winner in baseball. He earned his MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Rupert Duchesne is a member of the Order of Canada, awarded by the Governor General of Canada in 2016. As a senior executive of Air Canada, he pioneered the development of the airline’s frequent flyer program from a company division to the independent global enterprise, Aimia. Under his leadership, Aimia grew from a single loyalty program in a single market to a global enterprise with operations in more than 20 countries.
Mr. Duchesne joined Air Canada in 1996, where he held the positions of VP of Marketing, SVP of International, and ultimately chief integration officer, overseeing the integration of Air Canada with Canadian Airlines. Prior to Air Canada, he was active for 12 years in strategy and investment consulting around the world.
He is a Director of Mattamy Homes, a Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Art Gallery of Ontario, and Vice Chair of the Board of the Luminato Festival.
Rupert holds an MBA from the University of Manchester and a Bachelor Honours degree in Pharmacology from the University of Leeds.
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.
Chief Information Officer with more than 22 years of IT, sales and operational experience in the travel industry. Mr. Sikora is a travel industry veteran, responsible for managing all information technologies including the ongoing integrations of travel distributors with the company’s Monaker Booking Engine (MBE), a customizable, instant-booking platform and managing the company’s technical teams. Previously Sikora served as director of North America Sales at Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company. Prior to Boeing, he managed and led the expansion of two IT services companies: Peak 10, a leading data center and cloud services company, and Ciber, a global information technology infrastructure services provider. Earlier, Sikora served as director of Information Technology End User Services at US Airways. He led the airline’s integration of IT end-user platforms following the merger with America West. He was also responsible for governing IT resource planning, budgeting, and operational management for end-user services. Prior to US Airways, Sikora served as VP of airline operations and chief information officer at Caribbean Sun Airlines, where he directed all IT and airline resource planning, budgeting and operational initiatives. Sikora has also served as manager of Information technology at DHL Airways, a $500 million cargo airline where he directed the Information Technology group, a provider of contract aircraft services to DHL Worldwide Express. Sikora also held several other software development positions, including at Midwest Express Airlines.
Controller / Principal Financial & Accounting Officer
Mr. Taepakdee has served as the Controller of the Company since July 2019. From February 2012 to January 2018, Mr. Taepakdee served as the Controller of INCEPTRA LLC and JTH Holdings LLC, located in Weston, Florida. From September 2007 to December 2011, Mr. Taepakdee served as a Senior Accountant – Fixed Asset Tax/Assistant Manager, for Office Depot’s international headquarters located in Boca Raton, Florida. Prior to working for Office Depot, Mr. Taepakdee served as Controller of Hilda Flack Interiors, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, from January 2005 to August 2007. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Taepakdee served as a Senior Accountant – Financial Reporting and Analysis, with Vanguard Car Rental USA Inc. (Alamo and National Car Rental), in Boca Raton, Florida. Mr. Taepakdee also served as the Chief Financial Officer at the Bangkok Naval Base (Royal Thai Navy) from 1986 to 1996. Mr. Taepakdee received an MBA (with a specialization in Finance), from Ramkhamhaeng University, in Bangkok, Thailand and a BBA in Accounting (First Class Honors / Valedictorian), from Krirk University, in Bangkok, Thailand.
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 25 years of experience generating growth and relationships for global corporations. As the former Chief Development Officer for Sibling Group, an online education company, 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 over $600 million USD in equity and debt financings during his 18 year tenure. The company joined six S&P indexes and market cap grew to well-over $1 billion, trading on TSX,AMEX and NYSE. Mr. Marshall was a part of senior team that developed the strategy and legal case, winning the $1.3 billion Award from 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.