Classified as the next generation of executive travel, Vitesse Worldwide offers a range of global chauffeured ground transportation, private aircraft charter, white glove concierge, and executive protection services.
Being the company of choice for CEOs and senior executives of Fortune 500 companies, diplomats and entertainment communities, Vitesse provides service to over 1000 cities in 97 countries.
President & CEO
Veteran entrepreneur of various successful business ventures, Shawn’s portfolio includes among others:
Shawn’s passion since childhood has been aviation, and after delivering exclusive services to elite business travelers for over a quarter of a century, his vision for Vitesse is to deliver a fresh and innovative approach to the world of corporate travel.
Dana is our COO and comes to Vitesse with 40 years’ experience in the travel management arena. Her distinctive background as a highly motivated executive with vast experience in leadership, operations and strategic planning adds value to our clientele and our company.
Within her role at Vitesse Worldwide, she has been tasked with continuous evaluation and upgrades to all process and procedures by division to include call center, sales, dispatch, staff development and most importantly assurance that high level customer service is provided to our valued client base.
She will orchestrate, implement and execute all aspects of operational effectiveness.
Over her career span, she has worked as a key executive management contributor for Carlson Wagonlit, HRG North America, Valerie Wilson Travel and MasterCard. Dana has also been a member of Advisory Boards for MasterCard Travel Services, Luxury Hotel Collections and Marriott Hotels.
Within her role at Vitesse Worldwide, Dana envisions taking Vitesse to the next level of corporate travel excellence.
Chief Financial Officer
Csilla Stekler has served as Vitesse Worldwide’ s Chief Financial Officer for nearly ten years. In this capacity, she manages the financial strategy and operations of the company - including management of the Accounting Department, budgeting procedures ,and all financial reporting. Csilla also oversees all contract negotiations and vendor relationships for Vitesse Worldwide.
Prior to joining Vitesse Worldwide, Csilla worked as tax accountant. She has extensive knowledge in financial planning and analysis and market trends. Csilla holds a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited international university, as well as her MBA from the University of Bridgeport. In 2015, she was nominated as CFO of the Year in Fairfield County.
SVP Business Development
Roy is our VP of Business Development and a seasoned travel industry professional with four decades of commercial aviation experience.
Former senior executive with British Airways, he successfully managed the airline’s business operations in major strategic and global markets within Europe, the USA, the Middle East, Latin America, and the launch of a new pan-regional Caribbean airline in Barbados.
As our former COO, Roy’s vast experience and knowledge of all Vitesse service offerings will allow us to maximize his skillsets consistently to improve upon our customer-focused organization and be accomplished in the corporate travel industry.
Jeff boasts more than 30 years’ experience in the transportation industry, specializing in chauffeured transportation.
His successes include:
Kamran Khalaj has more than 18 years' experience in the transportation industry specializing in managing daily operations in the Tri-State area. Karman has been steadily growing within the company since he joined Vitesse Worldwide in April 2016, bringing with him experience from the ground-transportation field. In addition to his ongoing responsibilities for overseeing operations, others include dispatch, scheduling, chauffeur hiring and management, accounting procedures and vendor interface.
Director Client Services
Michelle graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor's degree. She majored in occupational therapy and minored in psychology. Her achievements include:
Michelle Joined Vitesse in March 2012 and is currently responsible for managing a team of client-service representatives as well as overseeing ways to grow and enhance current operations with innovative ideas, and cutting-edge technology.
Since joining Vitesse, Michelle has overseen numerous technological enhancements and implementations. Today she plays a key role as project manager for the majority of platform improvements at the company. Her experience and successes as team builder will remain vital to us as we continue to grow and cement our position as an industry leader.
Manager Client Services
Aida joined Vitesse in 2014 as Client Services Supervisor with a key responsibility to remodel our training and development module for our Reservations and Dispatch staff, in addition to creating manuals and upgraded training programs. Aida has over 20 years’ experience in the ground transportation industry working with companies such as Carey International, Manhattan Limousine and Avalon Transportation. Aida’s brings her vast skillsets to Vitesse as a leader specializing in Call Center Management, Event Management, VIP Account Management, Recruitment, Training and Development and Software transition.
Aida has recently been promoted to Manager of Client Services as she has excelled and contributed to the organization, growth and development of our company.
In her role as Manager of Client Services, Aida will continue to focus on training and development, high level account management and working with the Client Services and Operations team to exceed performance standards.
SVP Global Sales
Mary is the Senior VP of Global Sales. She boasts 25 years' experience in the ground-transportation industry, which includes:
Her vision is to expand on an established and proven brand and develop new business while maintaining customer care and the unvarying delivery of premium services.
Mary Thompson commenced her career in the ground-transportation industry over 25 years ago. Her experience includes a wide spectrum of positions initially as owner of Pittsburgh Limousine, director of Customer Service Worldwide for Carey International, and director of Sales for Music Express and CLS Transportation in San Francisco.
Mary was a member of the World Cup transportation committee in Los Angeles, assisted in the coordination of ground transportation for numerous Super Bowls, NBA All Star Games, Gold Cup, College Football National Championship Game, NCAA Final Four in addition to the Emmy Awards and the Academy Awards. Her experience with corporate meetings and events includes high-level board meetings, multiple city events, and large groups. She spent several years as a meeting planner for a non-profit foundation responsible for all aspects of medical educational programs and events.
Mary is currently president of the Arizona Business Travel Association, serves on the board of directors for the Arizona Chapter of Canine Companions for Independence and a former board member of the National Limousine Association.
Mary values exceptional customer care and the unvarying delivery of premium services. Her vision for Vitesse Worldwide is to expand on an established and proven brand and develop new business for the various services they offer while adhering to the highest level of customer service they deliver.
VP Global Sales
Susan Pica has over seventeen years of experience in hospitality sales and marketing. She began her career in a fast paced advertising and public relations firm in New York City before transitioning to the client side for several major luxury hotel brands. Susan spent seven years as a corporate sales manager for a large conference hotel just outside of Manhattan , and five years as a Regional Sales and Marketing Director for a national upscale restaurant corporation, before joining Vitesse Worldwide in 2016.
In her role at Vitesse Worldwide, Susan oversees growth and development of global accounts for the company, manages the sales team, and contributes to the development and execution of brand marketing initiatives. She is committed to delivering the highest level of service for her clients by understanding their evolving needs, and the knowledge that each client deserves to feel like her only client.
Susan holds a Bachelors and Master’s Degree, both from Quinnipiac University. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Stamford Chamber of Commerce, where she was also named Member of the Year. Additionally, Susan was recently named Director of Business Development for Meeting Planners International’s Westchester/Fairfield chapter, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Stamford. She is also Director of Fundraising for Special Needs Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation (SNAARR) Northeast.
VP Global Sales
As our VP of Global Sales, Bob comes to Vitesse Worldwide with over 30 years in the travel business working for his family owned agency, Robustelli World Travel & Corporate Services, HRG North America and as the President of Robustelli Worldwide, LLC. At these companies he managed a wide range of travel accounts and C-Suite executives who utilized his expertise in the meetings, events, and sports travel programs arenas. Based on Bob’s knowledge in the world of travel management, it makes him a perfect fit for the Vitesse Worldwide sales team.
Bob plans to grow the base of new accounts at Vitesse Worldwide through his past contacts in addition to strategizing with current accounts and new leads to add value and expand those relationships with the end result being growth and a visible uptick in our sales and relationship building.
Bob is a seasoned traveler as well as his destination knowledge is key within his role. He has traveled the world on both business and personal adventures. This opportunity has also allowed Bob to partner with a vast array of travel industry vendors.
Global Affiliate Manager
Laurie joined Vitesse Worldwide in 2011 and manages all global affiliate relationships for Vitesse Worldwide. In this capacity, her primary responsibilities include establishing new affiliates in emerging markets, while managing and maintaining all affiliate relationships in 1,000 cities worldwide. She ensures that all affiliates uphold the highest level of service and standards to which Vitesse Worldwide expects from its partners.
Laurie has over 15 years of experience in the in the Customer Service/Hospitality Industry. She has held management positions with both Marriott and Westin, directly servicing the fast-paced needs of the business traveler. Laurie holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Bridgeport and is a member of the National Association of Professional Woman.
Sergio Haz has 17 years of experience in the limousine industry as a chauffeur, three of which were with Vitesse, and over 20 years in the military, security and in law enforcement. In 1994 Sergio joined the United States Marines Corp. straight from school and after eight years of service, much of it spent in the Middle East, he became a police officer with the Port Chester Police Department. Over the next seventeen years he rose to the position of Assistant Deputy Director of Auxiliary Police with responsibility for the performance of the entire auxiliary police unit and the operation of their officers and vehicles. After moving to upstate CT in 2015, Sergio was appointed Security Supervisor at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford. However, the lure and excitement of Vitesse was too strong and we were pleased to have him rejoin the company early in 2018 as our Fleet Manager
Advisory Board Member
Andi is a business consultant and President of Strategy Leaders, Inc., a business-consulting firm she launched in 1995. Her clients are owners of successful, established, privately held businesses, determined to get to the next level of growth, profit, stability and predictability.
Her corporate experience includes 20+ years in business development and strategic planning.
Andi has won numerous awards for her excellent entrepreneurship and innovation:
She previously worked for Xerox, American Express, and Contel.
She earned her MBA from Columbia University in their executive program where she conducted 2 years’ research on the success drivers for entrepreneurial businesses.
She also wrote a column, Ask Andi, which was published in Westchester County & Fairfield County Business Journals and HV Biz, a source of practical information for business owners today. Andi developed and hosted a Cable Show series, Ask Andi Live from 2008-2010.
She was elected to the board of the Westchester County Association in 2010, is a member of the Westchester YMCA board and sits on the YMCA's Finance Committee.
Andi is also chair of the Business Owners Committee of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York, through which she’s launched a continuing education series focused on the needs of business owners.
Business Development Manager
Ty joined Vitesse Worldwide in 2018 as Business Development Manager in our Phoenix Office.
Ty brings to this role his extensive experience in the hospitality sales and operations. He has previously held positions at some of the most prestigious properties in the world, including: The Sanctuary Resort on Camelback Mountain as well as the Westin La Paloma and Tarbell's Restaurant. Some of his previous concentrations have included Operations Management, Client Outreach, Catering Sales, and Business Travel/Leisure Travel Sales.
Ty graduated from Arizona State University in 2008 with a BA in communications with a concentration in interpersonal communications.