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Elite team equals elite service

 

A new dimension of service

 

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 85 countries.

 

 

Our mission:

 

  • Next-level client service
  • Consistent and reliable service which exceeds clients’ expectations
  • Maintain competitive high-performance standards
  • Build relationships with clients based on integrity, honesty, courtesy and trust
  • Hassle-free business travel

Meet the team that keeps Vitesse running smooth

 

 

Shawn Abaspor

President & CEO

 

Shawn Abaspor

Veteran entrepreneur of various successful business ventures, Shawn’s portfolio includes among others:

 

  • US Limousine Inc (USL) and founder of several corporate travel-management companies.
  • An experienced FAA certified commercial pilot
  • Founder of Royal Falcon Air Charter
  • Volunteer for Civil Air Patrol, a nonprofit that serves as the official auxiliary of the U.S Air Force, as well as for Angel Flight , a charitable organization run by pilots, that arranges free air transportation to destinations where sick people can receive medical treatment

 

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.

 

 

Roy Barnes

COO

 

Roy Barnes

Roy is senior VP of Operations East Coast 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.

 

Roy’s vision for Vitesse is to build a customer-focused organization and be accomplished in the corporate travel industry.

 

 

Jeff Conly

Sr. VP Operations

 

Jeff Conly

Jeff boasts more than 30 years’ experience in the transportation industry, specializing in chauffeured transportation.

 

His successes include:

 

  • Managing ExecuCar Arizona which under his leadership has developed into the flagship ExecuCar operation featuring the state of Arizona’s largest fleet with more than 140 sedans. This number represents the 7th largest fleet nationally.
  • Solid operational experience in the areas of finance, human resources, customer service and sales strategies, and an extensive understanding of city government/airport regulations as they relate to transportation.
  • Working close with high-profile clients during the NBA All Star Game 2009 and handling all Phoenix Open transport for the Phoenix Thunderbirds. Nationally Jeff has coordinated transportation during four recent Super Bowls.
  • He is an active member of the National Limousine Association and regularly serves as an informal consultant to these industry partners.
  • Jeff is currently the President of the Arizona Limousine Association.
  • Jeff is renowned as a leader in strategic planning for building successful transportation businesses.

 

 

Kamran Khalaj

VP Operations

 

Kamran Khalaj

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.

 

 

Michelle Bailey

Director Client Services

 

Michelle Bailey

Michelle graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor's degree. She majored in occupational therapy and minored in psychology. Her achievements include:

 

  • Being part of the opening crew for the second largest casino in the US, Foxwoods, a four-diamond luxury resort with 2266 rooms. Responsible for managing and retraining for the front-desk staff, VIP services, and concierge department.
  • 12+ years’ experience in the customer service and hospitality industry.

 

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.

 

 

Mary Thompson

VP National Sales- Western Region

 

Mary Thompson

Mary is the VP of National Sales. She boasts 25 years' experience in the ground-transportation industry, which includes:

 

  • Being owner of Pittsburgh Limousine
  • Director of Customer Service Worldwide for Carey International
  • Sales for Music Express and CLS Transportation in San Francisco.
  • Former member of the World Cup transportation committee in Los Angeles, Mary assisted in the coordination of the ground transportation for numerous Super Bowls, NBA All Star Games, Gold Cup and award shows.
  • Experience in coordinating high-level board meetings, multiple city events, and large groups.
  • Formerly a meeting planner for a non-profit foundation responsible for all aspects of medical educational programs and events.
  • Mary is a former board member of the National Limousine Association and currently serves on the board of directors for the Arizona Chapter of Canine Companions for Independence.

 

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.

 

 

Susan Pica

VP National Sales- Eastern Region

 

Susan Pica

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.

 

 

Csilla Stekler

Chief Financial Officer

 

Csilla Stekler

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.

 

 

Laurie Braxton

Global Affiliate Manager

 

Laurie Braxton

Laurie joined Vitesse Worldwide in 2012 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.

 

 

 

Andi Gray

Advisory Board Member

 

Andi Gray

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 earned the Westchester County Association’s exclusive APEX Award for Entrepreneurship in 2009.
  • In 2010 the Westchester Business Journal named Andi as one of the Top 100 People to Watch.
  • Junior Achievement named her the Over-Achiever of the Year, and she earned her second APEX award for Volunteerism related to work on the WCA Call to Action Committee.
  • In 2011 she received her third APEX award when a Strategy Leaders client was recognized for their entrepreneurial successes.

 

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.

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