Solutionz appoints former telecom executive, Jody Newman, to its Sounding Board for the TripProximity venture 

June 1, 2019
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TAMPA, FL, June 27, 2019 – Solutionz Innovations, an industry-leading travel tech firm based in Tampa, today announced Jody Daniel Newman as the eighth member of its Sounding Board for TripProximity™. The Sounding Board is a unique, virtual extension of its Board of Directors, designed to accelerate the success of funders and founders by helping them reduce risk and make more informed decisions.

Newman is the CEO of IBEX Group.  He brings more than 30 years of international business experience to the Solutionz Sounding Board, having managed global P&Ls and served as chief legal & regulatory officer for a global technology company. He was also part of the original executive team who propelled Equant from startup through a multi-billion-dollar exit.

He was chosen for the Sounding Board role due to his participation as an advisor since the company’s commercial launch in 2015.

“Jody and I worked together on the rollout of SITA’s assets into what became Equant in the mid-90s.  He is one of the soundest business people I know,” said Chicke Fitzgerald, CEO and Founder of Solutionz. “His calm demeanor, logical thought process, ability to assess risk and to see around business barriers is a killer combination.  His support of this venture has already been invaluable.”

Solutionz’ patent pending flagship product is TripProximity.  Fitzgerald added, “By targeting and integrating into the systems and sites that people use every day, we are giving organizations new ways to monetize existing account bases and enrich the value of their tools and content to their customers, the end travelers.”

Perry Yeatman, Executive Director of the Sounding Board added, “The Sounding Board pulls together a world-class team, comprising expertise in all of the key areas where start-ups need advice—from finance to HR, marketing to M&A. By design, when curating the membership of this team, we looked for a range of skills, experiences and perspectives. Jody brings a rare combination of global business, legal, and technology skills to the team, allowing Solutionz to tap into large multinational company talent with startup agility and entrepreneurial energy.”

ABOUT SOLUTIONZ. Since 1996, Solutionz has brought innovative thinking to the challenges facing the travel and technology industries. Its clients are enterprise software companies, publishers, venues, events and non-profits. The company helps them solve problems while improving their bottom lines and contributing to the charities they support. The core business is our TripProximity™ smart trip technology, which we integrate into the digital tools and sites people already use every day. And, we leave a legacy by giving back with each trip taken.

ABOUT THE SOUNDING BOARD. Bringing together a well-vetted, well-rounded, ready-to-go team of experts from a variety of industries, functions and geographies, The Sounding Board provides “as needed” counsel and support to early stage companies to help out with whatever opportunity or issue they are facing. Whether a founder needs marketing help to hone their concept; an acting CxO to be their growth partner; or a corporate governance expert as funding comes through, The Sounding Board lets a start-up access new skills and knowledge as they evolve and grow, thereby saving funders and founders valuable time and money, without compromising quality.