About Clicktripz

Ross Weber, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO

From 2005–2008, Ross ran business development and monetization strategies at VirtualTourist.com and OneTime.com where he built the "compare to" technology and syndication platform. When VirtualTourist and OneTime were acquired by TripAdvisor in 2008, Ross left to join Kayak.com where he was GM of TravelSearch and Kayak's hotel review site, TravelPost.com. TravelPost was sold to former Expedia executives in 2010.

After Kayak, Ross joined the team at DealBase.com where the HotelTonight last minute booking app was conceived and built. Ross assumed the CEO role at DealBase Corp and brought the business into profitability with over 1.5 million monthly visits. Concurrently, Ross co-founded Clicktripz, LLC to build the most effective conversion tools for travel content and booking sites.


Ryan Gibson, CTO

Ryan joined Clicktripz after a 10-year stint in the defense sector with Northrop Grumman where he specialized in architecting highly performant distributed processing applications.

Eager for more flexible hours (and to see the sunlight beyond his windowless office), he joined the team at Clicktripz to modernize their backend infrastructure, including a replatform onto Kubernetes and several revamps of their ETL pipeline.

Ryan earned a B.S. in Computer Science with Distinction from Harvey Mudd College, where he also was a 3-time All-American on the Track & Field team.


Jeremy Murphy, COO & President

Jeremy co-founded TheSuitest, a hotel data-analytics platform that was acquired by Clicktripz in 2015.

Before jumping into the travel industry, Jeremy held a number of mission-critical roles at large financial institutions. Jeremy was an analyst at Goldman Sachs in the investment management division, oversaw risk for a fund of hedge funds, and worked in investment banking at Houlihan Lokey and Bank of America Securities. (The long hours inspired him to travel more.)

Jeremy holds an MBA from UCLA-Anderson where he graduated in the top 1% of his class and received the Fred Weston Award for Excellence in Finance. Jeremy also holds a Juris Doctorate from the UCLA School of Law, where he attended as a Dean's Scholar, and holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from UCLA where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.


Mark Mamber, Chief Revenue Officer

Mark has worked in digital media for nearly 15 years, focused exclusively in the Travel vertical for more than half his career.

Mamber was an early employee at user generated content pioneer VirtualTourist. As Vice President, Advertising Sales, he was instrumental in building the business by hiring, training and leading the advertising sales and operations team.

When TripAdvisor acquired VirtualTourist in 2008, Mark transitioned to the TripAdvisor sales organization. Over the course of his three-year tenure as TripAdvisor's National DMO Sales Manager, Mark lead the team responsible for dramatic growth in TripAdvisor's destination marketing advertising revenue. Most recently, Mark was Vice President of Sales at Gogobot.com.


Aleksey Beregov, Chief Product Officer

Aleksey comes to Clicktripz with 20+ years of experience from companies such as Teradyne, Orbitz, Conversant, and Amazon where he was responsible for delivering new products. He is a recipient of the InfoVision award for contribution to the broadband internet industry and holds patents for inventions in technology.

At Conversant, Aleksey spearheaded efforts to establish the new level for ad quality in the digital advertisement space by introducing "guaranteed viewability" and "bot-free guarantee" products. Aleksey also co-founded Xinnia Technology where he led product and engineering. In one year, the company received multiple acquisition offers, as recognition of the company's vision and stellar execution.

Aleksey holds an MBA with highest honors from University of Chicago Booth School of Business where he graduated in the top 5% of his class, and an MS in computer science from NSU.


Dean Smith, VP Engineering

Dean has been in the digital and web development industry for nearly 2 decades. He has experience spanning many fields including healthcare, pharma, communications, e-learning, and travel. Developing a keen interest in javascript lead him to Clicktripz in 2015, where he started work integrating for our clients.

Responsible for overseeing our Digital and AdTech teams, Dean has helped innovate and build technology that leverages Clicktripz's technical stack to provide turnkey products for clients. Additionally, he frequently aids in the architecture and design of bespoke, complex solutions.


Shaun Stepanowich, Architect

Shaun joined Clicktripz in 2017 with over 14 years of experience designing and building solutions for companies in the digital marketing and IT service management space.

With his previous experience, leading cross functional development teams and designing enterprise ECM and ERP solutions, he has played a pivotal role creating new products and leading technology modernization efforts at Clicktripz.

As architect Shaun is responsible for guiding the development of Clicktripz' marketing technology and capabilities. He's also been asked to settle the spaces vs tabs debate.

Shaun lives in Calgary, Alberta where he received his degree in Computer Science at DeVry.


Damien Retureau, Managing Director, International Markets

Damien has been working in the online travel industry for more than 15 years. He has built an international career while working for marquee OTAs such as Orbitz, leading their European Distribution efforts; and lastminute.com, where he spearheaded their hotel contracting entity in France.

Damien also served as Sales and Product Director at leading price comparison site Kelkoo.com, where he developed and launched their travel meta site across 9 European markets. Most recently, Retureau joins from HouseTrip.com, Europe's largest vacation rental website. At HouseTrip, he architected and executed the company's global affiliate distribution initiative.


Dean Hunt, SVP Business Development, Global Markets

Dean has been in the digital marketing and online media space for 15 years, 10 of which were as founder of a digital marketing and sales consultancy firm. Hunt has been a prominent keynote speaker at business, travel, and marketing conferences around the world, including being interviewed by CNBC in Dubai.

Hunt started in the travel industry by leading the sales, marketing and business development departments for online travel agency Webjet. In addition to a love of travel and Manchester United, Hunt loves a good (and often bad) pun.


Richard Barajas, SVP, Business Development, Americas

Richard is a global travel and travel technology leader with 20 years experience spanning multiple travel sectors including air, hotel, tour operators, cruise lines, GDSs, vacation rentals, global travel agencies, OTAs and corporate booking tools. He has built a diverse career while working for marquee companies such as American Airlines, TravelClick and Sabre.

Richard’s responsibilities at Sabre included business development and partner management across the U.S., Europe and AsiaPacific markets. He then joined TravelClick where he earned Presidents Club recognition while leading an Internet marketing sales team focused on the hospitality sector. While serving as President at LeisureLink, he managed all facets of the company’s operations, ranging from customer acquisition, call center, account management, marketing, business development and product.


Eric Bjorndahl, Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Officer

Eric started his travel career as co-founder of TravBuddy, one of the largest online travel communities in existence, with over 500,000 registered members and millions of user contributed travel reviews, photos and blogs.

Unsatisfied with existing travel monetization solutions, he co-founded Clicktripz with the goal of providing the most flexible, industry leading technology available.

Eric also worked at Microsoft on the user experience team responsible for the revolutionary "Fluent User Interface." He has a B.A. in Computer Science with High Honors from UC Berkeley, where he was a Regents' and Chancellor's Scholar.

If he's not in the office, he's probably surfing the waters of Northern California, Munich or Hawaii (and doing his best to avoid shark encounters — seriously!).


David Bjorndahl, Co-Founder, UX Designer

David is a programmer specializing in front-end design, user-experience, and usability. David is responsible for the overall look and feel of the website and product, helps Publishers envision Clicktripz placements, and created a WYSIWYG widget ad unit builder for Publishers.

David lives in sunny Austin, Texas where he also received his degree in Computer Science from University of Texas.