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Chicke Fitzgerald

Entrepreneur • Advisor Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida Area, US

CEO Solutionz Technologies | Author | Radio Show Host | Game Changing Strategist, Advisor & Technologist | Zigging where others Zag

CEO Solutionz Technologies | Author | Radio Show Host | Game Changing Strategist, Advisor & Technologist | Zigging where others Zag

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Primary Skillsets

  • Growth
  • Marketing
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Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Growth
  • • Marketing

Involved In


Solutionz Technologies LLC
Solutionz Holdings
Solutionz Media Group
Executive Girlfriend's Group
Project 85
LeisureLogix, LLC
VEO - Virtual European Office


Club Med
Sabre Holdings
Rich Media Exchange, LLC
Orbitz Worldwide
Onboard Media
Mandala Research, LLC
Amadeus IT Group
Carlson Companies
Panasonic Automotive Systems
IBS Software Services
Apple Leisure Group
Mandala Research, LLC
Club Med
Apple Leisure Group
Onboard Media
Panasonic Automotive Systems
Altius Par
IBS Software Services
AAA Travel (CSAA - Northern Ca)
AAA Auto Club South
Intel Corporation
Carlson Companies


CEO and Founder Solutionz Technologies LLC January 2012 - present
CEO and Founder Solutionz Holdings January 1996 - present
Founder Solutionz Media Group 2009 - present
Member Board of Directors Rich Media Exchange August 2013 - present
Board Member REUNIONCare February 2014 - present
Strategic Advisor (Independent Consultant) Mandala Research, LLC 2011 - present
GLG Leader (independent consultant) Gerson Lehrman Group 2001 - present
Community Member Go-Givers International 2013 - present
Aficionado TED Conferences 2010 - present
Founder Executive Girlfriend's Group August 2008 - present
Strategic Advisor (Independent Consultant) Club Med May 2015 - October 2015
Strategic Advisor - Independent Consultant Apple Leisure Group November 2014 - March 2015
Strategic Advisor - Independent Consultant Orbitz 2013 - 2014
CEO Rock the World Enterprises 2011 - October 2013
Strategic Advisor - Independent Consultant Onboard Media September 2012 - June 2013
Investor Wine Central Media 2011 - 2012
Founder Project 85 2010 - 2012
Alumni - Class of 2010-2011 Lifework Leadership September 2010 - May 2011
Moderator - Direct Connect, The Hot Seat GBTA 2011 - 2011
Strategic Advisor - Independent Consultant AARP 2010 - 2011
Strategic Advisor - Independent Consultant Panasonic Automotive Systems 2006 - 2011
Advisory Board Member and Attendee Travelcom April 2001 - December 2010
Speaker at 2010 Client Conference TimeShareWare September 2010 - September 2010
Class of 2010 Lifework Leadership 2009 - 2010
CEO Solutionz Group International Inc. January 1996 - 2010
Co-Author Bootstrap Business August 2009 - August 2009
Founder and Investor 2007 - 2009
Advisory Board Promedia 2007 - 2009
Attendee PhoCusWright Inc. 2000 - 2009
Founder 2007 - December 2008
Founder and CEO LeisureLogix, LLC August 2006 - December 2008
Advisory Board Chair and Consultant Travel Sciences 2007 - 2008
Strategic Advisor - Independent Consultant Travelport 2001 - 2008
Strategic Advisor - Independent Consultant Altius Par 2006 - 2007
Strategic Advisor - Acquisition Support Travelport 2003 - 2007
Outside Consultant NXP acquires Freescale Semiconductor August 2004 - June 2006
Strategic Advisor - Independent Consultant IBS Software Services 2005 - 2006
Strategic Advisor - Independent Consultant Amadeus 2004 - 2006
Strategic Advisor - Independent Consultant AAA 2003 - 2006
Advisory Board HBSI 2001 - 2006
Strategic Advisor - Independent Consultant AAA Travel (CSAA - Northern Ca) 2004 - 2005
Strategic Advisor - Independent Consultant AAA Auto Club South 2003 - 2005
Led the start up team as a Strategic Advisor (Independent Consultant) 2001 - 2003
Partner T2Impact 1999 - 2003
Strategic Advisor - Independent Consultant Datalex 2000 - 2001
Strategic Advisor (Independent Consultant) Intel Corporation 2000 - 2001
Co-Founder Travel Practice VEO - Virtual European Office 1999 - 2001
Strategic Advisor 24k Project - Independent Consultant Carlson Companies 1999 - 2000
Startup Team Equant 1995 - 1995
Senior Director SITA 1994 - 1995
Staff Director Worldspan 1992 - 1994
Managing Director Sabre 1982 - 1992
Various positions within Sabre American Airlines 1982 - 1992
Installation Specialist Agency Data Systems 1982 - 1985


Oral Roberts University Business, Leadership 1975 - 1976

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Business Development
  • • Enterprise Sales
Advisor With
  • • Design
  • • B2B sales
  • • Fullstack Developer
  • • Software Architecture
Markets of Interest
  • • Commerce
  • • Events
  • • Local
  • • Mobile
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Travel

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Fundraising • Product strategy • Startups • Strategic Partnerships • Strategy • Visioning • Business Transformation

Key Accomplishments

I spent the first half of my career working for the companies that pioneered electronic booking of travel. If you have ever booked travel online, chances are that you have encountered the technology of one of my former employers. I held senior leadership positions at Sabre, Worldspan and SITA Telecommunications before forming my own consulting firm 20 years ago. My firm built solutions for Carlson Companies, Intel and and have consulted with over 40 companies on over 200 projects in the last two decades. I've been a part of 10 startups, 2 of which I have funded personally with over $1.2m in my own money and over $7m raised.

I am considered the defacto industry expert on global travel distribution. I have published four books on the topic and also contributed to Bootstrap Business, co-authored with Tom Hopkins, Jack Canfield and John Christensen. This summer I'm publishing a new book, The Game Changer.

I have self-funded my current venture and completed the MVP. The product is stable and scalable. I've taken it as far as I can as a solopreneur and it is time to expand, either through a capital raise or through bringing on resources through a co-founder relationship.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I am looking for two co-founders, one on the technical side that can own the ongoing development of our product roadmap, including architecture, engineering and product management. I am also looking for a business development partner that specializes in channel partner development and enterprise sales.

I embrace the milestone equity methodology described in Michael Moyer's book Slicing Pie, rewarding contribution and results, versus just time and effort.

As an Advisor

I love helping entrepreneurs realize their vision and can fill the shoes of board member and strategic advisor, in exchange for milestone based equity. For 20 years I have written strategic plans and ensured that there was a corresponding operational plan that is measurable and executable. This is what I bring to new ventures. I am focused on innovation, customer centric strategy and sustainable strategy - incorporating giving back, differentiation and business models that work.

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MK Marsden
They're my advisor  •  Member of the Board, Solutionz Technologies LLC and Founder/Managing Partner, Touchpoint Strategies, LLC.
Chicke combines deep expertise in the travel and entertainment industry with her own entrepreneurial successes to provide strategic advice t ... o companies. Her advice is practical and helps accelerate the growth of the business. She is passionate about technology, customer experience and client readiness for transformation.
Mike Montemurro
Chief Operating Officer, VacayStay Connect, LLC. Previously SVP-Product Management, Pegasus Solutions.
She is a creative problem-solver and has been both an entrepreneur and an executive in large companies so she offers a unique perspective. ... She also has a very strong personal and professional network.
Jeffrey Lavender
We worked together  •  Executive Vice President and General Manager, Travel Impressions and American Express Vacations and Chairman - Board of Advisors, Traxo.
Chicke has a tremendous ability to see the forest for the trees, keep focused on the bigger picture which is a great skill for strategists.
Robert Wiseman
We worked together  •  Independent Consultant / CTO, Independent Consultant / CTO. Previously CTO, Angie's List.
Chicke is well known in the travel industry for her expertise, knowledge and strategic thinking. The book she wrote about the GDS industry ... became a bible of sorts at Orbitz (where I was SVP and employee #17)
Laurie Snively
We worked together  •  President, EventAppi and President, Chirrpy.
Chicke is a born leader. Her passion for business and other people is what makes her unique. She has innovative ideas and jumps in to help ... when necessary. Her vision is to unite companies and people all while helping people become the best version of themselves.
Sudarshan (Suds) Jagannathan
We worked together  •  Business Development/ Technology Partnerships, Metrolinx and Director Marketing and Business Development, SocialTravel.Org.
Chicke is great at helping me understand and focus on my vision of travel/ technology/ UI/X/ Product integration and ultimately feeding into ... my organizational goal of social enterprise and philanthropy. Chicke is also skilled in helping balance the reality of plans with typical entrepreneur idealism. I continue to look at Chicke for critical product decision making support at all times.
Nicolas Visiers Würth
We worked together  •  Founder, Chief Strategy & Experience Officer, multiplica.US. Stanford GSB grad.
I have worked with Chicke and I know her personally. She is a an expert in the travel industry. We had the opportunity to work on various pr ... ojects together and she brings a high level of commitment and energy along with her vast experience. I will continue to be involved with her as I appreciate and value her advise.
Ellen Keszler
We worked together  •  Board of Directors, PROS and Board of Directors, Farelogix. Texas A&M grad.
Chicke is very experienced within the travel and tourism vertical, particularly around travel technology. She is an entrepreneur herself, a ... nd so she valuable experience here to add as well.
John Richards
They're my advisor  •  Presidential Executive in Residence for Entrepreneurship at Woodbury School of Business, Utah Valley University. Brigham Young grad.
Mark Politi
MP Public Relations - PR, Licensing and Marketing for Startups, Technology, Entertainment, Product Launches, Company Launches and Brands.
They're my friends  •  Partner, BM&A. Previously President North America, i:FAO North America.
Experience, attitude and leadership
Dean Sivley
We worked together  •  President, Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection. Previously CEO, GroundLink.
I have worked with Chicke several times, and she provides great leadership and guidance in helping a team form and articulate strategy and o ... pportunities
Mitch Gross
We worked together
Excellent experience, sound judgment, great network.
Camille Olivere
We worked together  •  Senior Vice President Partner Brands, World Travel Holdings. Previously Senior Vice President Sales, US, Club Med.
Chicke has had exposure to many organizations and knows how to help with success strategies. When it comes to execution she can source the r ... ight experts from her vast pool of contacts. She has helped me in three roles and three different $1B+ companies
Cindi Lydon
We worked together  •  Global Project Manager (on contract), CDK Global. Previously Manager, T&E Service Delivery, The Kraft Heinz Company.
Chicke is a true thought leader with significant influence in the travel distribution technology, venue and event based trip planning space.
David A. (Dave) Falter
We worked together  •  Member-At-Large, Acorn Growth Partners and President and Chief Executive Officer, Antenna International. University of Virginia grad.
Chicke is a high-energy, visionary executive who has developed a rigorous and disciplined methodology for strategy formation.
Kulin Strimbu
We worked together  •  President / CEO, Rich Media Exchange, LLCWorked , .
Chicke has been an integral part of my company as an advisor. She is a smart, creative, and insightful business person and a valued member ... of our team.
Angela Jones
We worked together  •  Director, AARP. University of South Florida grad.
Chicke is a smart and seasoned executive. She was instrumental in helping my organization develop its travel portfolio vision and strategy. ... Without her - we would not be where we are today. If you want smart, actionable advice, work with Chicke.

Cree Crawford
* Founder / COO / Dir. - Green Ocean Sciences | Molecular Analytics Group * H. Wng. Commander - 149th Texas Air Guard

Yen Lee
SVP Corporate Development, Ebates Inc. and Advisor, Mentor, StartX. Massachusetts Institute of Technology grad.
Yen is one of the brightest entrepreneurs that I know and he has been on the forefront of innovation in a number of sectors in travel and me ... dia. I would love the opportunity to work with him.

Erin Valenti
Springboard Accelerator Media/Tech Class of 2013, Springboard Enterprises and CEO & Founder, Skycrane, Inc.. Georgetown grad.
Erin is multi-talented and energetic and would be an asset to any venture. Her enthusiasm is infectious.

Brian Harniman
President, LLC and Advisor, Legacy Connect.
Brian is one of the pioneers of online travel. He is a strategic marketer and very strong in business development.

Joel Smith
President and CEO (Chief Engagement Officer), University of Utah grad.
Joel has a unique combination of visionary skills and the ability to take it to a practical level to implement the ideas. His enthusiasm an ... d energy is infectious.

Kerry Gumas
President & CEO, QUESTEX. Previously Vice President & GM, Advanstar Communications, Inc..
Kerry is one of our industry's experts on events and has mastered the creation and marketing of events to meet the unique needs of each sect ... or of the industry.

Jeff Clarke
Advisor, Augusta Columbia Capital and CEO, Eastman Kodak.
While Jeff has spent much of his career in major companies, his entrepreneurial spirit enables those around him to act on ideas and innovati ... on without the normal corporate trappings. He is one of the brightest minds in technology and it is fun to watch him invigorate the Kodak brand.

Estee Solomon Gray
Member, Behavioral Advisory Board, Rodan + Fields and Founder and CEO, Mmindd Labs. Stanford grad. Stanford GSB grad.
Estee is one of the first entrepreneurs that I ever met. She moved deftly amongst her male counterparts and was able to get them to buy int ... o her ideas and to recognize her contribution, which at the time wasn't the norm for women in business. She was a superstar then and is now.

Mike Montemurro
We worked together  •  Chief Operating Officer, VacayStay Connect, LLC. Previously SVP-Product Management, Pegasus Solutions.
Mike is one of the sage experts in the travel industry and is highly versatile. His colleagues revere him and his team are loyal to him.

John Richards
Presidential Executive in Residence for Entrepreneurship at Woodbury School of Business, Utah Valley University. Brigham Young grad.
John is a stellar advisor for entrepreneurial ventures and specifically for founders and even those of us who believe that we are "special s ... nowflakes". He provides sage advice that is informed and he is able to drill down to the heart of difficult matters, helping to navigate the solution dispassionately, but purposefully.

Pedro Colaco
CEO, GuestCentric Systems. Previously VP Product Management and Marketing, Corvil.
Pedro has the distinction of being one of my favorite entrepreneurs. He has such a positive outlook and even in the face of challenges, he ... always has a smile in his voice when we speak. His laugh and spirit are infectious and if I have the opportunity to work with him, I would always make time for him.

Rebecca Happy ★ Ottawa Digital Mobile Marketing
Online, Video,Social Media,Mobile,Local Search and Internet Marketing Mentor for Local Business, The Happy Marketing Group.
Rebecca is a poster child for learning a new skill to allow her to bring value to her sector. I have enjoyed our long association, which wa ... s sparked by both of us wanting to become online mavens back in 2009.

Sheryl Hunter, Esquire
Co-Founder and Mother of Chief Executive Girl, Aspen & Lucy.
I have only met with Sheryl once, but I was very impressed with her and can't wait to be able to afford to have her represent my venture. S ... he is the entrepreneur's counsel and more than just from a legal perspective, she thoroughly understands the issues that face a founder and the unique decisions and their impact.

David Bradford
Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Utah - Employment and Contributing Author, The Huffington Post. Brigham Young grad.
David is the very definition of entrepreneurial spirit. He is the consummate businessman. His networking is legendary. His network enjoys ... his creativity and support, knowing that he expects nothing in return. I am fortunate to call him friend.

Dawn Fotopulos
Award-Winning Author- AMACOM Books, DF Consulting, Inc. and Professional Speaker, Principal DF Consulting, Inc.. Cornell grad.
I interviewed Dawn for my radio program about her book Accounting for the Numberphobic: A Survival Guide for Small Business Owners. I have ... included her story in my new book - the Game Changer. She helps entrepreneurs understand the numbers side of success and makes it very easy to grasp. She is also a great interview!

Mike Tingey
CEO, Ring Seven and CEO, PYUR. Brigham Young grad.
Mike possesses a great blend of technical skill and business acumen, which makes him a great tech partner. He is as comfortable talking to ... a founder, to investors and to technical people. He would be an asset to any project.

Jordan Posell
Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Full Stack Finance. Previously Founder/Managing Partner, Rootstock Partners.
I have watched Jordan's career for over a decade and have been very impressed with his versatility. He is a solid entrepreneur. We first m ... et after my firm built for two of the major casino companies. We recommended Jordan for the role of acting GM of the venture. He did an amazing job of growing the company from the startup phase after we had completed development. He is great to be around and easily garners the respect of those that he works with.

Misti Burmeister
Guiding CEO's to Measurable Greatness©, Inspirion LLC. Previously "On Success" contributor, Washington Post.
I interviewed Misti recently on my radio show and was very impressed with how practically she helps other entrepreneurs provoke greatness in ... themselves. Her book Provoking Greatness should be mandatory reading for all founders.

Andres Fabris
CEO | Founder at Traxo. Harvard Business School grad. Board Member, Harvard Business School Club of Dallas.
Andres is tireless in his pursuit of success. His ethics are impeccable. He has built one of the most amazing tech companies in the travel ... space. I have been very impressed with their progress, both on the tech side and from the partnerships they have forged.

Kevin Mitchell
Founder & Chairman, Business Travel Coalition. Previously Vice President, Cigna. Wharton grad.
Kevin provides tireless support and advocacy of the travel industry, including big companies and entrepreneurs alike. He is articulate in h ... elping the industry navigate difficult issues and their options.

MK Marsden
We worked together  •  Member of the Board, Solutionz Technologies LLC and Founder/Managing Partner, Touchpoint Strategies, LLC.
MK has a wealth of experience in all stages of tech company growth. She is a clear communicator and team player.

Laurie Snively
President, EventAppi and President, Chirrpy.
Laurie is tenacious and driven. She has a heart of gold and a vision for really making a difference. She is a great connector of people. ... I love her entrepreneurial spirit, as she envisions success and then steps out to make that vision reality.

Robert Wiseman
Independent Consultant / CTO, Independent Consultant / CTO. Previously CTO, Angie's List.
Robert is a rock solid technologist that has made his mark on the travel industry with industry leaders Orbitz, Travelport and Sabre in seni ... or leadership roles. He has also taken that transactional commerce expertise to companies like Angie's List and his consulting customer base. I have always admired Robert's calm approach to business and his willingness to help others. I value his contribution.

Andres Fabris
We worked together  •  CEO | Founder at Traxo. Harvard Business School grad. Board Member, Harvard Business School Club of Dallas.
I have known Andres for more than a decade, both in his corporate executive role at Sabre/Travelocity and his current role as co-founder of ... Traxo. Andres is someone that I greatly admire. He surrounds himself with the best people and has deftly navigated the funding waters, getting some amazing firms on board to support Traxo's vision. Their product is innovative and a game changer for the travel industry.

Kevin Mitchell
We worked together  •  Founder & Chairman, Business Travel Coalition. Previously Vice President, Cigna. Wharton grad.
Kevin has been a consistent voice in the travel industry for entrepreneurs. He brings logic to issues and arguments that all too often woul ... d otherwise dissolve into emotion. I have enjoyed being associated with Kevin over the years and would work with him in a heartbeat.

Sudarshan (Suds) Jagannathan
Business Development/ Technology Partnerships, Metrolinx and Director Marketing and Business Development, SocialTravel.Org.
Suds is a tenacious, innovative entrepreneur, with a heart for giving and making a difference. I enjoy collaborating with him on my venture ... s and always look forward to the ideas that he brings to bear on a problem.

Nicolas Visiers Würth
Founder, Chief Strategy & Experience Officer, multiplica.US. Stanford GSB grad.
Nicolas is one of the most customer-centric, intuitive creative people that I have ever met. He knows the right questions to ask and his te ... am does amazing work. His global perspective is invaluable and I appreciate his thoughtful approach to design and site development. I am proud to be associated with him and value his opinion as I grow my company.

Jeffrey Lavender
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Travel Impressions and American Express Vacations and Chairman - Board of Advisors, Traxo.
Jeff is a solid leader and team player and upholds the highest standard of integrity and work ethic. He is creative, energetic and innovati ... ve. I have known Jeff in a wide range of roles over the past 25 years and absolutely love working with him. I would gladly entrust my company to him if I could get him to come and build it with me!

Ellen Keszler
Board of Directors, PROS and Board of Directors, Farelogix. Texas A&M grad.
Ellen has the amazing mix of executive leadership experience with a top tier online travel company and also the expertise of working with ea ... rly stage companies, tapping into her entrepreneurial spirit. She is very well respected in the travel industry and she has earned that respect with stellar performance as an online commerce executive. I have enjoyed our association over the decade that we've known one another.

Peter Giamalva
Senior Vice President Sales and Hospital Marketing, American Red Cross and Principal, Dartmoor Hill, LLC..
Peter is an amazing mentor and a rock solid business advisor. His experience and expertise has been invaluable for me in launching both of ... of my tech companies. I wouldn't venture into any new business without him by my side. His calm analysis of even the most difficult situation is something that he can be counted on to provide. Even though he has spent the bulk of his career in corporate roles, he has a deep entrepreneurial spirit and truly understands what is required to succeed in business.

Norm Rose
We worked together  •  President, Travel Tech Consulting, Inc. and Senior Technology and Corporate Market Analyst (subcontractor), Phocuswright Inc..
I have known Norm for more than a decade. He is very well respected in the travel industry and is a technology innovation expert. He can b ... e trusted to have the clients' best interests at heart. He has the highest work ethic and impeccable integrity as a foundation for who he is and what he delivers.

Jonah Sigel
We worked together  •  Vice President Digital Experience, Holt Renfrew. Previously Director, Starbucks Digital Network & Entertainment, Starbucks.
Jonah has a breadth of experience in online commerce and has taken companies from an idea to execution. Jonah is a thought leader, with a pr ... actical twist. He is a leader and an entrepreneur at heart.

Federico Ramallo
They're my advisor  •  Full stack software engineer, Founder of Density Labs and Investor
Federico has the unique combination of technical skills and business acumen. He also has a heart for people, which is necessary in the serv ... ices business. He is open to new ideas and will succeed in anything that he takes on. You would be lucky to have him as a part of your team.

Kulin Strimbu
They're my advisor  •  President / CEO, Rich Media Exchange, LLCWorked , .
Kulin is one of the most focused executives that I know. She has the creative team to produce exciting new content for her clients to expan ... d their marketing efforts and has built an incredible platform for managing and marketing digital assets. On top of that she has a distribution network for that content that is unparalleled in the travel and tourism industry. Kulin is passionate about exceeding customer expectations and has the vision to help them succeed in meeting their growth goals through the use of digital media. I have enjoyed mentoring her and being on the board of this company.

Lee Rosen
We worked together  •  President, RezSystem. Previously President, AttractionSuite. University of California, Davis grad.
Lee is a leader in the field of travel technology. He pioneered sales and back office tools for the retail travel agency community before t ... he advent of the Internet, partnering with industry leaders to provide his platforms to their clients. He is well regarded in our industry.

George Beardsley
We worked together  •  Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Officer, UNATION, LLC and Owner, Personal Health Solutions, LLC.
I am very impressed with George's current venture. He has put together a very talented, focused team. He is a clear communicator and a gre ... at leader who is well respected by his team.

Philip Wolf
We worked together  •  Member, Board of Directors (NASDAQ: MMYT), and Chairman, Board of Directors (MAD: EDR), eDreams ODIGEO. Duke grad.
Philip is an icon in the travel industry and a staunch supporter of entrepreneurs and helping them achieve their dreams. He is a visionary ... and a leader and has made his mark on our industry. He definitely has left a legacy.

Greg Wood
We worked together  •  Co-founder, Mitingu and Partner, H2W.
I have watched Greg go from co-founding a company, while still keeping his day job, to stepping off the entrepreneurial precipice and leavin ... g the security. He has nailed an amazing contract with one of the top brands in travel and we are excited about working with Greg and his talented team at Mitingu.