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Steve co-founded TripAdvisor in 2000 with the mission to help travelers around the world plan and have the perfect trip. Under his leadership, TripAdvisor has grown into the largest Web 2.0 company in the northeast and the world's largest travel site, with more than 200 million unique monthly visitors, 44 million members and over 100 million reviews and opinions. Steve has also built the TripAdvisor Media Group, consisting of 19 leading travel brands, and has expanded the TripAdvisor brand into 30 countries, including France, Germany, Greece, Italy, India, Japan, Russia, Spain, the U.K., Indonesia, Argentina, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Egypt. Steve and his co-founders sold TripAdvisor to InterActive Corporation in 2004, which later spun off its travel businesses to Expedia, Inc., and Steve has continued to run day-to-day operations. Prior to co-founding TripAdvisor, Steve was president of CDS, Inc., a successful independent software vendor specializing in programming and testing tools. Previously, Steve was co-founder and vice president of engineering of CenterLine Software, where he led the development of several award-winning programming environments. Kaufer, winner of the 2005 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, holds several software patents and has spoken at dozens of travel and high-tech conferences worldwide. He is on the board of directors at Glassdoor (www.glassdoor.com), a job review site; CarGurus (www.cargurus.com), an online automotive community; DigitalAdvisor LLC, which owns and manages a digital camera site (www.digitalcamera-hq.com) and a deals site (www.beatthat.com); and the Caring For Carcinoid Foundation (http://www.caringforcarcinoid.org), a non-profit charity dedicated to finding a cure for Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine cancers. He is also an advisor to WeddingBook (www.weddingbook.com), a wedding planning site, and Abroad101 (www.studyabroad101.com), a review site for semester abroad programs. And on a completely different note, he loves his brother-in-law's robot sculptures at http://lipsonrobotics.com/. Steve has a degree in computer science from Harvard University.
Ernst is responsible for overseeing TripAdvisor's global finance operations including accounting, investor relations, tax, corporate development and real estate. Ernst previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Cimpress N.V., formerly known as Vistaprint N.V. where he had similar responsibilities. Prior to joining Cimpress as vice president of corporate strategy in 2009, Teunissen was a founder and director of two corporate finance and management consulting firms, Manifold Partners and ThreeStone Ventures Limited. Before that, he worked in investment banking as an executive director at Morgan Stanley's Telecoms and Media Group in London and as a senior associate director for Deutsche Bank in both London and Singapore. Early on, Teunissen worked as a consultant at Monitor Company, a global strategy firm in Europe and Asia. He holds a BBA from Nijenrode University, The Netherlands School of Business and an MBA from the University of Oregon.
Gary is responsible for driving growth and strategy across the entire family of TripAdvisor brands. In his role as president of APAC, Gary is responsible for leading TripAdvisor’s operations and strategy throughout the Asia Pacific region. Before joining TripAdvisor, Gary founded the advisory and investment group Amanogawa, LLC, where he advised the leadership of several multi-national companies on global strategy and expansion plans, with clients that included Rakuten and TripAdvisor. Gary’s relationship with TripAdvisor spans more than decade. He held a variety of senior executive roles at Expedia, Inc. from 2003-2012. As senior vice president, corporate development at Expedia when TripAdvisor was first acquired in 2004, he was instrumental in driving both Expedia’s and TripAdvisor’s growth. From 2008 to 2012, Gary served as president, Partner Services Group for Expedia,where he led Expedia’s commercial activity and strategy on a global basis. Mr. Fritz oversaw the sales, technology and operations teams on a global basis. Prior to Expedia, Gary worked with the global consultancy McKinsey & Company for 3 years focused on the distressed debt practice, and prior to that he led entrepreneurial efforts in the data storage industry. Mr. Fritz holds a Master’s degree from MIT and an BA magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania.
Adam Medros heads worldwide product development for TripAdvisor. Since joining the world's largest travel site in 2004, Medros has overseen improvements to TripAdvisor's core functionality, international expansion, and development of a wide variety of travel planning features, including TripAdvisor Mobile. He was also instrumental in TripAdvisor's 2007 launch of travel applications onto the Facebook Platform. These applications – Cities I've Visited, Local Picks, and Traveler's IQ Challenge – have introduced the TripAdvisor brand to millions of new people around the world and generated a high volume of fresh content for the core site. In 2010, Medros led TripAdvisor's launch of its "TripAdvisor Trip Friends" social feature and Facebook Instant Personalization on TripAdvisor. Prior to joining TripAdvisor, Medros held Senior Analyst and Product Manager positions at Nordstrom.com, Amazon.com, and The Parthenon Group. He serves on the board of oneforty.com, MITX, and is an advisor to care.com. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College.