The Management Team
Robert Brown | Founder, CEO
Robert is a serial entrepreneur who has spent his career moving between leadership roles for start-up initiatives and senior management positions at major global institutions. After almost two decades in the financial technology space, Rob took his knowledge and expertise from the markets and applied them to his number one passion: travel. Having first become a respected voice in the Futures industry, Robert now has a solid reputation in the travel domain as a thought leader and a technology innovator and is a sought-out speaker on travel-tech trends. Robert holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from London Business School.
Heidi Brown | Founder, COO
In an effort to merge her experience in the financial markets with her passion for globetrotting, Heidi founded Options Away, confident that the next big thing in travel will be options on airfare. Heidi earned a degree in Economics from the University of Toronto before beginning her career trading global currencies. She eventually landed her dream job as a relationship specialist for a European bank, living in Germany and travelling throughout Europe for almost a decade before receiving her MBA from the London Business School. Heidi is active in the Chicago entrepreneurial scene and regularly speaks publicly about startups and founders’ issues.
CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER
Michael is a leader in the travel technology space with 25 years of experience architecting, developing and integrating travel solutions. Michael has designed technology and online systems for domestic and international airlines, global distribution suppliers and leading travel management companies. He is known around the globe for his innovative approach and passion to add value to the marketplace and consumer experience. From his background in international fares and price and inventory management to being a founding team member of both Orbitz and G2 SwitchWorks, Michael has a established a strong track record in building next-generation travel systems.
Jason expertly combines his years in the financial markets with extensive online travel experience. Jason has worked with many large e-commerce brands and has a clear history of negotiating online partnerships from conception to completion. Jason's background includes various product, marketing and business development roles at National Leisure Group, Orbitz Worldwide, Room77, and most recently Groupon Getaways. Jason holds a BA in Business Administration from Washington State University and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Steve is an undisputed polymath. A programmer with a Philosophy degree, he is known and respected for his eccentric traits and performing in a popular jazz band. Steve was employee number eight and the first developer hired at WyzAnt where he re-architected their entire system and single-handedly built out the development team. Prior to his VP role at WyzAnt, Steve spent years architecting systems at Leo Burnett and had a huge impact on Peapod’s e-commerce platform in its early days.