GROUP

HOTEL SPECIALISTS

Founded in 2005, TravelAdvocates is a hotel site selection company focused on booking hotels for groups all over the world. With offices in New York, London, New Jersey, Chicago, and Charlotte, our passionate team of group hotel specialists guarantees the lowest group room rates and the most flexible contract clauses within 24 hours of your request - at no cost to you.

Known in the industry as a travel planner’s "secret weapon," our group travel experts negotiate the lowest room rates to ensure your group stays in the best possible hotel for their budget. We have built strong unique relationships with every major hotel chain and small independent boutique hotels to offer the most flexible contract clauses in the industry (typically 30 days to cancel with no attrition). We proudly assist tour operators, DMCs, corporate meeting planners, athletic teams, and a variety of other group travel planners.

Whether you are booking a 1-night stay or a series of dates, for 5 rooms or the entire hotel, you will benefit from our industry knowledge, buying power, and legal expertise which sets us apart from our competitors.

Robert founded TravelAdvocates in 2005. Prior to that, Robert worked for the tour operator Starr Tours and the hotel company Prime Hospitality. It is estimated that Robert has personally booked over 1 million hotel room nights. He has also had experience with catering, A/V, conference planning, and executing full-scale meetings and events. He practiced law in New York and was elected to his local Board of Education. Robert’s meeting planning experience coupled with his legal expertise makes a powerful combo enabling his customers to have the sharp negotiating skills of an attorney and the street smarts of a group travel planner. Robert lives in Manhattan, NY.

Robert@TravelAdvocates.com

President/Owner

Robert Miller, Esq.

Natalie started working in the hotel industry in 2002 as a front desk agent at a full service hotel in New Jersey. She worked her way up to become a Group Sales Manager with Wyndham. Natalie joined TravelAdvocates in 2013. She heads up our Chicago office.

Natalie@TravelAdvocates.com

Director of Operations

Natalie Mandzy

A NYC native, Keith joined TravelAdvocates in 2016 from the Homewood Suites in Edgewater NJ where he was the Assistant General Manager. Prior to that, Keith was Front Office Supervisor at the Hampton Inn Philadelphia Airport. Keith earned his Bachelor of Science degree in tourism and hospitality management from Temple University. Keith lives in North Bergen, NJ.

Keith@TravelAdvocates.com

Operations Manager

Keith Saddler

Michael joined TravelAdvocates in 2019 to support our accounting team. Michael works in the Hoboken office. He lives in Teaneck, NJ. 

MHS@TravelAdvocates.com

Accounting Manager

Michael Sobczak

Chris heads up our Charlotte office and manages the extended stay market. Prior to joining us, Chris worked in national sales for Extended Stay America, Prime Hospitality, New York Waterway, and AAA New Jersey. Chris earned his bachelor of science degree from Mansfield University. A native of Mount Olive, New Jersey, Chris lives with his wife in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Chris@TravelAdvocates.com

National Account Manager

Christopher Czekaj

A native of Rochester, NY, Michael has been a part-time financial consultant for TravelAdvocates since 2009. Michael worked in the banking industry as a financial services consultant assessing risk management and corporate strategy for Bank of America, State Street, and American Express. Michael earned a degree in chemistry from Harvard University where he graduated magna cum laude. He went on to NYU School of Medicine for his medical degree and residency training in pediatric medicine. Michael lives in Manhattan and is a full time attending pediatrician at NYU Langone Health.

Michael@TravelAdvocates.com

Finance Associate

Michael Goonan, MD

A Kentucky native, Ellen coordinates special experiences for TravelAdvocates’ clients. With over a decade of marketing and development experience, Ellen’s events are always  memorable and fun.  Ellen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Arizona State University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Louisville. Ellen lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Ellen@TravelAdvocates.com

Special Events Coordinator

Ellen Claycomb

A former hotel GM and Director of Sales with IHG, Starwood, and Wyndham, Jason has been booking hotels for groups for over 20 years. He was born and raised just outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jason earned his MBA in Finance from St. Joseph’s University and a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and chemistry from Ripon College. Jason heads up our headquarters office in Hoboken. NJ.

Jason@TravelAdvocates.com

Vice President of Operations

Jason Wood

With over 40 years of human resources experience, Lynn is responsible for all accounting, payroll, health benefits, workers comp, the 401k profit and pension plan, various insurance items, and everything else related to employing a team of wonderful people. Lynn joined TravelAdvocates full time in 2014 but had been consulting part-time since 2005. Prior to 2014, Lynn was the Senior VP of Human Resources and Safety Director for Starr Tours for 25 years. Lynn is Robert’s proud mother and lives in Hamilton, NJ.

Lynn@TravelAdvocates.com

Executive Vice President

Lynn Miller

Floyd is responsible for reviewing and executing over 2,000 group hotel contracts annually on behalf of our customers. Floyd earned his law degree from Seton Hall Law School and practiced sports and entertainment law in New Jersey. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Floyd earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken NJ where he holds the record for all-time assists in basketball. Floyd has worked extensively with professional athletes, entertainers, and venues on contract drafting, review, and negotiation. He is a high school football and basketball coach and lives in Manhattan, NY.

Floyd@TravelAdvocates.com

Director of Contracting

Floyd Morris, Esq.

Based in our London office, John develops and manages our partnerships with the travel trade, corporate, and MICE groups throughout Europe. With a decade of sales and marketing experience. John oversees our tradeshow, print, and digital marketing endeavors.

John@TravelAdvocates.com

European Customer Relations & Marketing

John Bridge

A native of Greece, Symeon is based in our London office, Symeon develops and manages our partnerships with the travel trade, corporate, and MICE groups throughout Europe. Symeon oversees our eCommerce efforts across multiple website platforms.

Symeon@TravelAdvocates.com

European Customer Relations & eCommerce

Symeon Vasileiadis

Based in our London office, Siobhan’s strength lies in her in-depth knowledge of the UK and European groups and coach market. Siobhan develops and manages our partnerships with the travel trade throughout Europe.

Siobhan@TravelAdvocates.com

European Customer Relations

Siobhan Harrison

 

Client Testimonials

When I enlist the services of a broker to secure hotel rooms, I'm looking for more than just someone who books the rooms at a competitive rate and pockets the commission. I'm looking for someone who will negotiate the contract AND advocate for me if there are any issues, at contract time or later. I'm looking for service. That's what I get from TravelAdvocates. Their name says it all.

Mark Hoffmann

Former Chairman, National Tour Association

The experienced team at TravelAdvocates understands our commitment to our customers. They are extremely knowledgeable and recommend only suitable student group hotels. They have great relationships in many destinations, which allows Brightspark the peace of mind and confidence to book a hotel anywhere. I really enjoy working with Robert and Jason. They always provide me with excellent professional quick service.

Carole Carley

Brightspark Travel

Since our first ABA a few years ago, I have so enjoyed getting to work with you and your team on finding us the very best hotel properties that are great on location and value. You have been our secret weapon that has helped me close the deal over some of our competitor's rates and I can't thank you enough for that!

Lance Clay

TREK Travel Programs

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