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Travel Solutions Group (TSG) surrounds itself with noted experts in many facets of the travel industry allowing us to provide additional benefits to our clients. The founders of Travel Solutions Group began their careers approximately 25 years ago and are recognized for their expertise in the travel industry.

     

David Hillman photoDavid K. Hillman, President
David K. Hillman has been involved with the travel industry since 1980 with extensive experience in both line management and consulting in the US and overseas. Dave was an executive with Thomas Cook Travel and served on the Board of Directors of Thomas Cook, Inc. until it was acquired by Dun & Bradstreet in 1985. He then launched his consulting career in the travel industry first as a Partner in Networld Consulting and then in the consulting practice of Deloitte & Touche.

At Deloitte Consulting, Mr. Hillman's clients reflected a broad range of industries. Dave led firm-wide industry groups for travel and leisure. His consulting engagements include industry best practice studies, travel management process improvement engagements. T&E reporting systems selection, aviation studies, hospitality and gaming industry assignments and rental car projects among many other travel industry related engagements.

Deloitte has been a leader in assisting prominent buy-out firms with some of the largest M&A transactions involving a travel or leisure industry related business. These included large travel agencies, hotel and resort companies, car rental organizations and restaurant chains. Since leaving Deloitte in 2000, Dave has continued his activities with M&A and joined Travel Solutions Group, a leader in travel related M&A assistance, as President. In 2012, Mr. Hillman took over sole ownership of TSG.

Mr. Hillman is a frequent speaker at travel industry and commercial card conferences, a past member of the Board of Governors for the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) and a member of the National Business Travel Association (NBTA).

He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA from Columbia University.

Dayle deRaat photoDayle deRaat, Vice President
Dayle deRaat, CTC, has enjoyed a successful career in the travel industry for over 30 years. She began her career in the airline industry (Delta, Southwest) and then moved on to the travel agency business.  Ms. deRaat founded Galleria Travel and grew the agency into a $12 million operation. After orchestrating a series of successful mergers and acquisitions, in which Galleria Travel became Ace Travel House, Ms. deRaat operated as its president until leaving in 1990. Ace Travel House still operates today in Houston, Texas.

After selling her interest in Ace Travel House, Ms. deRaat moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked for two global travel agency consortiums. She was director of supplier relations for Woodside Travel Trust and vice president/general manager for SRG International (renamed Synergi).

In the mid-1990s, Ms. deRaat relocated to San Diego, California to take a position as president of Carefree Travel which was subsequently sold to another San Diego agency. After a year-long consulting project with US Airways, she spent over 12 years as a senior sales executive for the GDS, Amadeus, specializing in the GDS needs of large national and regional travel agencies throughout the United States.

Ms. deRaat joined Travel Solutions Group in 2012.

During her tenure in the industry, Ms. deRaat has served on many industry boards and committees. She was a member of the ARC Joint Advisory Board and vice chair of the Government Affairs Committee for ARTA. She also participated in various committees, seminars and industry events for ASTA, ICTA and Travel Weekly.