Our Team

We're lucky to have a really great team working on Tripping.com.

Jen O'Neal

Jen O'Neal - Founder & CEO

Having grown up near Silicon Valley, working in technology always seemed like a given for Jen. She was one of the first employees at StubHub and then held senior management positions at venture-backed companies in Europe and Central America before founding Tripping.com. Jen graduated Cum Laude from UC Berkeley and - when not working crazy hours - can be found cooking with friends, reading good books and backpacking to new places.

Jeffrey Manheimer

Jeffrey Manheimer - Founder & COO

Jeff has deep experience in travel, having started his career as a tuxedo-wearing room service employee at the Hyatt in Cambridge. He advanced to Hyatt Corporate in Chicago and then ran electronic distribution for Expedia and then managed Sales at Travelzoo. Jeff graduated from Boston University and is a huge fan of deep sea fishing, winning ebay auctions and eating bizarre foods around the world.

Colin Gardiner

Colin Gardiner - Engineering

Originally from Alaska, Colin made his way south to Oregon where he attended Willamette University. After graduating with degrees in Math and Economics, Colin moved to San Francisco where he worked at the Federal Reserve before taking the plunge into Tech. An avid ultrarunner, telemarker skier and fly-fisherman, Colin has travelled extensively in pursuit of these passions.

Markus Geyer

Markus Geyer - Engineering

Markus was born in Germany though he has lived in California for most of his life. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a double major in Computer Science and Cognitive Science. After graduating, he fell in love with the fast-paced startup world and migrated across the Bay to join our team. An expat at heart, Markus has traveled all around the globe and enjoys scuba diving, photography, and windsurfing.

Hana Wang

Hana Wang - Engineering

A recent transplant to California from Texas, Hana is a passionate developer. Hana would have loved to major in bassoon performance, but instead graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from Rice University. She has spent the majority of her post grad life working at startups, playing tennis, and being continuously disappointed by the Dallas Mavericks.

Evan Waters

Evan Waters - Director of Marketing

Hailing from the East Coast, Evan spent his formative years in the Garden State before studying economics at Boston College and The London School of Economics. When he isn't calculating marginal costs or being nudged by "The Invisible Hand", his love for travel and music festivals brings him all over the world. Favorite places worldwide? Egypt, Barcelona and Malta.

Vanessa Villatoro

Vanessa Villatoro - Public Relations

A Bay Area native, Vanessa has been entrenched in the Silicon Valley tech world all her life. She studied Public Relations at California State University, Fullerton where she focused on entertainment PR. She most recently spent three years at real estate company Trulia where she helped grow the brand from a startup to an established public company. She is now leading all PR efforts at Tripping.com helping build our company into a household name. You can contact Vanessa via Twitter or email.

Lexi Perman

Lexi Perman - Marketing

Lexi brings diverse travel and marketing experience to the Tripping.com team. She enjoys exploring other cultures and has lived abroad in the Dominican Republic and Guatemala. With an enduring passion for travel, Lexi is excited to help travelers find the perfect accommodations on Tripping.com. Lexi graduated Cum Laude from Cornell University where she earned her degree in International Development and Inequality Studies.

Ben Crock

Ben Crock - Marketing

Born and raised in Australia, Ben is an avid traveler now living in San Francisco. He graduated with distinction from the Queensland University of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Journalism. Ben worked in the tourism industry before moving stateside to pursue his passion for travel. A dual US/Australian citizen, Ben loves road trips and exploring nature.

Ann Samuelson

Ann Samuelson - Partnerships

Ann graduated from Cornell University’s Hotel School where she dabbled in real estate, event planning, and the F&B world. Ann furthered her hospitality studies abroad in Florence, Italy and loved traveling to Barcelona, Ischgl, Mykonos, and Copenhagen. After graduation, she worked for the world’s largest hospitality textiles supplier based in South Florida, and then moved on to help start an artisanal juice-based cocktail company in New York City.

Carter Brutschy

Carter Brutschy - Finance

A Bay Area native, Carter has spent his career as a Financial Analyst at several retail and mobile app startups. While earning an Economics degree at UCLA, he played NCAA Division 1 water polo and served as the Team Manager, helping to lead the team to 3 NCAA titles. Carter enjoys all water activities, barbecuing with friends, and watching the SF Giants and 49ers.

Valerie Francisco

Valerie Francisco - Marketing Intern

Originally from the Bay Area and now a fresh grad from UC Davis, Valerie has found her way back to San Francisco as Tripping’s newest intern. With a love for community and travel, her goal is to help give travelers’ a more efficient and enjoyable experience. Beyond work and travel, Valerie can be found reading, learning lifehacks, exploring cities and out-of-the-ordinary events with friends, or trying to survive Bikram Yoga.


Erik Blachford

Erik Blachford - Former Expedia CEO

Erik was on the founding team of Expedia, which kick-started a career centered around travel and technology. He ultimately became Expedia’s President & CEO before running IAC Travel, where he oversaw online travel brands including Hotwire and Hotels.com. He’s since been an active investor and advisor to several startups and he’s now a Venture Partner at TCV. Erik graduated from Princeton University and received his MBA from Columbia Business School.

Fritz Demopoulos

Fritz Demopoulos - Founder of metasearch giant, Qunar

Fritz is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Qunar, China’s leading travel metasearch site. Earlier in his career, Fritz founded Shawei, a sports internet company that was later acquired by Tom.com, and he’s been an advisor to prominent Chinese and international media companies. Fritz graduated with a BA from California State University-Fullterton and he also received his MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Lisa Gansky

Lisa Gansky - Entrepreneur, Author

An entrepreneur and author, Lisa helped define the sharing economy when she published the bestselling book, The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing. She founded GNN (the first commercial web publication) and Ofoto (now Kodak Gallery) and has since become a prominent speaker and advisor to companies focused on innovation and collaboration. A passionate environmentalist, Lisa also serves as a Director of Dos Margaritas, a foundation in Latin America.

Dave Maney

Dave Maney - Deke Digital Founder and CEO

Dave has spent his entire business career as an entrepreneur, operating executive and former journalist. He recently founded a new media company, Economaney, and he’s an active member of YPO's International Board of Directors. When not giving interviews or working on his new business, Dave can be found playing hockey and spending time with his wife, four daughters and one son in Colorado. Dave graduated from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Anthony Rodio

Anthony Rodio - Redbeacon CEO

A Seattle and Silicon Valley veteran, Anthony has deep expertise with ecommerce and marketplace businesses. He is currently the CEO of Redbeacon (acquired by the Home Depot) and he was previously the VP of Product Management for travel company SideStep (acquired by Kayak). He has also held senior roles at Microsoft/MSN, Amazon, Support.com and Proctor & Gamble. Anthony graduated from the University of Oregon before getting a Masters at Portland State University and an MBA from Washington University.

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