Team 2018-05-24T15:05:32+00:00

OUR TEAM

When you hire the MBK Group, you always get the A team. Experience truly matters, and our senior leaders are a proven group of diverse experts with hands-on experience. This is a team of individuals that have fought, won and solved some of the biggest challenges in the global travel sector.

Mary Beth Kelm
A self-described entrepreneur, Mary Beth is a creative eCommerce visionary with over 25 years’ experience building winning teams and strategies to help travel and tourism businesses prosper at a local, national and global-level. Before turning her focus to the MBK Group, Mary Beth served as Senior Vice President eCommerce, Global Distribution, Marketing & Sales for Choice Hotels International and Vice President of eCommerce for Best Western International.

Mary Beth often takes on temporary leadership roles for her clients, lending her expertise to help them navigate the complexity of distribution and revenue channels to achieve bottom and top-line performance.

In addition to loving to win, Mary Beth (we call her MBK) loves to run and everything sport, and is the world’s biggest champion of her husband and daughter.

Kevin Roman
Kevin has more than 20 years in the travel industry. He began his career with a global tour operator focusing on inbound and outbound business and has property-level hotel management experience ranging from front desk to reservations and sales and marketing. Kevin is an expert in third party system connectivity, negotiating global distribution deals, the wild world of online travel agencies, co-op marketing, rev share strategies, and distribution cost analysis.

Kevin really is tall. He’d be a basketball star if only his knees would cooperate. Kevin is a farmboy at heart and his home plays host to two Arabian horses, dogs, fainting goats, chickens, cats, and a really cool tractor. He’s the quiet force in the room and his quick wit breaks up the team on a regular basis.

Paula Valentine
Paula has extensive experience in the travel and hospitality industry with major international brands. Her expertise lies in e-commerce business development, including website design and usability, content creation and search marketing. Her background in multi-channel marketing encompasses crafting a successful hotel affiliate marketing program bringing in multi-million dollar annual contributions and creating new revenue streams through mobile and tablet apps.

Yes, Paula is that wicked smart, funny, total package of a person that you envied back in school and hoped she would show up just once with a pimple on her chin. She brings her wonderful sense of style to everything she touches and is tireless in her approach to all the finite details that make a business soar online. She loves to cook but the jury is still out on whether she’s good at it.

Bee Yeap
Bee is an accomplished digital marketer with a track record of increasing profitability through targeted search campaigns and affiliate marketing. She has employed her skills for diverse organizations in retail, hospitality, and insurance industries.

Bee is spunky and has a HUGE heart for animals. In fact, that heart is so big she launched a successful ecommerce website for people that love to pamper their pets. A native of Penang, Malaysia, Bee is proficient in Chinese and Malay languages. A nature lover and uber competitive, Bee has climbed Mount Kinabalu, one of the highest mountains in South East Asia.

Chad Calimpong
Chad has had more than 19 years’ digital marketing experience leading the SEO efforts at well recognized Fortune 100 and Fortune 50 brands with more than 10 million monthly unique visitors. He has been responsible for billion-dollar organic revenue efforts utilizing “white hat” search techniques in the travel/hospitality, medical services, financial services and technology industries.

Chad is Maui born and raised and grew up surfing the waves and catching his own lobster. Now that he is land locked in the desert southwest, in addition to being an SEO genius, Chad has mastered skills in bbqing and grilling.

Chris Malone
Chris has over 25 years of sales, marketing, consulting and organizational leadership experience, and a track record of driving growth and profitability. Chris held senior marketing positions at leading organizations such as Choice Hotels, ARAMARK, Coca- Cola, the National Basketball Association, Procter & Gamble, and has consulted to a broad range of Fortune 500 companies.
Chris is a co-author of an award-winning book and frequent speaker as a subject matter expert in customer loyalty insights, success stories and ideas to help companies change the way you see the world around you. For fun, Chris loves to surf and can be found tracking where the best waves are rolling in.
Gaurev Parekh
Our technology lead is so cool he only needs one initial; we call him G. His experience includes providing strategic and technology services to multiple multi-national accounts including Choice Hotels International, Adidas America, Converse, Microchip Technology, Equinox Payments, Dial Corp., and Best Western International.

G is an avid global traveler who has run the top ten big marathons including Boston, Tokyo, London and NYC.  He is passionate about his charities and volunteer work and his list of interests, hobbies and pursuits is too long to tally up.

Jeff Yanovitch
Creative as a word is not creative enough to describe the lead of our design team. Jeff has spent more than 20 years of international award-winning creative design and marketing experience. From initial branding – to printed collateral – to web and mobile strategies, Jeff’s work spans some of the world’s most treasured brands and covers the full spectrum of marketing and graphic design with an emphasis on creating striking visual solutions that solve real-world business problems.

Jeff does not just live a creative lifestyle, he wears it.  From specialty hats to bow ties and colorful jackets we never know what inspirational apparel our creative genius will wear to delight our team and clients.