About Us

EXECUTIVE BIOS

Gregory Lykiardopoulos - Chief Executive Officer

Kevin Pickard - Chief Financial Officer

Terry Byers - Vice President, International Operations

Art Griggs - Vice President, Marketing

Jeff Wheaton - Vice President, Technical Operations

Adam Himmelman - Vice President, Technology Development

 


Gregory Lykiardopoulos - Chairman and CEO
Mr. Lykiardopoulos is a travel industry veteran and the principal behind the development of Triton. He is a successful entrepreneur, an expert on travel industry trade negotiations and reservations systems, and a pioneer in leveraging the Internet to market travel products and services.

From 1973 to 1978, Mr. Lykiardopoulos was instrumental in the launch, operation and sale of Creative World Travel, a wholesale tour operating company, and from 1979 to 1981 he developed a travel club that marketed memberships through mailing inserts in monthly credit card billings to customers of major U.S. banks, a new concept at that time. The travel club was sold to Encyclopedia Britannica after Mr. Lykiardopoulos built the subscriber base to more than 170,000 members.

His experience with the cruise industry in Asia led Pan American Airlines to ask Mr. Lykiardopoulos to travel to the Peoples Republic of China with a U.S. delegation to negotiate the first regularly-scheduled flights by a U.S. airline to Beijing. In a groundbreaking agreement,the delegation obtained Beijing landing rights for Pan American Airlines. Mr. Lykiardopoulos was invited to the White House in 1980 for the signing of the historic agreement.

His expertise with reservation systems led to an invitation in 1992 to testify before a joint Senate-House committee investigating the Airline Computer Reservation Systems that developed into the Global Distribution Systems (GDS) of today. Based on testimony to Congress and the Department of Transportation by Mr. Lykiardopoulos, the Federal Government regulated the GDSs from 1992 to 2004, when the travel industry was deregulated.

With the advent of the Internet, Mr. Lykiardopoulos recognized there was a significant opportunity for development and deployment of a global airline and travel agency automation system that could be controlled locally by the user. With this goal in mind, in 1993 he started a project that ultimately evolved into Triton. Mr. Lykiardopoulos continues to initiate projects that advance the use of technologies to create cost-effective business solutions for the travel industry.

Mr. Lykiardopoulos is fluent in six languages. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo, Egypt; and he is an American citizen.

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Kevin Pickard - Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Pickard is a CPA with experience providing management consulting services for small to medium sized companies including due diligence on potential acquisitions, preparing projections and business plans, assisting with restructuring of companies, positioning companies for initial public offerings and preparing required SEC filings for public companies.

Mr. Pickard has practiced as a CPA for over 18 years and has been involved in five initial public offerings and numerous private placement offerings. He has been owner of Pickard & Company, CPAs, APC since 1998. From 1996 to 1998 he was with Singer, Lewak, Greenbaum & Goldstein, LLP, where he became a Partner and co-managed the firms securities practice group. From 1987 to 1996 (except for a nine month period from 1993 to 1994) he was with Coopers & Lybrand, LLP, (currently PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP) where he focused on auditing companies in the insurance, high-tech and manufacturing industries.

Mr. Pickard earned a B.S. in Accounting and Master of Accountancy from Brigham Young University.

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Terry Byers - Vice President, International Operations
In February 2006 Mr. Byers joined Triton as Vice President of International Operations and in this position he oversees all international subsidiaries and affiliates. Mr. Byers has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate operations. He has served as VP of Operations, General Manager, and Chief Financial Officer in such diverse industries as banking, energy, manufacturing, and Internet Technology.

Prior to Triton, Mr. Byers spent six years with an Internet Travel Technology Company serving in various capacities including marketing, VP of Investor Relations and Chief Financial Officer. He raised 4,000,000 in private equity during his tenure.

Mr. Byers has traveled throughout Southeast Asia, Mexico and Europe and has lived for extended periods in Spain and Southeast Asia. He holds a B.A. in Finance from the University of Oklahoma, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

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Art Griggs - Vice President, Marketing
Mr. Griggs brings to Triton an extensive and varied background in high-tech business development, marketing strategies, advertising and public relations, product management, sales management and customer support management in the United States and international markets, for technology, travel and consumer products.

He served as Director of Marketing at two Internet-based companies. He worked for GRS from 1999 until February 2006 when he joined Triton. As an entrepreneur he established a Los Angeles-based consumer and business-to-business advertising agency, GRAPHIX Advertising and Design, which he operated from 1976 to 1982. GRAPHIX accounts included consumer travel agencies, in-house corporate travel agencies, Cal Tech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Rockwell International. He applied his design skills in special effects and prop design for the film and television industry including the Pillsbury Doughboy, among other projects.

Mr. Griggs also worked in technical positions and communications management positions at aerospace companies in southern California. Later he worked for data-communications pioneer MICOM Systems (1982 - 1987); Systems Exchange (1993 - 1996), the leader in proprietary logistics software for governmental (Australian) and civilian (FedEx) applications.

Mr. Griggs developed award-winning projects in exhibit marketing, radio and television promotion and print media. He earned an A.A. in illustration at Pierce College, studied communications at California State University, Northridge, and production design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. More recently, Mr. Griggs attended the University of Redlands B.S. program in Business Administration and Management.

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Jeff Wheaton - Vice President, Technical Operations
Mr. Wheaton has 25 years of experience in the development, delivery, training operations and support of enterprise-wide business software applications across a variety of industries including banking, manufacturing, insurance and travel. He started his career developing software applications and quickly moved into managing software development projects. Mr. Wheaton has been responsible for the delivery of software projects for companies large and small. He has extensive experience consulting to manufacturing companies in the process of implementing enterprise-wide business systems and has trained users at all levels of the organization.

His area of expertise is the cross-platform integration of business systems between partnering companies. While at ASU Consulting from 1998 to 2001, Mr. Wheaton had revenue responsibility for software development and integration consulting. From 1995 to 1998, he had IT budget and operational responsibility for a multi-site enterprise application with over 400 users for a division of Harris Corporation. Mr. Wheaton managed the delivery and integration of a B2B and B2B2C e-commerce website for Lucent Technologies.

Mr. Wheaton has worked with travel technology solutions since 2004, when he joined GRS concentrating on online travel distribution solutions. Since joining Triton in February 2006 as VP of Technology Operations, he has focused on the smooth and efficient transition of major customers to the Triton distribution system.

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Adam Himmelman - Vice President, Technology Development
Mr. Himmelman joined Triton in February 2006 and as Vice President and Technology Officer, he oversees information technology, product development and architecture. He and his team are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the companys technology development efforts and for managing the day-to-day efforts of the development team. Mr. Himmelman has held positions in many facets of the development cycle including Director of Engineering, Chief Software Architect and Senior Software Engineer in the fields of insurance, travel, imaging and GPS development.

From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Himmelman pioneered a new telephony GPS-enabled mapping system to be utilized by major cellular companies and delivered to a variety of personal mobile devices. The crux of the system was built on a new mapping instruction protocol aimed at reducing bandwidth by 75% over the transmission of imagery. Between 2000 and 2003 he was also responsible for the development of a travel reservation system with the ability to be interfaced by consumers, professional agents and automated third-party vendors. He received his Bachelor of Computer Science degree specializing in Virtual Reality from the University of Advanced Computer Technology, in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1998.

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