Women Game Changers of Fox

This year’s GBTA once again brings together some of the most important and influential women in travel. Spanning a variety of careers and companies, GBTA brings important issues to the forefront through educational sessions and events like the WINiT Summit, an event that unites professionals of all levels for the sole purpose of positively changing the careers and lives of women in travel-related industries.

The one-day event features first-in-class women’s leadership content delivered by a diverse collective of speakers representing a range of industries, experiences, and perspectives.

Fox is proud to have associates who are a part of this program and will be in attendance this year. In addition to those in attendance, many other fearless women Fox Stars will be at booth #3003 to meet and greet with those interested in discussing all things travel. Read about them below!


Beth Marino, Chief Experience Officer

Beth is a customer-centric travel industry executive with more than two decades of experience. Her past positions serving as strategic leadership in operations and technology give her a unique industry perspective that provides a deep understanding and knowledge of the traveler and associate experience.

Beth’s collaborative leadership style has built a team of innovative thinkers at Fox who share a traveler-centric mindset. During her leadership, Fox successfully implemented the Business Travel Institute, Fox’s 3i proprietary technology suite, and has received industry recognition from Travelport, SAP Concur, and Travel Weekly.

In her current role as chief experience officer, Beth oversees the business units that directly interact with the traveler and are responsible for the traveler experience.  This includes operations teams for business, vacation, meetings and incentives travelers; client and supplier solutions teams; and the customer experience team.

Marino was recently named to Business Travel News’ list of Women You Should for 2019.


Maria Koch, Vice President of Global Sales

Maria has more than 20 years of experience in the travel industry and joined Fox World Travel in 2006. As the vice president of global sales, Maria is responsible for the strategic expansion of the Fox customer base, both nationally and multinationally. She is responsible for recruitment and support of an experienced sales force capable of fulfilling Fox’s corporate objectives.


Vivian Maxwell-Smith, CCTE, Global Sales Director

Vivian has more than 25 years of travel industry experience.  She brings a broad understanding of the travel industry as well as communication skills that net a business-to-business relationship built upon a solid foundation. Her role as a global sales director is one of strategic alignment, ensuring travel initiatives and expectations are properly understood and implemented. In 2008, Vivian completed the coursework to become a Certified Corporate Travel Executive (CCTE).

Vivian has been an active member of the Chicago Business Travel Association for more than 20 years, having served as chair of the Educational Committee and co-chair of the Volunteer Committee for the 2006 GBTA annual meeting in Chicago, in addition to participating on the Allied Council (founded the Square Table to support Allied Education) and the Chicago Business Travel Association (CBTA) volunteer committee (co-founded).  In 2010, Vivian was selected Member of the Year by CBTA. She recently served on the CBTA Charity/Sponsorship Committee and now currently serves on the Community Volunteer Committee.  Vivian is also a member of WINiT (Women In Travel).


Mary Jo Micke, Global Sales Director

Mary Jo has been in the travel industry for 22 years with 6 of those years directly managing a multi-million dollar travel program. She has also served as a National Field Sales Manager for a large hotel franchise for 4 years. She had been in an Account Management role with Fox World Travel for 5 years and most recently acts as a Global Sales Director with Fox since 2014.



Tina Husemoller, Client Solutions Manager

Tina began her career in the travel industry 20 years ago working in leisure travel, and later, as a corporate travel consultant. After graduating with her MBA from Concordia State University in St. Paul, she moved into sales and account management.  Tina was also an adjunct professor for the hospitality industry at Concordia State University. Tina has been active in GBTA in multiple states, and is a member of ISM and Network of Executive Women.


Gina Maylath, Client Solutions Manager

Gina has been in the travel industry for 26 years, with more than 24 years of corporate travel management experience. During this time, she held various positions in management and operations. Gina is a subject matter expert in the end-to-end travel management process, and she has implemented numerous customized client programs.

She combines proprietary and market technologies with industry best practices to allow clients to drive efficiencies, implement proper controls and reporting, leverage spend and improve quality resulting in long-term client retention and satisfaction.


Interested in other ways Fox will be participating in this year’s GBTA? Check out our GBTA page or follow along on Twitter

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