Keynotes

Terry JonesTerry Jones

Terry Jones founded Travelocity.com. He led the company as President and Chief Executive Officer from it’s founding until May 2002. Previously, Jones served as Chief Information Officer at Sabre Inc. In his 24 years at Sabre, Jones held various executive positions including President of Computer Services, Vice President of Applications Development and Vice President of Product Development.

Prior to Sabre, Jones joined American Airlines in 1978 as Director of Product Development when American Airlines acquired Agency Data Systems, a Florida– based mini-computer accounting systems company. He became president of the division when it moved to Dallas/Fort Worth.

A graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, Jones entered the travel industry in 1971 as a travel agent with Vega Travel in Chicago. He later served five years as a vice president of Travel Advisors, a company specializing in business travel to Eastern Europe and the USSR, with offices in Chicago and Moscow.

Jones is managing principal of Essential Ideas, a consultancy he co-founded to help companies in their transition to the digital economy. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Kayak.com, and is on the boards of LuxuryLink, Smart Destinations and Rearden Commerce. He is a venture capitalist with General Catalyst Partners and the Sierra Angels. Jones is also Chairman of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and serves on the National Information Technology committee of the Boy Scouts of America.

John FernandezJohn R. Fernandez

Partner and Innovation Strategy Director, SNR Denton
Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development

John Fernandez serves as SNR Denton’s Innovation Strategy Director and Partner in the Public Policy and Regulation practice. Prior to joining the firm, he served as President Barack Obama’s Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. As Innovation Strategy Director, John leverages his experience effectively transforming complex organizations to compete in the 21st century global economy. He works closely with the firm’s lawyers and professionals to identify and deploy client service solutions that fully capitalize on SNR Denton’s diverse legal expertise, industry thought leadership, global footprint and entrepreneurial spirit.

With more than 13 years of executive experience, John has earned a reputation as a strategic thinker and creative problem solver. The United States Senate unanimously confirmed President Obama’s appointment of him in 2009 to head the Economic Development Administration (“EDA”), where John was the chief architect of the administration’s regional innovation strategies. During his tenure, he launched new coordinated federal initiatives to accelerate innovation-based growth strategies, including the “i6 Challenge” and the “Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge.” Additionally, John reengineered the business processes at the EDA, reducing grant-making decision cycles from 128 business days to less than 20.

While at the U.S. Department of Commerce, John represented the United States government at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) where he served as Chairman of the Territorial Development Policy Committee. Prior to his appointment, John led the new development and acquisition team at First Capital Group, an Indiana-based real estate investment firm. He played a critical role in expanding the firm’s regional and national investment footprint.

John also served as of counsel for an Indianapolis-based law firm, where he advised private and governmental organizations on economic development, public finance and policy issues. John also served as the mayor of Bloomington, Indiana, from 1996 to 2003. Under his leadership, Bloomington’s economy thrived, despite facing significant changes arising from globalization. John worked with business and Indiana University leaders to launch Bloomington’s Life Sciences Partnership, securing more than US $243 million in private investments and creating more than 3,700 jobs. He also developed an aggressive downtown revitalization plan resulting in more than US $100 million in new investments.