Traxo Travel Insights Team

Built by a development team with the same love for travel as you, Traxo is an intelligent new system for organizing, managing, and sharing all your trip details. This community is all about you, and we hope Traxo can be a place where all people with a passion for travel can meet.

Andres Fabris, Co-founder and CEO

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While writing a whitepaper about network effects in graduate school, Andres conceived the idea of a web-based travel proximity alert service that would allow him to stay in better touch with his classmates (who he knew would spread out across the globe after graduation). He figured that if he proactively knew of everyone’s upcoming travel plans and could be alerted in advance of any future overlaps there was a much greater chance he’d actually be able to see more of his classmates in person. This idea eventually became Traxo.

Andres was born in Argentina and moved to the United States as a child. Inspired by his international heritage and a love for travel, Andres has spent his entire 13-year career in the travel industry and has held several key leadership positions including VP of Business Development at Travelocity.com where he was responsible for establishing and negotiating the company’s major distribution, content and technology partnerships, CFO / COO at World Choice Travel and Director of Emerging Businesses, Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Sabre.

Andres holds a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.B.A from Harvard Business School.

Andy Chen, Co-founder and President

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Growing up in a traveling ex-pat family, Andy attended elementary school in Bangkok, Thailand and Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, middle school in the United States and graduated high school from an international boarding school in Leysin, Switzerland. Having friends across the globe, Andy immediately saw the usefulness of Traxo in helping him to reconnect with friends and bring them closer together.

Andy has held a variety of travel marketing and business development roles with Sabre and Travelocity. Most recently, Andy served as Director of Business Development for True.com, a leading online dating site, where he led all strategic partnership activities. Andy started his career with Northrop Grumman as an Aerospace Engineer and an Associate in the company’s Corporate Leadership Development Program. He also worked as a Senior Consultant with Cambridge Management Consulting where he assisted distressed Fortune 500 companies in implementing operational turnaround plans.

Andy holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and a M.B.A. with distinction as a Sord Scholar from the University of Texas at Austin.

Chris Stevens, VP – Site Operations

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Born and raised in Iowa, Chris lives with his wife and 3 children in Flower Mound, Texas. Chris has been a pilot for more than 15 years.  Some of his favorite destinations include the beaches of Maui, the mountains of Colorado, and streets of New Orleans. He enjoys cycling, sport shooting, craft beer, crab cakes, and any place with solid LTE service.

Chris has more than 15 years of experience fulfilling engineering, operations, product management, and leadership roles within consumer web products, aerospace, and defense industries. Prior to joining Traxo as one of the original team members, he introduced a real-time flight reservations and e-commerce platform for the private air travel industry.

Chris holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a M.S. in Management of Technology from the University of Texas at Arlington.

 

Bijal Modi, VP – Engineering

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Bijal lives in Mumbai with family and enjoys travelling around the world. He believes that everything is possible with software and is excited to build at Traxo a new generation of connected web and mobile applications.

Bijal has 15 years of research and software architecture experience in the web, mobile and telecommunications industries. He founded Rinira, a software application company in addition to being the Director of Application Development at CollabNet: focused on web based collaboration and the Director of Software at Lasso Technologies: online consumer trading platform.

Dr. Modi received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Cara Whitehill, VP – Business Development

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Cara’s travel addiction started early, fostered by numerous family road trips as a child. It was further exacerbated when she joined American Airlines after college, where she took full advantage of the employee flight benefits – including weekend trips to Paris, holiday weekends in South America, afternoon Cubs games at Wrigley field, and day trips to the California wine country.

Cara brings both strategic and operational expertise to Traxo from her background in business development, product management, and managing key strategic partnerships for major travel and technology firms including Expedia, Travelocity, and Rearden Commerce. Additionally, she has served as an advisor and consultant to several startups, and volunteers as a business plan advisor for the nonprofit Prison Entrepreneurship Program.

As a native Cincinnatian, she roots for her hometown Bengals and Reds, as well as her alma mater SMU Mustangs, where she earned her BA in Journalism, and University of Texas at Austin Longhorns, where she earned her MBA. She and her husband currently reside in San Francisco.

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