CTW Presentation for Website

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Published on January 25, 2008

Author: Tirone

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Slide1:  An Entertainment Industry-Focused Travel & Transportation Management Company CONVERGENCE TRAVELWORKS, WORLDWIDE CONVERGENCE TRAVELWORKS (CTW): :  CONVERGENCE TRAVELWORKS (CTW): Outgrowth of Maniac Creative & Abrams Consulting Group Maniac Creative: A brand-driven production, entertainment and creative marketing Co. -- Produce, own and/or market creative content and live events in lock-step with select, forward-thinking brand partners -- Value Proposition: Deliver brands cash ROI on co-produced content Abrams Consulting (ACG): Leading specialized travel consulting and market research organization Santa Monica, New York, Long Beach, London, Tokyo offices Maniac’s Scotty Abrams and ACG’s Neil Abrams, forming CTW joint venture in “entertainment travel services” -- Leveraging combined entertainment & travel industry expertise, relationships Professional Profiles of CTW Senior Management: :  Professional Profiles of CTW Senior Management: NEIL ABRAMS Neil Abrams, formerly of the Hertz Corporation, established ABRAMS CONSULTING GROUP, INC., a car rental consulting and travel market research organization in 1982, in response to the changing landscape and competitive climate of the U.S. auto rental industry that was taking shape in the early '80's. Since that time, ABRAMS CONSULTING GROUP [ACG]), based in Purchase, New York, has become the leading specialized consultancy providing management services to auto rental operators and systems throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as to vendors and suppliers to the industry. Under the ACG umbrella, ABRAMS CONSULTING INTERNATIONAL, an ACG subsidiary, advises and supports auto rental, travel service, and transportation-related companies worldwide; ABRAMS TRAVEL DATA SERVICES, another business unit, based in Los Angeles, is a specialized travel market research company; AdlerAbramsAdvisors provides management consulting and market research services to the commercial fleet management and leasing industry. Finally, in September of 2003, ABRAMS TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY SERVICES was launched -- a unit specializing in car rental technology consulting services. The scope of Mr. Abrams' consulting projects conducted for his clients falls under the general categories of business development, strategic planning, and organizational development; specifically, management controls and systems, operations analysis, business performance measurement, business plan preparation, market and sales development, competitive analysis, yield management, and revenue/profit maximization. Market research services include consumer and business to business surveys; performance benchmarking; airport, local market, travel, and transportation data; market trends forecasting; pricing and cost databases; and customized research. The full inventory of ACG's products can be found at the company's website at http://www.abramsconsulting.com.   Professional Profiles of CTW Senior Management: :  Professional Profiles of CTW Senior Management: NEIL ABRAMS, Continued… As a leading independent expert on the dynamics of the auto rental business domestically and internationally, Mr. Abrams' opinions, projections, and insights are frequently referenced and recognized by industry observers and analysts. He: …is frequently quoted in major business publications (e.g., WALL ST. JOURNAL, FORTUNE MAGAZINE, etc.), trade periodicals (BUSINESS TRAVEL NEWS, TRAVEL AGENT, etc.), and many news dailies. …is the author of numerous articles on the auto rental business and the travel services industry. …is a speaker at national and international auto rental and travel service conferences. …has been on the Editorial Advisory Board and Contributing Editor to AUTO RENTAL NEWS, the major industry trade publication, the Editorial Advisory Board for the TRAVEL DISTRIBUTION REPORT, a leading travel reservation systems periodical, and on the Advisory Board of THE MASTERS PROGRAM, an annual symposium of global travel industry leaders.   …has been interviewed for the BLOOMBERG FORUM, CBS RADIO NETWORK, CNN FINANCIAL NEWS, and CNBC BUSINESS NEWS on auto rental and travel industry issues of the day. Mr. Abrams earned a Masters of Business Administration Degree in 1973 at the Bernard Baruch Graduate School of Business Administration in New York City. He presently resides in Rye Brook, NY, in Westchester County, and works out of the offices of Abrams Consulting Group, Inc., 3020 Westchester Avenue, Purchase, NY, also in Westchester County. He can be reached by phone at 914-696-5100, fax 914-696-5101 or e-mail [email protected] Professional Profiles of CTW Senior Management: :  Professional Profiles of CTW Senior Management: JOHN D. ECKEL   Current Position John Eckel is the President of Maniac Creative and its marketing subsidiary Convergence MediaWorks, a principal investor in Convergence TravelWorks.   Maniac Creative is a brand ROI-driven production and entertainment marketing firm, whose client roster includes Ford, Polo, Hershey’s, DC Shoes and Mary Kay Cosmetics. The company (originally Maniac FilmWorks & Music) was formed in May 2004. Prior History From August 1991-2004, Mr. Eckel served as Senior Vice President & Worldwide Sports and Automotive Marketing Director of Hill and Knowlton, the world’s second largest public relations/public affairs firm. He also served as Chief Creative Officer of BrandStruck™ -- a J. Walter Thompson - H&K joint operation, formed in Dec. 2000. Mr. Eckel created and managed award-winning new product launches, integrated sponsorships, special events, crisis management programs and award-winning publicity efforts for many of the world’s leading corporations, sports associations and personalities.   He led new business teams that secured such clients as Ford, Allstate’s Olympic and USA Basketball sponsorships, International Olympic Committee (global AOR), Athens 2004 Olympic Committee, DirecTV, Goodyear, PGA of America, Frito Lay (4 Super Bowl Halftime Shows & Tostitos Fiesta Bowl), NHRA, NHL (2002 All-Star Game) and Feld Entertainment (Disney On Ice, Ringling Bros. Circus). He also led the strategic launches of The Golf Channel, John R. Wooden Classic, Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission,   Professional Profiles of CTW Senior Management: :  Professional Profiles of CTW Senior Management: JOHN D. ECKEL, Continued… Adidas’ global World Cup Soccer sponsorships, and dozens of products and events for Wilson Sporting Goods, Easton, and Pepsi. Eckel also created StarBranding,™ a proprietary H&K property that built stars into brands, and brands/products into marketplace stars. Clients included Premier Management, NFL All-Pro Chris Claiborne, Jimmy Smith, Patrick Surtain, Troy Brown, Mark McGwire, Shaq (Shaqtacular charity event), Michael Douglas & Friends Celebrity Golf, Bob Hope (100th Birthday Tribute), Jamie Lee Curtis (Ford Blue Oval), Wayne Gretzky (Goodyear) and other elite stars.  Mr. Eckel joined Hill and Knowlton from the Chicago headquarters of Daniel J. Edelman Worldwide, where he helped found the firm's Sports Marketing Division in 1986.  While with Edelman, Mr. Eckel created and managed award-winning PR and sports marketing programs for Brown-Forman Beverage Co., G. Heileman Brewing, Hunt-Wesson; LPGA Tour, Inside Sports Magazine, The Chicago Marathon; and Schwinn Bicycles.  Other Information Mr. Eckel graduated with honors from Marquette University, where he majored in communications and marketing. He serves the community as a Vice Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America; a National Trustee for the Pacific Region Board Group of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America; and as a member of the Fund Raising Committee for the Governor's Council on Sports and Physical Fitness. He is also a member of the Public Relations Society of America and The Orange County Sports Association.     CONVERGENCE TRAVELWORKS, WORLDWIDE A JOINT VENTURE:  CONVERGENCE TRAVELWORKS, WORLDWIDE A JOINT VENTURE ACG ABRAMS CONSULTING GROUP, INC. Leading special travel consultancy and market research firm for over 20 years Independent Film Production Company Customers Maniac Creative Production and Entertainment Marketing Company THE BUSINESS PLAN:  THE BUSINESS PLAN Focus solely on providing top quality service to independent film production companies Aggregate their collective travel and transportation expenditures . . . Thereby securing more favorable contracts with travel suppliers, and Significantly reducing below the line film production costs Entertainment Industry Travel Services Overview:  Entertainment Industry Travel Services Overview Substantial aggregated expenditure on travel and transportation at project and corporate levels  Car & truck rental for product shoots  Vehicle leasing for production companies. Includes cars and trucks  Limo services for local travel  Air travel and lodging  Commercial Air  Charter  Private jet services Entertainment Industry Travel Services Overview (Cont.):  Entertainment Industry Travel Services Overview (Cont.) In 2003, studios spent well in excess of $100 million on ground transportation alone, which is a fraction of total travel/transportation spend. -- Does not include Indies’ spend Costs to each participating company reduced significantly if services aggregate as a result of substantially greater pronounced leverage with service providers. Since travel and transportation are utility services, with no brand enhancement value, aggregation has no competitive impact. STRATEGIC PLAN:  STRATEGIC PLAN PHASE I Fleet Leasing CTW Car Rental Truck Rental Livery Participating Independent Film Production Companies Slide12:  Phase II  Commercial and Private Air Transportation Phase III  Lodging Phase IV  TV/Cable Networks  Record Labels  Other high volume entertainment/media/companies (agencies) HOW DO INDIES BENEFIT?:  HOW DO INDIES BENEFIT? Substantial savings on domestic and worldwide travel and transportation expenses “Big studio” service clout Travel management and negotiations conducted by experts -- Provides you more time and money to focus on producing films Click Here to Return to Home Page:  Click Here to Return to Home Page

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