Our Team

Teplis Travel has a seasoned and stable management team with many key executives on board for decades.

This experience in managing business travel programs, will ensure that your travel program is responsive, effective and economical. Among the individuals with whom you will be working…

Monica Teplis, Chairman, has been instrumental in steering Teplis Travel since its beginning in 1972. Monica is responsible for increasing the scope of Teplis Travel to become the international travel management firm it is today. She expanded operations establishing a West Coast Reservation Center in Las Vegas to complement our National Reservation Center in Atlanta. She led the company to invest in vital technologies which enabled Teplis Travel to surpass $100 million in annual sales during its third decade of operation. A permament fixture on the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top Women Owned Businesses in Atlanta (usually in the Top Five), Monica will take an active hand in seeing that your company receives the service it deserves.  Connect with Monica on LinkedIn

Gary Teplis, Chief Executive Officer, has been in the travel industry most of his adult life, working to build Teplis into the company it is today. A graduate of Rollins College and London University, Gary interacts with travel managers and executives at firms with a global footprint, fine-tuning service delivery in an ever changing marketplace. Staying on top of the latest developments in travel technology is a passion for Gary and he helps his firm keep pace with innovation in the industry. In addition to working in the family business, Gary has often been a venture capitalist, helping create the site travelscape.com which was quite successful leading to its purchase by a major online distributor.  Connect with Gary on LinkedIn

Van Henderson, Senior Vice President, Account Management, joined the Teplis Team in 1985, after working 10 years with Delta Air Lines where he held various positions in Reservations, Marketing, and Marketing Technologies. With over 41 years of travel industry experience, Van has an extensive background in business travel and will aid our team as they craft workable long-term solutions to your travel management needs.  Connect with Van on LinkedIn

Linda Alexander, Vice President, Operations, has been with Teplis since 1996 and has over twenty-five years travel agency experience including corporate and multiple-branch management responsibilities with a number of Top 50 agencies. Her responsibilities at Teplis Travel include direct supervision of the areas of Corporate Reservations, Onsite Operations, International, Groups, Vacations and Quality Control. Linda will support our Client Services Manager in resolving all agent issues.  Connect with Linda on LinkedIn

Sarah Buzzinotti, Vice President of Marketing, has over 14 years of corporate travel industry experience, including sales, finance, corporate card, vendor partnerships, rebranding and acquisition onboarding. Sarah joined Teplis Travel in 2016 from Direct Travel where she led the marketing team and TMC acquisition rebranding. Prior to Direct Travel, Sarah was responsible for strategic marketing at Travel Leaders Corporate. “Sarah’s ability to understand both the client and traveler’s needs supports Teplis Travel’s vision to always continue improving,” said Gary Teplis, CEO of Teplis Travel.  Connect with Sarah on LinkedIn

Ted Petty, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Teplis with a broad background in the travel, e-commerce, and technology industries.  As CTO/CIO, Ted leads Teplis’ strategic vision for client facing technologies, products, tools, and services including E-commerce, Digital, Online/Web, Mobile, Travel Technologies, and Business Intelligence.  Prior to joining Teplis, Ted worked at several leading hospitality and travel companies including Walt Disney Parks & Resorts and AAA Travel.  Connect with Ted on LinkedIn

Don Coe, Controller, has been with Teplis since 2005. Don manages our back office and accounting operations. His responsibilities include setting up client profiles and invoice schedules, analyzing client pricing and productivity, issuing daily reports and briefing the ARC department. He is also responsible for employee payroll and benefits. Don is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.  Connect with Don on LinkedIn

Hal Pierce, Director of Marketing, brings an extensive background in brand management, marketing strategy and sales support services to Teplis and has been instrumental in helping the firm generate over $200 million in new business by adding Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies and major non-profit organizations as clients. Prior to coming to Teplis Hal worked for the American Cancer Society, Teleguide Convention News, MCI and Creative Loafing. He attended the University of Tennessee and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  Connect with Hal on LinkedIn

Joannie Griffith, Director of Online Support, has been in the travel industry for over twenty-nine years, working as a corporate agent, a leisure agent, and in group and incentive travel. She has been with Teplis for 15 years, during which time she has become an expert in the administration of online booking systems.  Connect with Joannie on LinkedIn 

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