Fantastic Five: Meet the unsung travel hero finalists

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To celebrate Administrative Professionals Week (April 25-29, 2011) in the United States, we asked you to tell us about the unsung travel hero in your office and boy did you!

Faster than a speeding bullet, your travel heroes possess superhuman powers and the ability to wrangle unruly plane, train and automobile itineraries in a single bound. By day, these superheroes come from all walks of life: museum design, skincare, financial services, cloud computing, and even a crew of “evil” roadies.

We’re pleased to present you with our OUTSTANDING legion of travel hero finalists -

Matthew Solari of BRC Imagination Arts and his hero, Cara

“Wonder woman meets Radar O’Reilly; I would be lost without Cara. She’s always a step ahead monitoring my travel and backup options at the first hint of trouble.”

Kenneth “Pooch” Van Druten of Evil Entertainment and his hero, James

“45 roadies on their never ending quest for the perfect rock show… travel from their homes all across America to one destination to start the onslaught of 16 hour days, truck stop beef jerky, and rabid fans. A snow storm leaves thousands stranded. The show must go on. How does he get them there? Using his toolkit of TripIt, and a host of third party apps, he destroys the competition of weary eyed frequent flyers, with grace and precision.”

Dan Wasserman of Total Skin & Beauty Dermatology Center and his hero, Stephanie

“Stephanie is the most tolerant, patient, dedicated administrator one could ask for. Having to plan dozens of trips a year, with restaurant reservations, international itineraries, speaking schedules, powerpoint presentations, and the meteorological unpredictability of Southern weather she never fails to have all the information necessary for travel plans ready at a moment’s notice. Her character is humbling and she is truly a woman of valor.”

Chris Ploessel of Zumasys and his hero, Yvette

“Hiding in a dark corner of our office is a woman with travel planning super powers. She books flights with a wink of her eye, places dinner reservations with the flare of her nostrils and gets rental car upgrades with the wiggle of an ear. All of this, organized and updated to all of our 40 traveling employees. Her secret weapon? Tripit!”

Phil Weeber of Chatham Financial and his hero, Susan 

“Susan cares! TripIt Pro helps Susan stay on top of all of us while we are jet setting around the world. I’m not so concerned about what’s in my wallet – but I don’t want to leave home without Susan doing my planning and TripIt bringing it to my finger tips.”

Please join us in congratulating the five finalists, who will receive a one-year subscription to TripIt for Business.

Also, please stay tuned – we’ll announce one grand-prize winner, selected from the five finalists, who will also receive a $500 SpaFinder gift certificate.

To see more details: Read full contest rules.

TripIt for Business, a new product for small and medium-sized businesses, is the smartest way to plan and organize office travel. It allows travel coordinators to create itineraries for travelers in an instant, organize all travelers on a convenient dashboard and easily keep travelers in the know and on the go.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Promotion open only to residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia who are at least 18 (or the age of majority in entrant’s state of residence). Promotion starts 12:01 AM PT on 4/13/2011 and ends 11:59 PM PT on 4/22/2011. To enter, follow the directions in Section 7 of the Official Rules (“Rules”) to submit your online entry message (100 words or less) about your unsung travel hero. Grand Prize: (1 winner): one $500 SpaFinder gift certificate. Finalist Prizes (5 winners): 12-month subscription to online “TripIt for Business” service for each winner’s current place of employment (approx. retail value: $348 per subscription).  Winners will be selected by a panel of judges comprised of Concur Technologies employees. Entries will be judged on the following criteria: the most apt, original, and interesting entry message; the most inspirational entry message in relation to the unsung travel hero theme. Odds of winning depend on number and quality of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited. Promotion subject to Rules, so see Rules for full details. Sponsor: Concur Technologies, Inc., 500 Treat Ave., Suite 100, San Francisco, CA 94110.