Wow, in as many weeks, I have said goodbye to two amazing men in the travel industry.
Yesterday afternoon I learned of the untimely death of Mike Pusateri.
I first met Mike when he was the COO and SVP of the US Travel Association (then TIA). TIA had just taken over the TravelCom conference and since I was on the board, I had the pleasure of working closely with Mike.
Mike and I worked together on a number of initiatives, both related to the conference and for his company, Vantage Strategies and mine, Solutionz. He was also on the board of one of my start up ventures. I also worked with Mike on the startup of Ataway Exchange, the industry's newest conference.
Mike was a friend and mentor. He had boundless energy and enthusiasm and he fearlessly pursued his vision to help the industry embrace new ways of marrying buyers and sellers and to tap into the power of technology to make that happen.
He was loved and respected and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
This is one more reminder to cherish life.
The family made final arrangements for Mike this morning.
There will be a Remembrance Tribute and Celebration of Life held on Thursday, August 30th between 4-8 pm at Lasting Tributes Funeral Care, 814 Bestgate Rd. Annapolis, MD. 21401
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