Craig Adelman Chairman & CEO, Adelman Travel Group
Craig Adelman founded Adelman Travel Group in 1985 with two employees and two computer terminals. Since then, Adelman Travel Group has become one of the top 10 travel management companies in the U.S. When he started Adelman Travel Group almost 30 years ago, it was with the idea of becoming the leader in providing on-site travel centers to corporations. While many larger travel management companies have moved to the mega reservation center concept, Craig’s philosophy has not changed. He believes in maintaining on-sites and smaller travel solution centers that continue to provide the level of exceptional customer service for which Adelman Travel Group has always been known. In 2005, Craig received Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Under Craig’s direction, Adelman Travel Group has received numerous awards, including the Service Business of the Year Award, given to companies that exemplify a dedication to customer service and strong employee and community relations. Craig earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin and his master’s degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University in England.
John Adler General Partner, Silver Creek Ventures
Mr. Adler joined Silver Creek Ventures as a General Partner in 2007. His areas of expertise include data and voice communications, semiconductors, and wireless applications. Mr. Adler has also served as a board member of the Texas Venture Capital Association and SMU MBA Venture Fund since their inception. Prior to joining Silver Creek, Mr. Adler served as a Partner with InterWest, a leading diversified venture capital firm in information technology and life sciences. Current board participation includes Pivot3 Inc., and OneSpot. Prior to InterWest Partners, Mr. Adler developed 17 years of operating experience in product management and engineering from Rockwell International, Alcatel, Monterey Networks and Cisco Systems. Mr. Adler received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and MBA from Southern Methodist University and has authored or co-authored nine US patents.