Mike Tinkey is the CEO of The OpenTravel Alliance which enables the future of travel connectivity for air, hospitality/lodging, rental car, rail, ground transportation, golf, spa, tennis, and other leisure experiences, and other activities by driving the evolving digital experience for consumers. Mike works collaboratively to build alliances to implement open standards of interoperability between travel verticals to increase speed to market of products and services, create efficiencies, and provide more distribution options for businesses and more choices for customers.
Mike Tinkey is a Principal of TinkeyWorks where he is using his proven ability to forge relationships, solve problems, and capitalize on business opportunities to create beneficial outcomes for those he serves.
Most recently serving as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the National Golf Course Owners Association “NGCOA”, Mike also was previously on their Board of Directors. Working tirelessly to benefit the best interests of golf facility owners and operators and the golf industry as a whole he has been a dedicated and resourceful leader focused on facilitating member engagement and building bridges with suppliers and allied associations locally, nationally, and internationally for the past 24 years. Mike was instrumental in the NGCOA’s technology, multicourse, and business development, while spearheading many allied association relationships.
Mike is a frequent speaker on golf, tennis, and hospitality industry issues and trends, marketing and business development communications, digital distribution in travel industries, and growing revenue through traditional means as well as through innovation and technology.
As a former resort top executive officer, Mike served in the capacity of Chief Operating Officer and President of several coastal resorts in South Carolina, as President of the South Carolina Golf Course Owners Association and the Low Country Golf Course Owners Association, and on various hospitality and charity boards.
Mike has also served and is currently active on a number of advisory and elective boards at the state and national level in golf, hospitality and tourism industries including Golf 2020, We Are Golf, the Golf Industry Show, and the National Alliance for Accessible Golf.
Mike has also been a tennis professional and Director of Tennis in the private and resort sector, been and international tennis tournament Director, international tennis coach, active as a volunteer in various tennis associations, and offered the position to be the director of the tennis operations for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA.
Residing in the Charleston, South Carolina area with his family, Mike also is engaged in a family business, Tinkey Timberlands.