Buddy Altus is the Managing Director at Bridgton Advisors which provides strategic consulting services. The practice leverages Buddy’s experience in Innovation, E-Commerce, Marketing, Product Development, Payments and Partnerships. Bridgton’s newest client is Signal4D which provides services, solutions and analytics for things that move.
Prior to Bridgton Buddy was at Avis Budget Group most recently as VP Innovation Customer & Partner E-commerce. His team built developer.avis.com, an API developer’s portal, for self-service e-commerce partners building reservation and other applications. This included APIs for parking in the Avis App, offering Zipcars through CityMapper in London, and enrollment in the Avis loyalty program from airnewzealand.com. Previously, at Avis Budget Group Buddy was Marketing VP of Distribution and Product Development. His responsibilities included Direct Connect, the OTA compliant XML reservation interface and private label booking engines, used by airlines, hotels, travel agents and credit card companies.
Buddy also led the integration of Concur’s TripIt to Avis.com, as well as enabling enrollment in Avis Preferred directly from Concur, and the launch of Avis support for Concur’s TripLink. Buddy initiated, directed, and launched the integration of digital wallets from MasterCard, American Express and VISA for the Avis and Budget websites as well as for the Avis and Apps.
Prior to Avis Budget Group, Buddy was at American Express where he was Director of Marketing for AXI, the first corporate booking tool developed by Expedia and American Express.
Buddy has served on the Board of the OpenTravel Alliance since 2009 most recently as Vice Chair. He holds degrees in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.