About Us

Management Team

Sue Trizila
President & CEO

Sue Trizila, joined Wyndham Jade in 1994, and during her tenure has grown the company from 15 employees to 150 employees and successfully diversified into three unique travel-related niches: i) Convention Housing and Registration, ii) Incentives and Meetings, and iii) Corporate Travel. Prior to joining Wyndham Jade, Sue worked for CUC Travel Services, a division of CUC International (formerly a multi-billion dollar publicly traded company). At CUC International, she served as vice president and launched a private label vacation product line serving millions of travel club members.

Mike Bates, CPA
Chief Financial Officer

Mike Bates, CPA, joined the Wyndham Jade team in 2010 as Chief Financial Officer. He previously served as Executive Vice President of Finance for Wyndham Jade from 1999 to 2002 before relocating to Las Vegas to pursue personal opportunities. He has 20 years of finance and accounting experience, including 14 years in the travel and convention industries. Mike has served in senior executive level finance positions with The Expo Group, MC2 and Sammons Enterprises. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from The University of Texas at Dallas.

Tom Levine, MBA, CMP
Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Tom Levine joined Wyndham Jade in 1997, and during his tenure has been the chief architect of the company's unique technology platform, OneSystem+ which allows large convention and congress organizers to efficiently and accurately manage housing & registration for multiple events. Tom is a 20 year veteran of the association industry and has developed meeting planning software for numerous associations and companies prior to joining Wyndham Jade. He has a bachelor of commerce from the University of Manitoba and a master's of business administration from the University of Dallas.

Kerry Wages
Executive Vice President & General Manager Convention Operations

Kerry Wages joined Wyndham Jade in 1994 to develop, launch and grow a housing and registration services platform. He is a 35-year travel industry veteran with P&L accountability, and experience geared to large-scale travel operations. His career path began in 1973 with Frontier Airlines and includes multiple call center operations and yield management. He became senior level GM for CUC International, a large travel and membership organization and National Leisure Group, a cruise and leisure travel product distributor.

Kerry is a native of Ft. Worth, Texas, and a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran.

Beverly Buehler, CTC, CTIE
Executive Vice President

Bev Buehler joined Wyndham Jade in 1993, and is a 35-year travel industry veteran with expertise in vendor and contract negotiations. She has built one of the most talented teams in Corporate Travel and Incentive and Meeting Management. Prior to joining Wyndham Jade, Bev worked for Sunbelt Motivation and Travel for 13 years. She is past chair for the Commonwealth Business Travel Group (CBTG), a consortium comprised of 35 select travel management companies around the world where she continues to hold a board position.

Ross Sawai
Executive Vice President Sales and Business Development

Ross Sawai joined Wyndham Jade in 2006, and is responsible for leading a team of talented sales executives across each business unit. He brings over 20 years of sales, partnership marketing and executive leadership to the company. Ross was formerly at Blockbuster where he led a partnership sales team delivering entertainment marketing solutions to a host of Fortune 500 companies. His diverse experience also includes multiple assignments at American Airlines where he was responsible for directing incentive sales, creating international tour packages and global market development.

Ross has a bachelor's degree in Travel Industry Management from the University of Hawaii-Manoa where he was a feature sports writer for Ka Leo. He is an active member of the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA), National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Diversity Committee.