Meet The Team
It’s our people that perfect your journey. They’re an endlessly curious bunch and are always in search of the next great place. Drawing on our many years of experience and insider knowledge, we specialize in providing the most unusual and authentic experiences in destinations both iconic and out-of-the-way. Everywhere, we choose the best accommodations, activities, local guides and outfitters to ensure unparalleled comfort, access, service and style. We pride ourselves on our uncompromising attention to detail—which translates into unforgettable travel experiences for our valued clientele. Please meet the team behind the scenes of NextGreatTrip.
Tom Filippini, Founder & CEO
Tom was previously the co-founder of the world’s largest luxury destination club, Exclusive Resorts, a company that pioneered its industry. Exclusive Resorts amassed luxury resort homes worldwide worth more than $1 billion and delivered more than 100,000 vacations, truly perfecting vacationing for the world's most discerning travelers.
Favorite NextGreatTrip Experience: Traveling with a group of 30 rabid Bronco’s fans from Denver for an away game against the San Diego Chargers. The seamless charter flight allowed us to play golf, hit the spa, enjoy several nice meals, a pre-game tailgate and the game in under 36 hours.
Bucket List Vacation: Fly fishing trip to the pristine trout filled rivers of New Zealand
Hobbies outside of work: Playing & traveling with my wife and 3 daughters, fly fishing, golf, skiing, biking & drone flying
Proud Alum of: Bucknell University
Volunteering with: Denver Public Schools
Melissa Hansen, Travel Program Director
As the Director of Travel for NextGreatTrip, I have the pleasure of crafting customized travel experiences for groups of varying sizes and interests. When I see the looks on people faces after I present them with what we have dreamed up for them I get miles of satisfaction. With a private plane at your fingertips no destination is too challenging to get to so we have the ability to really individualize each experience.
Favorite NextGreatTrip Experience: I get wrapped up in every NextGreatTrip that I plan so they have all become my favorites but I had a particularly good time planning a weekend trip to Santa Barbara, California.
Bucket List Vacation: Of all the great places I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to in the world, I’ve always coveted a trip to the Wakaya Club in Fiji or an all-expense paid shopping trip to Paris, France.
Hobbies outside of work: Raising two busy boys and coaching competitive figure skating
Proud Alum of: Grand Valley State University
Allen Cowgill, Aviation & Operations
With 10 years of experience in the travel industry, Allen has developed a love for exploring the world and helping create incredible experiences for others. A veteran of Exclusive Resorts, Allen helped grow the club through a variety of sales and market development efforts before joining another travel startup, Portico. An instrument rated pilot, he loves combining his passion for aviation with travel at NextGreatTrip.
Favorite NextGreatTrip Experience: Any early morning on the tarmac before a flight. It’s great to enjoy a sunrise before getting ready to welcome guests and get them on the plane within 20-30 minutes of their arrival.
Bucket List Vacation: Cienfuegos, Cuba
Hobbies outside of work: Skiing, Cycling, Traveling, Flying, Canoeing, and Hiking
Proud Alum of: Washington University in St. Louis
Volunteering with: Jr. Achievement, Washington University, Volunteers of America, and Highlands United Methodist Church
You can find Allen on LinkedIn
Amy Wofford, Marketing
Amy's passion for travel and entrepreneurship is what brought her to NextGreatTrip after working in the alternative investment industry and for a non-profit. She loves contributing to your travel experiences through designing itineraries, creating & discovering inspirational content and collaborating with other travel aficionados.
Favorite NextGreatTrip Experience: Day trip via panga boats to Coronado Island in Baja Mexico for whale & dolphin scouting. This was only one part of an incredible 8-day Spring Break experience which included a direct chartered flight from the XJet FBO at Centennial Airport to Loreto, Mexico.
Bucket List Vacation: 3-4 week backpacking tour through South America
Hobbies outside of work: Golf, skiing, cycling, soccer and reading at coffee shops
Proud Alum of: Baylor University
Volunteering with: Rockies Venture Club and Park Church Denver
Libby Conners, Business Development
Libby grew up in a family bit by the travel bug. Spending long weekends and holiday breaks flying to far away locations or loading up the car for a road trip to the Rockies, she now loves being able to spend each day working to help groups create fabulous trips. Whether it be a golf club making their way to an iconic destination or luxury resorts seeking to simplify the travel experience for guests, she is dedicated to choreographing your group travel experience.
Favorite Travel Experience: My favorite travel experience has been a road trip I took with my best friend to the coast of Tanzania on my way to South Africa! We went snorkeling in the Indian Ocean, sailing on a pirate ship and had lunch on a deserted island.
Bucket List Vacation: I would love to do a two month "Trip around the World!”
Hobbies outside of work: Skiing, soccer, gardening, traveling, trying new restaurants, and soaking up the Colorado sunshine
Proud Alum of: University of Denver
You can find Libby on LinkedIn
Our Strategic Advisors
Our Advisory Board comprises travel, hospitality and aviation veterans that are visionaries and thought leaders in their respective industries.
Kent Myers: President, Airplanners LLC
Kent is somewhat of a legend in the realm of resort-focused aviation. Having served as lead marketer for major ski resorts such as Steamboat, Beaver Creek and Vail, Kent recognized that his biggest hurdle wasn’t the size of his terrain or the depth of his snow, but, rather, his ability to fly skiers into his resorts.
He crafted what has become a staple in modern-day remote resort flight programs – the “Minimum Revenue Guarantee” or the “subsidy” that major airlines now demand before opening new routes into remote resort destinations.
Mike Boyd: Chairman, Boyd Aviation
Mike is one of the most recognized & respected names in global aviation. Over several decades, his company - Boyd Group International - has become the world’s leading aviation consulting, forecast and research firm in the world. BGI has aggregated the largest database of flight departures, routes and passenger data which airlines rely on to decide what routes to open up or shut down. He also advises airports worldwide on route mapping, carrier selection and airline recruitment.
Mike also organizes one of the largest global aviation conferences held in the world and attended by the foremost aviation leaders from manufacturers to carriers.
Bill Tomcich: President, Stay Aspen Snowmass & Executive Director, Fly Aspen Snowmass
Executive Director of Fly Aspen Snowmass, has one of the most challenging jobs in resort aviation worldwide – attracting major air carriers to service the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, one of the most challenging & remote airports in the nation. And with commercial air service into Aspen approaching an all-time high, he’s clearly been up to the challenge.
And this is just Bill’s “moonlight” job, as his day job is that of President of Stay Aspen Snowmass, the resort destination’s leading accommodation booking agency.
Keith Downham: Director of Financial Planning & Analysis, Denver International Airport
Formerly with United Airlines, Keith runs financial planning & analysis for Denver International Airport (DIA), the 5th busiest airport in the U.S. and 15th busiest in the world with its 53 million passengers. At 34,000 acres (53 sq mi), DIA it is the largest airport in the United States by total area and diverse revenue streams from gate leases to oil exploration & production on premises.
Keith understands and advises us on all of the costs of operating aircraft & helps determine opportune airports for our missions based on cost, safety and convenience.
Warren Wilkinson: Head of Global Travel & Tourism Practice, MBuy
Chief Marketing Officer, MS Companies, was previously the Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Republic Airways Holdings, the 2nd second largest regional airline in the world offering over 1,300 daily departures to over 120 cities in the U.S., Canada and Caribbean. Warren has a deep and impressive background in aviation and marketing and pulls from this vast experience to advise us on everything from aircraft selection to brand marketing & communications.
Prior to MS Companies, Warren served as Chief Marketing Officer of Choose Chicago (the City of Chicago’s official destination marketing organization) and Director of the Global Travel & Tourism Practice of MBuy.
Randy Brandoff: Founder & CEO, Eleven James
Randy is formerly the Chief Marketing Officer of NetJets and Marquis Jet (where he was employee #1). Under Randy’s marketing leadership, NetJets and Marquis became the clear category leaders in Fractional Jet Ownership and Jet Cards respectively. NetJets (a Berkshire Hathaway company) is the worldwide leader in private aviation and provides the safest and most secure private aviation solutions. The Marquis Jet Card provides access to the NetJets program through a 25-hour jet card.
Currently, Randy is the Founder & CEO of Eleven James, where he has taken his in-depth knowledge of fractional ownership to the timepiece industry.