Own the travel lifecycle.
- Our Mission -
Utrip is a data-driven destination discovery and travel planning platform that combines the best of local expertise, human experience and artificial intelligence to make trip planning easy, enjoyable and personal. Utrip PRO, our white-label product, enables destination marketing organizations, airlines, attractions and hospitality brands to offer customers a more personalized experience, thereby increasing engagement, loyalty, conversion rates and revenue.
Our technology optimizes each itinerary based on a customer’s preferences, budget, geography and many other relevant factors, sorting through millions of destination options, such as must-see sights, activities, events and restaurants. We empower our partners to reimagine their customer relationships through every step of the travel lifecycle.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
In 2010, Gilad began planning a dream trip to Europe and spent untold hours researching his trip. He had an epiphany—there had to be a better way to plan the perfect trip. Upon returning to Seattle, he vowed to make his vision a reality and founded Utrip.
Gilad’s background includes leadership positions in business development (Watch2Help and GB Consulting), financial and asset management (PricewaterhouseCoopers and Harris Allison Buxbaum Group) and entrepreneurship as a founder, startup executive and corporate advisor.
He holds a BA in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance and a Masters in Taxation from the University of Washington.
When he’s not leading the Utrip team, you can find Gilad traveling with his wife Lisa and exploring the globe through his stomach.
Chief Technology Officer
Chris is an autodidact with decades of engineering experience. Growing up, he excelled at computer science, often mentoring his fellow students. He designed, developed, launched and sold his own start-up while working full-time as the Director of Engineering at Sabre Hospitality Solutions. After a stint at Zillow as the Director of Development, Chris went back to what he loves—travel technology.
He attended the school of hard knocks.
When Chris isn’t creating the next big travel innovation, he’s trying out creative, reverse-engineered food recipes on his loving wife Paula.
Chief Operating Officer
Chris brings a powerful combination of sales, marketing and operations experience to Utrip. With over 20 years in travel and technology at big companies like Expedia and Microsoft, Chris has transitioned her leadership experience to helping startups in the Seattle area, including Dwellable (acquired by HomeAway) and Peach.
She received her BA in Communications from what is now called Truman State University.
When she’s not helping companies scale, you will find her singing at the top of her lungs, reading interesting fiction or traveling with her husband Dan and son Parker.
Vice President of Product
Milena has held software development, sales, marketing and product leadership roles while working in the US, Germany, Mexico and Colombia. She has diverse experience across organizations of all sizes, including Dell, Microsoft, Amazon, Redfin and her own startup. Her passion for technology and travel makes her leadership role at Utrip especially rewarding.
Milena holds an MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business and an undergraduate degree in computer science from the University of the Andes.
A native of Bogota, Colombia, Milena is an avid traveler, having visited over 50 countries. When she’s not helping make the Utrip platform the best travel planning tool on the market, you’ll find Milena adventuring around Seattle with her husband Land and beautiful dog Mia.