Our Company

Launched in March 2016 and now based in Kingston, Ontario and Syracuse, NY, StayBillety is the international affordable, online accommodation service connecting like-minded guests and hosts.

Celebrating community with its unique affinity-based affiliate model, StayBillety is also a social enterprise whose business supports charitable organizations.

With StayBillety, guests traveling for concerts, commencements or competitions connect with enterprising hosts who share their common interests.

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THE TEAM

BARBARA JONES – FOUNDER/CEO
Barbara Jones has produced and supported consumer-facing media products for over 30 years, both multi-lingual and multi-platform.  Her executive roles include positions at The Travel Channel (helped to launch travelchannel.com),  The Weather Channel/Weather.com (headed International Online including the launch of Spanish & Portuguese versions of weather.com), Western Broadcast Sales, Power Broadcasting, and Alliance Atlantis.  She helmed her own company, SailorJones Media, for over 15 years. Barbara holds a BAA (Radio/Television Arts) from Ryerson University and an MSc (Radio/Television/Film) from Syracuse University where she is a professor of practice in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

PATRICK WHITTAKER, ACTING CAO

Patrick Whittaker has been part of the start up and entrepreneurship scene for almost two decades.  As founder (CEO/ CFO) of Reset Electronics, he was awarded “40 Under 40” honours by the Ottawa Business Journal in 2006. His accounting and finance experience includes positions at KPMG and Wackid Radio. A University of Ottawa BComm (Honours) in Accounting degree holder, Patrick is also Founder and Past President of Ottawa Chapter of Entrepreneurs' Organization (www.eonetwork.org).  When not building spreadsheets, he’s a volunteer lacrosse coach.

JOHN GAROFALO, TECHNICAL LEAD

John Garofalo graduated Queen’s University with a Masters of Engineering and a Bachelor of Computer Engineering. Introduced to StayBillety through the Queen’s InnovationXL program, John joined the StayBillety team in July 2018.  He founded his own design and development firm, JIC Design, in 2004 and began his web development career primarily focusing on creating a shared student information system for school boards across the Province of Ontario still being used today. Over the last 5 years John has grown his firm in to a development powerhouse teaming up with large creative agencies across Canada and New Zealand as their development team working with brands such as Canadian Tire, Pita Pit, John Freida, and Big Rock Brewery.

OTHER MEMBERS OF THE STAYBILLETY 'STABLE'

Kim Macintyre - TECH TEAM (Project Manager)

Marc Rogall - TECH TEAM (UI/UX Designer)

Brianna Beahen - TECH TEAM (Graphic Designer/Front End Developer)

Gianna Whitver - MARKETING CONSULTANT

 

ADVISORS INCLUDE:

  • Sean Branagan –Entrepreneur, Educator, Startup Coach & Founder – Syracuse, NY

  • Rick Burton - Former CMO US Olympic Committee; NCAA committee member

  • Linda Dickerson-Hartsock – Executive Director, Blackstone Launchpad powered by Techstars @Syracuse University

  • Beth Egan - Marketing & communications, advertising industry veteran and professor

  • Les Magyar - ReThink Social/Infinity Sales Solutions; sales advisor InnovationXL (Queen's U) & Velocity (U of Waterloo)

  • Jeff Rubin - Founder/CEO/President SIDEARM Sports

  • Scott Runté – CEO and Entrepreneur in Residence, LaunchLab; CEO Warren Capital

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Accountants:   Collins Blay (Kingston, ON); Firley, Moran, Freer & Eassa (Syracuse, NY)    

Legal:  Daniel Schmidt (Kitchener, ON),  Michael Bean (Kitchener, ON)