Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Dobrient has focused his career on refining the movement of people and materials from one location to another smoothly and seamlessly. After leading a time-critical delivery and logistics company for over a decade, he recognized the need for an elevated ground travel experience and launched Savoya. Building on this expertise, he currently serves as Chairman of Travel Research Advisors, the parent company of Savoya and two related entities in the travel space.
Prior to establishing Savoya in 2000, Mr. Dobrient was co-founder and President of Max America, a same-day delivery and logistics firm that won Inc. “500” honors three consecutive years in the early 1990s. In 1997, he lead the acquisition of Max America by publicly held Dynamex Inc. – a leading consolidator in the mission-critical distribution industry.
Mr. Dobrient is a Director at Triumph Bancorp (TBK: NASDAQ), a bank holding company based in Dallas, Texas. He is a Director at Grand Junction, a Software-as-a-Service platform that manages couriers and local delivery programs. He is also a Director at MealTicket, a provider of cloud-based sales, marketing and analytics software for the food distribution industry.
Mr. Dobrient received a BBA from University of North Texas. He serves as a mentor and board member at Mercy Street, a program serving inner-city youths and their families. Mr. Dobrient resides in Dallas with his wife and two daughters.
Executive Vice President, Process Improvement
As Savoya’s longest tenured employee next to Mr. Dobrient, Ms. Gleason knows the nuances of our company better than anyone. In her nearly 15 years with Savoya, she has held practically every role and has been instrumental in shaping our processes, internal teams, service platforms, and client and vendor relationships. Today, Ms. Gleason is one of the thought leaders in the ground transportation industry.
Ms. Gleason began her Savoya journey as a frontline employee on our logistics team. From there she helped build the company’s Event Management capabilities, rolled out a formal vendor relations process as leader of our Fleet Management Team, and spearheaded the transformation of our technology infrastructure and capabilities. Under her watch, the company doubled the number of markets served, established strict service and safety standards, built an internal development team, and launched the state-of-the-art Savoya CORE platform.
Since 2014, with Ms. Gleason leading Savoya’s operations and client care teams, performance improvement initiatives have consistently driven our service deviation rate to less than 0.5%.
Executive Vice President, Marketing
In her role, Ms. Michel is responsible for elevating the Savoya brand, driving top-of-mind awareness among a more diverse client base, and positioning the company as an innovative thought leader in its market. She brought rich experience in marketing, branding, and corporate strategy across both B2B and consumer businesses when she joined the Savoya team in 2016.
Ms. Michel began her career as a strategic management consultant at McKinsey & Company and R.B. Webber and Company. She honed her marketing expertise at Frito Lay North America, serving in multiple positions, most recently as Marketing Director leading the company’s Premium Snacks Portfolio with a $1.2B book of business.
Ms. Michel earned her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and her Bachelor’s degree with Interdisciplinary Honors from Stanford University.
Senior Vice President, Sales & Client Experience
Ms. Schimmels’ extensive customer service experience has proven invaluable over her eleven years at Savoya. After working in the service industry prior to joining the Company in 2006, Robyn has spearheaded a series of growth initiatives and been a leading architect of Savoya’s legendary service delivery model.
Ms. Schimmels also began her career at Savoya in logistics, where she learned firsthand about clients’ needs and unique requirements. She took on leadership of the Meetings & Events team not long after, building out the meetings portion of that business by developing a customized solution for smaller groups and growing that business exponentially during her time on the team.
Ms. Schimmels then shifted her focus to Sales, where her industry knowledge, consultative approach, and ability to build relationships served her well. After some years as the top-performing sales agent, she was promoted to lead the Sales Team, where she established an Account Management function, optimized the sales process, and led the adoption and integration of key sales software tools.
Today, Ms. Schimmels continues to craft innovation in client experience, deepen client relationships and enhance Savoya’s service offerings. She received a BA with Honors in Psychology from Southern Methodist University. She and her husband stay busy as the proud parents of three children under age 5.