By Jim Thomas
When it comes to creating jobs and fostering growth in Central Florida, Bruno Sousa is leading the way. Sousa serves as the chief technology officer for Frontline Technology Solutions, where his role spans all aspects of business and technology strategy for the organization. One of his main responsibilities has been the massively successful growth of Orlando-based TravelTab.
Having created hundreds of jobs over just the last couple of years, TravelTab provides a proprietary collection of travel-oriented software, including mobile applications focused on dedicated navigation, international and domestic calling and texting, secure WiFi hotspots and an e-commerce platform offering discounted tours, attractions, shopping and dining deals.
The company’s expertise is in asset management, data connectivity and mobile solutions, which enable it to provide exceptional IoT solutions to its partners. TravelTab’s technology has been successfully implemented across a portfolio of companies that includes world-renowned brands such as Avis, Alamo, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Thrifty and many more. Due to the company’s national success and 120 percent year-to-year growth in revenue, the TravelTab team now has its eyes set on expanding operations to European markets and future acquisitions.
Before devoting his work full-time to Frontline, Sousa held executive and C-level roles in both entrepreneurial and large corporations including Optum Health, Bonnier Corporation and Disney. He also had a 10-year career with IBM in its Global Services Merger & Acquisition division, where he says he developed a passion for helping emerging companies overcome growth obstacles and positioning them for future success.
Sousa has also facilitated the acquisition, remediation, integration and/or “exit” of dozens of companies over the last 20 years. He had the distinct privilege of being asked to take a two year “sabbatical” to offer his technical expertise in helping to build the 650 million-dollar Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center located in Downtown Orlando.
In addition to his professional career, Sousa is civically engaged and was elected chair of the Orlando Regional Tech Association earlier in 2018. Orlando Tech is dedicated to bringing together the brightest minds in technology throughout the seven county region of Central Florida, and having Sousa in this position will no doubt help the association continue to meet and exceed its goals.
Sousa stated, “The Orlando Regional Tech Association is bringing together corporate, civic, educational and community partners across Central Florida around technology to advocate for and foster a forward-looking, prosperous region. Our focus is on three main objectives: Sharing the rich and diverse tech story of our region, connecting more than 100 of our major tech leaders and companies to our deep talent pool, and continually building up and advocating for our tech community as a whole. We’ll achieve this through collaboration and inclusiveness and by being actively engaged in supporting the hard-working, thriving tech businesses and entrepreneurs in our region.”
Orlando Tech’s mission is to partner and feature world-leading tech verticals such as space and aeronautics, modeling and simulation, photonics and nano-engineering, entertainment and tourism, gaming and mixed reality, software and digital media, and additive and advanced manufacturing. “We’re truly one of the nation’s most exciting emerging tech hubs,” asserted Sousa.
In addition to his leadership role at Orlando Tech, Sousa serves the community as a board member of Orlando Inc., the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School, Habitat for Humanity, and the Rotary Club (as a Paul Harris Fellow). He was also honored in 2015 as a Top C-Level Leader by the Orlando Business Journal.
Sousa was born in Angola, Africa, and has worked in numerous locations around the globe. His travels have taken him to more than 15 countries throughout Europe and South America, and 20 U.S. cities, including working in Palo Alto, Chicago, Boston and most recently New York prior to finding “home” here in Orlando.
He is also an avid soccer fan but says most importantly, above all else, he is the proud father of three children who give him his greatest purpose in life.
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