Richie Karaburun

Adjunct Professor, International School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

Professor Richie Karaburun has over 20 years of tourism and hospitality industry experience. Also known as Professor K, he joined Roomer in 2013 as its U.S. Managing Director. With over 20 years of experience in executive roles within the travel industry, he has successfully assisted in the growth and expansion of travel companies, providing them with his expertise and immense knowledge of sales, marketing and business development.

As a well-known travel industry veteran and mentor and recently a true entrepreneur, Professor Karaburun brings unprecedented experience and familiarity of diverse international, cultural and business practices to companies. Currently overseeing Roomer’s overall sales and marketing strategy for North America, Karaburun works closely with hotels and travel companies around the world to expand their customer bases and to solve critical customer service problems relating to guests with nonrefundable reservations.

Prior to Roomer, Professor Karaburun was Vice President of Global Supplier Relations at RADIUS, President at Gulliver’s Travel Associates (GTA) North America – once owned as Blackstone Group -, and Vice President of Product Development and Contracting at American Tours International, achieving high value revenue and profit gains, gaining large scale cost savings, improving organizational productivity and performance at each.

Professor Karaburun also teaches at NYU Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism as an Adjunct Faculty member. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in International Business at the Uludag University in Turkey, his MBA in International Business at Chapman University, The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics in California and his CEO Series at the University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School.


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