California-based group travel company, T.E.am. has launched proprietary technology for use in the market’s first group travel booking engine on its website. This new technology enhances the company’s offerings to Greek organizations planning group events and formals by providing access to hotels across North America that can be searched by geographic area or date.
Visitors to the website will be able to conveniently compare prices and select service packages presented through our nationwide database of live hotel and venue pricing. Search results include photos and written descriptions and pricing that is real time and based on current rates. A Google maps integration makes planning group activities around the destination quick and easy.
Due to the volume of services booked by T.E.am., online event planners will benefit from the pre-negotiated discount deposit, which may save organizations up to 50% on the standard deposit charges. The group travel website features easy pay options like e-check, PayPal and credit cards.
“We build and maintain excellent relationships with hotels, banquet halls, photographers and DJs across the nation. Our network of service providers is extensive and we are able to negotiate unbelievable rates due to the number of customers we have using our services. That allows us to offer real savings and convenience to these campus organizations.”
The T.E.am. website it truly a one-stop online resource where social chairs at fraternities and sororities have the choice of the best services and the best pricing. “We don’t take over an entire event; the student still plans their event. Our slogan,“Your Event. Delivered.” means the event is theirs, but T.E.am. helps put the pieces together with value and style,” according to Olivas.
T.E.am. technology has a different pricing model that keeps the overall costs affordable for a restricted budget and makes prices all-inclusive. “Our pricing model is unique and value based,” Olivas comments. “We don’t charge commissions to our clients, and all fees are included so it makes it easy for a chapter to budget and collect a fixed sum from each of its members. T.E.am. can save a chapter hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars as we are able to negotiate and secure multiple bids from several service providers.”
All prices are broken down into a cost per person or per couple and include any hotel fees. Each customer is given a detailed itinerary and a simple payment schedule.
Mike Olivas, founder and CEO of T.E.am., was deeply involved in Kappa Sigma Fraternity at California State University, Sacramento, and worked for the National Fraternity after graduation and directed student ambassadors on college campuses across the United States for Monster and Rockstar energy drinks.
While involved in the Greek system, Olivas recognized the need of undergraduate Greek leaders for safe, convenient, reliable, professional and cost effective event planning services. In understanding the Greek system and how it works on national campuses, the company is highly aware of the vital need for safety and protection of chapter members, as well as the liabilities that come along with formals and other events held by Greek undergraduates.
“T.E.am. knows firsthand the stress and special challenges of planning formals and other major events for a Greek organization because we’ve been there,” states Olivas. “I wanted to create a service by Greeks for Greeks, because we know these students deal with tremendous demands and pressures. They are stretched between academic studies, IFC meetings, student government, chapter executive boards, and other campus activities,” says Olivas.
The T.E.am. “by Greeks for Greeks” service has already met with success. Since its introduction, T.E.am. has served more than 20,000 members of fraternities and sororities.
Founded in 2007, T.E.am. is a rapidly growing group travel company that specializes in planning formal events for fraternities and sororities. T.E.am. partners with major hotel and tourism industry leaders to provide the best deals in an all-inclusive package. Based in California, T.E.am. is known for meeting the travel needs of students and businesses with its full-service spring break packages, snowboarding trips, alumni gatherings and retreats.
Based in California, T.E.am. (teamexp.com) was founded Mike Olivas who oversees the overall direction and growth of the company. National partnerships, including those with national fraternities and sororities, are directed by Olivas. Also under his direct leadership are sales and marketing, company branding, lead generation, technology advancements, and the creation of new revenue streams.