Christopher Soder to speak at TU's Executive Speaker Series

Monday, November 26, 2007

Christopher Soder, president of North American Travel, and a 21-year technology veteran, will speak Thursday, Nov. 29, at the next The University of Tulsa’s Friends of Finance luncheon.

Soder is responsible for all of’s U.S. travel services and domestic information technology and operations functions. He joined the team in February 2000 as president of hotel services and led the development and launch of’s cruise and vacation package offerings.

In July 2002, Soder was promoted to executive vice president of lodging and vacation products, and in March 2005 he became the executive vice president of travel services. Prior to joining North American Travel, he was western region vice president, business markets, at AT&T. There he was responsible for the company’s complete technology portfolio sales to more than 20,000 business customers across a 10-state region.

“Christopher Soder is one of the nation’s top leaders in the technology industry and a pioneer in the dot-com business,” said Bob Fitzgerald, Friends of Finance president. “His knowledge is vast, and we’re excited to have him speak to the Tulsa community on the TU campus.

The Friends of Finance Executive Speaker Series luncheons are open to the public, but reservations are required. Registration starts at 11:15 in the Great Hall of the Allen Chapman Activity Center at TU. The cost for each luncheon is $20 for Friends of Finance members and $30 for nonmembers. Annual memberships for 2007-08 year are $50 for those in the Tulsa area and $10 for those who live outside Tulsa’s 50-mile radius.

The University of Tulsa’s Friends of Finance is an organization consisting of business professionals, TU alumni and supporters of the College of Business Administration. Members share an interest in business related issues, particularly finance and operations management, and gather to share business advice and methods. They are also committed to helping TU gain prominence in these areas.

The organization also provides a forum for business professionals to network and share different business perspectives. The organization has hosted more than 26,000 attendees and 150 speakers on a broad range of topics.

For more information or to register online, please visit the Friends of Finance Web site or contact Judy Adair at (918) 631-2588.