ExpertFlyer

No. 363: The Master of Innovation prognosticates, Dowling writes it down and DG Sotheby’s techs up (once again)

  Welcome to Friday: You’ve done it, intrepid innovators – the sun sets on another busy workweek and rises on another well-earned weekend. Nicely played. Changeable skies: It’s Dec. 7 out there, a date that will live in infamy, as FDR famously said, and that obviously includes some terrible things done with airplanes. But this date also brings us International Civil Aviation Day, an annual celebration of aviation’s uniquely cooperative history and big-time contributions to…


New parent for Long Island travel-data ‘Expert’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A data-science and analytics company has added an original Long Island dotcom to its long list of assets. Red Ventures, a South Carolina-based operator of websites including the popular travel site The Points Guy, has acquired Patchogue-based Expert Travel Services LLC (dba ExpertFlyer), a circa-2005 startup focused on flight data and loyalty programs. ExpertFlyer was created by a group of frequent flyers from Long Island, including IT expert Chris Lopinto; his…


Appointees enrich Hofstra’s Center for Entrepreneurship

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’re powering up at Hofstra University’s three-year-old Center for Entrepreneurship, where a transfusion of fresh blood is kicking innovation to new levels. The center has tapped a diverse and experienced group of business and economic leaders to serve on a new Advisory Board, providing everything from financial support to program-development guidance to student mentoring. Mentoring, obviously, is also the primary focus of the center’s first-ever “mentor in residence.” Chris Lopinto, president…


Loyalty for those in loyalty programs

By GREGORY ZELLER // A decade later, an original Long Island dotcom is still flying high. Expert Travel Services LLC, dba ExpertFlyer, went wheels-up in 2005, based on the combined thinking of three cofounders with extensive commercial-flight experience. Chris Lopinto, the company president, was an IT expert who got into the miles and points game early. His father, John Lopinto, founded Communications Specialists Inc. in 1983, and the electronic manufacturing firm kept him in the…