Emerging Leader in Online Group Travel Taps Key Strategist From Smarter Travel & Trip Advisor; Expands to New Corporate Headquarters

GROUPIZE APPOINTS TRAVEL INDUSTRY AND E-COMMERCE VISIONARY DAVID KRAUTER TO BOARD — BEVERLY, MASS, MARCH 24TH, 2014 Groupize, Inc. today announced the appointment of travel industry and e-commerce expert David Krauter to its Board of Directors. The company offers innovative online group hotel solutions that streamline the group travel planning and booking for consumers and the hospitality industries, addressing a $35B US market that has, until Groupize.com, remained largely non-automated. “Groupize is that exceptional entity – the intersection of compelling market need and exceptional innovation. It is forging the industry’s first end-to-end, robust online connection between groups and bookings, and in the process, Groupize is redefining the experience, economics and efficiencies of a sharply under-served sector,” David notes. David currently serves as General Manager of Smarter Travel, a TripAdvisor Company located in Boston, MA, and leads the strategy and operations of a portfolio of innovative travel websites such as Jetsetter, Tingo, BookingBuddy, Airfarewatchdog, Smarter Travel and Oyster. In his previous role as the company’s Vice President of Product, he led the development and user experience of the company’s popular sites. 
 Prior to joining Smarter Travel, David guided site development for Rue La La’s 2008 launch and the site experience for SmartBargains.com. He has also held leadership roles within a Smarter Travel sister company – TripAdvisor.com – directing the market leader’s Site Experience and Merchandising divisions. Prior to TripAdvisor, David was Director of Global Publishing Services for publishing giant CNET Networks, where he drove product and advertising innovation initiatives. Groupize’s CEO, Charles de Gaspe Beaubien notes: “David offers invaluable experience, insight and proven leadership in our key areas of focus – travel and e-commerce. He will help us in defining a state of the art user experience for automating groups and guide us in our growth. David holds a baccalaureate degree in Marketing and an MBA from Cornell University.  The company also today announced its expansion into a new state-of-the-art customer center and headquarters at the Cumming Center in Beverly, Mass. Groupize maintains product development and administrative facilities in Boston and Beverly, Massachusetts, respectively. About Groupize: Groupize is the group hotel booking platform. Our innovative, award-winning technology solutions automate all of the tasks involved in planning and booking groups online. We simplify the entire process for occasional and professional planners, and empower hotels and affiliate partners to win more group business. Our technology is powering group bookings and meetings for one of the world’s largest hotel chains, and is emerging as a platform of choice for major hotel chains and travel web sites. Groupize won the 2013 PhoCusWright Award for most Innovative Travel Technology Company Emerging Category. For more information, contact: Alisa de Gaspe Beaubien Groupize 508-232-7719 x215 alisa@groupize.com