Eric Mason

Cumbres & Toltec Historic Railroad

2020 Phocuswright Conference speaker

Eric Mason CEO
Eric Mason has held leadership positions in numerous businesses, including private, public, and non-profits, and has successfully started, developed, grew, sold, and repositioned these businesses. Eric strives to understand consumers and market trends by conducting constant in-depth quantitative and qualitative research and turning it into actionable strategies to achieve desired growth goals. While growth is critical, internal cohesiveness and stability are equally vital during periods of growth and change. Eric leverages his high degree of emotional intelligence to understand the team base and uses this orientation to ensure the team navigates these changes positively.

Eric also bridges the divide between traditional and emerging industries. He's been instrumental in facilitating the professionalization and mass distribution of the short-term rental/Airbnb industry and the product's consumer adoption. He co-founded that industry's first dynamic pricing engine and the first channel management platform; both were acquired. Earlier in his career, Eric led the operations of one of the largest hotel central reservation system companies, SynXis, before Sabre acquired it.

Eric is currently the interim CEO of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. He also advises other select companies pursuing new product and market expansion, development and exploration, starting-up, and companies in transition (M&A, Selling, or Turnarounds).