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Welcome to the Ohio Valley Chapter of GBTA

About OVBTA:

The Ohio Valley Chapter of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), is a leading travel industry organization.  Founded in 1969, the Ohio Valley Chapter provides an important forum for the exchange of information, education and ideas among its members, who include representatives from corporations and leading travel industry suppliers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.  Our emphasis is on professional development, education and working together to better understand new and emerging travel management practices.

OVBTA Mission:

The OVBTA Board’s Mission for 2016 is Growth through Strong Educational Programs.  Our chapter is committed to enhancing the travel profession by sponsoring educational and informational programs for our members, and by providing top-rated speakers to address travel-related issues, concerns and current "hot topic" items.  Our events are an excellent venue for the sharing of travel-related information and professional expertise where we are focused on perfecting the science of business travel management.  We provide a great way to network and learn from each other. 

OVBTA Program Theme:

Our Program Theme for 2016 is “Balance.”  Achieving and maintaining balance in our professional and personal lives is more crucial than ever before, as the role of almost every travel professional continues to evolve and as technology continues to drive business traveler preferences and behavior. 

Special Thanks to Deb Villa, Program Committee Chair and all the Program Committee for the hard work and dedication to bringing our membership timely and important industry Information at both our March and June meetings. 

Mark your calendars and plan to join us in Lexington for our August (meeting details) and the Ohio Valley and Michigan BTA Joint Education Day in Cleveland.  You won’t want to miss out on all the exciting speakers and the chance to network with Lead Industry Travel Experts and fellow Travel Industry Peers.

OVBTA Membership:

Growth in Membership is key to our organization continued success.  Check out the 2016 Membership Enhancements for OVBTA and upgrades to GBTA All Access. (OVBTA Membership Page) As indicated in the OVBTA Boards Mission statement Growth is key to the success of our local Chapter.   I am please to advise that through June 2016 our membership has grown by 10%.

Special Thanks to Bobbi Huber, Global Account Manager Cornerstone Information Systems and OVBTA Membership Chair and Jeff Maurer, National Account Executive Red Roof Inns and OVBTA Treasurer for all the work that goes into the Membership Committee. 

OVBTA Volunteer Opportunities:

The OVBTA Board is made up of diverse group of Industry Experts who serves as the Leadership Team. These individuals give a great deal of their personal time and have been working together to serve “YOU”, our membership. 

The Committee Chairs are always looking for new volunteers to “GET ACTIVE.”  So reach to any one of the individuals below and raise your hand.  This is your organization so “GET INVOLVED.”   Our newest committee, Social Media, is headed by Katie Renfro from the Cincinnati Airport.  Apply for an OVBTA Scholarship, Joann Bratka Delta Airlines and OVBTA Scholarship Chair can answer all questions.  

The committees are a great way to network and keep current on all Travel Industry topics.  Reach out to any of the OVBTA Board with questions.

Wini Cloran


Ilene Onieal

Meeting Planning Chair

Mary Pelino

Board Chairman

Bobbi Huber

Membership Chair

David Spurlock

Vice President

Deb Villa

Program Chair

Jeff Maurer


John Marquez

Registration Chair

Renee Huff


Joann Bratka

Scholarship Chair

Tracy Bonds

Auction Chair

Katie Renfro

Social Media Chair

Rebecca Gorman

Communications Chair

Beth Kopycinski

Sponsorship Chair


I encourage you to learn more about our upcoming events, educational and scholarship opportunities, and our sponsors right here on our website.  Please accept my personal invitation to join us for an upcoming meeting, where you’ll be provided with insight into understanding and leveraging the competing interests in your life and how it relates to travel managers, business travelers, industry suppliers and your organization.

Please feel free to contact me directly via email at with any questions or comments regarding our organization and how you can personally get involved!

Come join us and find BALANCE! 

Wini Cloran

President, GBTA-Ohio Valley Chapter BTA

Our Next Meeting:

November 2016 Meeting & Silent Auction

November 16, 2016
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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DoubleTree by Hilton - Worthington
175 Hutchinson Avenue
Columbus, OH 43235

Please Join Us for the First Annual OVBTA Tailgate Auction Event! It will be the most festive event of the year! Ditch the suits and wear your favorite team’s attire, whether NFL or Collegiate.

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