October 2017 Print

President's Report

The Mission of OVBTA continues to be
“Growth Through Strong Educational Programs.”

The OVBTA Board 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. 

As I enter my second term as your President, I want to extend my thanks to all OVBTA members for the support and the confidence that you have shown in me to lead us into the future. I am honored and excited for the great things we can accomplish these next 2 years. I just ask that you get involved! This is your organization and the more hands at work the greater success we will have together.

A special thanks to the 2016 -2017 Board of Directors and all Committee Chairs for the great work that you have accomplished. OVBTA has grown 20% to over 200 members strong and we are continuing to grow. It is because of your dedication and commitment that OVBTA has been so successful. I am honored to be among such great travel industry professionals that I can call my friends.

In September elections were held for the office of Vice President. I want to thank Bobbie Huber, Dave Spurlock and Jill Huffman who as committed members chose to make a difference in our organization. We had a great turnout of members who took the time and initiative to vote. It is very exciting to have so many people interested in leadership within OVBTA, and this is very helpful to our Chapter in succession planning and ensuring we stay relevant in our mission for the future.

Thanks and Congratulations

I want to thank Dave Spurlock for his time and commitment serving as our Vice President for the 2016/2017 term, and congratulate Bobbi Huber for securing her seat as our new VP for the 2018/2019 term. Jill Huffman has been a longtime member and we look forward to her continued support.

Bobbi Huber

Dave Spurlock

I want to personally extend an invitation for you to join us at our 2018 meetings to experience first-hand everything that we have to offer for both you and your organization. Please feel free to reach out to me or a member of our board with ideas, feedback or questions you may have about OVBTA. Your input and support is vital to our chapter’s success and the advancement of the travel industry and our many colleagues in various local businesses.

Thank you for your interest and support. I look forward to seeing all at the 2018 OVBTA Meetings. 

Wini Cloran
Ohio Valley BTA President


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Community Service

Ohio and Michigan on the Same Team?

Oh, yes we were! The Michigan and Ohio Valley Chapters teamed up to raise money for our fellow members who have been impacted by the fierce hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Our goal was to raise $1000, but at the close of our Joint Education Day in Michigan, we raised over $1500! A big thank you to these OVBTA members who generously donated items!

Aloft Beachwood Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Columbus Worthington
Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown
Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites
InterContinental Cleveland
Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square

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Sponsor Spotlight

 Sponsorship Opportunities for 2018 Still Available!

Special thanks from OVBTA to all of our 2017 sponsors! Without you we would not be able to have great speakers or provide meaningful content. Let’s continue this momentum in 2018. 

With 2018 just around the corner, it's the budget planning time of the year so please remember to include OVBTA sponsorship in your 2018 budget. We have multiple levels, Elite ($7,500), Diamond ($5,000), Platinum ($2,500), Gold ($1,250) and Silver ($750). Sponsorships include special placement on the OVBTA website as well as large banners that prominently display your company logo at the OVBTA meetings.

To renew your sponsorship or if you have questions about sponsorship, please contact either Katie Virtue at or Beth Kopycinski at

Thank you,
Beth Kopycinski

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Thanks to our Wine Auction Sponsors!

2017 Company Wine Sponsors

Aloft Beechwood

BCD Travel


DoubleTree by Hilton Columbus-Worthington


The Scotts Company

Westin Downtown Columbus

2017 Individual Wine Sponsors

Wini Cloran

Doug Payne


To learn more about OVBTA Fundraising, the OVBTA PAC and how you can contribute, email Mary Pelino at

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Welcome New Members

A Very Warm OVBTA Welcome to Our Newest Members!



Director, Air Service Development

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport



Corporate Sales Manager

America Airlines



Director, Sales and Marketing

Crowne Plaza Columbus North-Worthington



Global Travel Advisor

Cardinal Health



Global Travel Advisor

Cardinal Health



Sr. Manager, Client Relationship Mgmt.

American Express Global Business Travel



Director, Immigration Compliance


Mary Jo


Director of Sales

American Limousine of Ohio



Complex Sales Manager




Meeting and Events Manager




Director of Sales and Marketing

TownePlace Suites Lexington South



SRM – Associate Services / Travel

Nationwide Insurance



Global Procurement Buyer

Reckitt Benckhiser



Travel Specialist

Progressive Insurance

All of us at OVBTA are very excited to have you on board and look forward to meeting you and getting to know you better. Be sure to attend as many meetings as you are able to and introduce youreslves to your fellow members at the upcoming meetings.

One of the best ways to maximize the benefits of your OVBTA membership is to get involved and volunteer for a committee. With over 200 members, there are many opportunties to help out on different committee and we're always looking for assistance and fresh ideas! For information, ask any of the board members at any OVBTA meeting or email

Another great way to support OVBTA is to take advantage of sponsoship and fundraising opportunities. Whether it's donating or bidding on auction items, becoming a corporate sponsor, donating to support the GBTA PAC to insure our voice is heard by legislators, there are are areas where your support is needed and appreciated. To learn more about these opportuntities, email Mary Pelino at

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Membership Minute

Share your OVBTA Experience!

The OVBTA continues to grow and attract new members. New members are a cirtical cog in insuring a strong chapter that delivers quality programs and events. Most potential members visit the website to learn about our organization, the people and the programs. Many also want to read what current members have to say about their membership so we've added a testimonial section to the OVBTA web site on which current members can share their OVBTA experiences.

We'd appreciate if you'd to take a few moments to share your OVBTA experience with our chapter and meetings. Click here to be taken to the testimonial page and you will see a button at the bottom of the page that links to the testimonial form.

Thanks in advance for your time and comments!

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Calendar of Events

Be sure to mark you calendars to attend each of 2018 OVBTA meetings. Click here for the meeting schedule.

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GBTA Update

The sunny city of San Diego will play host to the GBTA Convention 2018. Mark your calendars for August 11-15, 2018, and plan to join us for The Business Travel Event of the Year®.

With nearly 7,000 attendees, GBTA Convention is the largest, most comprehensive annual gathering of the business travel industry, featuring: more than 65 industry-leading education sessions organized into 15+ specialized tracks geared to specific levels of experience and a variety of disciplines; a 400+ company Exposition showcasing market choices not available at other industry gatherings; sessions featuring world-renowned speakers and industry leaders; a wide selection of professional development opportunities; and, much more.

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Program Recap and Updates

At OVBTA, our mission continues to be “Growth Through Strong Educational Program”, and the Program Committee is excited to bring that educational content to the OVBTA members. So far this year, we have learned about Risk and Traveler Safety in Cincinnati, how to build a “Best In Class” traveler program in Indianapolis, and most recently, we learned about emerging technology trends in travel in Cleveland. We are finishing the year strong with a great program on Best Practices for Reporting and Analysis.

The Program Committee is already planning on the programs for 2018, and we are looking forward to another of year engaging and rewarding programs. 

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