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. 

Please plan on attending the OVBTA chapter meetings in 2018 where you’ll be provided with insight to understanding and leveraging the competing interests in your life and how it relates to travel managers, business travelers, industry suppliers and your organization. Come join us and find BALANCE! 


Meeting/Event Information

OVBTA November 20, 2018 Meeting

November 20, 2018
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Hilton Columbus at Easton
3900 Chagrin Dr.
Columbus, OH 43219

OVBTA November Meeting
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Hilton Columbus at Easton
3900 Chagrin Dr, Columbus, OH 43219

OVBTA is excited to have Sara Rooney from Festive Road as the presenter for the November meeting. The focus for this meeting is Professional Development, and Sara will be presenting the program she delivered at GBTA Convention: “Styled to Rock: Knowing Your Communication Style”.  It is a presentation based around the FESTIVE ROAD FARE model which they’ve used in communication workshops with both buyer and supplier clients to help them deliver their key messages to their stakeholders.

Throughout the presentation she will use audience engagement, examples  and a workshop-esque so attendees ultimately walk away:

  1. Knowing their communication style
  2. Getting to the point
  3. Knowing the power of 3


November 19, 2018



4:00pm - 6:00pm

Board Meeting


6:00pm - 9:00pm

Networking Reception


November 20

Membership Meeting


8:00am – 8:30am

Networking Breakfast, Registration


8:00am - 8:30am

First Timers Welcome Breakfast



Welcome, Announcements, New Members

Wini Cloran


Sponsor Spotlight – Red Roof Inns


9am – 10:00am

“Styled to Rock: Knowing Your Communication Style Part 1”    Sara Rooney, Festive Road


10:m – 10:15am

Morning Networking Break


10:15am – 11:15am

“Understanding and Communicating with our Business Partners.”  Allied and Direct breakouts revolving around communication.


11:15 – 12:15pm

AA Sponsor spotlight (15), membership spotlight (5) board transition (10)


12:15pm – 1:15pm



1:15pm –  1:30pm

Scholarship Awards


1:30pm – 2:45pm

“Understanding and Communicating with our Business Partners, Part II” Joint discussion between Allieds and Directs.


2:45– 3:30 pm

OVBTA Business Meeting


About our special guest speaker, Sara Rooney:

Sara began her career in the US with leading retailer, Nordstrom, and brings a unique consumer-driven perspective from this experience. Her move to Europe prompted a transition into business travel as a Project Manager on PwC’s UK travel team where her role focused on stakeholder engagement and MI analysis to feedback to the larger business services team. Sara joined FESTIVE ROAD in 2016 and has worked with clients across a variety of projects including voice of the traveler, next-gen advocacy, stakeholder engagement, outsourced travel management and market analysis.

Following her time in the UK, Sara returned to her hometown of Portland, Oregon in 2017 to support the US FESTIVE ROAD team. Sara is passionate about the future of the business travel industry and is a committee member for the GBTA Ladders mentee program alongside her role as chair of communications and education for the Oregon Business Travel Association.

When not on the road or working, Sara can be found making the most of Oregon’s great outdoors – whether it be hiking, cycling, running or even a bit of cheeky roller-skating along the waterfront


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