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

2019 OVBTA March Meeting Cincinnati OH

March 05, 2019
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Summit
5345 Medpace Way
Cincinnati, OH 45227




March 4th



4:00pm - 6:00pm

OVBTA Board Meeting


7:00pm - 9:00pm

 Networking Reception


March 5th

Membership Meeting


8:00am – 8:30am

Networking Breakfast, Registration


8:00am - 8:30am

First Timers Welcome Breakfast



Welcome, Announcements, New Members

Wini Cloran


2019 Global Travel Forecast: How Much Will Travel Cost In 2019? by Mark Sharoff, GBTA


9:45am – 10:00am

Morning Networking Break


10:00am – 11:30am

Session #2 – NDC by Lora Ellis, Festive Road


11:30am – 11:45am

Member Spotlight


11:45 – 12:00pm

SPonsor Recognition


12:00pm – 12:15pm

OVBTA Business


12:15pm –  1:15pm

Lunch And Welcome from Host Hotel


1:45pm – 2:30pm

Procurement Tips and Strategies that you can Apply to Travel by Katie Virtue, Festive Road


2:30– 3:00 pm



Mark Sharoff, Sr. Research Analyst with GBTA

Mark Sharoff is a Senior Research Analyst at GBTA, responsible for researching and writing reports on a variety of industry topics. He has been with GBTA since 2014. He holds a Master's degree from Georgetown Universaty and a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. 
A native of Denver, he is a big fan of the Broncos and cheap restaurants.


Katie Virtue, Consultant with Festive Road

Katie Virtue, GTP is a business travel consultant and passionate strategist focused on growing and improving relationships in the business travel industry. She is energized by moving organizations forward through lateral thinking, deeper engagement and inspired insights. 
Katie has shaped partnership strategies and served as a subject matter expert across various areas of indirect procurement and travel. She has created and grown travel programs spanning Car Rental, Travel Management, Meetings & Events Management, Jet Services, Ground Transportation and Corporate Housing Solutions. She works with companies to evaluate their travel needs and bring them unique insights to optimize their travel program. She also collaborates with suppliers to make sure they achieve goals through the right approach to customer acquisition and management.Katie serves on the programs committee for the Ohio Valley Business Travel Association and is part of the GBTA Ladders program. She is also an avid fitness and nutrition coach, hockey player and loves spending time with her children. 




$40.00 OVBTA Member Ticket

$100.00 OVBTA Guest

$60.00 GBTA All Access Member

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