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 2019 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 50th Anniversary Meeting

November 13, 2019
1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 Add to Calendar

Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center
100 Green Meadows Dr S
Lewis Center, OH 43035

Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center Hotel Room booking Link:

Dress Code - Business Casual

OVBTA 2019 Quarterly Meeting - BOOK HERE


Ohio Valley Business Travel Association

Meeting Agenda, November 13th, 2019

12:30 - 1:00PM - Registration & new Member Orientation

1:00 - 1:15 - Welcome

1:15 -2:15 - GBTA from Morgan Cook

2:15-2:30 - Introduction of New Officers & recognition of Outgoing Board Members

2:30-2:45 - Scholarship Winners

2:45 - 3:00 Sponsor Recogniton - BCD Travel

3:00-4:00 - Risky Business How goverment issues are impacting you and your Job - Shane Downy GBTA Government Relations

4:00-4:30 Close

6:30 - 10PM - Evening Celebration - Guest speaker  - Bebe O'Neil - UA Managing Director, System cheif Pilot  - Sponsored by UA Airlines

6:30 - 7:30PM Reception

7:30 10:00PM 50th Anniversay Celebration

Speaker BIOS

Morgan Cook started in the travel industry after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Stout, in Menomonie WI with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management.

The world of travel has allowed him to gain extensive experience in hotel sales, marketing and events across several brands within multiple cities including Sacramento, Minneapolis, Chicago, Boston, and back to Minneapolis, which he now calls home.

Throughout his career, Morgan has been an active member of GBTA, volunteering in several local chapters; where he served as the Legislative Committee Chairperson for 3 years in the Chicago Chapter, Legislative Committee Chairperson & Board of Directors in the North Central Chapter and worked diligently in the New England Chapter. Now Morgan takes lead in supporting GBTA’s 40 local chapters across the US, under the leadership of Shane Downey, and his colleague Deanna Worrell on the Volunteer Engagement Team.

Program Overview

GBTA overview of member benefits and programs. This presentation will include an overview of the membership types that GBTA has to offer and the benefits that come along with them.  The presentation will also include an overview of, WINiT, GBTA Regional Events, Ladders, GTP, GLP, Research available, Webinars, Scholarship Opportunities, committees, volunteer opportunities, GBTA HUB, Ladders, and 2019 convention overview.

Shane Downey 

Shane Downey is Vice President of Government Relations at The Global Business Travel Association, the voice of the $1.4 trillion business travel industry. GBTA is the world’s largest organization representing this sector and counts among its members more than 9,000 business travel professionals across six different continents.

In addition to serving as the association’s lead lobbyist in Washington, D.C. Shane oversees a countrywide grassroots campaign and the Business Travel PAC. He also leads GBTA’s efforts with EU official in Brussels. Shane has worked at GBTA for 10 years and he has achieved many legislative successes and worked to raise the profile of GBTA on the Hill and abroad.

Prior to joining GBTA, Shane was a Senior Associate at a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., and before that Shane worked on several Congressional Campaigns. Shane received his B.A in History from The Ohio State University. Shane also served in the United States Marine Corp and is a Desert Storm veteran.

Bebe O'Neil - Managing Director & System Chief Pilot for United Airlines






 View Photos


$75.00 Guest Ticket

$75.00 50th Anniversary Member Ticket

Future Meetings

“A Traveler Managers Guide for Returning to Travel”

June 09, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


http://Will be sent after Registration

Traveler Managers Guide for Returning to Travel

Read More

Register Now

OVBTA September Meeting Geneva On the Lake

September 30, 2020
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Lodge & Conference Center Geneva on the Lake
4888 N Broadway
Geneva on the Lake, OH 44041

OVBTA Trade Show & Education Day

Read More

Register Now