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

OVBTA September 30th Virtual Meeting

September 30, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Meeting Agenda, September 30thth, 2020

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OVBTA Virtual Agenda

10am - Meeting Kick Off - Renee Huff, President OVBTA


10:05am-10:15am- Sponsorship Spotlight, BCD Travel - Kathy Bedell, SR Vice President


10:15am-11:15am- "New Roles and Priorities in a Post-Covid World"- Scott Gillespie, tClara


"New Roles and Priorities in a Post-Covid World"

Imagine once the Covid-19 crisis has subsided. How will our industry be changed?  What new roles and priorities will we have?

Scott Gillespie will lay out his views and challenge us to see a new future for corporate travel managers, TMCs and travel suppliers. Moderated by Matt Gerrish with plenty of time for a lively discussion

 11:15am-11:20am- Sponsorship Spotlight, United Airlines


11:20am-11:50am- Update of Government Affairs, Shane Downey, Vice President Government and Community Relations


GBTA Fighting for the Travel Industry During the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis has impacted everyone and every business segment in the travel industry. During this pandemic, GBTA is continuing the fight for travel in global business operations. Shane Downey, GBTA Vice President of Government and Community Relations, will share an inside look at the current legislative issues that directly affect our buyer and allied members.


11:50am-12:00pm- Meeting Close Renee Huff OVBTA President


Speaker Bios

Scott Gillespie

Scott’s mission is to nudge the corporate travel industry forward. He’s been doing that for the last 25 years with provocative ideas on travel procurement, travel management, traveler friction and the role of the travel manager. As CEO of tClara, Scott offers advisory services to the travel industry. He has held senior positions with ARC, TRX, Travel Analytics and A.T. Kearney. He has an MBA from University of Chicago, is the author of a U.S. patent, and speaks at travel industry events worldwide

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.


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