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President's Report

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to 2021!

For the last few years, the OVBTA Board has held a planning session in Columbus, OH in early January. Our President and fearless leader, Renee Huff insisted that we continue that tradition in 2021. The OVBTA Board held our annual Planning Meeting on Saturday, January 9th. The meeting was very different, we were not able to be together in person. We all commented on how much we missed being together and the camaraderie that occurs naturally in a face-to-face meeting but it was still a great meeting.

Please mark your calendars for OVBTA's Q1 meeting which will be virtual and is scheduled for March 16th. Time and program details to follow but OVBTA's Program Chair, Matt Gerrish never disappoints.

Here is the OVBTA Board hard at work on a blustery Saturday morning. Not shown: John Marquez, Erin Ramos and Ashlee Dickson 

Thanks! Bobbi Huber, Executive Vice President OVBTA


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Membership Minute


GBTA UpdatesStay on top the latest Covid News


Visit the OVBTA Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook pages and post your thoughts during this Pandemic crisis. We would love to hear the positive stories to motivate others.




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Welcome New Members


A Very big Welcome to our new members!

Michelle  Musselman

NetJets, Inc.

Cheryl  Francis

United Airlines

Nancy   Hollis

United Airlines

Redish  Raguthu

American Airlines

Eric  Schmauch

United Airlines

Shaun  McDermott

Cornerstone Information Systems, Inc.

Sunshine  Starks


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Calendar of Events

Ohio Valley Business Travel Association

Virtual Meeting March 16, 2021

Stay Tuned for Updates

GBTA Convention 2021:
Unite in Solidarity for Business Travel

Join your peers at The Business Travel Event of the Year®, July 17-21 in Orlando, Florida, for exclusive education and networking around the latest industry trends, technologies, challenges, and solutions facing the business travel industry.

Registration rates increase March 1.

Register Now >>

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Sponsor Spotlight

A very special THANK-YOU! to our 2020 Sponsors, we could not do it without you!

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Legislative Action



GBTA Statement on U.S. Capitol Violence

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has a decades-long tradition of working with both Republicans and Democrats in Washington, D.C. and around the country. At the heart of these efforts stands a profound respect for democracy, for freedom and for practical problem-solving before partisanship.

The actions and rhetoric that led to rioters storming the U.S. Capitol on January 6th are dangerous and unacceptable, as is the possibility that such disruptive, anti-American activity may again be cultivated in the coming days. Let us be clear: Our industry and all industries depend on the government to be an agent of positive productivity and a force for good – especially at such a challenging time in our nation’s history.

Our elected leaders must put aside their own political interests and put the interests of the Nation at the forefront. GBTA fully supports President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Harris and the incoming Administration. We welcome their vision and leadership and the leadership of all elected officials committed to ensuring that such disturbing images never again occur in Washington, the capital of the world’s leading democracy.

We look forward to better days ahead. We urge one and all to rise above the chaos of the past few days so that America may move forward as one nation, united in the pursuit of Liberty and success for all.

About the Global Business Travel Association

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. GBTA’s 9,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA delivers world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts. To learn how business travel drives lasting business growth, visit




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Volunteer with OVBTA

Ohio Valley BTA Volunteer Opportunities

During this time of COVID-19 many members roles have changed with their companies and because of this OVBTA is looking for members who want to get involved in chapter activates as travel begins start up again and the Executive Board begins to plan for the future. This a great way to become more engaged in our local OVBTA Chapter and a great way to maximize your OVBTA membership opportunities. Many volunteers often grow into the Committee Chairman and even eventually have the great opportunity to serve on Chapter Board of Directors.

The Committees listed below need several members to join their committee. If you are interested in volunteering complete the information below and designate the committee(s) in which you are interested. The form will be shared with the Executive Board and the Committee Chair, and they will reach out to discuss and provide additional information about responsibilities and time commitment.

Email form to Wini Cloran, OVBTA Past President and Board Chairman to [email protected]    

Name: ___________________________________________________________________________

Email Address: ____________________________________________________________________

Business Phone #: __________________________________________________________________

Mobile Phone #: ___________________________________________________________________

Are you a Direct Member (Buyer) _____________

Allied Member (Supplier) ___________________

Indicate with (X) Committee/Committees where you have interest:

 Meeting Planning Committee: __________________

Program Committee: _______________________

Sponsorship/Fundraising Committee: ___________

Scholarship Committee: _____________________

Communication Committee: ___________________

Social Media: ______________________________

Website Management: _______________________

Registration: _______________________________

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