March 2018 Print

President's Report

The Mission of OVBTA continues to be
“Growth Through Strong Educational Programs.”

Welcome to the GBTA – Ohio Valley Business Travel website. On behalf of Executive Board and Board of Directors, we welcome you.  Whether you are a guest visiting our site for the first time, or a member learning about our upcoming meetings and educational programs, we encourage you to attend a meeting. We are committed to the ongoing development of our members as we strive to enhance their careers in the travel industry through top-rated educational programs and opportunities that allow them to grow professional and personally.

OVBTA is committed to enhancing the travel profession by sponsoring educational and informational programs for our members, and by providing top-rated speakers to address travel-related issues, concerns and current "hot topic" items. Our events are an excellent venue for the sharing of travel-related information and professional expertise where we are focused on perfecting the science of business travel management. We provide a great way to network and learn from each other.  Click here for upcoming events and meetings

As the collective voice of business travel professionals from across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, the Association provides an important forum for the constructive exchange of information and ideas among its members. Additionally, we offer many educational opportunities throughout the year designed to help members understand and apply new and emerging travel management techniques. This is accomplished in a variety of ways including regular quarterly meetings, frequent communication and quarterly networking events.

Interested in joining OVBTA? Given the turbulent and oftentimes remarkable changes occurring in our industry, there’s never been a better time. We’ll help you find ways to reduce your travel costs, increase your skill base and expose you to a vast new wealth of travel management expertise. Click here to join or to learn more about OVBTA membership. 

I want to personally extend an invitation for you to join us at our 2018 meetings to experience first-hand everything that we have to offer for both you and your organization. Please feel free to reach out to me or a member of our board with ideas, feedback or questions you may have about OVBTA. Your input and support is vital to our chapter’s success, the advancement of the travel industry and our many colleagues in various local businesses.

Thank you for your interest and support. I look forward to seeing all at the 2018 OVBTA Meetings. 

Wini Cloran
Ohio Valley BTA President


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Calendar of Events

2018 OVBTA - GBTA Events

Below are the upcoming 2018 events for the OVBTA and GBTA. Click the date links for additional information on each event.

  • September 24, 2018 - OVBTA-MBTA Welcome Reception at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Wadsworth, OH

  • September 25, 2018 - Joint Education Day with the Michigan Chapter BTA at the Galaxy Restaurant Event Center, Wadsworth, OH

  • November 19, 2018 - OVBTA Welcome Reception at the Hilton Columbus, Easton, OH
  • November 20, 2018 - General OVBTA membership meeting at the Hilton Columbus, Easton, OH



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Welcome New Members

A Very Warm OVBTA Welcome to Our Newest Members!

Mary Jo  



Fox World Travel 




Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza 



Sales Manager 

Doubletree Columbus - Worthington 





All of us at OVBTA are very excited to have you on board and look forward to meeting you and getting to know you better. Be sure to attend as many meetings as you are able to and introduce youreslves to your fellow members at the upcoming meetings.

One of the best ways to maximize the benefits of your OVBTA membership is to get involved and volunteer for a committee. With over 200 members, there are many opportunties to help out on different committee and we're always looking for assistance and fresh ideas! For information, ask any of the board members at any OVBTA meeting or email

Another great way to support OVBTA is to take advantage of sponsoship and fundraising opportunities. Whether it's donating or bidding on auction items, becoming a corporate sponsor, donating to support the GBTA PAC to insure our voice is heard by legislators, there are are areas where your support is needed and appreciated. To learn more about these opportuntities, email Mary Pelino at

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