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President's Report

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to December! 31 days left og 2020!

December 3 Registration is open, we are selling raffle tickets for 20.00 for 2 American Airlines Tickets - simply click on the meeting registration and select raffle ticket to enter your credit card information.

GBTA Annual Meeting December 7th @ 11AM

GBTA Annual Meeting December 7th - Register here

Membership Extensions:

In an effort to support our members and keep everyone engaged, OVBTA will be offering a 6 month extension to members who have lost their jobs or who were laid off through this crisis.

2. Email [email protected] and request the 6 month extension, be strategic and wait until you receive your renewal notice.

Our hope is of course that this will carry members through to a time when OVBTA membership will once again be reimbursable

GBTA is offering similar extensions please visit the GBTA website for more details.

Take care & be safe

Renee Huff, OVBTA President


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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.




CDC Website


John Hopkins Website




As you know, GBTA had to cancel its annual convention, scheduled originally for July, and then moved to November. Unfortunately, the Colorado Convention Center will not be available to us during our scheduled dates because the Convention Center will be utilized as a temporary medical facility, through December 31, 2020 due to COVID-19.

We will transfer GBTA Convention 2020 registrations to GBTA Convention 2021, taking place July 17-21 in Orlando, FL. However, if you would like to request a refund for your registration, please click here and fill out the form by October 1, 2020, if you have not already done so. Once received, we will start the refund process. Please note the following:

  • Allow up to 90 days for your refund to process.
  • Annual memberships, donations to charity, and service fees are nonrefundable.
  • Refunds will be issued to your original form of payment.  If there is a specific reason why that is not possible, we ask you to provide the reason on the form. We will do our best to accommodate your request.
  • We ask you to provide a secondary point of contact within your company to confirm the refund payment method, this is necessary for audit purposes.

You may request a registration refund through October 1, 2020. All registrants who do not request a refund by this deadline will automatically be transferred to GBTA Convention 2021. No exceptions can made to this deadline, so please contact us as soon as possible. Thank you.

Should you have any further questions related to your registration refund, please email [email protected].

We thank you for your support of GBTA and the business travel community. Please stay safe and healthy during these extraordinary times.

Thank you,
GBTA Registration Team






OVBTA wants to make sure you don’t miss any important updates or information so please take a moment to ensure that your OVBTA profile is current and also includes a secondary e-mail address.  


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Welcome New Members


A Very big Welcome to our new members!


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Calendar of Events

Ohio Valley Business Travel Association

Meeting Agenda, December 3rd, 2020

Complimentaty Virtual Meeting

OVBTA Virtual Agenda

10:30am - Meeting Kick Off - Renee Huff, President OVBTA 

10:35am-10:50am- Sponsorship Spotlight, American Airlines

10:55am-11:30am- Human Trafficking Presentation- Anne Victory, Director of Education

“Human Trafficking: What It Is, How to Respond” describes the complex reality of human trafficking as a major global and very local human rights issue and crime affecting vulnerable women, men and children. Participants will learn about victims and traffickers, methods used to lure individuals into this criminal activity, how to recognize possible trafficking situations and how to respond to such situations.  Lastly, she will present some things that we can address in our daily lives.

11:30am-12pm- OVBTA Annual Business Meeting- Renee Huff

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

Raffle for 2 AA tickets at 11:50AM

Sr. Anne Victory, HM, MSN, RN

Director of Education- Collaborative to End Human Trafficking, Cleveland, OH 2010-present, Board President, U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking 2015-2020.

Experience: nursing clinician, educator, administrator; Director of Staff Education and VP of Mission at Community Health Partners, Lorain, OH (now Mercy Health) 1969-2001. Leadership Team, Sisters of the Humility of Mary 2001-2009.

Designed and has given presentations on various aspects of human trafficking to a wide variety of audiences, including students, health and social service professionals, law enforcement officials, religious and civic groups, businesses, and the general public.

BSN - St. John College, Cleveland; MS –Nursing- Ohio State University. Certificate-“Working with Groups” – Gestalt Institute of Cleveland


2020 GBTA Annual Business Meeting

Date & Time: Monday, December 7; 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET

Register Here

Location: Zoom/virtual

Cost: Registration is complimentary


  • Announcement of GBTA Board of Directors Election Results
  • Annual Report
    • All members will be presented with an annual report from the GBTA Executive Director as required by New York Not for Profit Corporation Law Section 519
  • Award Announcements and Recognition
    • President’s, Allied Member of the Year, Direct Member of the Year and Committee Member of the Year
  • Business Travel Service Awards Announcement and Recognition





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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


Ready. Safe. Travel. Video Contest

Enter to Win a $1,000 USD GBTA Scholarship!


What Does “Ready. Safe. Travel.” Mean to You?

We want you to be a part of our new Ready. Safe. Travel. campaign to push for a safe return to business travel through advocacy, education, and awareness.


Here’s What We Want You to Do

  1. Think about it - What does “Ready. Safe. Travel.” mean to you?
  2. Then grab your smartphone and film a short (15-30 seconds) video and tell us. Get creative! Guest stars are allowed (maybe grab your best furry friend), visual props, signs - the sky’s the limit. *Make sure you film horizontally! Need Help?Download video tips and best practices for shooting video on your phone [PDF].
  3. Provide your contact information below. You will then receive an email containing instructions on how to submit your video.
  4. Deadline for video submissions is Friday, December 11, 2020.
  5. Two winners will be announced by Friday, December 18, 2020.
  1. Each winner will receive a GBTA scholarship (valued at $1,000 USD) to apply to any GBTA offering of their choice through December 31, 2021.


*By submitting a video, you grant GBTA the right to use your likeness on GBTA’s website and social media channels.





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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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