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President's Report

Good Morning,

Its hard to believe that its August and we are still in this Pandemic! With so many of our close friends and Colleagues effected with furloughs or retiring from the industry it is very sad to see them go they will be missed.

Our best wishes to all during this tough time.

GBTA Changes in Leadership:

Dave Hilfman Named Interim Executive Director of GBTA

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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Welcome New Members


A Very big Welcome to our new members!

John Bradley

BWH Hotel Group

Michelle Burdett

The Cincinnati Insurance Co.

Doug DeBaltzo


Kim Vanlandingham

OneAmerica Financial Partners


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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




GBTA Retains MCI USA To Undertake Comprehensive Organizational and Operations Review: Top-to-Bottom Audit by Senior Task Team Meant To “Reset” GBTA Post-Pandemic

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has engaged MCI USA, one of the nation’s premier consulting groups serving member-based non-profit organizations, to provide a 360-degree organizational and operations audit designed to reset the Association and ensure GBTA’s success in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This has been a turbulent few months for the business travel industry and for GBTA. It’s an unprecedented time that underscores our need to make sure we’re firing on all cylinders,” said Dave Hilfman, the Association’s interim Executive Director. “MCI USA is best-in-class when it comes to analyzing non-profit, member-driven associations like GBTA. We’ve retained them to look at every aspect of what we do, from the role of the Board to operations, staffing and human resources, IT, event management and marketing. Our goal is to emerge from the pandemic in the best possible position to serve our members as the leading voice of the global business travel industry."

The MCI USA engagement will begin this week and extend for at least 90 days, culminating in the development of a clear action plan for GBTA moving forward. More than a dozen senior business executives will be a part of the MCI USA team examining GBTA’s operations, policies, revenues and growth possibilities, along with the return on investment the Association provides its members.
“We may not be able to control the present moment and the downward pressure it has created for GBTA and so many of our members,” said Hilfman, who recently assumed leadership of GBTA after a four-decade career in the airline industry. “What we can control is our future. We need to take positive action to make sure we have the right business model, the right culture and that we’re doing what we need to do to best serve travel buyers and suppliers. MCI USA is going to help make sure we’re doing everything that needs to be done.”
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
MCI USA helps companies and associations strategically engage and activate their target audiences, building community and boosting client performance through face-to-face, hybrid and digital experiences that support client business objectives. With US headquarters in the Washington, DC area and offices in New York, Miami, Baltimore, Dallas, and Chicago, MCI USA is rapidly expanding its platform to deliver a set of services in its Association and Corporate Solutions portfolios. Find out more at


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Calendar of Events


Join GBTA for a New Virtual Series please click on the link below for information and times

Click here for GBTA series registration


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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

Congressional Call to Action – ACT NOW to Support Travel

Congress and the Administration are again at loggerheads on how to address the Coronavirus epidemic. The reports today are that congressional action is in doubt.

The Cares Act we helped to pass in May was about stabilizing the travel industry. This time we need Congress to continue the financial support but we also need legislation that illustrates to the corporations, the travel ecosystem and the business traveler that travel is opening safely and smartly.

GBTA has been communicating for months with Congress and the Administration on how to best support the travel industry and restore confidence in business travel. We recently sent this letter to Congress. We need you to tell Congress to ACT. Click here to help to restore travel.

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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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