Committee Chairs

Education & Programs

In an ever changing and evolving travel industry, the ChicagoBTA Education Committee is committed to bringing its members relevant and timely educational and networking opportunities throughout the year.  The Committee’s goal is achieve the overall organizations’ mission of delivering resources and professional development to our members.  Our committee is comprised of well seasoned travel experts that are devoted to ensuring this mission is professionally met while having a little fun.   Our committee is motivated by the tag line “Getting Our Learning On”

 Annual Opportunities include:

  • Quarterly meetings & seminars that offer insight in today’s “Hot Topics” in Travel & Meetings Industry.
  • Direct Member Round Tables that provide an open forum for Travel & Meeting Buyers.
  • Allied Square Tables that showcase topics directed specifically to our vast Allied and Associate members.
  • Education Day - an in-depth discussion by panels of experts in the most meaningful areas of travel that are suggested by YOU.

 

Chair

Candi Gilar
Carlson Wagonlit Travel
237 Covington Ct
Naperville , IL 60565
630 306-8966

Co Chair

Mary Alice Hansen, CCTE, GLP, GTP
Astellas US LLC
1 Astellas Way
Northbrook , IL 60062
224-205-8873
224-205-5903
e-mail: maryalice.hansen@astellas.com
Co Chair

Corey Ufberg
The Peninsula Chicago
108 East Superior Street
Chicago , IL 60611
312-573-6614

e-mail: coreyufberg@peninsula.com

Charity & Sponsorship Committee
The role of the Charity & Sponsorship Committee is to develop plans for sponsorship to off-set the costs of the associations events and functions, and to support our charity partner.

Check out our list of Sponsorship Opportunities here.

Chicago BTA is a proud supporter of Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation

 

We continue to raise funds for Bear Necessities which will assist in funding research for pediatric cancer cures as well as to provide hope and support to those children and families that are touched by cancer and being treated at one of the nine major Chicago area hospitals with pediatric oncology departments.

 

Please read all about Bear Necessities and check back to this page soon for new ways to help support our charity partner!

Co Chair
Cynthia Dirksen
Sheraton Grand Chicago and The Westin Chicago River North
301 East North Water Street
Chicago , IL 60611
312-329-7024

e-mail: cynthia.dirksen@sheraton.com
Co Chair

Kirstan Lewis
Trump Internationa Hotel & Tower Chicago
401 N Wabash Ave
Chicago , IL 60611
3125888139

e-mail: klewis@trumphotels.com

Membership Committee

The role of the membership committee is to maintain communication between the Chicago BTA and its current and prospective members. Although the responsibilities are multifaceted, the primary goals are as follows:

  • Collecting and maintaining contact information for the membership directory
  • Brainstorming creative ideas to retain existing members and attract new members.
  • Organize the annual membership appreciation event and new member drive events
Chair
Susan Bruzan
JTB USA Business Travel
1699 E. Woodfield Road
Suite 205
Schaumburg , IL 60173
773-714-1285

e-mail: sbruzan@jtbusa.com

Publicity Committee

The mission of this committee is to communicate the opportunities, programs and achievements of the Chicago BTA to the membership and travel community. The committee strives to maintain visibility and to encourage growth of the chapter through local and national involvement.

Publicity Committee supports three areas:
Monthly Newsletter
Social Media Strategy
Public Relations 

Publication of the quarterly Chicago BTA Newsletter provides a communication vehicle for:

  • Educational and networking opportunities via quarterly events
  • Insight on current trends and topics affecting the travel industry
  • BBTA news
  • Personal communication for the membership
  • Link between committees and the membership

 

Chair

Katie Murphy
W Hotels of Chicago
172 W Adams St
Chicago , IL 60603
312-917-5743

e-mail: katie.murphy@whotels.com
Co Chair

Nicole Hinton
Choice Hotels International
434 S Cedarcrest Avenue
Schaumburg , IL 60193
224-353-6688

e-mail: nicole_hinton@choicehotels.com

Scholarship Committee

Chicago BTA is proud to support our memberships continuing education through scholarships each year.

Click here to view the current Scholarship Opportunties

 

Chair
Tricia Terkeurst
Hampton Inn & Homewood Suites Chicago West Loop
118 N Jefferson
Chicago , IL 60661
616-915-5435
312-930-0002
e-mail: Tricia.Terkeurst@hilton.com

Technology Committee

Mission

To review, develop, and distribute information and to educate association members via our Chicagobta.org site.

Goals

  • Assist with identification of the technology needs and expectations of the membership.
  • Provide input on content and support to Chicago BTA's web site on the Internet.
  • Support training on technology issues and the Internet in the association's education forums, and chapter seminars as needed.
  • Support association membership technology related questions
Co Chair
Scott Fox
Go Riteway Transportation
W201N13900 Fond Du Lac Ave
Richfield , WI 53076
2628658054
scott.fox@goriteway.
e-mail: scott.fox@goriteway.com
Co Chair

Meghan Hartsell
William Blair
222 West Adams
Chicago , IL 60606
3123645473

e-mail: mhartsell@williamblair.com
Co Chair

Melissa Moss
Southwest Airlines
1215 W Sunnyside
Chicago , IL 60640
7732937979

e-mail: melissa.moss@wnco.com

Volunteer Committee

This committee is for individuals joining CBTA who wish to assist other committees with various needs. New or existing members of CBTA often times are not sure which committee they would like to serve on so the Volunteer Committee was developed for such individuals to take an active part in CBTA until such time they determine which committee they would join.

Below are some activities that members of the Volunteer Committee would be called on to assist.

  • Volunteering at quarterly meetings – distributing materials
  • Registering individuals at the meetings
  • Making phone calls to members of CBTA from time to time
  • Greeting new members to CBTA
  • Following up when members are interested in various committees
Chair
Angela Sciortino
Choice Hotels International
711 W. Gordon Terrace, #812
Chicago , IL 60613
312-371-0206

e-mail: angela.sciortino@choicehotels.com

Government Relations

NBTA PAC Liaison Committee & CBTA's Government Relations Team

NBTA PAC is the bipartisan GBTA USA Political Action Committee.  As the only federally recognized PAC representing the business travel industry, it give the industry another voice in the political process.  Through NBTA PAC, CBTA members educate and financially support members of Congress who understand the value of business travel and support pro-business travel interest.  When government policies can make such a big difference in your lives- and the success of your employer and the business travel industry- participation in the political process is essential.

Government Relations

GBTA’s Government Relations program brings the collective voice of business travel to Washington. Part of that collective voice happens at the state and local level which is where the CBTA Government Relations Committee and our members get involved.

In addition to lobbying on members’ behalf, GBTA and the Chicago Business Travel Association give members opportunities to get involved in legislation that impacts business travel.

What is NBTAPAC?
The NBTAPAC aggregates business travel professionals political strength and financially supports the campaigns of national candidates who are supportive of a pro-business travel legislative agenda.

Whether or not you are politically “active”, there is no better way to support the candidates and the issues that impact your company’s travel needs.. So let your voice be heard!

Chair

Carlo Chirchirillo
Waterton
30 S. Wacker Dr
Suite 3600
Chicago , IL 60606


e-mail: carlo.chirchirillo@waterton.com
Co Chair
Kim Conway
Fragomen Global
6145 N Hamilton Ave
Chicago , IL 60659
773-440-2018

e-mail: kimconway101@gmail.com

Historian

The mission of the Historian Committee is to preserve and protect the history of Chicago BTA.  To accomplish this, the committee will identify and collect data to include newsletters, membership directories, board meeting minutes, financial reports, brochures and other relevant documents.  

Co Chair
Carole Liberti, CCTE, GLP
IRI
150 N. Clinton Street
Chicago , IL 60661
312-474-3401
312-474-3245
e-mail: carole.liberti@IRIworldwide.com
Co Chair

Guy R. Parker, CMP, CCTE
O`Hare-Midway Limousine Service, Inc.
3000 Dundee Road
Suite 106
Northbrook , IL 60062
847-948-8768
847-948-0687
e-mail: grparker@ohare-midway.com

Roundtable

Coming soon.

Chair

Trish Rothman, CCTE, GLP, GTP
William Blair & Company LLC
222 West Adams
Chicago , IL 60606
312-364-8043
312-236-9660
e-mail: trothman@williamblair.com

Golf & Croquet Event Committee

Our mission is to plan, promote and host the annual Golf and Croquet Event to raise funds for DePaul University School of Hospitality student scholarships.

 A secondary objective is to provide a DePaul University student intern the opportunity to lead the charge for this event under the tutelage of CBTA member professionals.

In addition to raising funds for the future travel leaders, this event provides a healthy, fun activity for CBTA members, DePaul University faculty and guests to network and promote their corporate brand to the community.

Chair

Barbara Bogdanowicz
Delta Air Lines, Air France KLM, Alitalia
600 Thames Parkway
Park Ridge , IL 60068
312-607-2998

e-mail: barbara.bogdanowicz@delta.com
Co Chair
Meg Barry
LaQuinta Chicago Downtown
1 South Franklin
Chicago , IL 60606
312-558-1020 x 5503
312-558-1017
e-mail: meg.barry@laquinta.com
Co Chair

Chuck Locascio
Delta Air Lines
4505 Barharbor Dr.
Lake In The Hills , IL 60156
847-669-6171

e-mail: Chuck.locascio@delta.com

Ad-Hoc Committees

Special and sub-committees shall be appointed by the President to fill a special purpose and shall be discharged upon submission of a final report.