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
Sponsorship Committee

The role of the sponsorship committee is to develop plans for sponsorship to off-set the costs of the associations events and functions.

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


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
Technology Committee


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


  • 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
Charity Committee
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!


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.  

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.


Allied Council

This group includes one representative from the airline, hotel, ground transportation company, travel management company sector and travel/technology sector. The purpose of the Allied Counsel is to provide the Board of Directors with a supplier perspective and consult on educational opportunities for each of their specialties. This counsel also assists greatly with logistical assistance for key speakers that participate in the chapter meetings. Representatives are elected each year. Please contact the Chapter President if you are interested in running.

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!

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.


Coming soon.

Scholarship Committee

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

Click here to view the current Scholarship Opportunties


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.