May 2017 Print

President's Report

Dear Chicago Business Travel Association Members:

I'm thrilled to announce that our upcoming Q2 meeting on May 2nd is SOLD OUT! We have an incredible line up and are grateful for our presenters and speakers. We thank the many sponsors that helped make this event possible, including the Gwen Hotel and SpotHero (view more details in the newsletter about these sponsors below). 

Remember, show up early to take advantage of a great opportunity to increase your influence. Photographer Brian Fitz will be here providing professional headshot photoshoots for members. Welcome back Brian!

Additionally, make sure to check out the member appreciation event just announced. It will be a great event to connect with each other and have some fun.

Engagement and networking are so important to our industry, and CBTA thrives on the efforts of our members, sponsors, and volunteers. If you want to become more involved, it’s not too late. Contact any of the board members listed here, and learn about the many committee and sponsorship opportunities available.


Wayne Urbanek
CBTA President

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Welcome New Members

Leslie Ahern

Avis Budget Group

Sarah Axelrod

Best Western International

Edward Cholerton

Southwest Airlines

Elena DuQue

Crowne Plaza West Loop

Kathy Garrett


Kaity Guanio

Hainan Airlines Co., Ltd.

Jennifer Legittino

Options Travel

Christopher OConnor

Hyatt Rosemont

Caren Sloan-Crowley

Applied Systems

Bridget Thomas

AXA Assistance USA

Maria  Triantos


Kathryn Welzenbach

Thompson Chicago

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Calendar of Events

Member Appreciation Event

June 22, 2017
4:00 PM CDT to 7:00 PM CDT

WhirlyBall Chicago
1825 W. Webster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

Members, join us for a fun event!

Complimentary event includes drinks and appetizers, along with complimentary self-parking will be included for members registered for this event. 

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Q3 Chapter Meeting & Golf/Croquet Outing

September 25, 2017
7:30 AM CDT to 8:00 PM CDT

Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center
3500 Midwest Rd
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Join us for our Q3 Meeting and the annual Golf/Croquet event! Our meeting will focus on the hotel industry with keynote speak Scott Gillespie CEO, tClara - Travel Benchmarks and Analytics followed by a panel of leading hotel executives.

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Golf & Croquet for DePaul Scholarship Fund

September 25, 2017
11:30 AM CDT to 8:30 PM CDT

Hilton Oakbrook Hills / Willow Crest Golf Club
3500 Midwest Road
Oakbrook, IL 60523

6th Annual Golf & Croquet Tournament

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Q4 Chapter Meeting

December 07, 2017
3:30 PM CST to 7:30 PM CST

Conrad Chicago Hotel
101 E Erie St
Chicago, IL 60611

Join us for the Holiday Event!

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Charity Update


Thanks to the generosity and thoughtfulness of Chicago Business Travel Association members, our 2017 charity partner, Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, arranged for Blake (pictured) and his mom to take a wonderful trip to Niagara Falls.

Blake and his mom enjoyed the unique experience of viewing the Falls from above during a helicopter ride. They also took a boat ride on the famous Maid of the Mist, which Blake was most excited about. 

This trip was made possible by CBTA members Amber Mallon, who donated a complimentary Hertz car, and Esther Robson and General Manager Brent Menzel who contacted Ron Droegmyer, General Manager of the Sheraton at the Falls to secure donated accommodations for Blake and his Mom. Ron and his team at the Sheraton at the Falls contacted area attractions, who agreed to donate to this fantastic experience for Blake. 


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Sponsorship Opportunities

Thank you to our Q1 Meeting Venue Sponsor, the LondonHouse Chicago, for hosting our first meeting in 2017!


We are excited to announce the following sponsors for our Q2 meeting coming up on May 2nd at The Gwen Hotel

Bronze Level Sponsor: Adelman Travel
Copper Level Sponsor: Fox World Travel | Corporate United | SpotHero for Business
Venue Sponsor: The Gwen Hotel

Thank you to our upcoming sponsors for the Golf & Croquet event benefiting the DePaul University Scholarship Fund—Carlson Wagonlit Travel | Fox World Travel | Enterprise Rent-A-Car | National Car Rental


Don’t forget there are still sponsorship opportunities available for your business! Sponsorship opportunities are designed to increase your marketing exposure to a highly targeted group of corporate travel buyers while at the same time funding our chapter growth and education. This financial support provides the resources needed for Chicago BTA to continue to provide exceptional educational speakers, philanthropy, networking and scholarship opportunities. This is a great opportunity for both new and existing travel related businesses to increase their exposure to key travel decision makers in Illinois and its surrounding areas. Check out available sponsorship opportunities & levels for upcoming Events here (hyperlink to this page outing )


Please reach out to the Sponsorship Committee directly with any questions or for more information at 

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