June 2017 Print

President's Report

Dear Chicago Business Travel Association Members:

What a great year it's been so far! Thank you to everyone who attended the Member Appreciation Event at WhirlyBall Chicago - it was a great time. As we welcome the summertime, there are a few things I'd like to highlight as they're fast approaching:

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 http://www.oakbrookhillsresortchicago.com/

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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

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Thank you to everyone who has already committed to supportunity this event benefiting DePaul's School of Hospitality scholarship fund, but there are still sponsorships available!

We have 10 Golf Hole Sponsorship packages left ($300 value each), an appetizer sponsor ($1000 value), online bidding platform sponsor ($1500 value), and event sponsor ($4000 value). Be sure to secure your organization's spot through the Golf Sponsorship Catalog

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 opportunities available.

We also wanted to recognize the hardwork our Depaul Intern Andrew Pass put into last years Golf Outing as he begins his necessary Fall 2017 Internship search, and we'd appreciate if there are any CBTA Members who would like to be connected with Andy to please reach out. His email is a.pass@me.com.

Lastly, I'm happy to recognize the integral GBTA PAC Challenge participents from our chapter. Due to the fund raising efforts of Carlo Chircharillo, Kim Conway and all, CBTA has achieved our PAC Goal and partner status for 2017. Thank you to everyone for again CBTA stepping up and supporting GBTA PAC.


Have a great rest of your Chicago summer!




Wayne Urbanek
CBTA President


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Welcome New Members


Mariya Ivanova               Hilton Orrington Hotel

J. Marie Huthwaite          Michiana Humane Society & SPCA

Jessie Keene                  Renaissance Chicago North Shore

Toni Kinsel                     Renaissance Chicago North Shore

Kirstan Lewis                 Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago

Maria Rucci-Blazek         Q Center

Samantha Smotzer         The Hertz Corporation

Lauren Stroud                The Alise Chicago a Staypineapple Hotel

Myles Wu                       EVA Airways

Amanda Eaton               The Ritz-Carlton

Von Fabella                    Hilton Garden Inn Chicago

Mariya Ivanova              Hilton Orrington Hotel

J. Marie Huthwaite          Michiana Humane Society & SPCA

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In Case You Missed It

THANK YOU to WhirlyBall Chicago for hosting our Member Appreciation Event on June 22nd!



Make sure to check out WhirlyBall Chicago for future events if you were not able to attend:

WhirlyBall Chicago
1825 W. Webster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614



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Calendar of Events

Q3 Cocktail Reception

September 24, 2017
5:00 PM CDT to 6:30 PM CDT

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

Please join us for a Complimentary Welcome Reception Sunday, September 24th @ 5:00 p.m

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Q3 Chapter Meeting – The Truer Cost of Travel Policies & The Changing Landscape of Hotels

September 25, 2017
7:30 AM CDT to 12:00 PM CDT

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

Join us for our Q3 meeting to hear Scott Gillespie talk about The Truer Cost of Travel Policies and learn from an expert panel of executives. Listen, learn and lead from the information you receive from your CBTA Travel Manager peers talking about...

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Golf & Croquet for DePaul Scholarship Fund

September 25, 2017
12:00 PM 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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Committee Updates


The 2017 Golf and Croquet Event will be taking place at the beautiful Oak Brook Hills Hilton Resort in Oak Brook, IL. This tournament directly benefits students from DePaul University’s School of Hospitality. All proceeds will be donated to the school in a scholarship fund.  Last year, over $8,000 in scholarships were given to 2 deserving students. We are looking to beat that number this year.

The tournament is open to members and non-members of Chicago BTA and DePaul University. Its format will be a 2, 3 or 4-player scramble* which will allow less experienced players to receive help from more advanced players. Consider purchasing an individual ticket for $125.  This price includes 18 holes, cart, driving range, box lunch, and post-tournament drinks and awards buffet. There will also be fun contests throughout the course with prizes. These include the hole-in-one contest for $10,000, closest to the pin, longest drive, putting green, golf-ball launcher, and best team score.

*In scramble format, all the players from the same team tee off, they choose which shot is best and they all play their next shots from the location of the best shot. Play continues in this fashion until the ball goes in the hole and for all of the 18 holes. Only one score card by team will be filled out and given at the end of the tournament.

Golf Hole sponsorships are available for as little as $300. If you would like to sponsor or donate a hospitality related item to auction off, please contact Gabbi Serpico at gabbiserpico@yahoo.com. You can find details about the sponsorships here.

For non-golfers, join us for a Croquet match. This option is just as much fun but not as competitive. Consider purchasing the croquet ticket for only $60. The price includes croquet match, post-tournament drinks and buffet dinner, awards for first place croquet team and best dressed croquet attire, male and female.

The results will be announced and awards distributed during the post-tournament buffet dinner. There will also be plenty of travel related raffle and silent auction items. Family and friends of the players are also invited to attend the ceremony and dinner for $50.



$125.00 - Member Individual Golfer

$250.00 - Member Golf Twosome

$375.00 - Member Golf Threesome

$500.00 - Member Golf Foursome

$125.00 - Guest Individual Golfer

$250.00 - Guest Golf Twosome

$375.00 - Guest Golf Threesome

$500.00 - Guest Golf Foursome

$60.00 - Member Individual Croquet

$60.00 - Guest Individual Croquet

$50.00 - Member Awards Dinner Only

$50.00 - Guest Awards Dinner Only



Monday, September 25th, 2017


Hilton Oak Brook Hills

Willow Crest Golf Club

3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523



12:00 - 1:00 PM           Registration

12:00 PM                     Lunch

1:00 PM                       Shotgun Start – 18 Holes of Golf

3:00 PM                       Croquet

5:30 – 8:30                  Dinner, Awards, Prizes, Silent Auction


You can register for the CBTA 2017 Golf and Croquet tournament here.

We look forward to seeing you in September!


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Charity Update

Bear Necessities

For over six years, Chicago BTA has been a proud sponsor of Bear Necessities. So, where do our donations go? See below!

Bear Discoveries- Research Grant Program

A total of $50,000 has supported Dr. Rintaro Hashizume’s research here in Chicago at Northwestern University. Dr. Hashizume’s research is on DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma) a highly aggressive pediatric brainstem tumor characterized by rapid and uniform patient demise. DIPG currently represents the leading cause of death from pediatric brain cancer overall. Its prognosis is bleak: median age at diagnosis is 6-7 years, with median survival of 9 months. 90% of children will die from the disease within 2 years of initial diagnosis, with less than 1% surviving after 5 years.

The contributions by CBTA go towards his efforts to reduce these grim statistics.

Bear Hugs Program

CBTA has directly touched the lives of over 100 children with their gifts over the years. Be it a private shopping spree at The Disney Store, a weekend at a waterpark with the whole family, or a night at the theater with dinner and a limo ride, Bear Hugs help kids forget about cancer for a day.


Want to get more involved with Bear Necessities? Check out the calendar of events:


Monday, August 21- Golf For the Bear

*Volunteer opportunities available*

Kemper Lakes Golf Club - Kildeer, IL

$300 Per Golfer · $1,200 Per Foursome
$1,400 Foursome + Hole Sponsorship
*Entry fee includes greens fee, golf cart, lunch, cocktail hour, dinner and awards.


Sunday, October 29-A Walk for the Bear

Montrose Harbor - Chicago, IL


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A Message from Bear Necessities

See attached letter from BN about bearhug for June***************

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We have your professional headshots!

Headshots taken at the Q2 meeting are available for download. If you'd like access to download your photos, email the Publicity Committee directly at publicity@chicagobta.org 


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Follow the Conversation


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Sponsorship Opportunities

The Q3 Meeting & Golf Outing are right around the corner; don't forget to secure your sponsorship package today!  

For the Q3 meeting we'd like to recognize our current sponsors: Carlson Wagonlit Travel as our keynote sponsor & Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills as our venue sponsor. There are still a number of sponsorship options still available; view the meeting sponsor catalog here


We are almost halfway there to our golf sponsorship goal with 40% of available packages sold! Thank you to everyone who has already committed to our event benefiting DePaul's School of Hospitality scholarship fund. Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Fox World Travel, Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills, Avis Budget Group, Enterprise, National, Adtrav, Elkay, LightHouse Consulting, Delta Airlines, The Blackstone Hotel, and SpotHero. Be sure to secure your organization's spot through the Golf Sponsorship Catalog


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Industry Articles


GBTA Commends Passage of H.R. 2997, the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act (AIRR Act)


Alexandria, VA (June 28, 2017) – Yesterday, following nearly 10 hours of consideration, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed H.R. 2997, the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act (AIRR Act). The AIRR Act would reauthorize the Federal Aviation (FAA) Administration and move operations of air traffic control into an independent, not-for-profit organization. The bill also includes new consumer protections for the business traveler flying on commercial airlines.
“We applaud the Committee for completing its work on the AIRR Act,” said Michael W. McCormick, GBTA executive director and COO. “Modernization of our nation’s air traffic control system is a key priority for the business travel community. The AIRR Act would provide safer, more efficient and cheaper air travel thereby further leveraging the significant impact that business travel has on the economy. I want to remind members of the Committee that passenger taxes and fees add to the cost of doing business for the business traveler. If there are better ways to use those tax dollars or eliminate the need to collect them, Congress should not pass on that opportunity.”
Earlier this month, GBTA joined Airlines for America and Travelers United in requesting that the House Ways and Means Committee complete its work and “shift the burden of paying for the ATC system away from traveling consumers, by reducing passenger taxes, and instead transferring the funding onus directly onto airlines.” 
About the Global Business Travel Association
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 and the GBTA Foundation deliver 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 www.gbta.org.

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