2018 Executive Board & Allied Council Election

Candidates for Executive Board 2018 - Voting by Direct Members Only



Candidate for President: Bonnie Brabb
Enterprise Travel Manager, TDS, Inc.

Bonnie Brabb is currently the Enterprise Travel Manager for TDS, Inc.  As the Travel Manger, Bonnie is the business owner of Travel and Expense, Concur, Corporate Card and P-Card programs. She has negotiated many contracts and implemented new programs to assist her company in saving hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Bonnie has been a Direct Member of CBTA for the past 8 years and served as an Executive Board member for the past 4 years.  She currently serves as 1st Vice President for CBTA and prior to that leadership role she served as Treasure. Bonnie is also an active member of the Membership Committee.  With the knowledge and working with CBTA members, she has learned one important fact and that CBTA would not be considered one of the best chapters in the country without the volunteers and dedicated members that make CBTA extremely successful.  CBTA will be taking on some big positive changes in 2019 that will improve the overall Chapter and membership.  Bonnie’s Board spectrum and years of involvement with Board members coupled with working with the incoming Board, she is confident the Board will lead CBTA to the next level of success.

Bonnie is passionate about professional development and growth through education. She recently received her GLP in August 2018. Bonnie is married and has two adorable sons and just recently added a Labradoodle puppy name Coco to their family. In their spare time they like to travel.


Candidate for First Vice President: Rafael Grullon
Account Manager -Midwest / West Coast, Protravel International, LLC
Being a native of the Caribbean, my love for travel started very early in life and during my college years I took my first job as an airport agent for American Airlines where I learned international ticketing, ground customer service, supervisory skills and overall airport operations, including Premium Services, ticket sales and gate operations; expanding a 10 year run within the Santo Domingo (SDQ), San Juan (SJU) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD) stations.

After a decade long appointment at the American Bar Association as a travel buyer, with a focus on transient hotel programs; I joined Protravel International Inc in the spring of 2017 as a territory manager of corporate accounts and In this current role, I am responsible for total account management and oversea my client’s travel supplier management, contract negotiations (including air, car and hotel), site selection for small/med corporate meetings and events, as well as serving as an internal liaison between my company’s operations team and our corporate clients within my portfolio.

Serving as a board member of Chicago BTA for these past few years has been one of the most rewarding experiences within my professional life and has brought me great personal relationships with colleagues within the industry; while providing me with an enriched wealth of personal growth and professional development and I look forward to continue this great journey with your support, for many years to come.

Candidate for Second Vice President: Faye Zeidlhack
Global Travel Manager, Shire
I am seeking the role of 2nd Vice President for Chicago BTA because I believe in our great chapter and want to play a larger part in it. I’ve been a travel buyer and member of CBTA for over 20 years and am very proud to belong to one of the largest and most esteemed chapters of GBTA.   As 2nd Vice President, I will support our President, Vice President and our mission to educate and advance our members.   


Candidate for Treasurer: Susan Koulianos
Business Rental Sales Manager, Enterprise Holdings
Sue Koulianos, Business Rental Sales Manager for Enterprise Holdings Inc, representing Enterprise Rent a Car and National Car Rental with over 23 years of experience, works with clients to analyze their current and future global mobility demands through ground transportation solutions.   Solutions that enhance business productivity in the most cost-effective ways possible while also providing exceptional customer service, improved traveler satisfaction, and greater program compliance.  As a member of the Chicago BTA for over six years, she currently serves as Allied Council-Ground Transportation for the last two terms.   Sue values the relationships she has formed during her time as a member participating in committee activities as well as appreciating the education material this organization has provided to its members.   She would be honored to serve as Treasurer and excited to pay a larger role.  She welcomes your support to continue her service on the executive board of the Chicago Business Travel Association.    


Candidate for Secretary: Beth Andrew
Senior Sales Manager, Business & Leisure Travel, The Blackstone Hotel
I have been honored to serve as the Secretary of Chicago BTA for the last two years.  The future of our organization looks bright as we transition to a GBTA Chapter and prepare to host the Annual Convention here in Chicago in 2019.  As a board, we hope to continue to improve the importance of CBTA to its members through education, networking and involvement in the business travel community.

Chicago BTA has benefitted me in my career as well as personally, and I want to give back to the association and its membership. I have been active in the organization for many years, and have contributed my time on the Publicity Committee, as Treasurer, Scholarship Chair and Education Chair.  I was awarded Allied Member of the year for 2015.  I hope to continue as the Secretary for the next two years.  Thank you for your support!




Candidates for Allied Council 2018 – Voting by Allied Members Only


Candidate for Allied Council – Airline Representative: Terry Krstinich
National Account Manager, Sales and Development Americas, Air New Zeeland
I am honoured to be nominated for the position of Airline Representative with the CBTA.  I have tremendous experience in the Airline space having worked with different Airlines, Senior Leadership and cultures.  I feel with this experience it would lend itself to bring creativity, passion and a new perspective to this role.  I have so much passion working in the Airline space, I want to bring that passion and enthusiasm into this exciting opportunity.  I hope you have confidence in my experience and would feel confident giving me the chance to lead the Allied council on behalf of the Airlines. Thank you in advance for your support.


Candidates for Allied Council - Ground Transportation Representative: Amber Mallon and Tom Crocker

Amber Mallon
Key Account Manager, The Hertz Corporation
It has been a pleasure to serve the Chicago BTA community on the board as Treasurer for the past two years, the Charity Committee Chair for the 2015-2016 term and Charity Committee Co-Chair for the 2013-2014 term.  I have been involved in the Chicago BTA Charity Committee since 2007 and it’s been a very rewarding experience to make a difference in our local community. I look forward to the possibility of continuing to serve the Chicago Business Travel Association as the Allied Council – Ground Transportation Representative. Thank you for your support!

Tom Crocker
Business Rental Sales Manager, Enterprise Holdings Inc
My background in the car rental industry began nearly 27 years ago with Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Los Angeles as a management trainee.  I worked my way through operations management and moved into Business Rental Sales which lead my career through Phoenix and currently the Chicago market.  I believe leading a team to success through challenges tied to industry changes make me a strong candidate for Ground Transportation Representative – Allied Council.  I hope to continue to support the Chicago Business Travel Association in anyway needed. 

Candidates for Allied Council – Hotel Representative: Tricia Shangle
Director of Sales and Marketing, Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites Chicago Downtown / West Loop
I have been an active member of the Chicago Business Travel Association since 2013. In 2015 I stepped into the role of Scholarship Chair where I assist members in applying and gaining scholarships to use to further their careers through education. I would be honored to serve as the Hotel Represented on the Allied Council. My enthusiasm for our industry, creativity and industry knowledge would be well utilized on the Allied Council. CBTA has been such a great asset to both my professional and personal development and I look forward to the possibility of serving as the Hotel Representative.


Candidates for Allied Council – TMC Representative: Bob Kobosky, Ted Perlstein and Julie Walker

Bob Kobosky
Vice President Global Accounts, Conference Direct
I am thrilled to have been nominated to serve as a representative on the CBTA Allied Council. I have had the opportunity throughout my career to engage in the business travel segment of our industry – from on property hotel sales to national sales organizations. In my role as VP of Global Accounts with ConferenceDirect, I have worked with enterprise customers on their Strategic Meetings Management Programs and understand the close synergies between business travel and meetings & events. I feel that my unique perspective gained through nearly 30 years of experience can benefit our chapter’s members and include representation of a very important component of our business.


Ted Perlstein
VP, Strategic Partnerships, AmTrav
My name is Ted Perlstein and I have been active in CBTA for the past five years. I have been with AmTrav Corporate Travel for the past six. My hope in joining the Allied Council as the TMC representative is to showcase innovation in our industry. Historically as a group, we have not been synonymous with being on the cutting edge. Icebergs move faster. BUT change is in the air. The old guard is making way for a newer, smarter, faster group of TMCs and related technologies that ultimately make mine and your jobs easier and make everyone look like heroes. That's the goal at least. We get there though by working together as a group. I think I can help showcase these ideas and hopefully inspire our group to think and work better than we have in the past. Thank you for your consideration. Go Cubs.


Julie Walker
Director, Sales, BCD Travel
I am honoured to be nominated for the position of TMC Representative with the CBTA.  For the past 15 years, I have been active in the travel industry and involved in BTA chapters across the country.  During this time, I’ve served on various BTA boards with diverse issues and accomplishments.  This experience will allow me to bring new ideas and perspectives to this role and the Chapter.  With the industry changing at rapid speeds, I am fortunate to work for an organization that values communication and education and will be able to bring this knowledge to the Chapter to ensure we are staying ahead of relevant issues. Thank you in advance for your support of electing me to the Allied Council on behalf of the TMCs.