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.


Co Chair

Carlo Chirchirillo
Choice Hotels International
Co Chair

Julie Walker
BCD Travel

Community Volunteer Committee

The goal and purpose of the Community Volunteer Committee is to provide fun and engaging events for our members while positively impacting our community at large on a variety of charitable outlets in the Chicagoland area throughout the year. In addition, this committee is an avenue for individuals joining CBTA who wish to internally volunteer and assist other committees with various needs.

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

  • Volunteering at quarterly meetings – distributing materials, selling raffle tickets
  • Greeting new members to CBTA
  • Q3 Golf Outing
  • Q4 Charity Fundraiser

Please reach out to our committee chairs listed below if you are interested in joining the committee and/or if you have any recommendations of charitable events you would like to see CBTA participate in.


Angela Sciortino
Choice Hotels International

Samantha Smotzer
The Hertz Corporation

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

Susan Bruzan, CTIE, GTP
Reed & Mackay

Esther M Robson
Marriott International

Marketing Communications 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.

Mar/Com 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



Katie Murphy
Southwest Airlines

Mark Molinari
The Peninsula Chicago

Scholarship Committee

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

Click here to view the current Scholarship Opportunties


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

Meghan Hartsell Garza
William Blair

Government Relations

The purpose of government relations committee is to be the voice of CBTA at all levels of government including city, state, and national.  Government relations is a bipartisan committee that strives to obtain political support for legislation that supports business travel. 

Additional duties of this committee includes:

Identifying qualified government speakers
Fundraising for GBTA PAC
Representing the Chicago chapter at Legislative Symposium
Carry out duties and actions agreed upon in board/committee meetings
Educate board, committee, and membership on current legislative topics



Kim Conway
Fragomen Global

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.


Thomas Crocker

Guy R. Parker, CMP, CCTE
O`Hare-Midway Limousine Service, Inc.


Trish Rothman, CCTE, GLP, GTP
William Blair

Meghan Hartsell Garza
William Blair

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.