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.

 

Chair

Julie Walker
BCD Travel
Co Chair

Mary Alice Hansen, CCTE, GLP, GTP
Astellas US LLC
Education committee member

Leslie Andrews
CDK Global
Education committee member
Terri Barton
Acendas Travel
Education committee member

Rafael Grullon
Protravel International
Education committee member

Trish Rothman, CCTE, GLP, GTP
William Blair
Education committee member

Wayne Urbanek, CCTE
Lighthouse Consulting, Inc.
Education committee member
Maria Christy Villez
Chicago Business Travel Association

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.

Co Chair

Angela Sciortino
Choice Hotels International
Co Chair

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
Chair

Susan Bruzan, CTIE, GTP
JTB USA Business Travel
Co Chair

Esther M Robson
Sheraton Grand Chicago
Membership Committee Member
Abbey Cannon
Sunny's Worldwide Executive Transportati
Membership Committee Member
Mariya Ivanova
Hilton Worldwide
Membership Committee Member
Claire Meyers
FCM Travel Solutions
Membership Committee Member
Tiffany Moland
Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort
Membership Committee Member
Jay Sandifer
Bridgestreet Global Hospitality
Membership Committee Member
Toni Stout
Hilton Orrington Hotel
Membership Committee Member
Matthew Tobel
Suite Home

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

 

Chair

Katie Murphy
W Hotels of Chicago
Co Chair

Mark Molinari
The Peninsula Chicago

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
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

 

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.

Technology Committee

Mission

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

Goals

  • 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
Community Outreach Committee

CBTA’s New Committee-Community Outreach

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.

 

Historian

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

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

 

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.

Roundtable
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.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Sponsorship Committee strives to maximize sponsorship value to increase overall sponsor satisfaction.

 

Click here to view available Annual/Meeting Sponsorship opportunities

Click here to view available Golf Outing Sponsorship Opportunities

 

Scholarship Committee

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

Click here to view the current Scholarship Opportunties

 

Chair
Erin Hosch
Hilton Garden Inn / Homewood Suites South Loop

Technology Committee

Mission

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

Goals

  • 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
Co Chair

Meghan Hartsell Garza
William Blair
Co Chair

Melissa Rix, GLP
Southwest Airlines

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

 

Chair

Carlo Chirchirillo
Choice Hotels International
Co Chair

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.

Chair

Tom Crocker
Enterprise - National
Co Chair

Doug DeBaltzo
Arthur J. Gallagher & Company
Co Chair

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

James M. Sisco
RELX Group

Roundtable
Chair

Trish Rothman, CCTE, GLP, GTP
William Blair
Co Chair

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.