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Q3 Chapter Meeting

September 10, 2018
7:30 AM CDT to 12:00 PM CDT
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Westin Chicago North Shore
601 N Milwaukee Ave
Wheeling, IL 60090

You are invited for a fireside chat with the industry lion - DAVE HILFMAN, SVP UNITED AIRLINES. Dave will be sun setting his career with United Airlines by the end of the year and moving to new directions!  Come hear Dave talk about what’s next for business travel and his fondest memories.

The Westin Chicago North Shore is offering a special hotel rate to attendees for this meeting! Book your stay for a special rate of $119 here Room rate cutoff is 9/4/18.

Meeting Agenda:

7:30a - 8:00a     Registration and Breakfast
8:00a - 8:30a     CBTA President Welcome - Business Meeting / Important Updates
8:30a – 9:00a     Government Committee – GBTA Legislative Summit in D.C.  June 4 -6
Hear from our CBTA Government representatives Carlo Chirchirillo and Kim Conway talk about their Capital Hill trip to advocate for Business Travel
9:00a – 10:00     Guest speaker – Leslie Thorne, YouAreFree.com 
Leslie will provide great insight on understanding the changing work landscape and give us terrific tips for navigating and building careers
10:00a -10:30a    Networking Break
10:30a – 11:45a   Fireside Chat with Dave Hilfman, SVP, United and Mary Ann McNulty, Director, Content Solutions, BTN Group will be talking with Dave on what’s next for business travel, his fondest memories and answer questions from us.
11:45a                 Off to Golf!  Chevy Chase Country Club, 1000 N Milwaukee, Wheeling

Dave Hilfman is senior vice president of worldwide sales for United. In this role, Dave is responsible for directing the efforts of a team of over 700 sales professionals who manage sales
programs, relationships and revenue with corporations, travel management companies and distributors around the world. 

Dave was previously senior vice president of worldwide sales for Continental Airlines from 2004 to 2010. 

Dave started his airline career in 1981 with Eastern Airlines as a campus sales representative at the University of South Florida. He held sales positions of increasing responsibility with Eastern throughout the southeastern United States until joining Continental Airlines in 1986 where he served as regional sales manager in New York City and director of the western sales division based in Los Angeles. In 1992, Dave moved to the airline’s corporate headquarters in Houston, where he held the positions of senior director of U.S. field sales, vice president of multinational sales and revenue programs and vice president of sales and reservations.

Dave graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in finance. He’s an avid golfer and has one son.


Leslie Evans Thorne is the Founder and Chief Freedom Officer of YouAreFree.com, dedicated to helping working professionals to boost their impact and income by creating meaningful work. She is a spokesperson for the changing world of work. Leslie is passionate about helping her audiences understand the dynamic new landscape and gives proven advice for navigating and building careers in this brave new world. She brings her deep understanding of today’s job market to all her talks.

Leslie bases her talks on over 20 years of experience coaching individuals through career transitions, at all levels, from front-line workers to CEO’s. She has experience helping senior executives to leverage talents and expand businesses as a New York-based Executive Coach.

Everything she does, every talk she gives, reflects her deeply-held conviction: each one of us is born with a special set of gifts, talents, and abilities and that our “job” is to discover how to bring those gifts to the world to make our unique contribution, and to be well-paid.

Leslie has appeared on CNN, CBS, and The Employment Channel. She has spoken to audiences throughout her career, from Toshiba to Fast Company Magazine, JPMorgan Chase to the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).


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$120.00 after 5:00 pm September 4
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