CBTA March Newsletter Print

President's Report


It’s hard to believe that we are in March and soon approaching the beginning of the second quarter.  CBTA is in a new year with newly elected Board Members and newly appointed Committee Chairs, and we couldn’t be more excited to build on the successes CBTA has accomplished over the years. We look forward to working with each other, serve our members and provide the best education and travel advocacy to CBTA. I look forward to the next two years with much excitement serving as your President.

I want to thank Wayne Urbanek for all his leadership and guidance. I have big shoes to fill and I am just so grateful he will transition to Chairman.  Wayne will still provide his leadership, guidance, motivation to succeed and selfishly say, serve as my sounding board. Wayne, thank you for all you have done for CBTA!  A true gentleman you are.

So far 2019 has been very busy and happy to report on the following events:

January:
CBTA sent two Board members to the GBTA Leadership Summit in Nashville Tennessee. They were able to learn more about the CPC (Chapter Presidents’ Council) and attend education classes that help Chapters grow and to be more successful.

February:
CBTA officially became a Chapter.  The transition was smooth and with little down time.  Please read about all the benefits here.

CBTA Education Committee had their first Round Table featuring Brad Seitz as the moderator. The group discussed travel, air, and hotel programs and gave guidance on how a company’s travel policy reflects today’s travel environment. The meeting was a great success and we look forward to the next Direct Round Table on May 7th at Sheraton Grand Chicago. 

March:
We had our Q1 meeting at the Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile and it was a great success.  The meeting was our annual Government Relations affair.  We had Congressman Foster who spoke about Congress and where it is going and how it affects the travel industry.  We also had John Rose speak about duty of care and Patrick Algyer from GBTA discussing our Chapter status and the 2019 GBTA Convention. 

A big thank you to the Education Committee, hotel sponsor, our annual sponsors, auction item donors, A-1 for transporting our guest and to Carlo Chirchirillo and Kim Conway for providing great Government relations content. Happy to announce through the live auction we exceeded our goal for the 2019 PAC fund!

Announcements

Scholarships:
Each year, the Chapter Presidents’ Council (CPC) grants scholarship awards to individual members of chapters. This year the CPC will award up to $8,500 in individual scholarship funds. Maximum scholarship amount per individual will be $1,500. GBTA has generously extended the early bird deadline for Convention Registration to June 15th for any scholarship recipient.
March 15, 2019, Scholarship application closes. Please see the CBTA webpage for more details.

Charity:
The Charity Committee is already focusing on 2020/2021.  They are asking our members to make their recommendations for a new charity partner.  If you would like to make a recommendation, please email Sam Smotzer for consideration at ssmotzer@hertz.com.

Some dates to remember please click here for full calendar details.

We are planning for the remainder of the year and our goal is to always bring you the best education, meeting content and great speakers.  Please let me know your thoughts and what you would like to see happen in our future meetings. See you at the Q2 meeting in May.

Sincerely,

Bonnie Brabb
CBTA President

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Welcome New Members

Full Name Company Name
Jennifer  Gibbs Hertz
Erin  Hosch Hilton Garden Inn / Homewood Suites South Loop
Demetra  Kayne Union League Club of Chicago
Maggie  Maher Aloft Bolingbrook - LTD Hospitality
Karol  Major JTB USA Business Travel
Justin  Morris Direct Travel
Andrea  Perlis BCD Travel
Kayla  Roth Sheridan Capital Partners
Sara  Schmitt Sheridan Capital Partners
Melissa  Shainman CorpTrav
Dana  Solomon The Rose Hotel Chicago O'Hare
Sarah  Sommerfield BridgeStreet Global Hospitality
William  Sujak FastPark & Relax
Michele  Worth River North Hotel Collection
VIOLET  ZARBOCK NTN BEARING CORP

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Industry Articles

Picking New Charity- We Want Your Input!

The Charity Committee is already focusing on 2020/2021. They are asking our members to make their recommendations for a new charity partner. If you would like to make a recommendation, please email Sam Smotzer for consideration at ssmotzer@hertz.com.

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GBTA Scholarships: Available Through March 15!

Each year, the Chapter Presidents’ Council (CPC) grants scholarship awards to individual members of chapters. This year the CPC will award up to $8,500 in individual scholarship funds. Maximum scholarship amount per individual will be $1,500. GBTA has generously extended the early bird deadlin...

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Community Outreach

Please join us for a Volunteer Day at The Greater Food Depository on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 3:45 PM.  We have 20 open spots on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please use the below link to register.  You will need to create a User ID and Password if you have not previously registered.



The Greater Chicago Food Depository regularly needs volunteers to help with repacking donated food and other products. The repack session is a great introduction to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the work they do  and the need that we have in Cook County. Much of the food received at the warehouse comes in bulk quantities and volunteers are scheduled to help break it down into more manageable sizes. In a repack session we might be sorting produce, looking over a shipment of bread, or repacking bulk dry goods (pasta, rice, beans) into smaller quantities. Together, we can assist the GFD to properly and efficiently distribute quality food to participating food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in Cook County, all while networking with our CBTA colleagues.

When:
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
1:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Where:
The Greater Food Depository
4100 W. Ann Lurie Place
Chicago, IL 60632

Volunteers will be working in an active warehouse, and everyone must be registered in order to volunteer in the warehouse.

Registration Link: https://volunteers.chicagosfoodbank.org/index.php?section=indGpRegistrations&action=profile_conditional&fwID=19699

After our shift, join us for pizza at Giordano’s at 5159 S Pulaski. (Payment will be on own and will not be covered by Chicago BTA)

Any questions contact Angela Sciortino at 312-371-0206,  angela.sciortino@choicehotels.com or Sam Smotzer at ssmotzer@hertz.com.

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Calendar of Events

Future Meetings

Volunteer Day At The Greater Chicago Food Depository

April 02, 2019
1:00 PM CDT - 3:45 PM CDT

Greater Food Depository
4100 W Ann Lurie Place
Chicago, IL 60632

Please join us for a Volunteer Day at The Greater Food Depository

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Direct Member Roundtable

May 07, 2019
10:00 AM CDT - 12:00 PM CDT

Sheraton Grand Chicago
301 East North Water Street
Chicago, IL

Direct member only event

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Q2 Chicago BTA Chapter Meeting

May 13, 2019
7:30 AM CDT - 12:00 PM CDT

Convene
16 W Adams
Chicago, IL 60603

Up and coming technology – what’s coming next?

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Q3 Chicago BTA Chapter Meeting

September 16, 2019
7:30 AM CDT - 12:00 PM CDT

Hilton Oakbrook Hills / Willow Crest Golf Club
3500 Midwest Road
Oakbrook, IL 60523

Insight with an industry icon

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Q4 Holiday Charity Event

December 05, 2019
3:00 PM CST - 7:00 PM CST

American Airlines Conference Center at Wrigley
1101 W Waveland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613

Charity event benefiting The Wood Family Foundation, Sponsored by American Airlines

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Sponsorship Opportunities

EVENT SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE!

Looking to reach a targeted audience of travel buyers & suppliers in Chicago? Consider sponsoring an upcoming Chicago BTA event to network, promote your company or product, & increase your marketing exposure. Contact sponsorship@chicagobta.org to chat further on the best opportunities for you. 

 

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In Case You Missed It

Thank you to everyone who joined us for a successful Q1 Chapter Meeting at Sofitel Chicago!

 

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