CBTA January Newsletter Print

President's Report

Dear Chicago BTA Membership,

Last month concluded my tenure as President of the Chicago Business Travel Association. It has been my honor to serve as your President for the past four years.

While serving as President, I have seen tremendous growth in the association. This includes, but not limited to the high quality of our educational content at our meetings, membership growth, our increased financial donation to charity organizations, our annual golf and croquet event has been “sold out” the past four years, our community out-reach programs, member appreciation events, and many other activities Chicago BTA provides to our members.

However, the key component to the success of Chicago BTA is volunteerism. The association is fortunate to have numerous volunteers from the Board, Allied Council, Committee Chairs, Co-Chairs and Committee members who volunteer tirelessly, and endlessly, giving many hours of personal time to make Chicago BTA the premier Chapter.

Effective January 1, 2019, Chicago BTA will be an “official” Chapter of the Global Business Travel Association. Becoming a Chapter will bring numerous benefits to the Association and members. Read more about what actions you should take here.

In addition the New Year will bring a new Board, along with Allied Council and Committee Chairs/Co-Chairs. I am pleased that Ms. Bonnie Brabb will be the new Chicago BTA President. Bonnie has served as past Treasurer and 1st Vice President of Chicago BTA. Her vision and leadership, along with the Board, Allied Council, Committee Chairs and many volunteers will lead Chicago BTA to new heights. I will transition to Chairman of the Board, advising Bonnie, the Board, and other strategic tasks.

Lastly, a big thank you to Trish Rothman. Trish is the outgoing Chairman of the Board. She has been a role model and mentor for me and the Association during my Presidency.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part of such a strong and dedicated association. I look forward to serving as Chairman and the continued success of Chicago BTA.



Wayne Urbanek

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We are pleased to welcome in our newly elected leadership for 2019!



Bonnie Brabb
Telephone and Data Systems, Inc


Wayne Urbanek, CCTE
Lighthouse Consulting, Inc.

1st  Vice President

Rafael Grullon
Protravel International

2nd Vice President

Faye Zeidlhack
Shire Pharmaceuticals


Susan Koulianos
Enterprise Holdings


Beth Andrew
The Blackstone, Autograph Collection

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.

Allied – Agency

Julie Walker
BCD Travel
Allied – Airline

Terry Krstinich
Air New Zealand
Allied – Ground Transportation

Amber Mallon
Hertz Corporation
Allied – Hotel

Tricia Terkeurst Shangle
Hampton Inn & Homewood Suites Chicago West Loop

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In Case You Missed It

Thank you for supporting the Q4 Holiday Event at W Chicago - City Center! Your support and generosity allowed us to donate the event's net proceeds to the children of Wood Family Foundation!

Check out this year's PHOTOS from the event.

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Around Town

Woody's Winter Warm-Up 2019! 

Join Sarah + Kerry Wood and the Wood Family Foundation for the 8th annual Woody’s Winter Warm-Up on Friday, January 18, 2019 at Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch in historic Water Tower Place.

Mingle with 500+ other Cubs fans and friends of the Wood Family Foundation from across Chicago, and celebrate the upcoming 2019 MLB season. Don’t miss your chance to ring in 2019 in style while your favorite players and Cubs alumni and other Chicago celebrities bartend.

Sponsorship information and more details, including ticketing, can be found here: www.wffpitchin.org/woodys-winter-warm-up/.

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Calendar of Events



Direct Member Roundtable

February 05, 2019
10:00 AM CST to 12:00 PM CST

Virgin Hotel Chicago
203 N Wabash
Chicago, IL 60601

Let’s Review your Travel Program!

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Q1 Chapter Meeting

March 04, 2019
7:30 AM CST to 12:00 PM CST

Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
20 East Chestnut Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Government relations and how it affects the industry

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Q2 Chicago BTA Chapter Meeting

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

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 to 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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