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Committees

 
Community Outreach

The TBTA 2019-2020 Community Outreach organization selected by a majority vote is BEAR…BE A Resource for CPS Kids.    We are excited to partner with Tammy Hetmaniak, Executive Director and her organization.   Refer to the latest meeting announcement for a list of needs that will help BEAR in their mission to offer hope and help for abused and neglected children and the caseworkers who protect them.   

 

Alissa Hennon, the member who nominated BEAR, will be TBTA’s Internal Advocate and serve as the Community Outreach Committee Chair.  Go to BEAR…BE A Resource for CPS Kids website and learn about how you can help with their mission and all the things they do to support CPS kids and caseworkers. 

Community Outreach Committee Chair

Kim Bilsky
WorleyParsons
Community Outreach Committee Chair

Alissa Hennon
Royal Sonesta Houston
Community Outreach Committee Member

Erinn Horton
Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

 

Education

The Primary role of the Education & Programs Committee is to develop educational programs for monthly meetings.

  • Select and/or approve topics and speakers for monthly meetings and our Direct Only sessions

  • Facilitate travel arrangements and payment for services for visiting speakers.

  • Develop the meeting topic overview for our website at least one month in advance of each educational session.

  • Select and purchase speaker/sponsor gifts and present on-site or mail with personal thank you note.

  • During the years when TBTA is the host for the Texas Educational Day event, this committee works as a co-committee for that event, handling the educational topics and speakers

  • Survey our membership annually to determine topics of educational interest

 

Education Committee Chair

Neil Hammond
GoldSpring Consulting
Education Committee Chair

Molly Walsh
Delta Air Lines
Education Committee Member
Leslie McCain
American Express Global Business Travel
Education Committee Member
Michelle Osterhaus
Education Committee Member

Belinda Pridgen
American Airlines
Education Committee Member

Cheryl Reed, GTP
Delta Air Lines
Education Committee Member

Virginia Roelant
Technip FMC
Education Committee Member
Norma Rohrbach
Areka Consulting

 

Website
Website Committee Chair

Chris Martin
Wings Travel Management
Finance
Finance Committee Chair

Matt Assolin
Nikko's Worldwide Chauffeured Services

 

Golf Tournament Committee

Primary role is to coordinate Texas BTA's annual charity golf tournament to raise funds for contribution to selected charity(s) programs.

  • Organize/Chair planning including sponsorship, site selection, merchandise, silent auction, foursomes, registration, non-golfer event, safety, etc.
  • Promote golf tournament
  • Review committee progress with membership at monthly meetings.
  • All committee members are committed to consistently attend monthly Texas BTA meetings and monthly Texas BTA Networking events.

 

Golf Tournament Committee Chair

Tiffany Charros
Hotel Alessandra
Golf Tournament Committee Chair

Boysie Shorter
The Parking Spot
Golf Tournament Sub-Committee Member
Sally Farrell
McDermott
Golf Tournament Sub-Committee Member

Erika Licon
The Visa Team
Golf Tournament Sub-Committee Member

Shannon McKinney
ATPI Marine & Energy
Golf Tournament Sub-Committee Member
Sara Ortiz
Memorial Hermann
Golf Tournament Sub-Committee Member

Tabitha Scott
Hilton Houston Westchase
Golf Tournament Sub-Committee Member

Trey Smith
CWT
Golf Tournament Sub-Committee Member
Donna Volkerding
Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village

 

Government Relations

PAC Donations for GBTA Members: 
CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO THE GOVERNMENT RELATIONS CHALLENGE  
Scroll to the bottom of the page where is says "I'm a member - How do I donate".  Again, that you must be a GBTA member to use this link. 

PAC Donations for TexasBTA Members: If you are not a GBTA member, no problem! If you are a member of the local TexasBTA Chapter, simply log into the member only page HERE. PAC Rules prevent us from posting the donatino link to a public web page. Be sure to type “Houston” or “Texas” in the chapter affiliation box!

Get the latest TexasBTA Cahpter Challenge news HERE.

What We Do: 
Government Relations advocates policies that benefit the business travel industry. Along with GBTA & Chapter members across the country, we educate members of Congress, their staff, and agency officials about:

  • How business travel stimulates economic and jobs growth
  • Government policies that facilitate business travel
  • Government policies and taxes that discourage or impede business travel
  • Benefits of efficient travel buying and selling

 

How You Can Make a Difference:
Get involved! Government representatives need to hear from you - their constituents - about policies that facilitate rather than impede business travel. Unwise policies cost the business travel community time, money, and business opportunities. From increasing risk-based passenger screening to modernizing the air transportation system to expanding access to the U.S. through the Visa Waiver Program, your representatives need to know that their actions/voting decisions matter to you.

Government Relations Committee Chair

Erika Licon
The Visa Team
Government Relations Committee Chair

Rebeca Palatka
BDP International
Government Relations Committee Member

Xochitl Huerta
Nikko's Worldwide Chauffeured Services
Government Relations Committee Member

Ellen Meyer
Retired
Government Relations Committee Member
Sara Ortiz
Memorial Hermann
Government Relations Committee Member
Debbie Venditto
The Visa Team
Government Relations Committee Member
Arlecia Williams
United Airlines

 

Membership
The primary role of the Membership Committee is to recruit and retain TBTA members. 
 
  • Committed to consistently attending monthly TBTA meetings

  • Work to develop and implements creative ideas for increasing membership, with a primary emphasis on increasing direct membership and therefore benefit all members.

  • Coordinate a buddy program to mentor and introduce new members to current members and get them involved in the chapter.

  • Coordinate new member orientation sessions to be facilitated by the TBTA Secretary and attended by Officers.

  • Work to insure retention of members and encourage renewals

  • Coordinate with the Registration/Hospitality Committee to host a New Member table at each monthly event.



 

Membership Committee Chair

Kenway Hua
Soteria Transportation Group
Membership Committee Chair
Sara Ortiz
Memorial Hermann
Membership Committee Member

Brittany Brown
Courtyard by Marriott Houston Energy Corridor

 

Officer Nominating

Click here to view 2020-2021 Officer Election Platform

Officer Nominating Committee Chair

Linda Loesch
TCG Consulting
Officer Nominating Committee Member
Bonner Fulenwider
Officer Nominating Committee Member

Erinn Horton
Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

 

Public Relations

Primary role is to bring positive attention to the Texas BTA and its members’ professional/company interests.

  • Committed to attending all Texas BTA Meetings & Networking Events.

  • Solicit and encourage Texas BTA membership by coordinating publication of TBTA membership activities and accomplishments in a professional manner in appropriate industry and other local publications.

  • Take/collect photos during TBTA related events

  • Share photos and meeting recap content with the webmaster and the Social Media Chair

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the President.

  • Post updates & photos of events and interest on our TBTA Facebook & LinkedIn pages

  • Increase viewership of our TBTA website & Facebook and LinkedIn pages

  • Be the voice of TBTA on Twitter & Instagram

  • Involve our membership in the "social voice" of the chapter

 

Public Relations Committee Chair

David Golida
$$company$$

 

Registration/Hospitality

Primary role is to assist with the TBTA Monthly Meeting registration process & assist welcoming our New Members onsite. This committee works with the membership committee to host New member meetings.

  • Committed to consistently attending monthly TBTA meetings.

  • Perform the registration process at monthly meetings and events as needed.

  • Arrive to assist with registration preparation 15 minutes prior to the opening of registration.

  • Assist in distribution of name badges and facilitating registration process.

  • Assist in greeting & directing attendees as they arrive at the registration desk and/or entrance to meeting

  • Assist in collection of name badges at the close of the monthly meeting.

  • Meet & assist New Members onsite

Registration/Hospitality Committee Chair

Erinn Horton
Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
Registration/Hospitality Committee Chair

Shannon McKinney
ATPI Marine & Energy
Registration/Hospitality Committee Member
Nadia Bnafkir
Hotel Icon
Registration/Hospitality Committee Member
Joe Cordova
A Ambassador Limousine & Transportation
Registration/Hospitality Committee Member
Seth Harris
Candlewood Suites Houston Westchase
Registration/Hospitality Committee Member
Liz Jaramillo
Mattress Firm
Registration/Hospitality Committee Member
Jake Kuharich
Sheraton Houston Brookhollow
Registration/Hospitality Committee Member
Nita Lousig-Nont
World Fuel Services
Registration/Hospitality Committee Member
Lisa McCarra
Enterprise Holdings Inc.
Registration/Hospitality Committee Member
Maria Vergara
Hampton Inn & Suites North Houston Sprin

 

Scholarship

TexasBTA 2020 Scholarships
Deadline to Apply is March 10th, 5pm.

In honor of the Roaring 2020s, TexasBTA is awarding Ten (10) Scholarships totaling to $20,000!! Don’t miss the opportunity to win up to $4,000 in scholarship funds.
Download the application today!!
(Scholarships only available to TexasBTAMembers)

  • Scholarships Available: $20,000 in Total
    • Diamond $4,000
    • Platinum $3,000
    • Platinum $3,000
    • Gold $2,000
    • Gold $2,000
    • Silver $1,500
    • Silver $1,500
    • Bronze $1,000
    • Bronze $1,000
    • Bronze* $1,000
      *this bronze scholarship will only be awarded to TBTA member with 5 years or less membership.

Scholarship Selection Process:

  • Step 1: Scholarship Applications accepted until March 10, 2020 5pm CST
  • Step 2: Applications are masked by TexasBTA VP Direct - Trish Earles and shared with the scholarship committee for review (nine (9) members).
  • Step 3: Committee members will review and score scholarship applications based on completeness of the application, organization of the essay and clarity on personal and career goals.
  • Step 4: Committee members will submit final results to the Co-Chairs to review and tally.
  • Step 5: Final results from the Co-Chairs are sent to TexasBTA VP Direct - Trish Earles, to share with the TexasBTA board for review. Step 6: Scholarship winners announced at the Texas BTA meeting.

 

Good luck!
TBTA Scholarship Committee

 
Scholarship Committee Chair

Erika Licon
The Visa Team
Scholarship Committee Chair

Adam Turetsky
HP Inc.
Scholarship Committee Member

Kathryn Craven
Marriott International
Scholarship Committee Member
Lee Ann Kaleh
Marathon Oil Company
Scholarship Committee Member
Ellen Krejci
Hess Corporation
Scholarship Committee Member

Chris Martin
Wings Travel Management
Scholarship Committee Member
Sara Ortiz
Memorial Hermann
Scholarship Committee Member

Tracy Ramsey
The Visa Team
Scholarship Committee Member
Dora Rodriguez
Aimbridge Hospitality

 

Social Events

Primary role is to plan the "fun" social events for TBTA and increase the ROI for our members with networking opportunities and community service events.

  • This committee will plan social networking events, community service projects and holiday event parties. 

  • This committee requires a time commitment of about 4 hours (maximum) each month, noting that prep for the holiday party will require slightly more commitment.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Set up and registration at each networking event

  • Adding value to the social events through additional ways to network, incentives, and promotions

  • Liaising with the official TBTA charities to offer community service projects

  • Complete planning and execution of the holiday party event.

 

Social Events Committee Chair

Tiffany Charros
Hotel Alessandra
Social Events Committee Chair

Brandon Forker
Hyatt Place The Woodlands
Social Events Committee Member

Xochitl Huerta
Nikko's Worldwide Chauffeured Services
Social Events Committee Member

Jennifer Johnston
Omni Houston Hotel & Omni Houston Westside
Social Events Committee Member

Piero Taliente
ATPI
Social Events Committee Member

Carol Tomko
Meetings & Events Planner

 

Texas BTA Legacy

The mission of the Texas BTA Legacy Committee is to record and compile the chronological history of the Texas Business Travel Association (TBTA).   Our primary responsibility is to keep track of activities and achievements associated within the organization through the compilation of documents, photographs and interviews.  

TexasBTA Legacy Committee Chair

Ellen Meyer
Retired