June 2017  

Calendar of Events

Did you know that registration is open to all of our 2017 meetings?

CLICK HERE for our events listing

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Allied Member Only Meeting
June 15, 2017

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Allied Members Only – No Guests

Hilton Garden Inn Palo Alto
4216 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Venue Website


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Welcome New Board

Welcome New Programs Director


Please join us in welcoming Ces Viray to the Board as our newly appointed Programs Director! Ces is the Business Travel Sales Manager at Hilton Santa Clara. You can learn more about her industry accomplishments here.

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Allied Spotlight

Member Spotlight

Sandy Barrett

I started my career in hotel sales, and have stayed in out-side sales representing many different types of products and services.

Having lived in the area my entire life, it was very exciting to get the sales position at San Jose’s number one historical landmark, the Winchester Mystery House.  One of the things people do not know about this treasure is we have very unique and beautiful event space.

This is a very exciting time at the Winchester Mystery House. We are restoring some of the rooms in the mansion that will be available for small intimate events. We have started a new tour of rooms that have not been available to the public until now. And the really big news is there will be the movie, Winchester, coming early 2018, with Helen Muren as Sarah Winchester.

As you can guess, there is never a dull moment at the Winchester Mystery House.

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A Message from your Board

Message from Our Board


Membership is focused on growing our Chapter.  We’re working towards bringing you more value by directing our members to educational tools and resources while making our new members feel welcome and engaged in collaboration with our committees. 
In the past months we rolled out our revamped On Boarding process including our “buddy system” in place to ensure our new members feel more welcome and is educated on what our chapter can do for you as a member!  Look out for our committee in the coming months at our “Membership Table” during our networking functions to provide you with any support we can give about Membership.  For questions please email


The functional strategy of the Golf Department in 2017/2018 is to increase golfers by 10% each year with the end-goal of a full shotgun tournament. As the largest organizational fundraising initiative of the year, increased player registration is critical to drive revenue which also impacts dinner registration thus increasing our total fundraising efforts to support the association. Higher attendance also improves the attraction of the event through greater networking opportunities.


Community Outreach
The Outreach Committee is out in full force to find ways to help our Communities. This year one of our goals is to increase the number of members that get engaged in our community activities. We are looking to add opportunities for our members to get involved on their own time, or as group in addition to our outreach program of the quarter. Whether it is providing funds, items or assistance, giving back to our communities is our overall objective. The Outreach Committee is looking for non-profit organizations that are locally based and have less than a 20% administration fee. If you have a non-profit program that is near and dear to your heart, please email with information on the organization, type of need (money, items, assistance) and any other information that would help us assess the opportunity. In order for our efforts to succeed, it requires engagement from our members. Make sure you watch our website page for new updates!


Business Development
Sponsorship Goal: To maximize chapter brand equity to provide exceptional value to our sponsors.

Action Items: Developing a ‘Sponsor Survey’ program that will allow our sponsors an opportunity to share feedback on their sponsorship packages. SVBTA will also be sharing more details on relevant chapter facts such as membership details, attendance and upcoming speakers and topics.

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Government Affairs

Donate to the Business Travel PAC

The SVBTA/GBTA 2017 Chapter Challenge CONTINUES! 

Dear SVBTA Members –

We need your support with the GBTA Chapter Challenge! We must reach our goal of $1500.00 and 30% member participation by the end of June and have a long way to go!

You can help by making a contribution to the Business Travel PAC!  Business Travel PAC Donation

Your contribution makes you eligible for two gift card drawings valued at $250 each and one gift card valued at $100. The drawing will be held during our August meeting.

Help SVBTA reach the goal!

Michael Anderson
Director – Government Relations

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Community Outreach

Guide Dogs for the Blind – Spring Quarter Outreach!

Thank you SVBTA for your hospitality and generously last month for our community outreach” Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB)”. I know we all had a great time and it was a “blast” to have the puppies in the house.   We are so proud to continue supporting their efforts this quarter.  We will be having a raffle again this month to build up our donation $ amount.

 We are looking for raffle items to support the donation raffle. 

Please contact Sandy Barrett,, Michele Wilson, michelle@huntertravel or Anna Sanders, with any raffle item donations.

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Welcome New Members

Meet Our Latest new Members HERE

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Annual Golf Classic

Sponsor Donate and REGISTER!

September 19th is our 24th Annual Golf Classic!

The countdown is ON! Registration is now OPEN and our Foursomes are filling up Fast!

Don’t delay, save places for your favorite clients and friends to join you on the Magnificent Cinnabar Hills Golf Club course! If you skipped this major event last year you don’t know what you are missing!  Take a look at this Beauty…

Great Sponsorship Opportunities are still AVAILABLE - GOLF HOLE SPONSORSHIPS

Attending or not, your Brand will Shine at our Auction! GOLF AUCTION DONATIONS

Questions? Contact our Golf Committee Director, Chris Suarez

Special Thanks to the Hardest Working Golf Committee We Know! We Appreciate All that You Do!


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Sponsor Opportunities

2017 Sponsorship Opportunities are now OPEN!

The Sponsorship Committee welcomes sponsorship inquires for our 2017 monthly meetings & events!

Contact for more information.


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Social Media

Please join us on the following social media sites

Twitter @svbta
LinkedIn Groups Silicon Valley Business Travel Association


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