May 2017  

Message From Our President

SVBTA - To be the “Innovative” Chapter of GBTA!

Our first 90 days….and have they gone by quickly!

As stated during our January meeting, your Board was sequestered at Seascape, during one of the rainiest (and flooding) weekends in history, to discuss the impact we would like to make on behalf of SVBTA.  After collaborating and mind mapping for two days, our overall strategy statement is to:

To be the INNOVATIVE chapter of GBTA!

Helping you (our members) realize your full potential by focusing on the two primary reasons, we believe, you joined of SVBTA:



It is with great excitement that I announce that your Board will communicate their functional strategy and goals for the next two years.   And it is with even greater excitement to share that you are reading one of the goals from our PR team – SVBTA monthly newsletter!    

I have received positive feedback from the monthly surveys that, to date, we are supporting our Chapter motto through our monthly meetings by introducing new formats, current and thought-provoking topics, and allowing more time for networking with your peers. 

I ask that you continue to provide this valuable information by completing the meeting survey to ensure we meet your expectations as we continue developing the two year meeting/program plan.  

SVBTA has a reputation with GBTA, as a being a trend setter and best in class Chapter, so the bar is already sit high.  There is an African saying, “if you want to go fast, then go it alone, if you want to far, the do it together”.  We can only accomplish our Chapter goal with your help and doing things together – we can’t do it without you!

See you at the next meeting!

Jean Sloan

President, SVBTA

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Monthly Meeting

Getting to Yes! The building blocks to successful partnerships

May 11, 2017
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
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Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
5101 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara , CA 95054
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Getting to Yes!  The building blocks to successful partnerships

If you are aligned with your suppliers and treat them as partners, both businesses will experience higher success rates, decreased risks and enhanced collaboration and innovation. Greater value can be achieved for both businesses, something that would be difficult to achieve if operating independently.  We are excited to bring to you a panel of buyers and suppliers to talk about their best practices around supplier relationship management and how to achieve success on both sides of the table.   


Kate  Kate Vasiloff, Research Manager, GBTA Foundation


 Ellina Arakelova, Sr. Manager Global Travel, Polycom, Inc. 

 Lisa Arias, Regional Vice President, Hyatt Hotels

 Marilyn Townsend, Director of Global Travel, Sabre

 Erin L. Wilk, Global Travel Safety and Security Manager, Facebook


 Cynthia Bader, Global Senior Commodity Manager Indirect Procurement, Fitbit


 Ben Parodi, VP General Manager, American Express Global Travel

Thank you to our Sponsor:

CLICK HERE for Sponsorship Opportunities

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Calendar of Events

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

CLICK HERE for our events listing

Up Next…

Direct Member Only Meeting
May 19, 2017

11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

The Plaza Suites
3100 Lakeside Drive
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Venue Website

Thank you to our event Sponsor

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A Message from your Board

 Alexis & Rob

Marketing Communication
Your Public Relations and Technology teams are excited to share our 2017-2018 goal of delivering innovative and effective marketing communication to optimize chapter awareness, performance and brand value.  Immediate opportunities for member participation are available via our Social Media and Newsletter publications.  We welcome your engagement and suggestions

Twitter @svbta
LinkedIn Groups
Silicon Valley Business Travel Association

 Barbara & Makiko

2017-2018 Programs Committee would love to engage more with the members!  The monthly meeting topics will reflect the members’ interest and feature emerging trends. We will also want to deliver interactive meetings by engaging the audience.  Submit your feedback through the monthly survey or email us at

 Nicole & Sandra

Allied Board
The 2017-2018 Board wants to hear from the Allied Members! We are actively working towards structuring a peer-to-peer Network of event(s), including a Community Outreach event (more to come) and a networking opportunity at the Golf Event (more to come as well). We are finalizing the detail of our next Allied Only meeting: the first one will be held June 15th at the Hilton Garden Inn Palo Alto and we look forward to seeing you all there.  Suggestions?  Email us at


Government Relations
Greetings from your Government Relations Committee!
Along with our fellow colleagues Karen Aloy, Rick Wakida and Mark Ziegler, we were honored to represent our Chapter at the GBTA Legislative Summit in Washington DC last week.  We spoke to our elected Representatives about cellphone usage on airplanes and increased Aviation Security fees under consideration by Congress.  Our mission is to keep you updated on these issues, and GBTA’s efforts to influence the regulations and policies impacting our Industry.

We also lead the charge for the annual Chapter Challenge!  You can help by contributing to the Business Travel PAC which supports those Legislators that support our stance on a host of issues that affect our mutual customer – the business traveler.

Donations are accepted at our monthly meetings where drawings will be held for great prizes.  Email us at


Education & Professional Development
Education and Programs are working hard this year to - Provide innovative and educational programs that deliver meaningful and relevant content which allow for professional growth and development.  The immediate focus in the coming months is around one of our four strategies to meet the above goal - "Devise a structured peer-to-peer network event to increase member engagement." Our first event on June 1st will be around the GTP Exam. SVBTA will be hosting a study session for members to come and understand the requirements to help prepare for the GTP Test.  Please “Save the Date” and join us for an informational session around the GTP and tips to pass!  Make sure to tune in to GBTA webinars @ Questions welcomed via

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Government Affairs

Donate to the Business Travel PAC

The SVBTA/GBTA 2017 Chapter Challenge is ON! 

Help us exceed our goal of 30% SVBTA member participation in the 2017 Chapter Challenge!

Click on the link to donate to the Business Travel PAC which supports members of Congress that champion Business Travel issues vital to our Industry!

You will be automatically entered to win prizes raffled off at SVBTA monthly meetings through June.

More than ever, it is important we use our collective strength to influence our policy makers in Washington!

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Community Outreach

Guide Dogs for the Blind – Raffle Items Opportunity!

Join us in supporting the efforts of this incredible cause.  Keith Rosenthal, head of Marketing and Partnerships, Guide Dogs for the Blind, will attend our May luncheon to “meet and greet” and provide a short presentation on the opportunities we can support.  Hopefully we will have puppies in the house!

Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) was established in 1942 in response to the need for service dogs to help wounded servicemen that were coming back blind from World War II. The first building it operated in was a rented house in Los Gatos, California. The first dog to graduate through the program was a rescued German Shepherd named Blondie, she was paired with Sgt. Leonard Foulk. In 1947 the organization moved to their current location in San Rafael, California and in 1995 started a program at a second campus in Boring, Oregon. Today GDB is the largest Guide Dog school in the United States. This non-profit organization provides services to blind and visually impaired individuals.

We will soliciting raffle items to support the collection of monetary donations our organization will be donating.  Please contact Sandy Barrett,, Michele Wilson, michelle@huntertravel or Anna Sanders, with any raffle item donations.

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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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Welcome New Members

Meet Our Latest new Members HERE

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SVBTA Scholarship WINNERS Announced!

Join us in congratulating our 2017 Scholarship Recipients

Education Grants

  •        Laura Durakovich
  •        Diane Driscoll
  •        Phil Simone
  •        Drew Mitchell

Membership/Convention Grants

  •        Michele Wilson
  •        Lindsay Geier
  •        Melissa Lim

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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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