November 2017  

Message From Our President

North Bay Fire Relief Donation

Dear SVBTA Members,

Many of you may have a connection with someone who was directly or indirectly impacted by the horrific fires that spread throughout Santa Rosa County.  What you may not know is that a fellow SVBTA  lives in Santa Rosa and works with the Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau; Charlene Lennon.  Fortunately, Charlene was out of town during the event and she reported that the office was not damage.  However, as you know, many, many more people are affected by the devastating fires and are starting to rebuild their homes and businesses.

Once again, your Board decided to show support for a community that is beginning the long journey of recovery by donating $500 on behalf of SVBTA.  We made the donation to the North Bay Fire Relief through the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund, Inc. (RCUCF) We chose this option because RCUCF covers all administrative costs, so 100% of our donation goes directly to helping the survivors in need.  

Our thoughts and well wishes are sent to those in the North Bay as they begin to rebuild their area.

Warm regards,

Jean Sloan


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Calendar of Events

To Social Media or Not to Social Media? Connect with your travelers in real time

November 09, 2017
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Hyatt Place Downtown San Jose
282 Almaden Boulevard 
San Jose, CA 95113
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Allied Member Only Meeting

November 16, 2017
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Campbell
655 Creekside Way
Campbell, CA 95008
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Free to Allied Members Only

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

CLICK HERE for our events listing


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Meeting Recap





October 12, 2017: It’s up to us! Engage, Inspire, Change; An Interactive Workshop

Back by popular demand, SVBTA brought the Fun and Out of the Box Innovation!

Thinking on your toes…in real time was the challenge for face to face interaction like never before! This was a true networking platform lead by our Board of Directors.  Various hot topic sessions included: Mergers & Acquisitions, New Tech Trends, Shared Economy, Alternative Distribution, and much more! Speed dating style gave attendees the chance to attend their favorite sessions, interact and then move on to the next one! Opinions were in-abundance, our members & guests represent a wide range of back ground experiences within and adjacent to the corporate travel industry. Hopefully you learned something new from your colleagues and can look to them for great insight and advice on your next project or challenge.

Palo Alto Hilton Garden Inn was a wonderful host who welcomed us with a beautiful setting which was richly decked out in PINK thanks to the Community Outreach Committee as they garnered support of the October 28th Making Strides Walk for the American Cancer Society. The outreach effort lead by Pam Schramm was literally the centerpiece of the day! As a PINK bonus, American Cancer Society gave away a table full of their hot pink T-shirts to all of our attendees, making the day extra special and providing additional awareness of the fight against cancer.

We appreciated hearing from our multi-annual Platinum Sponsor, CEO Maurice Brewster of Mosaic Global Transportation. Maurice reported fantastic news.  Mosaic was recently recognized and named as one of Inc. 5000’s Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. Congratulations! We are very proud of you.  Thank you for years of sponsorship, partnership and enthusiastic support of SVBTA!

Visit the Mosaic Global Transportation stunning new website to read more.

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Government Affairs

A word from our Director of Government Relations, Michael Anderson

Greetings from the Government Relations committee! Below is an update from Andrew Meehan, VP/GBTA Government Relations on the REAL ID Act of 2005.

The 2005 REAL ID Act prohibits federal agencies from accepting driver’s licenses and state issued identification cards that do not meet certain standards set by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

  • Starting January 22, 2018, travelers with a driver’s license issued by a state that is still not compliant with the REAL ID Act (and has not been granted an extension) will need to show an alternative form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel to board their flight.
  • NEW DATE: The January 22, 2018 deadline is also the end of the “grace period” – the time between the end of the recent October extension and the date of enforcement of REAL ID at airports.
  • Starting October 1, 2020, travelers will need to present a compliant driver’s license (a driver’s license that meets the REAL ID standards) or any of the various other forms of identification accepted by TSA (Passport or Passport Card, Global Entry cards, U.S. military IDs, airline or airport-issued IDs, federally recognized, and tribal-issued photo IDs. A full list of acceptable IDs is available at the TSA website. 

Below are resources where can you find the most up to date information on the REAL ID Act:

Best Regards,

Michael Anderson
Government Relations Director
GBTA – Silicon Valley Chapter

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Community Outreach


WE NEED YOUR HELP! – The following update includes new opportunities leading our Chapter to the end of 2017.  As well as appreciation for the time and hard work by our members and volunteers.

Tremendous efforts are being made by your Outreach Committee to bring new opportunities to SVBTA for 2018. The need for assistance and support is great in our wonderful community and every contribution counts. Please join us with your generous time and/or kind contributions this holiday season.

Read Carefully!

November 17th Second Harvest Food Bank SVBTA Group Activity


Thank you for your gift of time! In partnership with Delta Air Lines, we invite you to join SVBTA for a Food Sort on Friday, 11/17/2017, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM at the Second Harvest Food Bank-Cypress Center.


All volunteers must bring completed and signed forms with them to the Food Bank. The minimum age to volunteer at the Food Bank is 14 years of age. For any volunteers under the age of 18, both Youth Permission Form and Volunteer Agreement are required, and a parent or guardian over the age of 21 must accompany those youth between the age of 14 and 15 years of age. The dress code at the Food Bank is casual and comfortable. No shorts and no tank tops are permitted. Closed toe shoes and long pants are required. Please leave all valuables in the trunk of your cars. No purses or backpacks. 


Please e-mail to volunteer and receive forms. We are looking for 10 volunteers to join us for the food sorting opportunity! IMPORTANT: RSVP by Nov. 10th.


November 9th Meeting:  We will be collecting nonperishable food for the second Harvest Food Bank.  Please bring nutritious nonperishable food items with you to the November monthly meeting at the Hyatt Place Downtown San Jose.

From the Second Harvest Food Bank: Thank you! And please ask each member of your group to consider bringing donations of non-perishable food items. High protein items such as tuna and peanut butter are greatly appreciated or meals in a can like stew and soups. One can or one case does make a difference!

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is one of the largest food banks in the nation. Currently providing food to more than one quarter of a million people every month, Second Harvest is a trusted community-based organization that was founded in 1974. Despite the immense wealth in Silicon Valley, and partly due to the high cost of living, hunger and malnutrition are pervasive.

The Food Bank distributes nutritious food, including more fresh produce than any other food bank in the country, through a network of nearly 320 nonprofit partners at more than 850 sites. Second Harvest is pursuing innovative efforts to increase access to food resources as it seeks to feed an additional 100,000 hungry people each month. To reach more people, it advocates for anti-hunger policies and connects those in need to federal nutrition programs and other food resources. To learn more about how Second Harvest is building a hunger-free community, visit

The “Holiday Spirit” will soon be upon us!

SVBTA will be collecting TOYS for the Sacred Heart Community Service before and during our December meeting.  Sacred Heart Community Service expects to give out over 18,600 new, unwrapped toys, books, and bikes to 6,200 children this holiday season.  Our help is needed, specifically gifts for pre-teens and teenagers (12-17 year olds).

Get ahead of the season, here are some ideas: gift cards (iTunes, Amazon, Target), action figures, Lego playsets, sports equipment, teen shoes in sizes 6-9, skateboards, scooters, hair dryers & curling irons.  “Teens are the hardest to buy for and often get left out of gift giving”.

Sacred Heart Community Service is dedicated to bringing our community together to address under privileged families in Silicon Valley.  Through a comprehensive array of community organizing committees, mutual support programs and resources, the Sacred Heart Community Service is working together to improve the lives in the Silicon Valley community.

Thank you SVBTA members for your generosity and enthusiasm for the October outreach to Breast Cancer awareness.

We collected $80.00 dollars which has been donated in the name of SVBTA. Thank you to those who were able to make the relay walk this month.

Total donations exceeded $300.00.

SVBTA: Partnering with Guide Dogs for the Blind

Thank you SVBTA for your hospitality and generously the past month for our community outreach” Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB)”. We collected $500.00 dollars in cash and will be presenting the check to Keith Rosenthal, Regional Officer at our November meeting.

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Sponsor Opportunities

2018 Sponsorship Opportunities are Available!

Hello GBTA, Silicon Valley Chapter Allied Members: 

As GBTA, Silicon Valley Chapter’s Sponsorship Director, I wanted to share an exciting new opportunity for highlighting your supplier brand at every GBTA, Silicon Valley Chapter monthly meeting in 2018! 

We will be making two custom banners which will appear on stage at each of our monthly Meetings for 2018. Your organization name will be prominently displayed to our buyers at each meeting, a great opportunity for branding and exposure as one of GBTA, Silicon Valley Chapter’s Allied members. Additionally, your company name and description will be displayed on the website! 

As a way to kick of this new sponsorship opportunity, we will be giving the first 2 sponsors who sign up as a Star Sponsor, a 3-minute speaking opportunity at one meeting in 2018!!

This opportunity is only $600 and includes one annual GBTA, Silicon Valley Chapter Community membership. Registration ends December 20th, 2017. Click HERE to purchase.

Please email or call Bryant Waters at 949-280-4002 with any questions!


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Golf Classic Acknowledgements

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Welcome New Members

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