December 2017  

Message From Our President

We’ve had a Great Year - THANK YOU!

Your support and loyalty to our chapter helped make 2017 standout as one of our best years ever!   Our meetings attendance is up year over year and the content and panel discussions have either met or exceeded your expectations!  

Thank you for continuing to show your support by: attending our meetings, supporting our outreach activities, sponsoring the Chapter, lending your volunteer time, friendship, event feedback and industry expertise. The more we hear from you, the better and stronger we become as a Chapter.

2018 Outlook
We believe that the New Year will be even better!  Your Board of Directors is already hard at work in evaluating successes and opportunities in our strategic plan to ensure we continue to provide greater choices to Engage, Innovate and Educate!  We believe these initiatives will demonstrate value and present options for a better business travel community as well as ongoing professional growth opportunities.

On behalf of your Board of Directors, we thank you for a great year!  Best wishes to you and yours for continued success, good health and a prosperous 2018!

Jean Sloan


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Calendar of Events

2018 Forecast – A Perspective of the New Year

December 14, 2017
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
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Hilton Santa Clara
4949 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Venue Website

Have you started to plan your best year ever.. 2018?

Let SVBTA’s December 14th panel of experts inspire your roadmap by providing insight to their predictions and highlights of their industry analysis on what the year has in store.

Join us for power networking and lunch at the Santa Clara Hilton along with our panel members: Eric Jongeling, Director CWT Hotel Solutions Group, Neil Hammond, Partner GoldSpring Consulting and April Bridgeman, Managing Director at Advito.  Registration is OPEN now and you can save $10 by signing up before December 8th to take advantage of our Early Bird pricing!

Register Now

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

CLICK HERE for our events listing


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A Special Thank You

North Bay Fire Relief Donation THANK YOU!

#SonomaStrong #OpenForBusiness #WeStillNeedSupport

Greetings fellow SVBTA members,

Hello from Santa Rosa and thanks for your kind wishes and support after our community suffered a devastating series of fires in October.  Our local residents have come together to help support each other in ways that are incredible and unstoppable.

Just last weekend downtown Santa Rosa held our annual “Winter Lights” tree lighting ceremony to kick off the holiday season with a record number of over 5,000 attendees. We still need your help and we are OPEN FOR BUSINESS. Please follow this blog for the latest information:  

If you are interested in helping, with the fire recovery here is the link to the page of resources from the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber: . If you scroll down to the Fundraising, Grants and Volunteer section you will see where you can help.  Another great way to contribute is to the Redwood Empire Food Bank:

Special thanks to our President Jean Sloan and the SVBTA membership for your generous donations and support.

Charlene Lennon
Director of Sales
707.524.2114 |

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Government Affairs

Happy Holidays from the SVBTA Government Relations Committee!

We are very excited to offer a Christmas Stocking Stuffer raffle at our December 14 meeting at the Hilton Santa Clara! Our fellow members have donated everything from Gift Cards to fabulous Hotel stays and Airline tickets!

Your entry gives you an opportunity to win while supporting the GBTA Business PAC and the 2018 Chapter Challenge!

$20 – 1 entry

$25 -  2 entries

$30 – 3 entries


We need YOU! #SVBTAVolunteersRock

Get involved! The Government Relations Committee is looking for members interested in promoting and advocating issues and legislation that affect corporate Business Travel. Duties include fund raising, program development for monthly meetings and SVBTA representation at various symposiums and Leadership meetings at the Local, State and Federal level. This is great way to meet and expand your network of travel professionals. Please contact Michael Anderson at:

Happy Holidays and we look forward to seeing you on December 14th!

Best Regards,

Michael Anderson
Government Relations Director
GBTA – Silicon Valley Chapter

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Community Outreach


“Enjoyable and FUN” Thank you SVBTA!
From Jessamy Ross, Sales Account Executive Delta Airlines

Thank You to our 16 SVBTA volunteers who joined Jessamy Ross on November 17th at the Second Harvest Food Bank in San Jose for 2 hours of fruit sorting, enthusiasm and giving back. It was also a great way to get to know our members better and enjoy time to help wind down a busy week by rolling up sleeves and helping those who are in need.

Jessamy would welcome the chance to help coordinate another event of this kind with our Community Outreach volunteers as a quarterly or annual activity!


December 14th Meeting:  We will be collecting nonperishable food for the second Harvest Food Bank.  Please bring nutritious nonperishable food items with you to the December monthly meeting at the Hilton Santa Clara.

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

For additional questions email

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.


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Sponsor Opportunities

2018 STAR Sponsorship – Deadline December 20th!

Hello Again, GBTA, Silicon Valley Chapter Allied Members:

LIMITED TIME SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY 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!

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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Welcome New Members

Meet Our Latest new Members HERE

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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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