Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Director has overall responsibility for providing Professional Development and Scholarship opportunities to GBTA, Silicon Valley Chapter members and student business travel industry professionals of the future. 

The core objectives include: defining the GBTA Academy offerings, providing support to our members in pursuit of professional education certificates & certifications, and offering members local opportunities to learn and earn recertification credits. 

A biennial Education Day event, produced by GBTA, Silicon Valley Chapter  focuses on the most current popular industry topic and also qualifies for recertification credits. Additionally, GBTA, Silicon Valley Chapter's Proffessional Development Committee will facilitate study groups for members planning to achieve success in the "Global Travel Professional (GTP)" accreditation exams being held throughout the year.

Professional Development Committee
Professional Development Director

Barbara Arena
Oracle

209 483-5349

e-mail: pd1@svbta.org
Professional Development Director

Tina Walters
AC Santa Clara

408-605-8637

e-mail: pd2@svbta.org
Professional Development Committee

Charlene Lennon
Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau
50 Courthouse Square, Suite 110
Santa Rosa , CA 95404
707-524-2114
707-545-6914
e-mail: charlenel@visitsantarosa.com
Professional Development Committee

Katie Loudon
Tesla
1154 Grand Teton Drive
Pacifica , CA 94044
12096394834

e-mail: education@svbta.org
Professional Development Committee

Vi Nguyen, CMP
Crowne Plaza Palo Alto
4290 El Camino Real
Palo Alto , CA 94306
650-628-0180

e-mail: vi.nguyen@cabanapaloalto.com