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Weds, March 11
Hilton Garden Inn Houston NW/Willowbrook
7979 Willow Chase Blvd
Networking 11am
Meeting 11:30am
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March 2015 Monthly Meeting

Our guest speaker for this month is Krish Dhanam, Global Ambassador for the Ziglar Group of Companies and Co-founder of Krish Dhanam Training.   Co-author of Hard Headed & Soft Hearted, Krish Dhanam will discuss his book that guides today’s professionals in designing and defining their success arsenal to address the transition & turbulence in today’s business environment.

Benefits are:

  • The approach is focused on building a core set of values and principles to act as a foundation for building success.
  • Application requirements at the end of each principle provide a game plan that is immediate and personal.
  • Krish brings his own experience from the heights of the boardroom to the streets of volunteering while giving audience members an opportunity to feel comfortable in both settings. 


It’s TBTA Professional Development Scholarship Application Time!!!

Each year, TBTA offers multiple scholarships to its membership. This year we will award 10 scholarships totaling $15,000.00 to be used toward any continuing education program including but not limited to:  

  • ACTE
  • Continuing education at an accredited university in a field that benefits a travel industry career
  • GBTA continuing education programs (including Legislative Symposium, GTP, GLP, Education Day)
  • Global Congress on Risk Management sponsored by HospitalityLawyer.com
  • GBTA membership
  • GBTA convention attendance including air and 4 nights lodging room and tax and airport parking
  • MPI

All TBTA Members in "good standing" as specified in the Texas BTA Bylaws who have not won a TBTA scholarship in the last year are eligible to apply.  The Scholarship application deadline is Friday March 13th at 5 pm CSTThe tiered scholarships to be awarded are:

Platinum 2 @ $3,000
Diamond $2,500
Gold $2,000
Silver $1,500
Bronze $1,000
TBTA Trail Blazer 4 @ $500

NEW FOR 2015>>>No endorsements or letters of recognition required!  Only your application plus your essay of 250-500 words!  Essay grading elements are: organization & clarity, persuasiveness, professional accomplishments, personal accomplishments and career goals.   (All elements evenly weighted)

The Scholarship Committee will carefully review all applications received by the deadline and recipients will be announced at the April 8th 2015 TBTA Meeting.  Recipients agree to be considered as volunteers to serve on the following year’s Scholarship Committee.

2015 Scholarship Committee:

  • Bobbie Pritchett - Chairman
  • Genice Wise - Co-Chairman
  • Kate Brown
  • Melanie Howard
  • Rebecca Myers
  • Nicole Oliveras
  • Rebecca Palatka
  • Staci Pokorney
  • Jennifer Wallington
  • Rebecca Weeden

Submit all applications and essays to Bobbiepritch@marathonoil.com by Friday, March 13th at 5:00 PM CSTApplications received after this date will not be considered.

To access application documents: Click Here

For additional information on GBTA’s educational opportunities, go to www.gbta.org

TBTA is looking forward to your continued success through these scholarship opportunities!




Congratulations to the following 2013 award winners
President’s Award Toni Rodgers, Hilton Westchase
Allied Member of the Year   Lynn Houston, United Airlines
Direct Member of the Year   Lee Ann Kaleh, Marathon Oil


2014 TBTA Professional Development Scholarship Winners

Platinum $3,000  Carlos Sierra, Lodgic Hospitality
  Staci Pokorney, KBR
Diamond $2,500 Rebecca Meyers, Melia Hotels International
Gold $2,000 Nicole Pannone, Omni Hotels & Resorts
Silver $1,500 Melanie Howard, Avis Budget Group
Bronze $1,000  Genice Wise, KBR
Trail Blazer $500 Rebeca Palatka, Cameron International
  Jennifer Wallington, Drury Hotels
  Rebecca Weeden, Drury Hotels
  Kate Brown, Sheraton Brookhollow/Concord


The Texas Business Travel Association is the premier professional trade organization providing a forum for the exchange of ideas between managers of corporate travel, travel industry suppliers, and regulatory agencies. TBTA is committed to enhancing the travel profession by sponsoring educational and informational programs for its members, and by providing top-rated speakers to address travel-related issues, concerns and current "hot topic" items.

TBTA is an excellent venue for the sharing of travel-related information and professional expertise, and is an organization focused on perfecting the science of business travel management.


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