Committees

    Community Outreach

    Every two years, the association and members nominate a local charity to provide financial and volunteer support as our way of giving back to our community.   The Community Outreach committee is chaired by the Past-President and co-chaired by the member who nominated the organization.   

    This year, due to an overwhelming response, the Texas Business Travel Association has elected two outstanding organizations to support for the 2016-2017 year.  

    The organizations, His Grace Foundation and Project 88, are Houston organizations that are passionate about their cause and graciously accept our support.

    Community Outreach Committee Chair

    Kim Bilsky
    Halliburton
    3000 N. Sam Houston Parkway E.
    Houston , TX 77032
    281-871-4290

    e-mail: kbilsky@sbcglobal.net
    Community Outreach Committee Member

    Alissa Hennon
    Royal Sonesta Houston
    2222 West Loop South
    Houston , TX 77027
    713-850-2845

    e-mail: ahennon@sonesta.com
    Community Outreach Committee Member

    Chris Martin
    Wings Travel Management
    14919 Stablewood Downs Ln
    Cypress , TX 77429-5259
    832-816-4243

    e-mail: Chris.Martin@wings.travel

     

    Education

    The Primary role of the Education & Programs Committee is to develop educational programs for monthly meetings.

    • Select and/or approve topics and speakers for monthly meetings and our Direct Only sessions

    • Facilitate travel arrangements and payment for services for visiting speakers.

    • Develop the meeting topic overview for our website at least one month in advance of each educational session.

    • Select and purchase speaker/sponsor gifts and present on-site or mail with personal thank you note.

    • During the years when TBTA is the host for the Texas Educational Day event, this committee works as a co-committee for that event, handling the educational topics and speakers

    • Survey our membership annually to determine topics of educational interest

     

    Education Committee Chair
    Neil Hammond
    GoldSpring Consulting
    2609 Izoro Bend
    Cedar Park , TX 78613
    512-551-2638

    e-mail: neil@goldspringconsulting.com
    Education Committee Chair
    Molly Walsh
    Delta Air Lines
    1707 Mossy Stone Drive
    Houston , TX 77077
    832-971-9016

    e-mail: molly.walsh@delta.com
    Education Committee Member
    Michelle Osterhaus
    Ensco
    5847 San Felipe, Ste. 3774
    Houston , TX 77057
    713-917-2272

    e-mail: mosterhaus@enscoplc.com
    Education Committee Member

    Belinda Pridgen
    American Airlines
    4255 Amon Carter Blvd
    MD 4105
    Fort Worth , TX 76155
    817-919-7243

    e-mail: belinda.pridgen@aa.com
    Education Committee Member
    Cheryl Reed, GTP
    United Airlines
    609 Main St.
    HSCSS
    Houston , TX 77002
    346-265-4286

    e-mail: cheryl.reed@united.com
    Education Committee Member
    Norma Rohrbach
    Areka Consulting
    3911 Oak Wood Drive North
    Pearland , TX 77581
    813-220-6485

    e-mail: nrohrbach@areka-consulting.com

     

    Website
    Website Committee Chair

    Alissa Hennon
    Royal Sonesta Houston
    2222 West Loop South
    Houston , TX 77027
    713-850-2845

    e-mail: ahennon@sonesta.com
    Website Committee Chair

    Chris Martin
    Wings Travel Management
    14919 Stablewood Downs Ln
    Cypress , TX 77429-5259
    832-816-4243

    e-mail: Chris.Martin@wings.travel
    Finance
    Finance Committee Chair

    Matt Assolin
    Nikko's Worldwide Chauffeured Services
    14902 Henry Rd
    Houston , TX 77060
    713-789-0809
    281-895-7269
    e-mail: matta@nikkoslimos.com
    Finance Committee Member
    Lisa Smith
    RJL Transportation
    7534 Club Lake Dr
    Houston , TX 77095
    3463335466

    e-mail: lisamo1.lmm@gmail.com

     

    Golf Tournament Committee

    All types of help are needed to make this annual event a success and no one needs to know how to golf to be involved either!

    We need people to help with the logistics of the event, to help get signs printed and put them out on the day of the tournament, to solicit for auction donations, to help with registration onsite, to direct people where to go at the clubhouse and so very much more............

    There are opportunities to help before the tournament, during the tournament and after the tournament.

    Please sign up and you will receive emails about the upcoming committee conference calls and the plans for the event. We welcome everyone's help and support!

    The biggest thank you is the great feeling when TBTA is able to hand a most needed check over to our charity and see the good works that result from this event!

    Golf Tournament Committee Chair

    Boysie Shorter
    The Parking Spot
    15800 JFK Blvd
    Houston , TX 77032
    615-335-3263

    e-mail: bshorter@theparkingspot.com
    Golf Tournament Committee Member
    Amanda Billstone
    Houston Marriott Energy Corridor Hotel
    16011 Katy Freeway
    Houston , TX 77094
    832-772-9981

    e-mail: amanda.billstone@marriott.com
    Golf Tournament Committee Member
    Lori Clark
    Premier Transportation
    1341 W. Mockingbird Ln.
    Suite 201 W
    Dallas , TX 75247
    214-351-7000
    214-351-7020
    e-mail: lori1@premierofdallas.com
    Golf Tournament Committee Member
    Iris Davis
    Carlson Wagonlit Travel
    950 Corbindale Road
    Suite 200
    Houston , TX 77024
    713-407-9654
    713-407-9737
    e-mail: idavis@carlsonwagonlit.com
    Golf Tournament Committee Member
    Lee Ann Kaleh
    Marathon Oil Company
    5555 San Felipe, 406B
    Houston , TX 77056
    713-296-2881

    e-mail: lkaleh@marathonoil.com
    Golf Tournament Committee Member
    Nancy Laxton
    Travel Leaders / WTA
    2550 Breaux Trace
    Seabrook , TX 77586
    832-496-2160

    e-mail: nancy@nancylaxtonconsulting.com
    Golf Tournament Committee Member

    Ellen Meyer
    Retired
    1811 Cobblestone Court
    Richmond , TX 77406
    281.342.3924

    e-mail: emeyer1951@comcast.net
    Golf Tournament Committee Member
    Tracy Ramsey
    The Visa Team
    5225 Katy Freeway
    Suite 323
    Houston , TX 77007
    713-203-7590

    e-mail: tramsey@thevisateamusa.com
    Golf Tournament Committee Member
    Tammy Shearer
    Candlewood Suites I-10 East
    3640 East Sam Houston Parkway, South
    Pasadena , TX 77505
    832-739-2209

    e-mail: tshearer@hotelequities.com
    Golf Tournament Committee Member
    Trey Smith
    Carlson Wagonlit Travel
    950 Corbindale Rd
    ste. 200
    Houston , TX 77024
    713-407-9762

    e-mail: trey.smith@carlsonwagonlit.com
    Golf Tournament Committee Member
    Lori Stuart
    Crowne Plaza Houston Galleria
    10750 N Gessner Road
    Houston , TX 77064
    281-807-3700

    e-mail: lstuart@cpgalleria.com
    Golf Tournament Committee Member
    Donna Volkerding
    Hilton Garden Inn NW/Willowbrook
    7979 Willow Chase Blvd
    Houston , TX 77070
    832.912.3103

    e-mail: donna.volkerding@hilton.com
    Golf Tournament Committee Member
    Marifer Zambrano
    L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles
    777 Avenue L'Auberge
    Lake Charles , LA 70601
    713-443-8687

    e-mail: marifer.zambrano@ldlmail.com

     

    Government Relations

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    One of the primary benefits of TBTA membership is support from an effective Government Relations program. Part of the industry’s collective voice is at the state and local level where TBTA's Government Relations program and its members get involved. 

    What We Do: 

    Government Relations advocates policies that benefit the business travel industry. Along with GBTA & Chapter members across the country, we educate members of Congress, their staff, and agency officials about:

    •          How business travel stimulates economic and jobs growth
    •          Government policies that facilitate business travel
    •          Government policies and taxes that discourage or impede business travel
    •          Benefits of efficient travel buying and selling

     

    How You Can Make a Difference:
    Get involved! Government representatives need to hear from you - their constituents - about policies that facilitate rather than impede business travel. Unwise policies cost the business travel community time, money, and business opportunities. From increasing risk-based passenger screening to modernizing the air transportation system to expanding access to the U.S. through the Visa Waiver Program, your representatives need to know that their actions/voting decisions matter to you.

    The 12th Annual Chapter Challenge is ON!

    GBTA is challenging its chapters to engage their elected officials. The Chapter Challenge runs through July 28, 2018. Chapters meeting these 4 tasks will be recognized as Chapter Challenge Partners, and TBTA needs your help in order to win for the 7th year in a row! 

    • Appoint a member of your Chapter/Affiliate to be the Advocacy Liaison
    • Invite an elected official to speak at a Chapter/Affiliate meeting or host a GBTA Advocacy Related meeting
    • Send a letter on behalf of the Chapter/Affiliate to its Senator or Representative endorsing a GBTA endorsed bill or vote
    • PAC Fund Goal – Raise a minimum of $1,500 (30% of membership must contribute)

     

    Business Travel PAC is the bipartisan GBTA USA political action committee or PAC. As the only federally recognized PAC representing the business travel industry, it gives the industry another voice in the political process. Through Business Travel PAC, GBTA members educate and financially support members of Congress who understand the value of business travel and support pro business travel interests. When government policies can make such a big difference in your lives – and the success of your employer and the business travel industry – participation in the political process is essential. 

     

    Government Relations Committee Chair

    Chris Maguire
    Nikko’s Worldwide Chauffeured Services
    4125 Todd Lane
    Austin , TX 78744
    512-348-9031

    e-mail: chris.maguire@nikkoslimos.com
    Government Relations Committee Chair

    Rebeca Palatka
    Pacific Drilling
    11700 Katy Freeway Suite 175
    Houston , TX 77079
    832-255-0660
    713-583-5777
    e-mail: r.palatka@pacificdrilling.com
    Government Relations Committee Member

    Martha Arellano
    Omni Houston Westside
    13210 Katy Freeway
    Houston , TX 77079
    281-977-6908

    e-mail: martha.arellano@omnihotels.com
    Government Relations Committee Member
    Benjamin Coleman
    Menlo Park , CA
    8503225028

    e-mail: bcoleman@fb.com
    Government Relations Committee Member

    Ellen Meyer
    Retired
    1811 Cobblestone Court
    Richmond , TX 77406
    281.342.3924

    e-mail: emeyer1951@comcast.net
    Government Relations Committee Member
    Sara Ortiz
    Memorial Hermann
    909 Frostwood
    Suite 2:102
    Houston , TX 77024
    713-338-6920

    e-mail: sara.ortiz@memorialhermann.org
    Government Relations Committee Member

    Adam Turetsky
    HP Inc.
    1867 Dart Street
    Houston , TX 77007
    281-927-7754

    e-mail: adam.turetsky@hp.com
    Government Relations Committee Member
    Monica Young
    National Oilwell Varco
    7909 Parkwood Circle Drive
    1st Floor Travel Dept.
    Houston , TX 77036
    713-375-3805
    713-346-4594
    e-mail: monica.young@nov.com

     

    Membership
    The primary role of the Membership Committee is to recruit and retain TBTA members. 
     
    • Committed to consistently attending monthly TBTA meetings

    • Work to develop and implements creative ideas for increasing membership, with a primary emphasis on increasing direct membership and therefore benefit all members.

    • Coordinate a buddy program to mentor and introduce new members to current members and get them involved in the chapter.

    • Coordinate new member orientation sessions to be facilitated by the TBTA Secretary and attended by Officers.

    • Work to insure retention of members and encourage renewals

    • Coordinate with the Registration/Hospitality Committee to host a New Member table at each monthly event.



     

    Membership Committee Chair

    Kenway Hua
    CityCar Services Worldwide
    11435 Brittmoore Park Dr
    Houston , TX 77041
    8329411162

    e-mail: khua@citycarservices.com

     

    Officer Nominating
    Officer Nominating Committee Chair

    Linda Loesch
    TCG Consulting
    500 Jefferson JE240
    Houston , TX 77002
    713-893-6566x352

    e-mail: linda.loesch@tcgconsulting.net

     

    Public Relations

    Primary role is to bring positive attention to the Texas BTA and its members’ professional/company interests.

    • Committed to attending all Texas BTA Meetings & Networking Events.

    • Solicit and encourage Texas BTA membership by coordinating publication of TBTA membership activities and accomplishments in a professional manner in appropriate industry and other local publications.

    • Take/collect photos during TBTA related events

    • Share photos and meeting recap content with the webmaster and the Social Media Chair

    • Perform other duties as assigned by the President.

    • Post updates & photos of events and interest on our TBTA Facebook & LinkedIn pages

    • Increase viewership of our TBTA website & Facebook and LinkedIn pages

    • Be the voice of TBTA on Twitter & Instagram

    • Involve our membership in the "social voice" of the chapter

     

    Public Relations Committee Chair

    Erica Seigneur
    Texas Western Hospitality
    1550 Barker Cypress
    Houston , TX 77494
    281-606-9230

    e-mail: erica.seigneur@twhospitality.com
    Public Relations Committee Member
    Catherine Lengers Beyt
    TMI Hospitality
    234 S. Maple Glade Circle
    The Woodlands , TX 77380
    2812924521

    e-mail: catherine.beyt@tmihospitality.com
    Public Relations Committee Member
    LaTonya Edmeade
    Oakwood Corporate Housing
    10646 W. Little York
    Suite 350
    Houston , TX 77041
    832-316-4758

    e-mail: latonyaedmeade22@gmail.com
    Public Relations Committee Member
    Ruby Ezzell
    TownePlace Suites by Marriott - Galleria
    5315 S. Rice Avenue
    Houston , TX 77081
    7136647494

    e-mail: ruby.ezzell@marriott.com
    Public Relations Committee Member
    Rebecca Meyers
    Melia Hotels International
    800 Brickell Ave, Suite 1000
    Miami , FL 33131
    832-244-2015

    e-mail: Rebeccam@sol-group.com
    Public Relations Committee Member
    Cindy Morse
    Shell Oil Company
    910 Louisiana St.
    OSP 30
    Houston , TX 77002
    832-337-8821

    e-mail: cindy.r.morse@shell.com
    Public Relations Committee Member
    Raphael Pasdeloup
    CWT Energy, Resources & Marine
    950 Corbindale Road
    Suite 200
    Houston , TX 77024
    832-985-8458

    e-mail: rpasdeloup@carlsonwagonlit.com
    Public Relations Committee Member
    Jose Sanchez
    Courtyard by Marriott - Houston Galleria
    2900 Sage Rd
    Houston , TX 77056
    832-325-6358
    832-623-5845
    e-mail: jose.sanchez@interstatehotels.com

     

    Registration/Hospitality

    Primary role is to assist with the TBTA Monthly Meeting registration process & assist welcoming our New Members onsite. This committee works with the membership committee to host New member meetings.

    • Committed to consistently attending monthly TBTA meetings.

    • Perform the registration process at monthly meetings and events as needed.

    • Arrive to assist with registration preparation 15 minutes prior to the opening of registration.

    • Assist in distribution of name badges and facilitating registration process.

    • Assist in greeting & directing attendees as they arrive at the registration desk and/or entrance to meeting

    • Assist in collection of name badges at the close of the monthly meeting.

    • Meet & assist New Members onsite

    Registration/Hospitality Committee Chair
    Kim Doiron
    Carlson Wagonlit Travel, ERM
    950 Corbindale
    #200
    Houston , TX 77024
    832-746-4598

    e-mail: kim.doiron@carlsonwagonlit.com
    Registration/Hospitality Committee Chair
    Shannon McKinney
    ATPI Griffinstone
    2211 Norfolk Street
    Suite 300
    Houston , TX 77098
    713-392-9255
    713-255-7947
    e-mail: shannon.mckinney@atpi.com
    Registration/Hospitality Committee Member
    Danielle Beckcom
    HelmsBriscoe
    20875 North 90th Place
    Scottsdale , AZ 85255
    832-517-1058

    e-mail: DBeckcom@HelmsBriscoe.com
    Registration/Hospitality Committee Member
    Nadia Bnafkir
    Royal Sonesta Houston
    220 Main St
    Houston , TX 77002
    832-667-4465

    e-mail: nadia.bnafkir@hotelicon.com
    Registration/Hospitality Committee Member

    Brittany Brown
    Courtyard by Marriott Houston Energy Corridor
    12401 Katy Freeway
    Houston , TX 77079
    281-496-9090

    e-mail: brittany.brown@marriott.com
    Registration/Hospitality Committee Member
    Judy Dobbie
    Hilton Houston Medical Plaza
    6633 Travis Street
    Houston , TX 77019
    713-313-4678

    e-mail: jtincher4@gmail.com
    Registration/Hospitality Committee Member
    Kam Gandhi
    Carlson Wagonlit Travel
    950 Corbindale Suite 200
    Houston , TX 77024
    713-407-9738

    e-mail: kagandhi@carlsonwagonlit.com
    Registration/Hospitality Committee Member
    Seth Harris
    Candlewood Suites Houston Westchase
    4033 W Sam Houston Pkwy S
    Houston , TX 77042
    7137807881

    e-mail: seth.harris@ihg.com
    Registration/Hospitality Committee Member
    Kendra Ketter
    Courtyard & Residence Inn Westchase
    9975/9965 Westheimer Rd
    Houston , TX 77042
    713-576-5542

    e-mail: kketter@ih-corp.com
    Registration/Hospitality Committee Member
    Jake Kuharich
    Sheraton Houston Brookhollow
    3000 North Loop West
    Houston , TX 77094
    713-427-9899

    e-mail: jkuharich@sheratonbrookhollow.com
    Registration/Hospitality Committee Member
    Nita Lousig-Nont
    World Fuel Services
    300 FLINT RIDGE ROAD
    WEBSTER , TX 77598
    281-280-2200

    e-mail: nlousig-nont@wfscorp.com
    Registration/Hospitality Committee Member
    Maria Vergara
    Hampton Inn & Suites North Houston Sprin
    23523 Northgate Crossing Blvd
    Spring , TX 77373
    2815287400
    2815287401
    e-mail: vergara@raymondteam.com
    Registration/Hospitality Committee Member

    Ryan Zielinski
    The Westin at The Woodlands
    2 Waterway Square Place
    The Woodlands , TX 77380
    713-385-4962

    e-mail: ryan.zielinski@westinwoodlands.com

     

    Scholarship

    If you are interested in the 2018 application, please connect with anyone on the committee below.

     

     
    Scholarship Committee Chair

    Lisa Stanford
    BP
    501 Westlake Park Blvd.
    2nd Floor, Tower
    Houston , TX 77079
    281-892-3846
    281-366-7022
    e-mail: lisa.stanford@bp.com
    Scholarship Committee Member

    Kendra Gleason
    BP
    501 Westlake Park Blvd
    Westlake One - 2nd Floor
    Houston , TX 77079
    832-787-3586

    e-mail: kendra.gleason@bp.com
    Scholarship Committee Member

    Alissa Hennon
    Royal Sonesta Houston
    2222 West Loop South
    Houston , TX 77027
    713-850-2845

    e-mail: ahennon@sonesta.com
    Scholarship Committee Member

    Rebeca Palatka
    Pacific Drilling
    11700 Katy Freeway Suite 175
    Houston , TX 77079
    832-255-0660
    713-583-5777
    e-mail: r.palatka@pacificdrilling.com
    Scholarship Committee Member

    Belinda Pridgen
    American Airlines
    4255 Amon Carter Blvd
    MD 4105
    Fort Worth , TX 76155
    817-919-7243

    e-mail: belinda.pridgen@aa.com
    Scholarship Committee Member
    Toni Rodgers
    Embassy Suites Houston Energy Corridor
    11730 Katy Freeway
    Houston , TX 77079
    832-370-4180

    e-mail: Toni.Rodgers@Hilton.com

     

    Social Events

    Primary role is to plan the "fun" social events for TBTA and increase the ROI for our members with networking opportunities and community service events.

    • This committee will plan social networking events, community service projects and holiday event parties. 

    • This committee requires a time commitment of about 4 hours (maximum) each month, noting that prep for the holiday party will require slightly more commitment.

    Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

    • Set up and registration at each networking event

    • Adding value to the social events through additional ways to network, incentives, and promotions

    • Liaising with the official TBTA charities to offer community service projects

    • Complete planning and execution of the holiday party event.

     

    Social Events Committee Chair

    Josh Goldberg
    CIBT
    3800 Buffalo Speedway
    Suite 162
    Houston , TX 77098
    713-350-6553

    e-mail: Josh.Goldberg@cibt.com
    Social Events Committee Chair

    Ryan Zielinski
    The Westin at The Woodlands
    2 Waterway Square Place
    The Woodlands , TX 77380
    713-385-4962

    e-mail: ryan.zielinski@westinwoodlands.com
    Social Events Committee Member

    Lynn Avery
    Excelsior Transporation
    11500 Tanner Road
    Houston , TX 77041
    8326871166

    e-mail: Lynn@excelsiorlimo.com
    Social Events Committee Member

    Piero Taliente
    ATPI
    2211 Norfolk Suite 300
    Houston , TX 77098
    713-502-8518

    e-mail: Piero.Taliente@atpi.com
    Social Events Committee Member
    Carol Tomko
    Meetings & Events Planner
    8506 Wyndham Village Dr
    Houston , TX 77040
    281-989-1646
    281-807-9366
    e-mail: cjtomko@gmail.com
    Social Events Committee Member

    Suzanne Trevino
    Sheraton Suites Houston
    2400 West Loop South
    Houston , TX 77027
    713-586-5124
    713-586-5180
    e-mail: suzanne.trevino@sheratonsuiteshouston.com

     

    Texas BTA Legacy

    The mission of the Texas BTA Legacy Committee is to record and compile the chronological history of the Texas Business Travel Association (TBTA).   Our primary responsibility is to keep track of activities and achievements associated within the organization through the compilation of documents, photographs and interviews.  

    TexasBTA Legacy Committee Chair

    Ellen Meyer
    Retired
    1811 Cobblestone Court
    Richmond , TX 77406
    281.342.3924

    e-mail: emeyer1951@comcast.net
    TexasBTA Legacy Committee Member

    Erica Seigneur
    Texas Western Hospitality
    1550 Barker Cypress
    Houston , TX 77494
    281-606-9230

    e-mail: erica.seigneur@twhospitality.com