Hello Business Travel Professionals!

On behalf of our board and committee chairs, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year!!  We have so much to be thankful for over the past couple of years.  None of which wouldn't have been possible without the leadership, commitment, and direction of our President, Joni Doiron.  As a result of her efforts, Joni was named Global Business Travel Association Volunteer of the Year for 2018!  Thank you for your time and effort in helping our organization accomplish so much over the last couple of years.  You've certainly left some big shoes to fill!

Some accomplishments from 2018 that I wish to highlight include:

  • Full Chapter status with GBTA
  • First ever Chapter Education Day (September)
  • Membership size has doubled
  • Attendance Increase
  • Overwhelming Positive responses to speakers and education topics

As we turn the calendar forward to 2019, I want to thank all of our members for their continued support.  We have some exciting speakers, events, and topics already scheduled for the new year.  Beginning immediately in January with Executive Travel, Founder and CEO, Steve Glenn.  Steve will be giving a Travel Policy presentation that was one of the top rated events at GBTA 2018.  It's going to be one you don't want to miss!

As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any input regarding speakers or topics that you would like to dive into.  My goal is for this chapter to be as engaged as possible and with your support, I know we can make that happen.

Thank you again for your support and I hope to see you at the Cambria Hotel in a few weeks!

Ryan Shrum, Chapter President 

April 2018 Newsletter Print

President's Report

Dear Travel Professionals,

Education!  Networking!  Community involvement!   Our GBTA chapter is focused on these three areas.  Through our monthly meetings, it our goal to provide educational content that is valuable to every attendee.  With our continued success in membership growth, we provide a forum to network with industry peers to share information.  In addition, we are committed to giving back to our community through fundraising and volunteer efforts.

Exciting news!   Our Chapter will be hosting our first Education Day beginning on September 18th with an opening reception followed by a full day of education on September 19th.  The full agenda will be announced shortly!

Please join us at a 2018 meeting to experience first-hand everything that we offer for both you and your organization. Please feel free to reach out to me with ideas, feedback or questions you may have about the chapter.  Your input and support is vital to our chapter’s success!  Thank you for your interest and support. I look forward to seeing you all at the 2018 GBTA Nebraska Iowa Chapter Meetings. 

Joni Doiron, GBTA Nebraska Iowa Chapter President

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Community Service

2018 Lunch 'n Learn for Business Travelers - Register today to reserve your seats.

May 9, 2018
Doors open at 11:00am; Program 11:30am – 1:00pm
Omaha Regency Marriott
10220 Regency Circle, Omaha

It’s time to put an end to the horrors of  human trafficking. Special Guest Speaker Anna Brewer, former FBI sex trafficking investigator, will share important information regarding trafficking that all business travelers should be aware of so that you:

  • Realize sex trafficking is occurring (even here in Omaha),
  • learn how to Recognize it when you see the signs, and
  • know how to Respond.

Early Bird Registration: Individual tickets – $25     Tables of eight – $200

Registration closes May 4, 2018 or when tickets sell out.    Register Here


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Chapter Update

GBTA Funded Scholarships -  All Chapter Members in Good Standing Eligible.  The applicants will complete the Chapter application.  One Allied and One Direct Convention Registration ($995 each), will be awarded by the Chapter and paid for by GBTA.  Deadline is May 15th.  Chapter Scholarship Application must be completed and submitted by May 15th to [email protected]   Application located at   http://2018GBTAChapterScholarshipApplication

CHAPTER Funded Scholarship – All Chapter Members in Good Standing Eligible.  One early bird convention registration will be awarded in the amount of $995.  Deadline is June 1st.  All other factors apply as above.    Please send any questions to [email protected] or [email protected] for additional information.


GBTA Government Relations: The Voice of the Business Travel Industry

GBTA advocates for policies that better the business travel industry. With more than 9,000 global members, regional partners, 39 local chapters and affiliates, and a network of 30,000 business travel and meetings professionals, GBTA is the voice of the global business travel industry. GBTA actively speaks out on policy issues across the globe and frequently meets with representatives in Washington, D.C. and Brussels in an effort to advance the business travel industry.

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

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

One of GBTA’s most important voices is our chapters. GBTA has 39 chapters and affiliates across the country. GBTA’s chapters are important association constituencies. GBTA hosts regular “Travel Talk” Roundtables with members of Congress and their staff to educate them on issues that affect business travel.

Each year, GBTA Chapters and Affiliates raise funds for the GBTA Political Action Committee (PAC).  Our Chapter will be participating this year in The 12th Annual Government Relations Challenge!  We will be having opportunities for members to win prizes at each meeting through the purchase of raffle tickets as well as a GRAND PRIZE at our July social event!

The GBTA PAC fights to:

• Lower Travel Taxes

• Create a Better Infrastructure

• Defend Passenger Rights

Our PAC supports representatives on both sides of the aisle that champion travel issues. Simply put, GBTA advocacy helps keep business moving.

I’m a Member How do I donate?

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GBTA News and Commentary

 PFC Increase Left Out of Omnibus Spending Bill

Colleen Gallagher 

Tonight, Congress released the details of the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus spending bill, which would fund the government through September. The Global Business Travel Association was pleased to see that attempts to increase air passengers’ flight costs were rebuffed. Congressional leaders rejected a proposal from Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to increase the cap on passenger facility charges (PFC) from $4.50 to $8.50.


Focus on security: Keeping travelers safe

By Jamie Biesiada 

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2018 Meetings

Meetings are typically on the third Thursday of the month.   Chapter meetings-10:30am registration/networking, 11-11:30 chapter business meeting, 11:30-12 lunch/networking, 12-1 presentation.

Register now for the April meeting.   Click here to register.

Virtual Payments

What are the definitions of virtual payments?  What do they offer for companies, travelers and suppliers?  Join in the discussion led by... 

   Deb Blowers, Senior Consultant

GoldSpring Consulting 

   Cindy Lewis, Vice President

Corporate Spending Innovations

   Joni Doiron, Director

FROSCH Travel Management


There will be complimentary shuttle service provided by the Chapter on a first come, first serve basis from Omaha to Lincoln for the event.  When completing your registration, please indicate your request on the registration form.

Meeting hosted by


Business Travel Education Day

Hosted by

GBTA Nebraska Iowa Chapter

September 18-19

Marriott Regency - Omaha


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