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 

July 2018 Newsletter Print

President's Report

Hello Business Travel Professionals,

The weather is heating up and so are upcoming events, education and networking for our chapter!

The first half of the year was filled with awesome speakers and content.  The second half is going to be even more spectacular including our Chapter's first Education Day!  We have renowned spakers coming from all across the country.  Focusing on business travel and technology, the content will be valuable to travel buyers and suppliers alike.  Included in the agenda are individual sessions specifically designed for travel buyer/procurement groups as well as suppliers, led by indsutry leaders.

This is YOUR chapter.  If at any time you have ideas for speakers, content or events, please don't hesitate to reeach out.  A huge thank you to all of our members for their continued support of the chapter through your attendence at meetings and for your valuable input.

Hope to see you at the end of the month!

Joni Doiron, Chpater President

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2018 Meetings

  Time for a summer break with your business travel colleagues.  Come for a cold beverage(s), food and lounge by the beaufiful Marriott Capitol District rooftop pool.  We'll have some fun surprises for all attendees!  There may be a birthday cake there as well for someone we know!  See you there!


Take Off with your fellow Business Travel Professionals to the GBTA Nebraska Iowa Travel Technology Summit

 September 18th and 19th, 2018 - Marriott Capitol District - Omaha

Join your fellow business travel professionals for a full education day on topics encompassing business travel technologies.   The event begins with a welcome reception on September 18th.  Sessions will begin bright and early on September 19th.  

Registration is $125 for members (early bird is $99 before August 18th).  Member rate applies to other active GBTA chapter/affiliate members as well.  If you are a travel manager/travel buyer and are not an active member, you simply join the chapter (no fee) to receive the member price.  Non-member registration is $150 (early bird is $125 before August 18th).

Click here to register for the event:

Click here to reserve rooms with discounted event rate:   Book your group rate for GBTA EDUCATIONAL DAY

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Chapter Update

  Congratulations to Kristy Phalen on the GBTA Convention registration scholarship!   We are pleased for Kristy to have the opportunity to sttend the convention in San Diego this year.


    The PAC Challenge is coming to a close at the end of the month.  Please note that in order to be eligble for the grand prize drawing you must make your PAC (Political Action Committee) directly on the GBTA site (if you are a national member) or contact Jennifer Belt, our chapter Government Relations Co-Chair at [email protected]   If you have participated in the monthly raffles, this does not make you eligible for the grand prize drawing.  Make your individual donation today either directly on the site (if you are a national member) or contact Jennifer and she will process for you!  DEADLINE IS JULY 13th.

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Of Interest

As a GBTA chapter, we would like to offer a "Buyer's Only" meeting.   The speaker and content would be specifically designed for travel managers, buyers and procurement. 

Would such an event be of interest to you?   Remember, that membership for Direct Members (travel managers/buyers/procurement) is complimentary. Please click here to complete the survey:

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