GBTA Energy, Resources & Marine Symposium 2017 | Houston

November 14, 2017


This event is complimentary for Buyers.


GBTA stands with Houston, the energy industry and the Houston travel industry.  The Westin Houston, Memorial City is open and ready for this exceptional business travel event, and we hope you will join in supporting us by registering or becoming a sponsor. 


GBTA Energy, Resources & Marine Symposium 2017 will bring nearly 200 professionals for outstanding educational content, exceptional keynote speakers and phenomenal networking.

Attendees of this event will benefit from educational content surrounding logistical challenges specific to travel management in the energy, resources, and marine industries. Attendees will also benefit from the content of the sessions and presentations, professional development, connect with corporate buyers from some of the largest energy and shipping companies in the world and get acquainted with suppliers that specialize in meeting the unique needs of travelers in these specialized industries. 



GTP® Certification holders will be awarded five (5) recertification credits for attending this event.  









Tuesday, November 14
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
Azalea Foyer - 4th Floor
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM Opening Remarks
Azalea Ballroom I-III
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Opening Keynote:

The Global Oil Market
Azalea Ballroom I-III


Speaker: Ed Hirs, Managing Director

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Networking Break & Exhibit Table Tops

Azalea Ballroom IV - VI

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

The Virtues of Virtual Payment
Azalea Ballroom I-III

The limitations and “pain points” of traditional payment options, especially in the energy, resources & marine sectors, have resulted in the rise of virtual payments and other innovations in payment solutions. Discover the security risks inherent in traditional payment methods, the challenges unique to the ERM sector and learn how to implement virtual payments in order to increase the efficacy of your travelers.

Kathy Cantwell, Consultant, AirPlus International, Inc.

Trish Earles, CCTE, GTP, GLP, Sr. Global Manager MIS/Corporate Card, Halliburton

Kathryn Moreno, Sales & Catering Coordinator, The Westin Houston, Memorial City

Carolina Palacios, Sales & Catering Coordinator, The Westin Houston, Memorial City
Luis Yofe, SVP Strategic Travel Products, CSI globalVCard

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Networking Lunch
Azalea Foyer
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Global Trade Sanctions and Regulatory Compliance; Why Does It Matter to Me?
Azalea Ballroom I-III

Geopolitical factors in today’s world have created a unique set of obstacles for companies who deal with “high risk countries.” Join one of the industry’s leading experts in modern political affairs to learn what your responsibilities are as a corporate employee in identifying travel risks in order to protect you and your company from legal action, penalties, fines and corporate reputational damage.

Speaker: Alexandre (Alex) Lamy, Baker & McKenzie LLP, Associate

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Networking Break & Exhibit Table Tops
Azalea Ballroom IV - VI
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Generational Changes – Transforming the Traveler and Travel Management Experience
Azalea Ballroom I - III

The energy, resources & marine sector is experiencing a rapid shift in demographics unlike any other industry. Over the next 5 years, approximately 60% of the traveling labor force is due to retire. What are the challenges specific to this trend? Learn about traveler behaviors of the next generation in order to streamline your travel program. Analyze your current program in order to craft new policies to accommodate your travelers, discover where to effectively allocate your budget, decide which new technologies to incorporate and more!


Rick Bradeson, Manager, Procurement & Global Travel Services, Chevron

Brandon Balcom, Senior Director, Open Innovation Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Neil Hammond, Partner, GoldSpring Consulting

Lea McLeod, M.A., Leadership Development and Career Coach at

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM Closing Keynote:

Data Privacy: A Bigger Issue Than You Think?
Azalea Ballroom I - III


Once considered someone else’s job, data privacy is now a key priority for all companies, but especially for corporate travel management teams worldwide. Changes in privacy laws and high profile data breaches, along with the proliferation of mobile devices and cloud technologies have made it a regular discussion and concern not only in the media, but in the board room as well. This session will help you better understand the data privacy fundamentals and your responsibilities as a travel manager/buyer.

Speaker: Thomas Wise, Vice President, Global Compliance, Carlson Wagonlit Travel
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Networking Reception

024 Lounge - 1st Floor


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The Westin Houston, Memorial City

The Westin Houston, Memorial City is open and ready for this exceptional business travel event, and we hope you will join in supporting us by registering or becoming a sponsor. 

This hotel is located in the heart of the vibrant Memorial City District and adjacent to Memorial City Mall. Enjoy close proximity to Westchase District, the Energy Corridor, and the evolving CityCentre area.  This hotel also earned a GBTA Project ICARUS Supplier Gold Medal.



945 Gessner Rd.
Houston, TX 77024
281 501 4300


Hotel Rates

Room Rate: $199.00 plus taxes for Single/Double occupancy
Deadline to book rooms: Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Call 1-800-937-8461 and ask for the “GBTA ERM Symposium” to book your room.




Sponsorship Opportunities 

Promote your organization alongside a full day of speakers and sessions geared toward the unique challenges and opportunities that are faced by travel managers in today's energy markets. Don't miss the opportunity to connect with business travel buyers from these difficult to reach sectors.







Please note: This event is complimentary for Buyers. All registrations will be audited to ensure the proper registration category was selected during the registration process.
If a discrepancy is found with your selected registration category you will be notified and an adjustment will be made to your registration fee. A  balance due will be sent based on your membership status and the date in which you registered. All balance dues must be paid within 2 weeks of receipt.  If you fail to pay the balance due within the time frame your registration will be cancelled and you will be subject to re-registering at the current rate.