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GBTA Energy, Resources & Marine Symposium 2016 | Houston

Thank You for Attending!

Registration for GBTA Energy, Resources & Marine Symposium 2017 will be opening soon.

This event will take place on November 14, 2017.


GBTA Energy, Resources & Marine Symposium 2016 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.






2016 Agenda


Wednesday, November 16
8:30 – 9:45 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
Azalea Foyer

Breakfast Sponsored by Southwest Airlines Corporate Travel
9:45 – 10:00 AM Opening Remarks
Azalea Ballroom
10:00 – 11:00 AM Opening Keynote: A Prognosis on the Future of Energy
Azalea Ballroom

The past two years have devastated the oil and gas industry in the US. The cause is unusual: the geopolitics of the Persian Gulf. There is no rational basis for the pain the industry has experienced. The way forward could take us directly to prosperity, if only public policy was aligned. Citizens and their representatives could make all the difference for the future.

John Hofmeister, Founder and Chief Executive, Citizens for Affordable Energy; Former President, Shell Oil Company
11:00 – 11:15 AM Coffee Break
Azalea Foyer
11:15 – 12:15 PM General Session: The Direct Effect
Azalea Ballroom

Do you know your program's leakage? Leakage is not a new hurdle for managed travel programs, but it is gaining renewed momentum. Are we resisting the inevitable? This session will explain the influencers of today, explore the disparate travel buying avenues of tomorrow and how to manage this in the interim. With expert commentary, this session will consider how, why, where and when, but most of all, will challenge your thinking on the path forward.

Mark A. Williams, CPA, Partner, GoldSpring Consulting

Sam Chon, Business Development, Cisco
Susan Lichtenstein, Director of Procurement Operations, Cisco
Amy Padgett, Director Supplier Marketing, Concur
12:15 – 1:30 PM Networking Lunch
Azalea Foyer
1:30 – 2:30 PM

General Session: Are You Prepared for the Super Bowl?
Azalea Ballroom

Super Bowl LI - The Anatomy of Terrorism Prevention: Major sporting events, such as the Super Bowl, are considered to be high on the list as a potential target for a domestic or international attack. Local, State and Federal authorities work diligently to make it just another game that only sports fans will remember. Better understand what is required to make this happen and its implications on city resources in this engaging session.

Adrian Garcia, Former Sheriff, Harris County, TX

2:30 – 2:45 PM Coffee Break
Azalea Foyer
2:45 – 3:45 PM

General Session: How to Enable Safe Travel in a Risky World
Azalea Ballroom

What are the evolving risks that should be on your radar? This panel discussion will include:

  • Emerging events and trends
  • How travel risk is changing
  • How generational changes will impact the way we manage risk
  • How to ensure your most critical assets are protected in US cities.

Shawn O’Hara Director, Travel Partnerships, Americas, International SOS

Dr. Nicolau Chamma, Medical Director, Americas, International SOS
Ben Coleman, Corporate Security and Global Travel Manager, DistributionNOW
Adrian Garcia, Former Sheriff, Harris County, TX
James Otte, Global Security – Technical, ExxonMobil SSH&E / Global Security

3:45 – 4:45 PM

Closing Keynote: The Global Oil Market: Inflection Points, Surprises, and the 2017 Crystal Ball
Azalea Ballroom

The reduction in upstream activity from deep capital spending cuts in 2015 and 2016 turned non-OPEC supply growth to decline. At the same time, global oil demand continues to grow stronger than the 10-year average. The combination of these dynamics is critical to rebalancing the global oil market and setting the stage for prices to recover. The market is rebalancing on oil inventory draw downs to replace non-OPEC supply declines, while timing is driven by the strength in demand growth, especially in the emerging world. The extent production growth in Iran and Iraq can off-set declines in the rest of OPEC and non-OPEC is a major uncertainty. A 'lower for longer' price recovery sets up the risk that oil price will act like a spring – the longer it stays compressed, the more dramatic the bounce back. This discussion will focus on how the rebalancing has already started, what needs to happen for it to continue, and what issues risk derailing the process.

Dr. Harold "Skip" York, Vice President of Integrated Energy, Wood Mackenzie

5:00 – 6:30 PM Networking Reception
024 Lounge

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The Westin Houston, Memorial City

The Westin Houston, Memorial City 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.


Room rate: $199.00 plus tax per night. 
Housing cut-off date has been extended until Wednesday, November 2nd!


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945 Gessner Rd.
Houston, TX 77024
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