GBTA Foundation Annual Gala Dinner 

GBTA Foundation Gala Dinner 2017Nearly 300 business travel industry professionals gathered at the InterContinental Barclay New York on April 10th for the GBTA Foundation’s 20th Annual Gala Dinner. The black tie event, held in conjunction with the first delivery of the GLP Program with UVA, raised additional funds to help the Foundation continue to provide top-notch educational programs and cutting-edge research to business travel professionals.  


During the Gala Dinner, the GBTA Foundation continued celebrating its 20 year anniversary by recognizing the original 12 Founding Donors to the Foundation from the initial campaign launched in 1997.


GBTA Foundation Gala Dinner 2017


From left to right: GBTA Foundation Vice-Chair Laurie Kazimer, Patricia Screnci - Wyndham, Marie Downey - United Airlines, Patricia Locke - Radius Travel, Gail Frazier - Marriott International, Edith Cabrera-Penate-Hilton Hotels Corporation, Steve Chase - Hertz, Kristen Shovlin - Delta Air Lines, John Snyder - BCD Travel, Doug Anderson - American Express GBT, Hank Benedetti - American Airlines


“Our partners support the implementation of our research and education strategy for GBTA members around the globe. Our goal is to continue to fund the future of innovation, and continue the legacy of these Founding Donors for the next 20 years,” said Daphne Bryant, Executive Director, GBTA Foundation.


Guests enjoyed the opportunity to network with industry peers while enjoying an evening of fun, delicious food and entertainment by performers from The Juilliard School.

To view photos from the Gala Dinner, please click here.


“Interstate Hotels & Resorts’ National Sales is pleased to host a table for the second time at the annual GBTA Foundation Annual Gala Dinner.  As a supplier, I have been amazed by the access to top-level buyers and the cutting-edge education that the GBTA Foundation provides.  With constant changes and improvements to business travel booking technology, e-commerce, social media platforms and the economy, support of GBTA and the GBTA Foundation ensures that buyers and suppliers know about and collaborate on the latest travel trends,” said Emily Lynn, Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Strategic Accounts for Interstate Hotels & Resorts.


The GBTA Foundation would like to thank the following companies that hosted tables and made this event a success. We look forward to seeing you next year at the 2018 21st Annual Gala Dinner.