2015 GBTA Special Election Results

The following blog post was sent out as an email to all Members earlier this afternoon.

It is my pleasure to write to you today in my new role as Chairperson and Past President. It has been an honor serving with all of you in an effort to strengthen our Association and our industry. I look forward to continuing the conversation in my new role.

As you know, we did not receive a quorum during the Annual Election at GBTA Convention in Orlando and therefore held a Special Election to elect new Board Members and vote on a proposed Bylaw amendment. We worked with a third-party election firm to develop a process that I believe worked extremely well and lessons from this will be applied to future elections. In the weeks leading up to the Special Election numerous communications went out via email, social media and the GBTA website to make sure every Member was aware of the upcoming election and understood the process. Online voting was open for 10 days to give each of you ample time to cast your vote and make your voice heard. This model helped generate a very strong turnout.

Without further ado, here are the results for the 2015 GBTA Special Election:

Christle Johnson, CCTE, GLP, GTP, Vice President, Travel & Business Services, Johnson Downie LLC

Vice President
Mark Ziegler, CCTE, GLP, GTP, Senior Travel Manager Americas, NetApp

Direct Member Directors at Large
Bhart Sarin, CPSM, GTP, C.P.M., Global Procurement, Ingredion Incorporated
Cindy Shumate, GTP, Travel Program Manager, Princeton University
Karin Thompson, CCTE, GLP, Senior Global Travel Manager, ViaSat, Inc.

Allied Member Director at Large
Billy Bos, Associate Director of Group, Worldwide Sales, Best Western International

Bylaw Proposal
The proposed amendment to the GBTA Bylaws passed.

Thank you for your participation. GBTA is a member-driven organization and I greatly appreciate your continued support.


Donna Kelliher
GBTA Chairperson and Past President

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