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GBTA Legislative Summit 2017 Sponsored by:

Legislative Summit 2017
April 24-26 | Washington, DC

Brought to you by GBTA Advocacy

Thank you for attending this event!

It is once again time to make your voice heard for the business travel industry. The annual GBTA Legislative Summit brings together passionate professionals who want to advocate for the future of the business travel industry. This event presents attendees with the unique opportunity to:

  • Meet one-on-one with their Senators and Representative to share opinions and advocate for policies that support the business travel industry
  • Learn about Congressional debates and outcomes that will impact the business travel industry
  • Hear perspectives from Administration Officials and Members of Congress
  • Connect with other industry professionals who want to make a difference


Monday, April 24 Agriculture Committee Hearing Room 1300, Longworth House Office Building
Independence Ave. & New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, D.C. 20515
5:00 – 7:00 pm Legislative Summit Opening Reception
7:00 pm U.S. Capitol Visitors Tour
Advanced RSVP was required. Confirmed attendees will be notified.
Tuesday, April 25 Reserve Officers Association of the United States
One Constitution Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
8:00 – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast and Networking
9:00 am Education Session Program Begins
Welcome – Christle Johnson, President, GBTA
Dianne Bradley, Chair,
Government Relations Committee
9:05 – 9:20 am Michael W. McCormick, Executive Director, GBTA
9:20 – 9:30 am Day Overview – Andrew Meehan, Vice President of Government Relations, GBTA
9:30 – 10:00 am 2016 Election Recap and Current State of Play – Mike Smith, Jim Richards, Cornerstone Government Affairs (CGA)
10:00 – 10:30 am 115th Congressional Overview & Outlook – John Keast & Michelle Mrdeza, (CGA)
10:30 – 10:33 am Sponsorship Remark by Enterprise Holdings, Gordon Reel, Vice President, Government and Public Affairs
10:33 – 10:40 am Break
10:40 – 11:00 am GBTA’s Rules of the Road – Andrew Meehan, Vice President of Government Relations, GBTA
11:00 – 11:30 am Message to the Hill: Voice Call on Planes – Todd Webster, Cornerstone Government Affairs (CGA)
11:30 – 12:00 am ATC Reform/Schuster Bill -- Holly E. Woodruff Lyons, Deputy General Counsel, House of Representatives Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, Staff Director, Subcommittee on Aviation
12:00 pm Lunch - Keynote Speaker
1:00 – 1:30 pm Passenger Facility Charges and Funding for Airport Infrastructure – Winsome Lenfert, Deputy Associate Administrator for Airports, FAA
1:30 – 2:00pm Overview of Biometric Exit – John Wagner, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations for Customs and Border Protection
2:00 – 2:30 pm Message to the Hill: Passenger Security Fees – Andrew Meehan, Vice President of Government Relations, GBTA
2:30 – 2:33 pm Sponsor Remark by The Parking Spot
2:30 – 3 pm Refreshment Break
3:00 – 3:30 pm REAL ID – Steve Yonkers, Director of Identity and Credentialing, Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Policy, Screening Coordination Office
3:30 – 4:00 pm TSA PreCheck – Simone Davis, Executive DHS Liaison Officer, Transportation Security Administration
4:00 – 4:30 pm Preparing For Your Meetings – John Keast, (CGA)
4:30 – 5:00 pm Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation
5:00 pm Education Session Program Concludes
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Reception – Dubliner Restaurant Phoenix Park Hotel, 4 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Wednesday, April 26 Reserve Officers Association of the United States
One Constitution Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
8:00 – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast - Congressional Briefing
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Meetings with Members of Congress on Capitol Hill
  • Meetings with Senators and Representatives*
  • Location: Capitol Hill

* Meetings will be different for attendees; we ask that all attendees try to remain in D.C. until 5:00pm to allow the scheduling of meeting with Representatives and Senators

Reserve Officers Association
Minuteman Ballroom (5th floor)
1 Constitution Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002


Have your voice heard. GBTA advocates for the travel industry every day but we can’t do it on our own; these issues have impacts on a global scale as well as a local level and its the impact of you a constituent that will help us win these debates. Come to be educated, but also to educate lawmakers on the issues that impact our industry April 24-26 in Washington D.C. at GBTA Legislative Summit 2017.


Phoenix Park Hotel
520 N. Capitol St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(1 block to Amtrak and Union Station Metro)

The secured room block at the Phoenix Park Hotel, the official host hotel of 2017 Legislative Summit, is now full. For your reference, below are some alternative hotels near the Reserve Officers Association.

**A small room block has been secured at both hotels listed below. The reservation cut-off deadline is March 27, 2017. Reservation requests received after this deadline date will be subject to availability and the prevailing rate.**

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC - Crystal City 
300 Army Navy Dr.
Arlington, VA 22202
+1 703 416 4100
4.2 miles from ROA
The Westin Washington,
D.C. City Center

1400 M Street NW,
Washington, DC 20005
+1 202 429 1700
2.4 miles from ROA