Congratulations to the 2019 GBTA Board of Directors Nominees


Please join us in congratulating the following members, who have been nominated to run for positions on the GBTA Board of Directors. Candidate platform statements will be sent to all GBTA Members in the coming weeks.

The Board consists of thirteen (13) Members comprised of the President, Vice President, Immediate Past President/Chairman of the Board, President of the Chapter Presidents’ Council, President and Vice President of the Allied Leadership Council, five (5) Direct Members at large, and two (2) Allied Members at large. The Executive Director & COO also serves as an ex officio Member of the Board. Below, please find a brief description of each position and, for each position, the corresponding list of nominated members:

President (1) – The President will preside at all meetings of the Board. This person exercises general supervisory control over the affairs of the Association. The President serves a term of two (2) years to begin at the close of GBTA Convention 2019 through the close of GBTA Convention 2021. All GBTA Direct Members may vote for these candidates. The nominees for President are:

Bhart Sarin, GTP, CPSM, Director, Procurement Operations and Travel, Corporate and North America, Ingredion Incorporated
Vice President (1) – The Vice President presides at meetings of the Board of Directors and related committees if and when the President is not available. The Vice President is also a member of GBTA’s Finance and Budget Committee. Like the President, the Vice President serves a two-year term that begins at the close of GBTA Convention 2019 and runs through the close of GBTA Convention 2021. All GBTA Direct Members may vote for these candidates. The nominees for Vice President are:
Jennifer Steinke, CCTE, GTP, Associate Director, Global Travel, PPD, Inc.

Denise Lynn Truso, CCTE, GTP, Category Lead, Travel Meetings & Events, Abbott

Direct Member at Large (2) – Direct Members at Large exercise the General Powers of the Association, as those powers are set forth in the Association’s Bylaws. Direct Members at Large serve a term of three (3) years to begin at the close of GBTA Convention 2019 through the close of GBTA Convention 2022. All GBTA Direct Members may vote for these candidates. The nominees for the two Direct Member at Large seats are:
Gloria Gonzalez, CCTE, GTP, GMS, Director of Travel and Meeting Services, Freeman

Jan T Jacobsen, Global Accommodation Manager, AIG

Sharlene Ketwaroo-Nanoo, GTP, Category Manager, Rogers Communications Inc.

Connie Smith, GTP, GLP, Manager, Global Travel Services, McCain Foods Limited

Rita Visser, GTP, Director Global Travel Sourcing and GPO, Oracle

Allied Member at Large (1) – Allied Members at Large also exercise the General Powers of the Association, as those powers are set forth in the Association’s Bylaws. Allied Members at Large serve a term of two years to begin at the close of GBTA Convention 2019 through the close of GBTA Convention 2021. All GBTA Allied Members may vote for these candidates. The nominees for Allied Member at Large are:
Juliet Howie, Director of Sales – EMEA, Oakwood Worldwide

Eric Norberg, Senior Director Global Business Development for Private Equity, CWT

Will Pinnell, Vice President, Global Product Strategy, BCD Travel

Brian D Robertson, GLP, GTP, CTE, President, Canada West, Direct Travel, Inc.

Elections will be held Monday through Tuesday, August 5-6, at GBTA Convention 2019 in Chicago. Absentee ballots will be available on June 20. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is July 5. All absentee ballots are due to Election Services Corp. (ESC) by July 29. Further instructions will be sent on how to request an absentee ballot in the coming weeks. Please also note, the deadline to register for Convention if you are planning to vote onsite is July 23.

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