Message From the Office of the GBTA President

*The following post was also sent as an email to GBTA members.*

Dear GBTA Members,

Given this afternoon’s announcement that the U.S. will join other countries in grounding Boeing 737 MAX aircrafts, GBTA recognizes that many of our members are looking for information and answers. First, I want to express my sincere sympathies to the families and friends of those who were on board Ethiopian Airlines flight 302.

Safety is always the top priority. GBTA has complete confidence in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and will work to communicate information from the FAA to you as it is available. You can find the latest statement from the FAA here and also follow them on Twitter for the most up-to-date information.

As authorities across the globe have grounded planes, we are seeing immediate travel disruption. We will continue to follow these announcements closely to assess the business travel impact and will keep you apprised as we learn more.

As we monitor best practices, we always appreciate member feedback, so please feel free to share with us any company communications you are distributing on this. Stay tuned to our Daily News Brief and GBTA’s social channels for the latest news as the investigation continues to unfold.

Best regards,

Christle Johnson
GBTA President

Christle Johnson currently serves as the Vice President of Travel & Business Services for Johnson Downie, a boutique executive search firm that specializes solely in partners of law firms. In addition to overseeing the meetings and travel for the employees, recruiters, candidates and firms they are working with, she is also tasked with the development and implementation of their travel program. Christle launched her career in the travel industry 23 years ago as a Sales Manager for a large regional travel agency before spending almost 15 years with National Car Rental as a Director, Strategic Accounts. Always seeking to improve her knowledge in the industry, Christle earned her Certified Corporate Travel Manager (CCTE) designation from GBTA and Cornell University (2007), her Certificate of Professional Development for completion of The Global Leadership Professional Program at The Wharton School (2009), her Global Leadership Professional (GLP) Designation from The Wharton School (2010), and her Global Travel Professional (GTP) Certification (2012). She has received numerous awards including the GBTA Business Travel Professional Service Award in 2009, the GBTA Foundation Scholarship Recipient in 2007 and was both the Austin BTA Allied Member of the Year and a Texas BTA Allied Member of the Year Nominee in 2003. She was elected to serve as President of GBTA during the 2015 Special Election and will serve a two-year term.

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