Message From the Office of the GBTA President

*This post was also sent as an email to GBTA Members.*

Recently, GBTA launched a GoFundMe campaign created specifically for GBTA or Texas BTA members who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Nearly 600 individuals who are members of GBTA or Texas BTA live in the impacted areas and now face the destruction left behind following the unfathomable amounts of rain and historic flooding.

I want to personally thank all of you who have already donated to help your fellow members. The money raised through September 9th will be designated specifically for those members impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

This past weekend, we watched as another historic storm swept through the Caribbean, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Florida. More than 320 individuals who are members of GBTA or the local Florida BTA Chapters live in the impacted areas that faced the destruction of Hurricane Irma.

In an effort to help meet the needs of members impacted by Hurricane Irma as well, going forward, all new donations to the GoFundMe campaign will be part of a general disaster relief fund.  These funds will be used to assist members impacted by either Hurricane Harvey or Irma, or other natural disasters.

There is still time left to donate if you would like to help out. Funds raised will be made available to those impacted active members in need of food, medication, clothing, temporary housing, transportation to work, etc.

GBTA is working to identify members who were negatively impacted and we need your help. If you need assistance and would like to be considered for support from the Fund, please complete this form.

Our thoughts remain with those impacted during this difficult time as these regions looks to rebuild.

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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