GBTA Energy, Resources & Marine Symposium 2019 

Houston, TX
October 29, 2019

Nearly 200 travel professionals in the energy, resources & marine industries will be gathering in Houston October 29, 2019 to learn about the latest innovations in travel, risk management and trends in the global and regional energy market. Join your peers and several of the industry’s leading experts for this complimentary-for-buyer event for an agenda packed with education and networking with exclusively curated suppliers.


7:30am - 10:00am


8:00am - 9:15am

Roll the Dice : Buyers’ Only Roundtable and Breakfast
Leader: Nicki Leeds, GTP, Travel, Card & Expense Manager - Global Supply Chain, Hess

This buyers-only roundtable provides ERM travel buyers the opportunity to share candidly current challenges and opportunities. This conversation is open to all ERM travel buyers -- no matter how mature or developing your program is -- or how many years you have had in the industry.  

9:15am - 11:00am

Opening General Session

9:15am - 9:25am

Welcome from the GBTA Leadership
Scott Solombrino, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer
Christle Johnson, GBTA Chairwoman

9:25am - 9:30am

Sponsor Spotlight

9:30am - 10:15am

Keynote Speaker

10:15am - 10:45am

Beyond Air, Hotel and Car: Complete Journey Management for your ERM Travelers

Complete journey management sounds like a far-fetched dream. Crew Rosters, charters, buses, helicopters, crew camps, and muster sites are just the beginning. The current environment for getting your ERM crew to and from work on time and safely takes a village. In this session, we will be talking with industry veterans who are bringing new technology to the ERM sectors.  This approach consolidates multiple vendors and resources into a single trip itinerary for your travelers, making complete journey management a reality.

Moderator: Ross Pratt, VP of Global Business Development, Energy Resources and Marine, BCD Travel

10:45am - 11:30am

Networking Coffee Break & Expo Hall

11:30am - 12:15pm  

(2) Concurrent Sessions – Risk Management/Duty of Care

Who is at Risk & What are your Duty of Care Obligations?

It is just not high-risk locations that equate to traveler risk. Today, travel risk is everywhere and everyone must be considered an at-risk travel (employees, consultants, contractors, students, and event attendees). This session will provide insight for those most vulnerable to include females, LGBT, inexperienced and disabled travelers and share tips to address local laws, shared economy offerings, and areas of crime.

Presenter: John Rose, Chief Risk Officer, Altour

Merging Crew + Corporate Travel – Talking the Same Language

Presenter: Rick Fisher, Senior Director of Global Security & CSPO 

12:15pm - 1:00pm

Networking Lunch

1:00pm - 2:15pm

“Tactical Tech Talks” – Exploring New Technology Products for the ERM Market

Everyone knows how ERM Travel has been booked the same way for years. So why is technology not advancing in ERM? The good news is that it is!  This session will show you new possibilities in technology  to support your crews' complete journey management  and other specific ERM travel needs.  Attendees will leave with creative tactical possibilities and solutions for your travel program.  

Facilitator: Toni Bonnette-Verdi, Senior Global Sales Manager, Best Western Hotels

2:15pm - 3:00pm

(2) Concurrent Sessions – Building a Corporate Strategy

 Merge Your Travel Spend and Increase Buyer Power

Building on the lessons learned from today’s Complete Journey Management and Risk Management/Duty of Care presentations, this session will focus on structure of a consolidated Corporate and ERM Program. The key is making it all work together to increase your ROI and improve employee productivity and travelers experience.

Presenters: Norma Rohrbach, Senior Consultant, Areka Consulting & Beverly McCabe, CEO, INNfinity

Is your ERM Travel Automation the Best It Can Be?

We all know that excel is not a booking tool. And don't we all hope for automation to be more effective to improve our reservations and data quality, as well as achieving total journey management (even for Fly In Fly Out travel)?  This session will help any level of Travel Manager to go beyond where you are today and find inexpensive ways to manage and improve technology and OBT options for ERM travel.

Presenter: J. Grant Caplan, President, Procurigence Inc.

3:00pm - 3:45pm

Networking Coffee Break & Expo Hall

3:45pm - 4:45pm      

Closing General Session

3:45am - 3:50pm  

Sponsor Spotlight

3:50am - 4:25pm

Empowering the Next Generation of Female Leadership

In an industry where women make up 2% worldwide, Ally Cedeno has made it her mission to empower the next generation of female seafarers, and in turn, reduce the gender gap through the nonprofit organization, Women Offshore. In just two short years, Women Offshore created a groundswell in the maritime industry that propels the careers of female seafarers through various initiatives. Learn how as the founder of Women Offshore, Ally grew the organization from the ground up, and capture her lessons learned to empower women at your own organization to achieve success, while pursuing their own career goals.

Ally Cedeno, Founder of Women Offshore

4:25am - 4:30pm

Closing Remarks/Thank You

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Reception & Expo Hall

Registration Rates – Complimentary for Travel Buyers

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Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria
2626 Sage Road
Houston, TX 77056


A room block has been secured at the Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria for the duration of the symposium.Room accommodations can be secured through the reservation link or by calling the Reservations Department at 1-888-591-1234 and referencing Global Business Travel Association.

The reservation cut-off date is October 14, 2019. Reservation requests received after this deadline date will be subject to availability and the prevailing rate. 

Room Rates:

Single/Double: $174 (plus applicable taxes)

Complimentary guestroom internet access and access to the fitness center is included in the room rate. Hotel room, tax, incidentals, airfare and other expenses are the responsibility of the attendee. 

Room Cancellation Policy:

Room cancellations must be made 48 hours prior to arrival without penalty.

Hotel Overview & Features:

Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria features and amenities.

Check-in – 3:00 PM

Check-out – 12:00 PM


Valet parking is $32/Overnight (includes in and out privileges)

Day/guest parking is $21/Daily (does not include in and out privileges)

Keynote Speakers

Ally Cedeno

Founder of Women Offshore

Advisory Board

Ross Pratt

Vice President, Global Business Development for Energy, Resources & Marine
BCD Travel

Beverly McCabe

Innfinity Software Systems

J. Grant Caplan


John M. Rose

Chief Risk Officer

Toni Bonnette-Verdi

Senior Global Sales Manager
BWH Hotel Group

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