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Leap into Success: Shaping the Trajectory of Travel in 2024 – GTP Credit Approved

Feb 29 @ 9:15 am - 4:00 pm - EST

GBTA Michigan Chapter
Location of Event: In person:
Anthology Events @ Book Tower
1265 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226

As we leap into an impactful year, we are excited to invite you to our upcoming meeting. This event promises to be a pivotal moment for our community, featuring insightful discussions and engaging sessions that will shape our understanding of the business travel landscape in 2024. GBTA Michigan is overjoyed to announce our powerhouse speaker lineup for this event:

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Mark Cuschieri


GBTA President

Mark Cuschieri is Executive Director, Global Head of Travel for UBS Group AG. He has been with the firm since 2007 and is responsible for setting the vision and overall strategic direction of the global travel program in over 50 countries.

Mark is a 30-year veteran in the corporate travel industry, as a Travel Buyer and Supplier. Prior to joining UBS, Mark held leadership roles at American Express and Expedia Inc., across a diverse range of industry sectors in both Europe and International markets.

Mark is President of GBTA, elected by its members in August 2023, and as President, he leads the GBTA Board of Directors. He previously served as elected Vice President of GBTA, and as Chair of the Institute of Travel Management (ITM) board of directors.

Ed Phillips, GTP, GLP


University Travel Manager, MSU

Anna Price, GTP, GLP


Assistant Director, Indirect Procurement Crowe LLP

Anna Price is an experienced Category Procurement Manager with progressive experience in global procurement, strategic sourcing, and general operation management specialized in indirect supplier categories, analyzing non-traditional suppliers, discovering new technology, and spearheading successful global negotiations resulting in guaranteed savings, improve compliance, and increased engagement.

Anna’s prior Category Manager roles include Amazon, Salesforce, Sysco, and McDermott. Within the travel industry Anna held Business Sales Manager positions with Hilton and Singapore Airlines and was a Product and Pricing Executive for Air New Zealand.

Prior to immigrating from South Africa Anna was the Program Manager for the Office of Defense Cooperation, US Embassy South Africa managing a DoD Grant Program. Anna graduated from the University of Pretoria with a Bachelor of Arts and completed her post graduate degree with the University of South Africa in Forensic Criminology. Anna holds both the GBTA GLP and GTP designations.

Key Meeting Topics:

State of the Industry 2024:

Dive into the current trends, challenges, and opportunities that define the business travel industry in 2024.
GBTA GLP Team – Flip the Script on your OBT RFP:

An exclusive presentation on the groundbreaking developments from a 2023 GBTA GLP Team. Explore the innovative features and enhancements of their Online Booking Tool RFX, helping to shape the future of our online booking selections & experiences.

“Ask Anything” with GBTA President Mark Cuschieri:

Elevate your knowledge by participating in an “Ask Anything” session with GBTA President Mark Cuschieri. This is your chance to pose questions, share perspectives, and absorb expertise from a prominent and trailblazing leader.


8:00am – 9:45am – Direct Benchmarking (Buyers Only)

Sponsored by

9:15 – 10:00am – Registration, Networking & Sponsor Expo

10:00am – Welcome & Introductions

10:15am – Sponsor Presentation

10:25am – 2024 Charity Reveal

10:35am – State of the Industry

Mark Cuschieri

11:35am – Break

11:45am – GBTAMI Business Meeting

GBTAMI BOD & Committee Chairs

12:15pm – Lunch, Networking & Sponsor Expo

1:45pm – GLP Presentation: Flip the Script on your OBT RFP

Ed Phillips & Anna Price

2:45pm – Ask Anything!

Mark Cuschieri

3:45pm – Final Announcements & Drawing

Benchmarking Session:

8:00 am — 9:45 am: Direct Members Only

For information about the format of our benchmarking session or to offer discussion topics, contact Paula Flowers, Procurement Manager: Travel & Expense, Kelly Services. Be sure to answer the question during registration, “Will you be attending the Benchmarking Session?” Yes!

Venue & Room Block Info:

*The hotel is offering complimentary valet parking for this event.*

The Roost Hotel has set aside a block of rooms at the special rate of $129 + tax. Please reserve your room at your soonest convenience to guarantee the group rate.

Event name: GBTA Michigan – Chapter Q1 Event
Last Day to Book: February 22, 2024
Click here to reserve: MBTA Q1 Meeting Roost Detroit Room Block Feb 28-30, 2024


Feb 29
9:15 am - 4:00 pm
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