GBTA Announces New Initiative: The Masters List

List to Recognize Most Engaged Buyer Members

ALEXANDRIA, VA – May 12, 2015 – The GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) announced a new initiative at its Annual Gala in New York City yesterday called The Masters List. The Masters List will recognize the most engaged, most committed, most connected and most involved GBTA Direct Members from around the globe.

“The Masters List buyers are movers, shakers, opinion leaders and passionate advocates,” said Michael W. McCormick, GBTA Executive Director and COO. “They are tirelessly driven to create, build and innovate, all in an effort to further advance our industry. The Masters List buyers are world-leading practitioners with expertise in duty of care, supplier management, technology, sustainability, meetings management and more. Although this recognition program is not about how much companies spend, together these buyers directly manage billions of dollars in business travel spend, and influence so much more.”

The Masters List will be unveiled this fall, and the members will be recognized during a new Masters Event and Gala Dinner next spring.

Members named to The Masters List are leaders in the business travel industry helping to create the future of the business travel world. The Masters List buyer demonstrates their industry leadership through their active roles on GBTA Committees, attainment of the GTP Certification, speaking at GBTA Convention education sessions and serving on the board of their GBTA Chapter or GBTA Region, among other ways.

Colleen Gallagher, +1 703 236 1133, [email protected]
Gayle Kansagor, +1 202 295 8775, [email protected]

About the GBTA Foundation:
The GBTA Foundation is the education and research foundation of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world’s premier business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. Collectively, GBTA’s 7,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA provides its growing network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts with world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media. The Foundation was established in 1997 to support GBTA’s members and the industry as a whole. As the leading education and research foundation in the business travel industry, the GBTA Foundation seeks to fund initiatives to advance the business travel profession. The GBTA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, see and