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The Government Relations Committee promotes the interests of the business traveler and their organizations through advocacy on legislative issues and other government relations initiatives designed to maintain a transparent, competitive and frictionless business travel community that minimizes adverse impacts to business travel.
The mission of the Government Relations Committee is to review, research, and make recommendations on legislation and policies that impact the business travel community and to help determine GBTA’s legislative action.
GBTA advocates across the globe for policies that better the business travel industry.
Applications to serve on a Committee are accepted year-round and open to any GBTA member. Members serve 2-year terms running from Convention to Convention. Each Committee will be in contact shortly after an application is received. Based on the application, the Committee may either conduct an interview, hold the application or decline the applicant. Committees must maintain a 51% Direct Member and 49% Allied Member ratio. Fill out the committee application form below.
Government Relations Committee Application
Rick Wakida, CCTE, GLP Chair Global Travel Manager Informatica
Matt Assolin Vice-Chair President and CEO Nikko's Worldwide Chauffeured Services
Sam Bean Committee Member Corporate Director, Sales Development LTD Hospitality Group
Manuel Casanova Committee Member Client Manager Airline Industry
Audra Detjen Committee Member
Ewelina Mroczka Dendroulakis Committee Member Sr. Sourcing Analyst, Global Strategic Sourcing Corbus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Rebecca Palatka Committee Member Global Travel & Expense Manager BDP International, Inc.
Mary Pelino, CTA Committee Member Business Travel Sales Manager Schulte Hospitality Group
Sally Wearing Committee Member Travel Manager SCL Health System
Michele Wilson Committee Member Sr. Regional Account Executive Hunter World Travel
Shane Downey Staff Delegate Vice President, Government Relations GBTA