Risk Committee

To educate and collaborate with GBTA membership on the importance of integrating travel risk management into their global travel and meetings programs.

  • Collect, maintain, and disseminate data and information pertaining to travel risk management. 
  • Collaborate and support GBTA membership and our global committees. 
  • Provide resources, guidance and expertise to facilitate the creation and development of travel risk management programs for GBTA membership. 
  • Educate and promote best practices in support of the health and safety of travelers.

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.

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US


Valerie Ferraro

Chair

Manager, Admininstration

Getty Conservation Institute

 

Wendy Stachowiak

Vice Chair

Group Vice President, Global Travel Industry

International SOS

 

Kathy Bedell

Member

Senior Vice President

BCD Travel

 

Kevin Coffey

Member

Travel and Risk Consultant

kevincoffey.com

 

Benjamin Coleman

Member

Head of Global Security

Meta

 

Craig Collins

Member

Sr. Director, Account Management

CIBTvisas

 

Sahara Rose DeVore

Member

Travel Coach

Sahara Rose Travels

 

Marnette Hays

Member

Travel Manager

St Jude Children's Research Hospital

 

Julia Keim

Member

CLEAResult

Senior Buyer

 

Tamara Mahkovec

Member

VP, Account Management

Safe Harbors Business Travel

 

Bruce McIndoe

Member

President & Founder

Communications & Systems Specialists, Inc.

 

Natasha Reoutt

Member

Vice President

Chubb

 

Catherine Rigby

Member

Program Manager, Travel Risk and Safety

CFA Institute

 

Mary Taylor

Member

Travel Risk Specialist

Taylor Travel Consulting

 

Yukari Tortorich

Member

Vice President, Global Travel Services

Discovery, Inc

 

Jan Uecker

Member

Global Travel Services Manager

UL LLC

Europe


Nick Hymans

Chair

Director, COO Chief Security Office

Deutsche Bank

 

Jorge Mesa

Co-Chair

Director - Global Crisis Management

BCD Travel

 

Xavier Carn

Member

Regional Security Director, Europe,

International SOS and Control Risks

 

Rico Luzzi

Member

Senior Manager Physical Security EMEA

VMWare

 

Jens Näsström

Member

Content Director

Safeture

 

Russell Price

Member

Chairman

Continuity Forum


Emanuele Scansani

Member

Director of Partnerships and Strategic Relations

Canada


Kate King

Chair

Account Manager

International SOS

 

Suzanne Sangiovese

Vice Chair

Commercial & Communications Director

Riskline

 

Laura Franceschini

Member

VP Global Procurement

DBRS -Morningstar

 

Jake Jonassohn

Member

Director, Business Development

Encore Travel

 

Chris Lewis

Member

VP Business Development

Amex GBT

 

Joshua Schildroth

Member

Director of Sales

Best Western

 

Michelle St-Cyr   

Member

Travel Manager - Canada

Enercon Canada Inc