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What Will the Election Mean for Business Travel?

Will the Democrats take the House? Will the Republicans retain control of the Senate? Pollsters have been trying to predict the outcome for months now. As we head into the midterm elections today, if there is anything we learned from following the polls in the 2016 Presidential election, it is that no one really knows what will happen until the results are in.

At GBTA, we are not in the business of predicting elections, but we do want to let you know what impact the election can have on business travel – regardless of who wins or loses today.

Here are three key travel-related committees to keep an eye on:

House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee - Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) is currently serving his third term as Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. As one of the largest committees in Congress, it has broad jurisdiction over all modes of transportation and other aspects of our national infrastructure as well. Shuster is retiring from Congress, meaning the chair of this Committee will change regardless of the election outcome.

If the House flips, the current Democratic ranking member who would become the chair is Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR). Rep. DeFazio was a sponsor of the FASTER Act, which GBTA strongly supported. He does however, support raising the cap on the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC). GBTA will continue to engage on these important issues as an increase in the PFC could have a significant impact on the bottom line for companies sending business travelers on the road for roughly 40 million business trips a month – most of which involve air travel.

If the Republicans remain in control of the House, there are two contenders in play to take on the chair role: Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO). Past Legislative Summit attendees may remember Rep. Denham as a speaker in 2015. He has done some positive work for business travelers with his efforts around passenger rail legislation. He is facing a tough reelection campaign that he will need to win first if he wants a chance to chair the Committee though. Rep. Graves is also a past Legislative Summit speaker and a longtime champion of business travel making him a two-time GBTA Navigator Award winner. Politico reports that Graves appears to be first-in-line in this contest, but that both Congressmen have expressed a desire to push a major infrastructure package as an early priority in the next Congress.

House Homeland Security CommitteeWith current Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) reaching his term limit, the leadership for the House Homeland Security Committee will also change regardless of whether the House flips or not. It is not completely clear who will take over should the Republicans maintain control, but Mike Rogers (R-AL) is seen as the most likely. 

If the Democrats win the House, ranking member Bennie Thompson (D-MS) would be the next chairman. Thompson has been the top Democrat on the Committee since 2005.

Given the many security items incorporated into the recently passed FAA Reauthorization bill, the Committee will likely focus more attention on TSA oversight issues going forward including workforce and union concerns, whistleblower protections and employee misconduct. Thompson has also shown interest in the growing use of biometric technology and facial recognition by Customs Border Protection and TSA, along with what privacy concerns this technology poses.

Additionally, Politico reported that a Thompson aide has said Democrats want to examine immigration policies that have come out of the Trump Administration including the travel ban, border wall and disaster response.

Senate Commerce CommitteeSen. John Thune (R-SD), current chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, is expected to move to the role of Senate Majority Whip should the Republicans retain control of the Senate.

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) is expected to take on the chair role in this case. His priorities on transportation are not yet known. When it comes to aviation, he has spoken out against regulatory policies that make it harder for the airlines to do business out of concern that this typically means if airlines need to cut service, it will be to less-profitable, rural routes like his state. However, he has also been opposed to the airlines’ views on several issues including pulling air traffic control operations from the FAA and supporting language in the FAA Bill that would bar unreasonable change and cancellation fees (this ultimately was not included in the final bill). In other modes of transportation, he has long been a proponent for maintaining Amtrak’s long-distance routes and will likely be a key voice for Amtrak on this front if he becomes chair.

If the Democrats take control of the Senate, the front-runner to chair the Committee is Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL). Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) are also in the mix. Sen. Kobluchar is another long-time champion of business travel and an inaugural winner of GBTA’s first Navigator Award in 2016.

 

GBTA will be following the election results closely as they come in Tuesday night and will monitor the changes in committee leadership as that unfolds. Travel has always been a bipartisan issue and we will continue to work closely with leaders on both sides of the aisle to ensure the voice of the business travel industry is heard.

I encourage you to help make our collective voice stronger by attending our Legislative Summit next spring and letting your members of Congress know how important business travel is to our economy.

You can also stay up-to-date on GBTA’s advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C., Brussels and around the world by subscribing to GBTA’s bi-weekly Politics of Travel email from GBTA’s Vice President of Government Relations, Shane Downey.


Determine the Future of GBTA - Board Election

*This election brochure post was originally sent as an email to GBTA members eligible to vote on May 19. If you have any questions or did not receive this email and believe you should have, please contact Election Services Corp. at GBTAhelp@electionservicescorp.com*

It is time once again to make your voice heard in choosing new leadership positions for GBTA. In preparation for the election this July, please take a moment to review the election materials and platform statements in the Board of Directors Election Brochure 2017. As part of GBTA's continuing efforts to be environmentally responsible, this brochure is currently available online.

At Convention 2017, elections with voting by electronic means will be open starting on Monday, July 17 at 11am ET until Tuesday, July 18 at 6pm ET. The Annual Business Meeting where you will hear from each of the candidates will take place Monday, July 17 at 10am ET at Center Stage in the Grand Ballroom in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Results of the elections will be announced at Convention Arena on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Individuals must be Direct or Allied members of GBTA to be eligible to vote. New this year: Please note that members voting onsite must be registered for Convention by July 6, 2017.

Absentee Ballots

If you are unable to attend GBTA Convention 2017 and vote in person, you may request an absentee ballot.

You will receive information on how to request an absentee ballot on June 2 and you have until June 16 to request an absentee ballot.

Absentee ballots will be submitted electronically and must be received by July 10, 2017, which is five business days prior to the start of Convention. Instructions for submission and completion will be included on the ballot.

The open Board positions in the 2017 Election are as follows:

  • President for a term of two years
  • Vice President for a term of two years
  • One (1) Allied Member Director at Large for a term of two years

We thank you in advance for your participation in shaping the future of GBTA.


Congratulations to the 2017 GBTA Board of Directors Nominees

Please join us in congratulating the following members, who have been nominated to run for positions on the GBTA Board of Directors. Candidate platform statements will be sent to all GBTA Members in the coming weeks. The Board consists of thirteen (13) Members comprised of the President, Vice President, Immediate Past President/Chairman of the Board, President of the Chapter Presidents' Council, President and Vice President of the Allied Leadership Council, five (5) Direct Members elected at large, and two (2) Allied Members elected at large. The Executive Director & COO also serves as an ex officio Member of the Board. Below, please find a brief description of each position and, for each position, the corresponding list of nominated members:

President (1) – The President will preside at all meetings of the Board. This person exercises general supervisory control over the affairs of the Association. The President serves a term of two (2) years to begin at the close of GBTA Convention 2017 through the close of GBTA Convention 2019. All GBTA Direct Members may vote for these candidates.

The nominees for President are:

Christle Johnson, Vice President, Travel & Business Services, Johnson Downie LLC

Mark Ziegler, Senior Travel Manager, Global Travel Services, NetApp, Inc.

Vice President (1) - The Vice President presides at meetings of the Board of Directors and related committees if and when the President is not available. The Vice President is also a member of GBTA’s Finance and Budget Committee. Like the President, the Vice President serves a two-year term that begins at the close of GBTA Convention 2017 and runs through the close of GBTA Convention 2019. All GBTA Direct Members may vote for these candidates.

The nominees for Vice President are:

Rita Visser, Director, Global Travel Sourcing and GPO, Oracle

Allied Member at Large (1) – Allied Members at Large exercise the General Powers of the Association, as those powers are set forth in the Association’s Bylaws. Allied Members at Large serve a term of two years to begin at the close of GBTA Convention 2017 through the close of GBTA Convention 2019. All GBTA Allied Members may vote for these candidates.

The nominees for Allied Member at large are:

William (Billy) Bos, Associate Director of Worldwide Sales, Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Paul Tilstone, Managing Partner, Festive Road

Elections will be held Monday through Tuesday, July 17-18, 2017, at GBTA Convention 2017 in Boston. Absentee ballots will be available on June 2. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is June 16. All absentee ballots are due to Election Services Corp. (ESC) by July 11. Further instructions will be sent on how to request an absentee ballot in the coming weeks. Please also note, the deadline to register for Convention if you are planning to vote onsite is July 6.


Call for Nominations: GBTA Board of Directors

*GBTA members will receive this information below in an email today, March 21st, along with a personalized link to submit your nominations for the Board. If you do not see it in your inbox by the end of the day, please check your spam folders first. If you cannot find the email, please contact Election Services at gbtahelp@electionservicescorp.com for assistance.*

GBTA's Board elections are held each year in conjunction with the annual Convention. Volunteering on the Board is a chance for our industry's leaders to make a long-term positive impact on our profession. This message is meant to advise you of the GBTA Board election process and to invite you to participate by nominating candidates for vacant positions. We hope that you will choose to participate by nominating a peer - or even yourself.

Volunteering to serve on the Board has many benefits. You have the opportunity to serve with fellow leaders that could benefit your professional life. Your opinions and experience provide needed input into shaping the strategic goals for the organization.

The Board consists of thirteen (13) Members comprised of the President, Vice President, Immediate Past President/Chairman of the Board, President of the Chapter Presidents' Council, President and Vice President of the Allied Leadership Council, five (5) Direct Members elected at large, and two (2) Allied Members elected at large. The Executive Director & COO also serves as an ex officio Member of the Board.

Open Positions:

  • President for a term of two years to begin at the close of GBTA Convention 2017 through the close of GBTA Convention 2019
  • Vice President for a term of two years to begin at the close of GBTA Convention 2017 through the close of GBTA Convention 2019
  • Allied Member at Large (1) - for a term of two years to begin at the close of GBTA Convention 2017 through the close of GBTA Convention 2019

Officers (President and Vice President) will be elected by GBTA Direct Members. Allied Members at large will be elected by GBTA Allied Members.

Eligibility Requirements: (As stated in Article VI of GBTA’s bylaws.)

To be eligible for nomination, the following requirements must be met:

  • Be a Direct or Allied Member that has been a GBTA Member in good standing (in their respective category) for the last two (2) consecutive years; and
  • Completed at least one (1) year of service to the Association or local chapter

Any Direct Member of the Association may nominate a qualified Direct Member or themselves to be an Officer.

Any Allied Member of the Association may nominate a qualified Allied Member or themselves to be a Director.

The Role of the Board:  The Board of Directors serves a crucial role in determining the long-term strategy and future governance needs of the Association. A Director attends approximately four (4) in-person meetings of the Board throughout the year as well as periodic Board conference calls as needed. In addition, all Board Members attend the annual GBTA Convention where they participate in several leadership assignments, on and off stage. All Board Members spend time deliberating on matters and policies related to the Association's programs and services. In addition, Board Members should expect to carry out special assignments and make appearances at local chapter meetings, committee meetings or other forums where GBTA's leadership presence is needed throughout the year.

In addition to the GBTA Board of Directors, Allied Member positions will also serve on the GBTA Allied Leadership Council. This Council advises the Board on industry related matters from a supplier perspective.

What Should a Candidate be Prepared For? 
All candidates for the Board should be knowledgeable of GBTA's programs, services and Bylaws. All candidates are asked to submit a platform statement and respond to questions. The candidate's platform statement and responses are published in an election brochure that is sent to all Members in advance of Convention. In addition, candidates appear at the Annual Business Meeting / Election on Monday of our annual Convention, and provide a brief, three-minute statement to their peers.

All candidates must adhere strictly to campaign guidelines.

The Election Process:  GBTA's election process is guided by GBTA's Bylaws, which require that activities and deadlines are met in a timely manner. The critical dates and process are noted below:

  • April 18 - Deadline for Nominations
  • April 27 - List of Nominees Announced to Membership
  • May 11 - Candidate Platforms Due
  • May 18 - Election Brochures Sent
  • May 31 – Notice of Annual Meeting
  • June 2 - Absentee Ballots Available
  • June 16 - Absentee Ballot Request Deadline
  • July 6 - Deadline to Register for Convention if Planning to Vote Onsite
  • July 10 - Absentee Ballots Due to GBTA
  • July 17 - Annual Business Meeting
  • July 17 - Voting Opens Onsite at Convention
  • July 18 - Voting Closes
  • July 19 - Election Results Announced

How to Submit a Nomination:
GBTA is once again using an online nomination process this year. You can nominate yourself or another Member that has personally agreed to run for election. You may nominate as many or as few candidates as you like. You will receive an email directly from Election Services with a personalized link to submit your nomination(s). Nominations must be submitted by April 18, 2017.

If you have any questions about the online nomination process, please contact Election Services Corp. by email at gbtahelp@electionservicescorp.com or call toll-free +1 866 720 HELP (4357).

Please note: Any other method of submission of the nomination form will not be accepted. 


GBTA Board Election - Absentee Ballots Now Available

On Friday, June 3, all GBTA Direct and Allied Members received an email from Election Services Corp. (ESC) announcing that absentee ballots are now available for the 2016 GBTA Board of Directors Election. You may also view the email below. If you did not receive it, please check your spam folder first. If it is not there, please contact ESC by email at gbtahelp@electionservicescorp.com or call toll-free +1 866 720 HELP (4357) to ensure you receive future election communications.

The election is your opportunity to make your voice heard in selecting the future leaders of GBTA. I thank you in advance for participating either via absentee ballot or by voting in-person at Convention. Please note you have until June 16 to request an absentee ballot and until July 11 to submit your vote via absentee ballot. 

Make Your Voice Heard
Determine the Future of GBTA
Absentee Ballot Request Process Now Open

It is time to start choosing new leadership positions for GBTA. In preparation for the upcoming voting opportunities, please take a moment to review the election materials and platform statements in the Board of Directors Election Brochure 2016.

At Convention 2016, elections with voting by electronic means will be open starting on Monday, July 18 at 11:30am MT until Tuesday, July 19 at 6:00pm MT at the GBTA Convention at the Colorado Convention Center. Paper ballots will not be available. Results of the elections will be announced at Convention Arena on Wednesday, July 20. Individuals must be Direct or Allied members of GBTA to be eligible to vote.

If you are unable to attend GBTA Convention 2016 and vote in person, you may request an absentee ballot. The absentee ballot request process is now open. You must reply to this email to request an absentee ballot. Either click reply or click here and write "Please send me an absentee ballot." in the body of the email. The absentee ballot will be available online only.

The Election Services Company (ESC) will respond to your request and provide you with the website link and code to login and cast your absentee vote. The deadline to request the absentee ballot is June 16.

The deadline to submit an absentee ballot is July 11.

The positions up for election are:

  • Two (2) Direct Members at Large for a term of three years
  • One (1) Allied Member at Large for a term of two years

We thank you in advance for your participation in shaping the future of GBTA.


Notice of Annual Meeting

Last Wednesday, all GBTA Direct and Allied members should have received the Notice of Annual Meeting via email. You may also view it below. If you did not receive it, please check your spam folder first. If it is not there, please contact Election Services Corp. by email at gbtahelp@electionservicescorp.com or call toll-free +1 866 720 HELP (4357) to ensure you receive future election communications.

The upcoming election is your chance to make your voice heard in helping determine the future leaders of GBTA. I hope that you will all take some time to learn about our candidates and cast your vote either at Convention or via an absentee ballot. Stay tuned for more info.

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING

Annual Report Election of Directors Absentee Ballot Request Instructions and Timelines

Notice of Annual Meeting The Annual Meeting of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), Inc. ("GBTA") will be held on July 18, 2016, at 10:30am in Denver, Colorado at the Colorado Convention Center on Center Stage at the Bellco Theater.

Election of Directors Once again, it is time to choose new leadership for GBTA. In preparation for the upcoming voting opportunities, please take a moment to review the election materials and platform statements in the Board of Directors Election Brochure 2016.

If you are a GBTA Direct or Allied Member, you may vote in this election either at the GBTA Annual Convention or by absentee ballot (instructions below).

At Convention 2016, elections with voting by electronic means will be open starting on Monday, July 18 at 11:30am MT until Tuesday, July 19 at 6:00pm MT at the GBTA Convention at the Colorado Convention Center. Results of the elections will be announced at Convention Arena on Wednesday, July 20. Individuals must be Direct or Allied members of GBTA to be eligible to vote.

The open Board positions in the 2016 Election are as follows:

  • Two (2) Direct Members at Large for a term of three years
  • One (1) Allied Member at Large for a term of two years

Absentee Ballots
If you are unable to attend GBTA Convention 2016 to vote in person, you may request an absentee ballot.

You will receive information on how to request an absentee ballot on June 3 and you have until June 16 to request an absentee ballot. The ballot will contain necessary information for the Election of Directors.

Absentee ballots will be submitted electronically and must be received by July 11, which is five days prior to the start of Convention. Instructions for submission and completion will be included on the ballot. We thank you in advance for your participation in shaping the future of GBTA.

Best regards,
Michael W. McCormick
Executive Director and COO

Review of Critical Dates:

  • June 3 - Absentee Ballots Available
  • June 16 - Absentee Ballot Request Deadline
  • July 11 - Absentee Ballots Due
  • July 18 - Annual Business Meeting / Election
  • July 18 - Voting Opens Onsite at Convention
  • July 19 - Voting Closes at 6:00pm
  • July 20 - Election Results Announced

Call for Nominations: GBTA Board of Directors

Each year in tandem with GBTA Convention, GBTA holds elections for its Board of Directors. In March, we opened up the call for nominations for this year’s open Board seats. This July while at Convention in Denver, we will be electing two new Direct Member directors at large and one new Allied Member director at large.

Volunteering on the Board is a chance for our industry's leaders to make a long-term positive impact on our profession. Volunteering has benefits beyond that as well. You get to use your skills to work for a greater goal while getting the opportunity to network with and meet people who will expose you to new ideas and approaches that could benefit your professional life. I have been volunteering for GBTA in various facets beginning at the chapter level 21 years ago and many of the ideas and concepts I learned over the years at these events contribute significantly to my current role.

What does it mean to be on the Board?
The Board of Directors serves a crucial role in determining the long-term strategy and future governance needs of our Association. A Director attends about four in-person meetings of the Board throughout the year as well as periodic Board conference calls as needed. In addition, all Board Members attend the annual GBTA Convention where they participate in several leadership assignments, on and off stage.

All Board Members spend time deliberating on matters and policies related to the Association's programs and services. In addition, Board Members should expect to carry out special assignments and make appearances at local chapter meetings, committee meetings or other forums where GBTA's leadership presence is needed throughout the year.

Additionally, Allied Member positions on the Board will also serve on the GBTA Allied Leadership Council. This Council advises the Board on industry related matters from a supplier perspective.

Who Can Serve on the Board?
To be eligible to serve on the GBTA Board of Directors, you have to be a Direct or Allied member in good standing for the past two consecutive years and need to have completed at least one year of service with the Association or a local chapter.

For nominating purposes, any Direct member can nominate themselves or a qualified Direct member for the Board and any Allied member can nominate themselves or a qualified Allied member to serve.

How Can I Submit a Nomination?
You will need to fill out a simple online form. GBTA’s nomination and election process is run through a third party firm – Election Services Corp. (ESC). On March 23, you should have received an email from ESC announcing the call for nominations that included a personalized link to the nomination website. You have until April 20, 2016 to submit your nomination(s).

If you can’t find that email or if you have any questions about the online nomination process, please contact ESC by email at gbtahelp@electionservicescorp.com or call toll-free +1 866 720 HELP (4357).

Once again, I strongly encourage you to nominate yourself or someone you know that would be a good addition to our Board. One of you could help make a difference in the future of our Association!


2015 GBTA Special Election Results

The following blog post was sent out as an email to all Members earlier this afternoon.

It is my pleasure to write to you today in my new role as Chairperson and Past President. It has been an honor serving with all of you in an effort to strengthen our Association and our industry. I look forward to continuing the conversation in my new role.

As you know, we did not receive a quorum during the Annual Election at GBTA Convention in Orlando and therefore held a Special Election to elect new Board Members and vote on a proposed Bylaw amendment. We worked with a third-party election firm to develop a process that I believe worked extremely well and lessons from this will be applied to future elections. In the weeks leading up to the Special Election numerous communications went out via email, social media and the GBTA website to make sure every Member was aware of the upcoming election and understood the process. Online voting was open for 10 days to give each of you ample time to cast your vote and make your voice heard. This model helped generate a very strong turnout.

Without further ado, here are the results for the 2015 GBTA Special Election:

President Christle Johnson, CCTE, GLP, GTP, Vice President, Travel & Business Services, Johnson Downie LLC

Vice President Mark Ziegler, CCTE, GLP, GTP, Senior Travel Manager Americas, NetApp

Direct Member Directors at Large Bhart Sarin, CPSM, GTP, C.P.M., Global Procurement, Ingredion Incorporated Cindy Shumate, GTP, Travel Program Manager, Princeton University Karin Thompson, CCTE, GLP, Senior Global Travel Manager, ViaSat, Inc.

Allied Member Director at Large Billy Bos, Associate Director of Group, Worldwide Sales, Best Western International

Bylaw Proposal The proposed amendment to the GBTA Bylaws passed.

Thank you for your participation. GBTA is a member-driven organization and I greatly appreciate your continued support.

Sincerely,
Donna Kelliher
GBTA Chairperson and Past President


GBTA Special Election Starts Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the 2015 GBTA Special Election officially begins. No doubt you have received a few emails already detailing the process, the candidates and the Bylaw proposal on the ballot.

A special meeting held via our webinar platform will kick off the election at 9 a.m. ET Tuesday morning, September 15, 2015. The sole purpose and only agenda item for the special meeting will be to open the voting. If you would like to listen in, please click here on Tuesday morning. You will be need to enter your name and click the “Enter Room” button.

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Starting at 9 a.m. ET tomorrow all GBTA Members will receive an email from Election Services Corporation (ESC) with your personalized link to the voting website. All you have to do is click the link and cast your vote.

If for some reason, you cannot find or did not receive the email, click here to go directly to the voting website. If you choose this method you will need your Election Validation number, which you can get by calling ESC toll free at (866)720-4357 during business hours 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or send an e-mail to: GBTAhelp@electionservicescorp.com.

Voting will be open for 10 days until September 24, 2015 at 5 p.m. ET ensuring you have plenty of time to cast your vote.

Thank you in advance for your participation. GBTA is a Member-driven organization and we appreciate your continued support.


GBTA Election Update - Notice of Special Election

*The message below was originally sent on Monday, August 10, as an email to GBTA Members as an official notice of the upcoming Special Election.*

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONDUCTING A SPECIAL ELECTION

Election of Directors;
Vote on Proposed Bylaw Amendments

Notice of Special Meeting and Special Election

There will be a Special Meeting of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), Inc. (“GBTA”) that will be held in person and telephonically on September 15, 2015, from 9am to 9:30am Eastern Time in Alexandria, Virginia at 123 North Pitt Street. Dial in information will be provided closer to the meeting. In-person attendance for the meeting is not required. Please add GBTAHelp@electionservicescorp.com to your safe sender list to ensure you receive all future election communications.Election of Directors

 

In preparation for the upcoming voting opportunities, please take a moment to review the election materials and platform statements in the Board of Directors Election Brochure 2015.

If you are a GBTA Direct or Allied Member, you may vote in this election.

Voting by electronic means will be held from 9am Eastern Time on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 to Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 5pm Eastern Time. Results of the elections will be announced on Friday, September 25, 2015. Individuals must be valid Direct or Allied Members of GBTA to be eligible to vote.

The open Board positions in the 2015 Election are as follows:

  • President for a term of two years
  • Vice President for a term of two years
  • Three (3) Direct Member Directors at Large for a term of three years
  • One (1) Allied Member Director at Large for a term of two years

Bylaw Amendment Proposal

A Bylaw proposal has been submitted for review and approval by the GBTA Membership. This proposal has been endorsed by the GBTA Board of Directors. If you are a GBTA Direct Member, you may vote on these proposed changes on this ballot.

These consensus recommendations were reached by an independent Bylaw Coalition, unanimously approved and presented to the Board as follows:

  • Retain legal counsel who specializes in association bylaws to review and update the bylaws in their entirety for full compliance with current New York State law and related best practices.
  • Create a new type of Member called “Indirect Member” for all industry-specific consultants and TMC outsourced buyers. This member type would retain Direct Member benefits, but would not have voting privileges.

    Clarification: There are many consultants and outsourced travel managers that act in buyer roles yet work for suppliers. In order to recognize their opportunity to work as an industry buyer, while also preserving the integrity of the Direct Member category, this member type was created. The sole difference between a Direct and Indirect Member is that the Indirect Member will not have voting rights nor can serve in a leadership position reserved for Direct Members (i.e. Board of Directors).

     

  • Include language in the bylaws that make it explicit that Members have equal rights consistent with their
    respective status (i.e., Direct Member, Allied Member, etc.) regardless of where, globally, that person works.
  • Remove term limits from elected Board Members and Officers. It was ultimately the belief of the Coalition that it was in the best interest of the Members to allow their votes to decide the tenure of an elected leader, and not term limits, thereby retaining high performing leaders.

    Clarification: This change does not alter the process by which Board Members must continue to be elected by their peers but simply allows them the right to run for office without limitation of terms.

     

  • Remove “C-level” title from any volunteer positions. Ultimately the coalition believed that the “C-level” title was inappropriate for a volunteer association officer and ultimately might discourage potential candidates from participating in an election.

You can review more information to understand these proposed changes in detail:

Thank you for your time and attention to these matters.

Best regards,

Michael W. McCormick
Executive Director and COO