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.

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  • Champion Rules of the Road for Optimizing Business Travel
  • To inform the GBTA Board, committee chairs, and members of legislative priorities
  • To educate and communicate legislative initiatives throughout our membership
  • To act on all legislative policies deemed appropriate by the Executive Director & COO or the GBTA Board

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

Leadership

Rick Wakida, CCTE, GLP
Chair

Global Travel Manager
Informatica

Matt Assolin
Vice-Chair

President and CEO
Nikko’s Worldwide Chauffeured Services

Members

Tricia Alsup
Committee Member

Travel Manager
Dollar General

Sam Bean
Committee Member

Corporate Director, Sales Development
LTD Hospitality Group

Mark Champagne
Committee Member

Sr. Business Development Manager
Execustay Midwest

Bobbi Huber
Committee Member

Global Account Manager
Cornerstone Information Systems

Max Izmaylov
Committee Member

Director Global Sales
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Rebecca Palatka
Committee Member

Global Travel & Expense Manager
BDP International, Inc.

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