About Us

GBTA: Your Global Hub for Business Travel®

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and meetings organization. Collectively, GBTA’s 5,000-plus members manage over $340 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA provides its network of 21,000 business and government travel and meetings managers, as well as travel service providers, with networking events, news, education & professional development, research, and advocacy.

Travel management is a specialized business function that balances employee needs with corporate goals, financial and otherwise. Travel management ensures cost tracking and control, facilitates adherence to corporate travel policies, realizes savings through negotiated discounts, and serves as a valuable information center for employees and managers in times when travel is not as smooth and carefree as it used to be.

The economic downturn has allowed travel managers to take a front and center role within their companies and has made travel management, as a profession, an important part of every top executive’s strategic planning. In many cases, travel managers have been asked to lead company-wide efforts to cut travel costs, track those savings and report them back to senior management.

But travel management is still misunderstood and undervalued by some corporations today. Therefore, the role of business travel within the corporate structure must be placed in proper context so that its value can be measured and appreciated.

Directors/Committee Chairs:


  • Presidnet
    Velia Cox
  • Director at Large
    Bobby White
  • Event Venues
    Melissa Gunther
  • FunRaising
    Bobby White
  • Government Affairs
    John Busarello
  • Membership Chair
    Billy Sithavong
  • Membership Co-Chair
    Tyler Poynton
  • Communications
    John Corbin
  • Nominating Committee
    Rita Wenthold

  • Parliamentarian
    Frances Booker
  • Professional Development
    Ricky Ramiriez
  • Programs
    Sarah Eury
  • Christy Prescott
  • Surveys
    Lisa York
  • VP Allied
    Chriselda Barrientes
  • VP Direct
    Eddie Martinez
  • Website
    Frances Booker
  • Community Outreach
    Brenda Trevino