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:

  • President
    Velia Cox
  • Director at Large
    Bobby White
  • Event Venues
    Melissa Gunther
  • Fundraising
    Brenda Trevino &
    Xochitl Huerta
  • Government Affairs
    John Busarello
  • Membership Chair
    Billy Sithavong
  • Membership Co-Chair
    Tyler Poynton
  • Communications
    John Corbin

  • Treasurer
    Kathryn Cox
  • Secretary
    Melanie Bruce
  • VP Allied
    Chriselda Barrientes
  • VP Direct
    Sarah Eury
  • Immediate Past President
    Rita Wenthold
  • Professional Development
    Ricky Ramiriez
  • Fundraising Controller
    Anastacia V Sigel
  • Nomination Committee
    Rita Wenthold