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.

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