Government Relations Committee

    Government Relations

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    One of the primary benefits of TBTA membership is support from an effective Government Relations program. Part of the industry’s collective voice is at the state and local level where TBTA's Government Relations program and its members get involved. 

    What We Do: 

    Government Relations advocates policies that benefit the business travel industry. Along with GBTA & Chapter members across the country, we educate members of Congress, their staff, and agency officials about:

    •          How business travel stimulates economic and jobs growth
    •          Government policies that facilitate business travel
    •          Government policies and taxes that discourage or impede business travel
    •          Benefits of efficient travel buying and selling

     

    How You Can Make a Difference:
    Get involved! Government representatives need to hear from you - their constituents - about policies that facilitate rather than impede business travel. Unwise policies cost the business travel community time, money, and business opportunities. From increasing risk-based passenger screening to modernizing the air transportation system to expanding access to the U.S. through the Visa Waiver Program, your representatives need to know that their actions/voting decisions matter to you.

    The 11th Annual Chapter Challenge is ON!

    GBTA is challenging its chapters to engage their elected officials. The Chapter Challenge runs through July 7, 2017. Chapters meeting these 4 tasks will be recognized as Chapter Challenge Partners, and TBTA needs your help in order to win for the 6th year in a row! 

    • Appoint a member of your Chapter/Affiliate to be the Advocacy Liaison
    • Invite an elected official to speak at a Chapter/Affiliate meeting or host a GBTA Advocacy Related meeting
    • Send a letter on behalf of the Chapter/Affiliate to its Senator or Representative endorsing a GBTA endorsed bill or vote
    • PAC Fund Goal – Raise a minimum of $1,500 (30% of membership must contribute)

     

    Business Travel PAC is the bipartisan GBTA USA political action committee or PAC. As the only federally recognized PAC representing the business travel industry, it gives the industry another voice in the political process. Through Business Travel PAC, GBTA members educate and financially support members of Congress who understand the value of business travel and support pro business travel interests. When government policies can make such a big difference in your lives – and the success of your employer and the business travel industry – participation in the political process is essential. 

     

    Chair

    Chris Maguire
    The Parking Spot
    1600 Hwy. 71 East
    Austin , TX 78742
    512-300-6348
    512-385-0542
    e-mail: cmaguire@theparkingspot.com
    Chair

    Rebeca Palatka
    Pacific Drilling
    11700 Katy Freeway Suite 175
    Houston , TX 77079
    832-255-0660
    713-583-5777
    e-mail: r.palatka@pacificdrilling.com
    Member
    Benjamin Coleman
    DistributionNOW
    20227 Overland Hills Lane
    Cypress , TX 77433
    8503225028

    e-mail: coleman.benjaminc@gmail.com
    Member

    Alecia McGuire
    Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
    14900 Gulf Freeway, Ste. A
    Houston , TX 77034
    409-651-0748

    e-mail: alecia.mcguire@ehi.com
    Member

    Ellen Meyer
    Marathon Oil Company
    5555 San Felipe
    Houston , TX 77056
    713-296-2958
    713-499-3373
    e-mail: ewmeyer@marathonoil.com