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 12th Annual Chapter Challenge is ON!

    GBTA is challenging its chapters to engage their elected officials. The Chapter Challenge runs through July 28, 2018. Chapters meeting these 4 tasks will be recognized as Chapter Challenge Partners, and TBTA needs your help in order to win for the 7th 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. 

     

    Government Relations Committee Chair

    Chris Maguire
    Nikko’s Worldwide Chauffeured Services
    4125 Todd Lane
    Austin , TX 78744
    512-348-9031

    e-mail: chris.maguire@nikkoslimos.com
    Government Relations Committee 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
    Government Relations Committee Member

    Martha Arellano
    Omni Houston Westside
    13210 Katy Freeway
    Houston , TX 77079
    281-977-6908

    e-mail: martha.arellano@omnihotels.com
    Government Relations Committee Member
    Benjamin Coleman
    DistributionNOW
    7402 N. Eldridge Pkwy
    Houston , TX 77041
    2818234922

    e-mail: ben.coleman@dnow.com
    Government Relations Committee Member

    Ellen Meyer
    Retired
    1811 Cobblestone Court
    Richmond , TX 77406
    281.342.3924

    e-mail: emeyer1951@comcast.net
    Government Relations Committee Member
    Sara Ortiz
    Memorial Hermann
    909 Frostwood
    Suite 2:102
    Houston , TX 77024
    713-338-6920

    e-mail: sara.ortiz@memorialhermann.org
    Government Relations Committee Member

    Adam Turetsky
    HP Inc.
    1867 Dart Street
    Houston , TX 77007
    281-927-7754

    e-mail: adam.turetsky@hp.com
    Government Relations Committee Member
    Monica Young
    National Oilwell Varco
    7909 Parkwood Circle Drive
    1st Floor Travel Dept.
    Houston , TX 77036
    713-375-3805
    713-346-4594
    e-mail: monica.young@nov.com