Meeting/Event Information

2018 - GBTA Michigan Chapter Annual Holiday Meeting (December Meeting)

December 06, 2018
2:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Royal Park Hotel
600 E University Drive
Rochester, MI 48307
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Meeting Agenda

1 GBTA GTP Credit apply for this meeting

2:30pm – 3:00pm: Registration & Networking

2:40pm – 3:00pm: New Member Huddle

3:00pm – Welcome!:  Recognition of New Members & Guests

3:00pm – 3:30pm: MBTA Business Meeting

3:30pm – 4:30pm: Meeting Topic - 2018 In Review and a Look Forward

2018 has been a year of change and innovation. Let’s take a look back at what occurred, some of the new entrants and how it affected all of us. As we review the past, we will want to discuss 2019 and beyond with an eye on how Corporate Travel Managers can add value to their travel programs. This interactive session will include a review of 2018, delivered by our speaker and with input from all attendees. All of us can gain knowledge through the shared experiences of others which will help in positioning us as we prepare for challenges and seek opportunities in 2019 and beyond!

Guest Presenter: Mark Walton, Executive Vice President - Strategy, Options Travel

Mark Walton is an industry expert in the field of corporate travel management and related areas of the travel industry.Previously, Mark held the position of Vice President Strategy and Account Management at Orbitz for Business where he was responsible for strategy, account management, implementation and supplier relations.

Mark was a founding partner of Consulting Strategies, a leading corporate travel consulting firm, and Travel Solutions Group, which provides merger and acquisition services to the travel industry.Overall Mark has more than 30 years of experience in various roles throughout the travel industry, including management positions at Northwest Airlines.

Mark is often quoted in the travel industry press and has delivered numerous presentations at industry conventions and regional forums on such topics as globalization, agency/corporate financial modeling, airline distribution methods, expense management systems, travel policy, and corporate airfare strategies.

4:30pm – 5:00pm: Charity Presentation - The Ally Jolie Baldwin Foundation

5:00pm – 6:15pm: Networking Reception & Charity Silent Auction Opens    

6:15pm: Charity Silent Auction Closes   

6:15pm – 8:00pm: Dinner                                                                                     

7:30pm-8:00pm: Charity Silent Auction Winners Announced


Michigan Business Travel Association Room Block: Royal Park Hotel

Offered Room Rate: $179 + tax

Please call the hotel directly for any bookings and reference the Michigan Business Travel Association event, 248-652-2600


*Agenda is subject to change