March 2018 Print

President's Report

The Mission of OVBTA continues to be
“Growth Through Strong Educational Programs.”

Welcome to the GBTA – Ohio Valley Business Travel website. On behalf of Executive Board and Board of Directors, we welcome you.  Whether you are a guest visiting our site for the first time, or a member learning about our upcoming meetings and educational programs, we encourage you to attend a meeting. We are committed to the ongoing development of our members as we strive to enhance their careers in the travel industry through top-rated educational programs and opportunities that allow them to grow professional and personally.

OVBTA is committed to enhancing the travel profession by sponsoring educational and informational programs for our members, and by providing top-rated speakers to address travel-related issues, concerns and current "hot topic" items. Our events are an excellent venue for the sharing of travel-related information and professional expertise where we are focused on perfecting the science of business travel management. We provide a great way to network and learn from each other.  Click here for upcoming events and meetings

As the collective voice of business travel professionals from across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, the Association provides an important forum for the constructive exchange of information and ideas among its members. Additionally, we offer many educational opportunities throughout the year designed to help members understand and apply new and emerging travel management techniques. This is accomplished in a variety of ways including regular quarterly meetings, frequent communication and quarterly networking events.

Interested in joining OVBTA? Given the turbulent and oftentimes remarkable changes occurring in our industry, there’s never been a better time. We’ll help you find ways to reduce your travel costs, increase your skill base and expose you to a vast new wealth of travel management expertise. Click here to join or to learn more about OVBTA membership. 

I want to personally extend an invitation for you to join us at our 2018 meetings to experience first-hand everything that we have to offer for both you and your organization. Please feel free to reach out to me or a member of our board with ideas, feedback or questions you may have about OVBTA. Your input and support is vital to our chapter’s success, the advancement of the travel industry and our many colleagues in various local businesses.

Thank you for your interest and support. I look forward to seeing all at the 2018 OVBTA Meetings. 

Wini Cloran
Ohio Valley BTA President


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Community Service

Ohio and Michigan on the Same Team?

Oh, yes we were! The Michigan and Ohio Valley Chapters teamed up to raise money for our fellow members who have been impacted by the fierce hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Our goal was to raise $1000, but at the close of our Joint Education Day in Michigan, we raised over $1500! A big thank you to these OVBTA members who generously donated items!

Aloft Beachwood Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Columbus Worthington
Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown
Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites
InterContinental Cleveland
Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square

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Sponsor Spotlight

 Sponsorship Opportunities for 2018 Still Available!

Special thanks from OVBTA to all of our 2017 sponsors! Without you we would not be able to have great speakers or provide meaningful content. Let’s continue this momentum in 2018. 

With 2018 just around the corner, it's the budget planning time of the year so please remember to include OVBTA sponsorship in your 2018 budget. We have multiple levels, Elite ($7,500), Diamond ($5,000), Platinum ($2,500), Gold ($1,250) and Silver ($750). Sponsorships include special placement on the OVBTA website as well as large banners that prominently display your company logo at the OVBTA meetings.

To renew your sponsorship or if you have questions about sponsorship, please contact Beth Kopycinski at

Thank you,
Beth Kopycinski

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Welcome New Members

A Very Warm OVBTA Welcome to Our Newest Members!




Cadence Travel, Inc. 



Channel Sales Manager 

American Airlines 



Business Transient Sales Manager 

Hilton Columbus/Polaris 



Director, Procurement Finance and Travel 

L Brands 



Vice President 

Professional Travel 



Director, Travel Services 

L Brands 




Aurora Exhibits 



Business Development Manager 

International SOS 



Sales Manager 

Doubletree by Hilton Columbus Downtown 



Business Travel Sales Manager 

Renaissance Cleveland Downtown 




Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus 



Vice President Strategic & Global Sales 

HRG North America 



Corporate Travel 





Hyatt Regency Indianapolis 



Regional Sales Executive 

AAA Club Alliance 




Rolling Hills Hospitality 



Senior Sales Manager 

Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati 



Sr. Manager, Meeting & Travel 

STERIS Corporation 

All of us at OVBTA are very excited to have you on board and look forward to meeting you and getting to know you better. Be sure to attend as many meetings as you are able to and introduce youreslves to your fellow members at the upcoming meetings.

One of the best ways to maximize the benefits of your OVBTA membership is to get involved and volunteer for a committee. With over 200 members, there are many opportunties to help out on different committee and we're always looking for assistance and fresh ideas! For information, ask any of the board members at any OVBTA meeting or email

Another great way to support OVBTA is to take advantage of sponsoship and fundraising opportunities. Whether it's donating or bidding on auction items, becoming a corporate sponsor, donating to support the GBTA PAC to insure our voice is heard by legislators, there are are areas where your support is needed and appreciated. To learn more about these opportuntities, email Mary Pelino at

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Calendar of Events

Be sure to mark you calendars to attend each of 2018 OVBTA meetings. Click here for the meeting schedule.

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GBTA Update

The sunny city of San Diego will play host to the GBTA Convention 2018. Mark your calendars for August 11-15, 2018, and plan to join us for The Business Travel Event of the Year®.

With nearly 7,000 attendees, GBTA Convention is the largest, most comprehensive annual gathering of the business travel industry, featuring: more than 65 industry-leading education sessions organized into 15+ specialized tracks geared to specific levels of experience and a variety of disciplines; a 400+ company Exposition showcasing market choices not available at other industry gatherings; sessions featuring world-renowned speakers and industry leaders; a wide selection of professional development opportunities; and, much more.

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Follow OVBTA


Take a moment to connect with the OVBTA on social media. These are closed and moderated groups so be sure to submit your name and join in on the conversations.

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