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May 16, 2017

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May Experts Panel Session
May 16, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
700 S. Florida Ave
Tampa, FL 33602
Please join the TBBTA for our Annual May Experts Panel Session

$40.00 Member Ticket (advance registration)
$45.00 Member Ticket (at the door)

$50.00 Guest Ticket (advance registration)
$55.00 Guest Ticket (at the door)

$1,200.00 Event Partner

$100.00 Sponsorship Level - Bronze

$400.00 Sponsorship Level - Gold

Please join the Tampa Bay Business Travel Association for our Annual Experts Panel Session on Tuesday, May 16th from 11:30am – 1:30pm at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina in the Il Terrazzo meeting room.

*Discounted valet parking available at hotel for $17 daily or self-parking in South Regional Parking Garage for $10 daily*

This exciting luncheon will have discussion based around the upcoming RFP season, industry trends/updates, travel risk, & duty of care.

*Please make sure to submit your questions during the registration process*




Panelists will be representing the following organizations: Jabil, Anvil Group, TSA, & Sabre.

Sheila Kittle – Senior Manager of Global Travel, Jabil

A 29-year veteran of the corporate travel industry, having held positions in Corporate Travel Management, Information Systems, and Consulting Services. Currently the Senior Manager of Global Travel for Jabil, located in St. Petersburg, FL. Sheila thrives on the challenges our industry is tackling with ever-changing distribution channels, new technology platforms and the requirements of our new generation of corporate travelers. It is a great time to be in this business and apply the principles of dynamic performance management to meet and exceed our professional goals.


 Jennifer McEver – Senior Client Relations Manager, Anvil Group

Jennifer is a Senior Client Relations Manager based in Tampa, Florida.  She supports clients within the financial sector and is responsible for cultivating a collaborative relationship with existing accounts. Prior to joining Anvil, Jennifer worked as an Associate Director of Business Development for a consumer package goods marketing company in St. Petersburg, Florida.  She has earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with minors in Marketing and Management from the University of South Florida.  


 Eric Blackburn – Regional Manager, TSA Tampa

Eric Blackburn is as a Regional Manager for TSA, serving as an advisor to Federal Security Directors and a liaison to aviation/urban mass transit stakeholders who work with TSA. Additionally, Eric maintains working relationship with federal, state, and local law enforcement organizations in the region to keep abreast of transportation issues.

Eric has been with TSA for over 15 years and has held numerous leadership positions at headquarters and in the field. He is a United States Coast Guard Academy graduate who graduated from Command and Operations School.


 Dustin Downing - Senior Director of Product for Traveler Experience and Sabre Dev Studios, Sabre


Since joining Sabre in 2008, Dustin has held various product marketing and product management positions with a focus on connecting airlines, agencies and corporations to their customers through mobile solutions and messaging.  In 2016, Dustin launched a new travel risk management solution that instantly connects travel managers with their travelers.  Dustin currently manages a global team of product managers and specialists responsible for the development of products and services that directly impact today’s traveler experience.


Dustin got his BBA in Product Marketing and Business Management from Oklahoma State University, as well as an MBA specializing in Product Management and Consumer Insight from Texas Christian University.



Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor: Emirates Airlines


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November 13, 2018

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GBTA Tampa Chapter Registration and Cancellation policy

There are many pieces in  coordinating a successful event; we must strictly enforce our event registration, cancellation and no-show policy:


All event registration payments should be made online or a check by mail one day before an event.  If payment is by mail; check should be received in our post office box five days prior to the event.  This will make the registration at the event smooth and efficient.

Event Cancellation 

GBTA Tampa Chapter reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If we cancel an event, registrants will be offered a full refund. Should circumstances arise that result in the postponement of an event, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration to the same event at the new, future date.

Event registration and cancellation by participant

Unless specifically stated on registration materials, the deadline to receive a refund for your registration is one business day before the event.

Cancellations received after the stated deadline will not be eligible for a refund.

Refunds will not be available for registrants who choose not to attend an event (no-show).

Cancellations will be accepted in writing only and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline. All refund requests must be made by the attendee or credit card holder. Refund requests must include the name of the attendee and/or transaction number.  Refunds will be credited back to the original credit card used for payment or refund by check directly to the registrant for the event.


Walk-ins are guests who register for an event  minutes before the event and are without an event payment  confirmation.  GBTA Tampa Chapter will work with the venue and the walk-in to satisfy participation but does not guarantee space or a meal in the case of luncheon meeting.

Sponsorship Information

Help make every event a great success by providing sponsorship toward one of the levels listed below. As a partner with the GBTA Tampa Chapter, you will receive exposure to your company’s products and services, while demonstrating your commitment to the local industry.

Sponsorship Levels 

Bronze $100

  • 1 admission to the event
  • Display company logo at the event with all sponsors
  • Acknowledgement during event

Gold   $400

  • 2 Admissions to the event
  • Attendee name list
  • Display company logo at the event with all sponsors
  • acknowledgment during the event

 Platinum $800

  • 3 Admissions to the event
  • Attendee name list and contact information
  • Display company logo at the registration table
  • Acknowledgment during the event
  • Allocated time in the event for brief presentation of company
  • Your logo in all event promotions (email invite, posters, postcard, press release)
  • Logo placement in chapter’s website with link during event promotion up to 5 days after the event.

Event Partner Level $1,200

  • 6 Admissions to the event
  • This level allows your company to exclusively sponsor an specifit event during the calendar year. Note: No other sponsorship level will be sold during the event expect for Education Day and Fundraiser event.
  • Principal display of logo in all event promotional material
  • Distribute company's materials to all attendees
  • Announcement on chapter's landing page for the duration of the event
  • Access to members contact information
  • Prominent link to your website from our landing page for 30 days
  • Address the event with product presentation

Thanks for your support of the GBTA Tampa Chapter!