April 2017  

President's Report


Spring has sprung and we are hopping into an exciting time!  I would like to personally thank each of you for your continued support of our organization and valued time.

TBBTA has now become an official Chapter of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).   What that means to you as our members is a great deal of information and opportunities right at your fingertips.  You will begin to see the changes take place over the next few months starting with our logo.  You will also see email communication regarding the many benefits you can start to take advantage of. 

As we move forward during this exciting time, please check out our website for dates of all of our upcoming events.   May is right around the corner and registration is OPEN for our May 16th Educational luncheon.  

Again, thank you for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you soon!


Elizabeth Settle

TBBTA President

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Annual Experts Panel Session - May 16th, 2017

Please join the Tampa Bay Business Travel Association for our Annual Experts Panel Sessionon Tuesday, May 16th from 11:30am – 1:30pm at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina.This exciting luncheon will have discussion based around the upcoming RFP season, industry trends/updates, travel risk, & duty of care. For more information and to register, go to: 


GBTA Annual Convention - July 15th -19th , 2017

GBTA Convention is the world’s largest business travel event. Over 7,000 business travel professionals from around the world will be gathering in Boston this year for state-of-the-art education, exclusive networking opportunities and news on the latest innovations in the industry.

GBTA Convention 2017 marks the 49th edition of The Business Travel Event of the Year® and our theme this year, Convergence, was developed to address the latest trends, issues and guidelines that have emerged as the business travel industry has evolved.

For more information and to register, go to: 

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I am currently looking for 1-2 committee members to assist with Membership Development & Outreach.  The ideal members will be able to assist with prospecting and retention efforts. 

Please contact me at if you are interested in becoming involved with the growth of TBBTA!


Adrian Nesbitt
Director of Sales
Bay Harbor Hotel
Tampa, FL

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Taking Applications Now for Professional Development Scholarships 

The Tampa Bay Business Travel Association supports the pursuit of professional certification through the Global Business Travel Association’s programs and educational offerings. To support this, we are able to offer educational scholarship grants to eligible member professionals, with funding towards a variety of programs.

This year’s scholarship application deadline is April 30th  2017. Winners will be announced at our next chapter meeting on May 16th.

To qualify as a candidate for a TBBTA scholarship you must:          

  • Be a member in good standing, with membership dues paid.
  • Have attended a minimum of 2 TBBTA events within the last 12 months.
  • Be a current or become a TBBTA committee member.

GBTA Professional Development Opportunities:

  • GBTA Convention
  • GTP - Global Travel Professional
  • GLP - Global Leadership Professional
  • Any GBTA Education Day
  • GBTA Webinars - Web Based Learning
  • Other Individual Education (TBD)

Requirements and procedures for earning a TBBTA scholarship can be found on our web-site:

To submit your scholarship application, please login to the member area, go to the scholarship page and complete the online form.


Questions concerning the application process should be directed to the TBBTA Education and Scholarship committee at

For more information on GBTA Professional Development opportunities visit the GBTA website



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We can't thank everyone enough for the great support at our Annual Fundraiser event. The Chapter was able to provide a check for $2,000 to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.   I'm excited about being a part of this organization and look forward to meeting everyone at our upcoming events.


Clint Vice   

Assistant Vice President - CPS
U.S. Bank - Corporate Payment Systems
Location - Florida Market  

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TBBTA Board and Members have selected Dress for Sucess Tampa Bay as the new Charity recipient for 2017.  We will be collecting new and almost new business attire at each of our events, for those who want to start contributing and making a difference immediately.


"The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life"

Dress for Success Tampa Bay serves clients by referral only, and women must have an interview scheduled before receiving clothing. Our clients come to us from a continually expanding and diverse group of non-profit and government agencies including homeless shelters, immigration services, job training programs, educational institutions and domestic violence shelters, among many other organizations. More than 2,750 organizations throughout the world send women to Dress for Success for professional apparel and career development services. For more information, please visit

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