Meeting/Event Information


May 15, 2018

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May's Educational Session - Experts Panel
May 15, 2018
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Westin Tampa Waterside
725 S. Harbour Island Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602
Registration is open for our May Experts Panel Session

$40.00 TBBTA Member Ticket

$50.00 TBBTA Guest Ticket

GBTA Tampa Chapter is pleased to announce our

Annual Travel Experts Panel Educational Session!!! 

We will bring industry experts from all sides of  the business travel spectrum: Buyers, Suppliers, Airline, Car Rental, TMC, Ground Transportation.



Coleen Storch - Equinix

Colleen Storch is currently employed with Equinix to create a Global Travel Program that meets the needs of a growing company with global business sites. Previously, she worked as the Travel and Expense Manager for one of the largest IT corporations for over 20 years. Colleen started her travel industry career in Tampa – where she opened the Hyatt Regency in support of hosting the Superbowl coming to town in 1984. After moving to Michigan, she continued her career with Marriott International Hotels where she managed the revenue and marketing efforts for 14 hotels in the Midwest. She also enjoyed being a General Manager of her own hotel before she elected to direct her career into Corporate Travel Management.  Today she is strategically focused on securing preferred discounted partnerships with air/hotel and ground transportation vendors for Equinix.


Michael Whaley - Delta Airlines 

Michael Whaley is a 29 year travel industry veteran.  Michael started his career with Northwest Airlines and transitioned to Delta Air Lines during the merger.  His territory is a mix of corporate and agency accounts in the Greater Tampa and Orlando area.   Michael also works with several charitable community organizations. His industry career actually spans more than 29 years because he also briefly worked in a hotel and also a rental car company.


Chad Elwood - Enterprise Rent a Car 



Nadim Hajji- Omega Travel

Nadim Hajje has over 10 years of travel industry experience ranging from leisure, Corporate, and government travel.  In past year, he has served as Vice President of Information Technology and Data Analytics at Omega World Travel where he has built Omegalytics.  Omegalytics is Omega’s proprietary reporting platform that provides insight into travel spend as well as savings opportunity and benchmark data.  Omegalytics was finalist for 2015 Most Innovative Product of Year by Business Travel News.  Recently, Nadim has developed Alexa skill for Duty of Care where in 5 seconds, you can know where your travelers are.


This is one of our signature events, don't miss out the opportunity to learn the latest and get ready for 2019 RFP Season.



Future Meetings

August 21, 2018

August Educational Session - Human Trafficking, Security for the Business Traveler

August 21, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Columbia Restaurant
2117 E. 7th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605

Registration is open for our August Educational Session!

October 18, 2018

GBTA Annual Fundraiser

October 18, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Brio Tuscan Grille
2223 North Westshore Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33607

Save the date!!

November 13, 2018

November Educational Session

November 13, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:15 PM


Save the date!!

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!