• See CWT experts at GBTA in Boston

    Patrick Coleman
    Many of us at Carlson Wagonlit Travel are gearing up for the Global Business Travel Association Convention (GBTA 2012), which will be held in Boston from July 22-25.

    CWT subject matter experts will be presenting during sessions at this year’s convention, two of them Monday, July 23, and two of them Tuesday, July 24. More about those below.

    We (mostly I) will also be tweeting live from the convention as well, so follow @CWTAmericas for more of what we’re seeing and what people are talking about, as well as major CWT announcements. For a full, unfiltered look at what people are doing at GBTA, you might want to follow the #GBTA2012 hashtag, which is sure to be a virtual flood of information.

    Having participated in national and international conventions in the past in the Twitter age, I can tell you that following a hashtag, even from afar, will give you more than a sense of the enormity of the event.

    Here’s who will be speaking:

    Kari Wendel, Senior Director of CWT Meetings & Events – Americas, will be in a 10:15 a.m. Monday (July 23) session titled “Deep Data Dive: Meetings Metrics Beyond Spend & Savings.” The session is in Room 159 at the Boston Convention & Exhibit Center. The official convention description:

    Data integrity is key to managing a successful sustainable SMM program and must advance well beyond reporting spend and savings. Join an expert panel of SMM practitioners to discuss the realities of mapping out data streams in advance of launching processes, translating data requirements into operational standards, service level agreements and key performance indicators. Get real life examples of how they have used this experience to improve the value proposition and long term success of their SMM programs.

    At the same time, Charles Brossman, Director, Global Safety & Security Products will be in a session called “Leveraging TMCs for Travel Safety” in Room 160A. The official pitch:

    Each time an employee travels, he or she is exposed to a range of personal health, safety and security risks. At the same time, legal trends such as Duty of Care place the burden of mitigating these risks squarely onto employers. Today’s most effective corporate travel risk management programs embrace their Travel Management Companies (TMCs) as partners in protecting their business travelers. This presentation will identify the top three ways to effectively tap their TMCs to help improve their travel risk management programs and, ultimately, to better protect their travelers.

    On Tuesday, Nick Vournakis, CWT’s Senior Vice President Global Product Marketing and Solutions Group, will be taking part in a 9 a.m. panel with speakers from American Airlines, Citi, Avis and others titled “Industry Leadership: Managing Through Constant Change” in Room 258 B/C.

    Industry leaders from the airline, hotel, ground transportation and management companies join Citigroup’s global head of travel to have a thought provoking and insightful discussion around how they lead companies and manage business through constant change. Understand their decisions in and around travel while they navigate a world of fast moving technology, economic roller coasters and a constant stream of news and information.

    And at the same time (sorry, Fred!) Fred Dallenbach, Senior Director of Business Development, will be in a panel titled “Strategically Sourcing the Travel Management Company” in Room 257 A/B.

    Gain knowledge on how to address and navigate the TMC sourcing process, and end with a successful outcome. This session covers many aspects of a well managed process and ensures the maximum value of your investment in TMC sourcing projects.

    There will be plenty more going on, but these are some early highlights we wanted to make readers aware of!

2 Responsesso far.

  1. Nikki McLain Nikki McLain says:

    It’s great to see our CWT colleagues are speaking at GBTA. Best of luck to all the presenters.

  2. Karen Gibson says:

    To my CWT colleagues – please feel free to stop by the CWT Boston office for a visit, or just to have a quiet spot to check email or make phone calls. All are welcome at 155 Federal STreet, suite 200.