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Travel Times 2019 -Jan/Feb Print

President's Report

President's Message
Written by Sarah HillSarah Hill - Delta KLM Air France Alitalia

Hello All

Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were wonderful and spent with family and friends.

First, we have a new Board member, as you may or may not have heard, Keri Furlano has moved to a new position and is unable to fulfill her board duties. I am very happy to announce that Audrey Burchett has accepted the position and will be our Board Liaison for Education Summit. She has already met with her committee Chair and they are off to a fast start.

This year’s Leadership Summit is in Nashville Tennessee. Five members will be attending this year three Board Members, Heather Marigold, Nina Steiner and me, two Committee Chairs Megan Boosalis and Andy Chaussee. We will do our best to glean as much knowledge as we can to bring back to you all. We will provide some reports at our March and April meetings.

As I reflect on the previous year and look forward to the new one I would just want to let you know I will be trying to be much more mindful of the things for which I am grateful. Time goes by so fast and we always seem to say to ourselves and others 'where did the year go?' It harkens me to a line I heard from a song ‘habit is the enemy of presence.’ Let’s not let our habits forget that this may be the best time of our lives.

Thank you all for another wonderful year.

Sarah Hill


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Meeting Recap

GBTA North Central –January Monthly Recap
Written by Valerie Barnes & Laura McCray
Pictured left to right: Alex Linebrink, PassageX and Bernie Fautch, Eclipse Transportation


“To see the future we need to look at the present” says Alex Linebrink, CEO atPassageX. Alex explained block-chain and how it is and will change the world we live in. Block-chain: A secure digital way to transparently track assets and their ownership.  Everyone can see it and it cannot be changed. Block-chain’s security is combatting fraud and providing consumers with piece of mind when transmitting transactions. Alex is not only a block-chain expert but he is also the CEO of PassageX which is the first secondary ticket network to eliminate fraudulent tickets and give consumers the ability to check the validity of any ticket in real time, online or in-person. PassageX utilizes a combination of private and public block-chain technology. This combination keeps the PassageX Network secure, transparent, and open to use for every secondary ticket sale.  Other industries are already using Blockchain to fight fraud.  The music industry uses Blockchain technology to help keep track of who owns what songs to ensure royalties are paid.  The food industry is better able to track food origin, chemical treatments and inspections to more quickly and accurately reduce outbreaks, illness and death from tainted produce.  The art industry uses Blockchain to help prevent forgeries and track stolen art through Bitcoin to register and track art ownership.  What does all this have to do with the travel industry? Everything! Block-chain cuts out the middleman, provides a way to incentivize traveler behavior and streamlines travel which ultimately provides a better travel experience.


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Chapter President's Council

Upcoming Chapter President's Council in May
Written by Bernie Fautch

The GBTA - North Central Chapter will be hosting the Chapter President's Council on May 10th, 2019. This is an opportunity to show industry leaders our great community! What an opportunity to promote your company to a large cross section of leaders.

The CPC meeting will be held in conjunction with our Education Summit, so anticipate seeing a few new faces at this showcase event.  We are looking for a few sponsors while they are in town. Thursday evening, after the Education Summit being held at the Renaissance Depot Hotel, we want to take this group to a venue that encapsulates the Great North, so if you have a venue that can accommodate around 50, we would like to hear from you.  We are also looking for a dinner sponsor for that evening.

They are meeting on Friday and there are sponsorship opportunities for breakouts, lunch and boxed lunches. Pricing will follow shortly. 

Thanks in advance for your consideration. Please email [email protected] with questions, or to grab a sponsorship opportunity.

Companies the CPC team represents...

Delta Air Lines
Nationwide Insurance
CHG Healthcare
Frost & Sullivan
Ford Foundation
Vitesse Worldwide

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Committee Updates

Membership Committee
Written by Megan Boosalis

Did You Know?

  • 91 of our 129 North Central Chapter Members have purchased a membership and Meetings package and regularly attend monthly meetings.

  • Our chapter consists of 11 board liaisons, and 35 total board and committee members. 

    Community Direct Membership, $175, this membership requires a $75 fee to attend any meeting.
    Community Allied Membership, $175, this membership requires a $75 fee to attend any meeting.
    Membership & Meetings (formerly All-Inclusive), $395, this membership includes pre-paid regularly scheduled monthly meetings including the Scholarship Fundraising Event but excludes Education Summit.
    Membership & Meetings (formerly All-Inclusive), $395, this membership includes pre-paid regularly scheduled monthly meetings including the Scholarship Fundraising Event but excludes Education Summit.
    GTBA All-Access Membership, $495 Direct and $545 Allied, the All Access membership does not include the meeting package. If you would like to prepay for your meetings you also need to purchase the meeting package for an additional $220.

If you have any questions about membership types or pricing, please don’t hesitate to contact Megan Boosalis @ [email protected]


Marketing & Communications (PR, Social Media & Newsletter) Committee
Written By Valerie Barnes

Our committee’s goals are to keep you informed of chapter and educational information via various media outlets and to promote all chapter events throughout the year.  We achieve our goals by creating and distributing press release statements to media channels and the publication of the “Travel Times” newsletter.  If you have an interest in joining our committee to help us achieve and even exceed our goals, please reach out to me at [email protected]

We are always looking for ways to keep our members engaged with the chapter as well as engaging with new and potential members.  Please follow us on Facebook, [email protected], LinkedIn company page, Instagram and Pinterest.  Stay connected with our posts on upcoming meeting information and events and reposts of industry trends and member company news.



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Chapter Internship Open Position

Open Position for North Central Chapter Internship
Written by Valerie Barnes

The Chapter Intern position is to provide an individual interested in the travel industry the opportunity to work alongside various travel-related professionals. The Intern will gain exposure to the structure of the organization and will contribute to the success of all committees. This individual is expected to bring a new perspective to each team/project and will be encouraged to make suggestions on how the chapter can further develop.

This internship is an unpaid position; however, the intern will receive free chapter membership during the duration of the internship.  This membership grants access to the chapter website and monthly meetings free of charge.  The Intern schedule is flexible and number of expected hours/week.  The commitment would be for Spring Semester, now through May 2019.

At the start of each new intern position, a committee board liaison will be selected to provide oversight and guidance to the position as well as a liaison between the chapter and the school (if applicable).  The board liaison will be responsible for communications to the board and other committees on tasks/projects that can be assigned to the intern.  This includes monitoring hours tracked to the chapter that have been agreed upon for membership reimbursement or that may be required by the school.

• Follows requirements set by their school if credits are achieved through the internship
• Assists all committees and board members with a la carte projects on an as needed basis
• Attends Monthly Board/Chapter Meetings and Events as school schedule permits
• Engagement across all committees to include attendance in committee meetings
• Meets with Committee Board Liaison to review credit commitment status on a monthly basis at minimum

Chapter Committees include:  Advertising & Sponsorships, Marketing & Communications, Education Summit, Governance, Hospitality, Membership, Monthly Meetings, Newsletter, Scholarships, Special Events, and Technology.

Please contact the Chapter for more information at [email protected]



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Member Profile - Allied

Written by Wanda Baumgartner

Tina Husemoller

Experience: Tina has a background as an onsite agent. She then moved into Sales and Account Management. After completing her MBA at Concordia State University, she was an Adjunct Professor. Currently she is a Client Solutions Manager for Fox World Travel.                           

Work history:                                           

Travel Industry / GBTA North Central Chapter Specific:

What made you decide to work in travel?  I love everything travel! It’s in my blood!                                                             

Why did you join the GBTA North Central Chapter?  I was a member years ago. It’s a great organization and when I moved back to MN from AZ, I was excited to join again. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with everyone.                                                    

Are you currently on a committee/board within our chapter? I am not, but would be interested in the opportunities.

How long have you been a member of our organization?  Since September of 2018.

What are the biggest changes you’ve experienced in regard to working with travel? Having been in the industry for so long, I have seen automation with MCO’s, commission cuts, etc. etc. The industry changes constantly. Today we are faced with Duty of Care, savings initiatives and a different audience with regards to decision makers now being procurement vs. traditional Travel Managers.

What is the most rewarding aspect of working with travel? It is very rewarding helping my customers achieve their program goals and partnering with industry suppliers.

Just for fun:

What is currently occupying your personal life? Preparing for my daughter’s college graduation in May.

If you had to live somewhere other than Minnesota, where would you move to?   Anywhere warm!

Most memorable experience in your life: The birth of my two children, Cole and Krissy. They are my world!

Favorite trip you’ve taken:  All of them! I love to travel. I was in Abu Dhabi and Dubai a year and half ago. It was an incredible trip!

Favorite pastime hobby or leisure activity: I enjoy playing golf and spending time with family and friends.

Favorite food: Anything seafood.

Where do you live / marital status: I am single and currently live in Austin, MN, but will be moving to the Twin Cities sometime this year.

Favorite sport: ALL sports! I watch football, hockey and golf constantly.

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite drink: During the day – coffee. Otherwise, red wine. ????




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Dates to Remember

Dates to Remember

The GBTA North Central Chapter typically meets on the second Thursday of every month. 

Here is the upcoming schedule of events:


Monthly Meeting

Keynote: Katie Virtue, Festive Road
Topic: Strategies & Tips Applicable to Travel and Procurement

February 14th


Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Downtown

12 South 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN

Monthly Meeting

Keynote: Brian Ryks, Executive Director/CEO &
Cliff Van Leuven, Federal Security Director for the TSA
Topic: MAC/MSP and TSA Updates

March 14th


Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport

4300 Glumack Drive – Terminal 1 of MSP
St. Paul, MN

Monthly Meeting

Keynote: Janine Stange, Founder of National Anthem Girl
Topic: Be Uncommon

April 11th

Graduate Minneapolis

615 Washington Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN

Education Summit

May 9th

7:30AM to 3:00PM

Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot

225 3rd Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN


GBTA Legislative Summit


Tues, Wed, Thurs
May 14th - 16th




Monthly Meeting


September 12th

Crowne Plaza - Aire MSP Airport – Mall of America

3 Appletree Square
Bloomington, MN

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