October 2017 Print

President's Report

WOW!  I am ALMOST speechless… I said ALMOST.  You all know me pretty well and can attest to the fact that I am rarely shy for words.  What can I say, I’m a TALKER – this “GIFT” has been getting me into trouble since the 2nd grade. Sorry Mrs. Cline. 

The outpouring of support and generosity for our Strong4You Gala on October 13th has been nothing short of amazing.  We have some seriously awesome trips, one of a kind experiences, sporting events and must-have items ready for you to take home.  It is going to be a very special night, celebrating the opportunity we have to raise funds for a well deserving cause with our 2017 Gala Partner  STRONG4SAM!

I was scrolling through Facebook the other day and someone had a Countdown to Christmas posted on their feed.  After UN-FRIENDING said person (I don’t need those kind of people in my life)  panic set-in.  OMG! 

A: I have not even started working on my letter to Santa (Don’t even say it – YES HE DOES EXIST)

B:  We are in our in the last months of 2017 and down to just a few remaining events for PSBTA.

Not to worry our venue and speaker teams are already busy working on the 2018 events and we will share more information as it becomes available.  In the meantime, don’t miss out on the upcoming events we have in November & December – be sure to visit to find out the: Who, Where & When.

I hope to see all of you at the Strong4You Gala on Friday, October 13th at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington. 


Ryan Schlemmer
Puget Sound Business Travel Association




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Member Highlight

For our member highlights, we would like for our members to get to know our 4 candidates for 2018/2019 PSBTA Board members for election this October. Here are our nominees:

Nominee for President: Robert Wade from F5 Networks


1. Current position:   Global Travel Manager, F5 Networks
2. How long have you been a member of PSBTA?: 15 ish years off and on.
3. What do you like most about PSBTA? The candid ability to talk about the industry and it’s workings.  We all learn when we all share.
4. How long have you worked in travel? 17 years
5. What made you interested working in travel?: I fell into travel, via a cost savings initiative at Safeco Insurance, which tells you how old I am, and there was no turning back. I love the intricacy and constantly changing nature of the business.
6. What is your favorite travel destination?: Paris, or Disney World
7. What are you most excited about these days? I can’t remember whom, but someone said “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.”   While I might not be wholly behind that, it rings true.  What are the new KPI’s and how can we effectively measure success?  Do we even care about KPI’s any more? 

Lastly, bonus feature is Eric, Robert's cat.  He's the best! 



Nominee for Vice-President: Michelle Bunn from Egencia


1. Current position:   Global Program Manager for Egencia 
2. How long have you been a member of PSBTA?: 3 years
3. What do you like most about PSBTA? The best practice sharing
4. How long have you worked in travel? 5.5 years
5. What made you interested working in travel?:My father works for United Airlines, so you could say travel is in my blood
6. What is your favorite travel destination?: So many spots in this world of ours! I love a good tropical destination, Sun Valley, Palm Springs or New York City. 
7. What are you most excited about these days? We just bought our first house – so “excited” about house projects!


Nominee for Treasurer: Karen Beauchamp from Symetra

1. Current position:   Sr. Buyer & Corporate Travel Manager
2. How long have you been a member of PSBTA?: 12 years
3. What do you like most about PSBTA? The camaraderie between members and partnerships that we build turn into lifelong friendships too. 
4. How long have you worked in travel? 19+ years
5. What made you interested working in travel?:I love to travel and experience new people, places and things and no day is ever the the intricacy and constantly changing nature of the business.  
6. What is your favorite travel destination?: Anywhere there is sand, sun and a Mai Tai 
7. What are you most excited about these days? The chance to learn and experience new things almost daily, how many people can say that?


Nominee for Secretary: Lauren Moser from Hyatt Regency Bellevue


1. Current position:   Sales Manager- Corporate & Leisure Travel
2. How long have you been a member of PSBTA?: December of 2015-almost 2 years! 
3. What do you like most about PSBTA? The wonderful connections! 
4. How long have you worked in travel? 6 years
5. What made you interested working in travel?: I've always had a passion for travel - both personally and professionally.
6. What is your favorite travel destination?: Anywhere with a beach and sun! 
7. What are you most excited about these days? Life! 


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Feature Volunteer

Sara Satterlee

Sara Satterlee was the Travel, Program and Operations Manager for ZGF Architects from February 2004 until April 2017.  She has been the enthusiastic face you see in our registration table for the past few meetings.  

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Industry Updates

PSBTA working with Mary's Place for our December Monthly lunch December 13, 2017 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel 


Christmas is a time for giving, and PSBTA has a chance to give big...and to so many in need.  This December our speaker will be Marty Hartmann, the Executive Director (and one of the original 2 founders) of Mary's Place.  No one tells the story better!  Be Marty help her families have a wonderful Christmas.  

Right now Mary's Place is home to over 700 people every night, many of the children.  Each December, Mary's Place hosts "The Holly Jolly Party" where all family members can holiday shop for each and parents alike.  Over 2000 guests enjoy food, music, photos with Santa, new holiday outfits and a new pair of shoes.  All items are donated by corporate giving trees, churches and organizations, and charitable individuals.  We will be collecting toys, clothing, gift cards and cash at the December meeting.  Please bring unwrapped toys or clothing, gift cards and/or checks to the meeting and share the holiday spirit at Mary's Place.  Let's make sure Marty leaves with a full sleigh! 

PS.....They are always looking for elves to help wrap gifts, help guests "shop" and serving lunch.  It would be great to get a group from PSBTA.  Please let Suzanne Fletcher-Juneau if you would like to help on December 19th .  She can be reached at



Robot Helps Passengers Navigate Seattle-Tacoma Airport in 6 Languages - Associated Press 


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