March 2018 Print

President's Report

It’s April and I’m very excited for what we’ve done so far, and what we’ve got coming up. And the sun. The Board is working hard to bring you interesting and relevant education along with opportunities to network and learn a little about what’s happening in our community. Just a few things we’ve done so far:
• January brought us the state of the state with Visit Seattle, February found us at Atlas for a social night, and the Gates Foundation hosted a fantastic meeting about what’s going on in their world.
• We had the first Allied Members Forum, which will continue to be held in the upcoming year

With many other things coming in the horizon, I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting.



Robert Wade
Puget Sound Business Travel Association




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Member Highlight

Member highlights:

Direct member: Sara Satterlee - Consultant

1. Current position:  Program and Operations Manager (Currently Consulting)
2. How long have you been a member of PSBTA?: 1.5 years
3. What do you like most about PSBTA? First and foremost: the People! It’s wonderful (and inspiring) to be around so many people who are so consistently helpful, knowledgeable, supportive and resourceful. It’s fantastic that the group is comprised of such a broad range of expertise and that they actively participate in the sharing and learning. I’ve also really enjoyed the opportunity to visit a different venue each month and appreciate the mix of meeting topics (community education, inspirational, industry information).
4. How long have you worked in travel? 2 years, Branch Office Travel Management – 12 years.
5. What made you interested working in travel?: IIn addition to being personally passionate about travel, Business Travel brings together so many operational and experience components that directly affect people. I LOVE partnering with teammates to work through operational puzzles and this is an area where results can be felt and measured.
6. What is your favorite travel destination?: Africa, with Italy being a close 2nd…
7. What are you most excited about these days? While I’m holding onto pure bliss from a recent Tanzanian safari, I am really excited to focus in on the year ahead professionally and am looking forward to working more closely with everyone at PSBTA. That… and bringing my golf game back to a score that I don’t have to muffle when I say it out loud...


Allied member: Sheela Hodges - Sales Manager- Oakwood Worldwide   

1. Current position:  Sales Manager, Oakwood Worldwide – Seattle Market
2. How long have you been a member of PSBTA?: 2.5 years
3. What do you like most about PSBTA? The community
4. How long have you worked in travel? Almost 3 years
5. What made you interested working in travel?:its global realm, working with people of different cultures, and it is a fun industry!
6. What is your favorite travel destination?: Singapore – because of family and the food and is a hub to then hop off to another Asian destination, Australia or even Europe.
7. What are you most excited about these days? Corporate Social Responsibility and how each of us (individually or as a corporation) can step up to a bigger cause. As I pass that half century milestone, there is a bigger personal awareness to do something more than my job. My ultimate dream would be to be able to reach that alignment where my job is my passion and the work I do matters.


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Feature Volunteer

Claudia Rutt - Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hilton Garden Inn Bellevue

Claudia Rutt is recognized for her willingness to help wherever she can. She was a great help during the PSBTA Gala with the Silent Auction, November and December meetings helping with registration and selling bingo tickets. She continues to volunteer each month and is a great representative of PSBTA. Claudia is a graduate from University of Nevada Las Vegas with a degree in Hospitality and English.

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