PSBTA Q2 2018 Newsletter


Puget Sound Business Travel Association

June 2018

President's Report



As we rush into the summer season, I wanted to take a moment and thank you for your time and efforts with PSBTA.  We’ve had great attendance at meetings, actionable feedback via our surveys, and awesome volunteer participation.  We truly have a great group of people that make up PSBTA, and I am humbled to be your President. 

Coming up, we have a social event, with an Allied Member Forum, a global conference and education day to look forward to.  Please join us for any and all of these fun events, as you are able. 

Enjoy your Summer.

Robert Wade
Puget Sound Business Travel Association
[email protected]



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PSBTA Announcements

Puget Sound Business Travel Association is giving away Scholarships

Each year, PSBTA sets aside a fund to be used specifically for educational training. Funds are disbursed at the committee discretion, based on the merit of the application.   Scholarships are available for any educational opportunity the applicant wishes to pursue.  While we encourage funds to be used to further the mission and goals of the Global Business Travel Association, we recognize that some opportunities may not be sponsored by the organization.  We simply request that the purpose be travel industry or personal development related, and not in direct conflict with GBTA educational opportunities.  Suggestions for scholarship include:  community college classes, GBTA seminars/conferences, Chapter events, etc.

Applicant must be a fully paid member of the Puget Sound Business Travel Association and in good standing. Applicant must comply with all schedules and requirements pertaining to the scholarship application process.

Application Process

  1. Complete and submit applications.
  2. Include a brief summary of how this scholarship will benefit you.
  3. Only Electronic submissions will be accepted.

Review and Selection

  1. Applications are treated as privileged communication and are restricted to the review of the Puget Sound Business Travel Association Scholarship committee and the Board of Directors.
  2. Applications will be reviewed by the PSBTA Scholarship committee and recommendations made to the Board of Directors.
  3. The decision to grant or not grant a scholarship rests within the sole discretion of PSBTA Board and shall be final and binding and not subject to challenge.

Payment of Scholarship 

  • Scholarship funds may be used solely for their intended purposes.
  • Once approved, scholarship recipient should incur all expenses up front and be reimbursed, based on the agreed upon amount, against receipts submitted.   
  • Scholarship recipient will be responsible for providing PSBTA with the invoices/receipts via e-mail to ([email protected])

Additional questions or comments should be directed to: [email protected]


PSBTA Legislative Committee visits Washington DC

PSBTA Legislative Committee Co-Chairmen Pete Crow and Richard McIntosh recently attended the 16th Annual GBTA Legislative Summit in Washington, DC to represent the PSBTA and our membership.  Below is a summary of the event as described by Shane Downey who manages government relations for the GBTA.

The Legislative Summit is the industry’s chance to gather in DC and advocate for business travel friendly policies. Over 130 GBTA members and affiliates representing 23 states attended, calling on lawmakers to pass a five-year FAA Bill ensuring a long-term plan for the future of aviation and to ensure the entire 9-11 Aviation Security Fee is used for airport security and passenger facilitation.

BEING THERE: In addition to the fantastic education, networking and fulfilling their civic duty as U.S. citizens, attendees heard from former and current members of Congress, Administration officials and industry officials on current issues.

DELIVERING: On Wednesday, attendees delivered these key issues to Congress:

  • Business Travel as an Economic Driver: Congress should understand business travel is important to the overall economy, given the industry contributes roughly 3 percent of U.S. GDP, equivalent to the automotive industry.
  • Pass the FAA Bill: Congress needs to pass this bipartisan bill now and not pass another extension. The final bill should maintain a 5-year authorization, it should maintain its no cell phones on planes language and should continue to reject efforts to increase the passenger facility charge.
  • Keep the 9-11 Security Fee for Security: As part of the last two budget deals, Congress voted to funnel part of this fee to go towards federal deficit reduction. GBTA members are asking members of Congress to co-sponsor the FASTER Act to support using the entire fee for airport security and passenger facilitation to keep air travel safe.

Pete and Richard had productive meetings with staff from Senator Patty Murray’s (D-WA) and Representative David Reichert’s (R-WA) offices to discuss the initiatives above.  The expectation is that both representatives will support legislation that helps the business travel community.  For additional questions about this event and/or about PSBTA’s Legislative Committee please send an email to [email protected].


PSBTA Education Day 2018 -  October 24, 2018

Theme: Cleared For Take-Off, Meeting Travelers Rising Expectations                     

Date: October 24th, 2018                               

Location: Seattle Airport Marriott

PSBTA is thrilled to announce the date and location for Education Day 2018! You’re cleared for take-off! As travelers expectations soar we want to help you manage sky-high challenges in an ever-changing business travel landscape. In-flight entertainment will include sessions on Payments and Emerging Technologies, Dynamic Airline and Hotel Pricing, Inside the Travel Studio and much more. We hope to see you all there!


Kimberly Faith                                                              Date: October 23, 2018

PSBTA is very excited to be holding a pre-Education day seminar on Tuesday - October 23, 2018 featuring Executive Coach, Speaker and Auther - Kimberly Faith for another very energizing career bootcamp. Details to follow.

Please contact the Education Day team if you’re interested in sponsorship, volunteering or getting more involved at [email protected].


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Member Highlight

Member highlights:

Direct member: Cristy Eisenman

1. Current position:  Travel Manager for Nintendo of America 
2. How long have you been a member of PSBTA?: 10+years
3. What do you like most about PSBTA? The sharing of travel industry information is invaluable. I have met so many people through PSBTA that share the same challenges I do in the corporate travel industry and it’s so nice to network with people in my field. Oh, and Bingo at the lunches of course. LOL 
4. How long have you worked in travel? 35years…yikes
5. What made you interested working in travel?: Well, because I started straight out of school, my original passion was for vacation travel and wanted to fly all over the world experiencing and learning about other countries to be able to share my knowledge with others and help them plan their vacations but after 2 short years of doing that I realized that was not for me! I quickly turned my interest into corporate travel because I was much more business minded and never looked back.  
6. What is your favorite travel destination?: This one is hard because I have so many favorites! For warm sunny beach destination would be San Jose Del Cabo Mexico. It is perfect weather year round and I would like to retire there some day. Also I love Japan ( mostly Kyoto ). The food and the people keep me coming back! 
7. What are you most excited about these days? I love my job at Nintendo and so proud to be a part of such an awesome company! I am also recently engaged so I am excited to start the next chapter of my life with the man of my dreams and best friend!


Allied member: Jeanne Lim



1. Current position:  Sales Manager for Grand Hyatt Seattle and Hyatt at Olive 8
2. How long have you been a member of PSBTA?: 5 years +
3. What do you like most about PSBTA?    I've been able to connect with a lot of great people in PSBTA. The networking events are always fun! 
4. How long have you worked in travel? 16 years 
5. What made you interested working in travel?: I went to school for hospitality because I was interested in travel.  I was fortunate enough to be able to work for a company that has GREAAAAAAAAT travel benefits and takes good care of their employees. :) 
6. What is your favorite travel destination?: Anywhere beachy :) 
7. What are you most excited about these days? I'm most excited about new challenges, meeting new people, and making a difference on someone's day.  



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Feature Volunteer


Thank you for your dedication to PSBTA! 


David Hurst

Director of Business Development for Atlas Workbase


Jennie Sjolseth

Senior Sales Manager for Fairmont Olympic Hotel

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Industry Updates


Cascadia Innovation Corridor:

At our June luncheon Diane Lundeen Smith, presented information about this interesting organization.  Cascadia Innovation Corridor, which is a collaboration effort between British Colombia and Washington state, focused on technology, research and transportation.  A link to the non-profit website is here that explains more:



Port of Seattle Welcomes Thomas Cook Nonstop Service to Manchester

Thomas Cook inagural from Manchester, UK

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