April 2017 Print

President's Report


Robert Zimmerman


Happy Spring to everyone! We are sure moving along this year at a fast pace.   As the change of the weather happens, so does some new changes with GBTA Wisconsin Chapter.

Communication is a very high priority for the board and committee members and we have been working very hard when we meet to come up with good solutions in getting our members important information.   You may have noticed that the May Chapter Meeting registration email has come in a new format.  Ryan McAdams our Website Chair has found a new program for us to use.  This program will allow the emails that we send to not be tagged as Spam or Junk as often.  This new service does come at a cost to us, but we are happy to announce that General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee has become our email sponsor and helped cover our costs for this updated service.

Be on the lookout for our 2017 Scholarship opportunities! Some of the offers are new and updated this year, so please take a look when the information is sent out and apply.   GBTA Wisconsin is offering some and we have some from GBTA also that are available by applying with us.

Last time we met was our Annual GBTA WI Silent Auction. Wow!   What an amazing event we had.  Attendance was wonderful and there were so many great items to bid on.   We had one of our largest dollar amounts raised so that we are able to provide our scholarships and do our charitable giving in the fall.  Thank you to all who attended and helped us raise these funds.

If you are not connected with our Facebook group or our LinkedIn group, please join with us. We are sharing a lot of good industry information throughout each month.

I hope to see you at our May Chapter Meeting in Madison on the 10th.   Matt Hoffmann has put together a great program and speaker.   Tom Nicholson has spoken at several other GBTA Chapter events and the reviews we received where very good.

Thank you and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any chapter questions or meeting topic ideas that you would like to see. Happy Spring!

Robert Zimmerman, President

GBTA Wisconsin Chapter






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News, Notes & Upcoming Events

News, Notes and Upcoming Events


By Matt Hoffmann


Get ready to be energized with some awesome and informative information to help you with your travel program!  I know we say it for every meeting….but REALLY – REALLY you don’t want to miss the next chapter meeting on Wednesday, May 10th. The meeting will be held in Madison at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Madison West.


Have you ever wondered how to go about sourcing a method of payment for your company?  Do you know how to set up Company Central Billing Cards (w/incentives) vs. Individual Traveler Cards; Virtual Cards (hotels); while Controlling Fraud?  We this is the right meeting for you if you cannot answer those questions.  We are very fortunate to have Tom Nicholson, Travel Consultant/Speaker with us to help us answer those questions.


Tom will will share with us his experience on this topic.  This will be a lively presentation come for the fun! 


Direct Members - we will host a Direct Round Table session following the chapter meeting.    Direct Members please be sure to register for the session when you sign up for the Chapter meeting.


May Meeting Details:

Date:                           Wednesday, May 10th


11:00am                       Registration/Networking

11:30am – 1:00pm        Lunch Buffet - Chapter Meeting

1:00pm – 2:30pm          Guest Speaker, Tom Nicholson

2:30pm-3:30pm             Direct Session


Location:             Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites – Madison West

                              1104 Fourier Dr., Madison, WI 53717

                              Phone: 1-608-826-0500         


Room Block:         Discounted Room Rates: 

                             Room Block under GBTA - Wisconsin Click Here to access online


  •     Rates available until May 10, 2017


I look forward to seeing all of you on Wednesday, May 10th!  Please contact me if you have any ideas for a chapter meeting or questions regarding our session topics.  I am here for all of you and look forward to working with you! 


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Direct Member News


Direct Member News

By Amy Sipsma

Happy Spring Direct Members!  In an effort to improve and reach as many of you at once, I’ve put together a Direct Member Survey about how we can make the most of our GBTA Wisconsin Chapter Meetings.  Please take it at your leisure and let me know if you have any follow-up questions or suggestions you’d like to make.


Hope to see everyone in May in Madison!


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GBTA- Wisconsin Chapter is looking for title sponsors for our three Chapter Meetings in 2017, the first of which is in May and sponsors for our Summer Outing held in June. Sponsorship amounts are flexible and offer many benefits. Please consider sponsoring at any level! Contact the Partnerships and Sponsorships Committee Chair, Megan Leibow at for details.




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Allied Member Spotlight


Getting To Know An Allied Memeber


Heidi Janous

Senior Sales Account Manager

Delta Airlines


City of Residence:  Beautiful Port Washington, WI


Current Job Title and Employer: Senior Sales Account Manager, Delta Air Lines


Names and ages of children:  Nick, 29 (Civil Engineer), Alexandra, 25 (RN)


What is the coolest/strangest thing about your family? We all really like each other and love hanging out together on weekends at the cottage!


Where is your favorite place to travel?  Ireland, Italy, Family cottage


What is your favorite music group, or artist?  Many! So many music genres!


How long have you been a member of the WBTA?  22 years


What TV show are most embarrassed to admit you watch?  Shark Tank


If you have a college degree what is your major?  BS Education, BS Corporate Communication/PR


What was the first job you held after high school? DNR- Forestry Maintenance Crew


What are your favorite hobbies?  Travel, gardening, running, biking, knitting, cooking, baking


What is one thing that most people do not know about you?  I am a certified  Master Gardener


If you “splurge and treat yourself to something”, what would that be?  Kopps frozen custard-so naughty


If stranded on an island what book would you take with you? Being Mortal


Who is the most famous person you have ever met?  No one!


What is the best advice you ever received? Practice more kindness than necessary.

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