May 2021 Educational Forum

May 12, 2021
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach
999 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
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2020 is behind us. So many changes and exciting developments are occurring as business travel industry fights for a resurgence. Join this meeting to hear what GBTA is pushing for on the legislative front in the U.S. and around the world. Additionally, the conversation will cover the latest happenings at GBTA. 

Meeting takeaways:

  • Learn how GBTA is working with the industry and governments to accelerate Ready. Safe. Travel
  • How you can help the industry
  • Update on GBTA offerings and 2021 events
  • Update on GBTA Elections

Event Schedule: 
11:00am – Registration 
11:30am – 12:00pm Welcome Remarks, Chapter Business, and Self Introductions
11:30am – 12:30pm – Speaker
12:30pm – 1:30pm – Lunch is served
1:30pm – 2:00pm – Raffles and Networking

Meet Our Speaker:

Shane Downey

Shane Downey is Vice President of Government Relations and Volunteer Relations at The Global Business Travel Association, the voice of the $1.4 trillion business travel industry. GBTA is the world’s largest organization representing this sector and counts among its members more than 9,000 business travel professionals across six different continents. 


In addition to serving as the association’s lead lobbyist in Washington, D.C. Shane oversees GBTA’s volunteer engagement including GBTA Chapters, Committees and grassroots political activity. He also leads GBTA’s efforts with EU official in Brussels. Shane has worked at GBTA since 2006, achieving many legislative successes and expanded the profile of GBTA on the Hill and abroad. 


Prior to joining GBTA, Shane was a Senior Associate at a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., and before that Shane worked on several Congressional Campaigns.  


Shane received his B.A in History from The Ohio State University. Shane also served in the United States Marine Corp and is a Desert Storm veteran.  

Parking Information:

Main Contact:
Debbi Hartman
Chapter Administrator
Florida BTA Administrator
[email protected]

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