Welcome to the
Bay Area Business Travel Association!

Our Mission

The Bay Area Business Travel Association’s programs are designed to further the understanding of corporate travel management practices and trends. BABTA provides opportunities for corporate (direct) travel suppliers and purchasers to share perspectives on pertinent industry topics. Membership criteria help maintain an equal balance between the two groups, thereby providing views from all vantage points.
Founded in 1975, the organization has over 200 members from different locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, representing firms in all types of business: manufacturing, insurance, utilities, banking, computer hardware and software, biotechnology, law and construction. BABTA is affliated with the Global Business Travel Association.

Current News and Trends

September Meeting!  "TripFriction and Traveler Disruption" Sir Francis Drake Hotel San Francisco

Thank you for a GREAT night! Special thank you to our hosts, Sir Francis Drake Hotel & our meeting sponsors Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite and Mosaic Global Transportation!  Our members and guests were treated to a lively panel discussion, supported by ...survey results from 60,000 traveler participants. Scott Gillespie, industry icon lead the overview, presented the data and facilitated the panel discussion. Travel blogger and industry insider Chris McGinnis shared expertise as both a roadwarrior himself and media correspondent. Christopher Hom of Dropbox added his own take on how management should ensure traveler productivity with hundreds of thousands of global air miles to his credit.

Scott's overview supported the discussion with compelling facts and illustrations. Please take a look at his presentation here and let us know how YOUR company could do a better job of keeping those very important Road Warriors efficient, safe and happy!

 View the Presentation from the September meeting!  You can also click here to access our archived presentations from previous meetings.



"Mr. Danby Goes to Washington!"

Dave Danby, Global Travel Manager for Bio-Rad has been a member of BABTA for 25 years and on the Board of Directors for 1 year. He has frequently provided his support and expertise to us whether part of a travel expert panel discussion on the dynamics of business travel or the shaping of BABTA via Board of Director discussions.

As part of GBTA's Chapter Challenge, all BTA chapters were tasked with raising donations to support the organization's Political Action Committee ( PAC). Our chapter not only raised donations, but we also offered an incentive trip thanks to the generous sponsorship of Virgin America and JDV Hotels. Held at the end of June this year, Dave represented BABTA along with our VP Government Affairs, Sarita Evans.  Read More ...


2015 BABTA Board Officer Election Results

The Bay Area Business Travel Association is pleased to announce the results of the 2015 officer election.  The following individuals have been elected to serve in officer positions and will join the current elected board to serve a three year term: 

  • VP Business Development:  Lisa Marie Tompkins
  • VP Government Affairs:  Joeann LaMadrid
  • VP Membership:    Karen Morrison-Perry
  • VP Public Affairs:  Salem Eways
  • VP Technology:  Laura Tyson
  • VP Venues:  Gyasi Edwards

Returning Officers & Directors

  • President:  Judy Emma, GTP
  • VP Treasury:  Charity Curtis
  • VP Administration:  Jim Bruels
  • VP Programs:  Mark Ziegler, GTP, GLP
  • Past President:   Gary Murakami, CTC, GTP, GLP, CMP
  • Director: Greg Sweeney
  • Director:   Al Gilbert
  • Director: Sarita Evans
  • Director: Suzie Chickeles
  • Director: Lisa Shenefiel
  • Director: Amy Cacho

BABTA would like to thank the following director for her service and support of BABTA, who completes her term at the end of this year

  • Director:   Norma Tomkinson

We would also like to acknowledge the contributions of our volunteer Nominating Committee spearheaded by Norma Tomkinson and included our members Gary Murakami, Sarita Evans, Pamela Schramm, Dave Kuffel, and Greg Sweeney.  These individuals were critical in finding all of our candidates for these board roles and were instrumental in assuring the continued leadership success of the organization.

BABTA congratulates the newly elected officers.  Thank you to all the candidates for their contributions to BABTA. 

Judy Emma, GTP
BABTA President


Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)

BABTA is an official chapter of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) whose members represent major corporations and travel suppliers. Along with BABTA, the global organization provides members with information on the latest technical and service advantages within the industry, as well as current legislative issues involving travel costs and safety matters affecting business travel.