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.

Board Officer Election is Now Open!

Following are the nominees for each open position with a link to their bios.  Please take a moment to review these individuals and their qualifications, then click here to access the online ballot (YOU MUST BE LOGGED IN AS A MEMBER TO ACCESS THE BALLOT).  The ballot closes on November 3, 2016.

Candidate for VP Business Development:

  • Christopher Wang - Bio

Candidates for VP Government Relations:

  • Gary Murakami - Bio
  • Eric Schwarz - Bio

Candidate for VP Membership:

  • Karen Morrison-Perry - Bio

Candidate for VP Public Affairs:

  • Suzie Chickeles - Bio

Candidate for VP Technology:

  • Ryan Pierce - Bio

VP Venue Selection:

  • Kendra Haims - Bio

Thank you on behalf of,

Judy Emma, GTP, CCTE
BABTA Past President 2016-2017, Chair of 2017 Nominating Committee
And the 2017 Nominating Committee:
  - Mark Ziegler
  - Pete Gold
  - Joe Suggs

2016 Annual Holiday Gala


Save the Date!
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Fairmont San Francisco

Donate to the Gala!

Each year BABTA hosts a charity gala through an evening of great food, drinks, auctions, and holiday celebration!  The money raised helps fund BABTA's educational programs, which are available to all members.  This year BABTA has once again selected to donate a portion of the proceeds to a local non-profit organization.  We are looking for items for our Silent Auction, Live Auction, and Prize Donation Drawing, including gift certificates for hotels, airlines, car rentals, parking, restaurants, events, and tours.   If you are interested in contributing an item to this event, please view our Donation Letter for additional information, or click here to donate now!  You can visit our Gala Donations page to view the current list of donations.

The Importance of Advocacy

We encourage you to click on the links below to view these important videos from GBTA:

The Importance of Advocacy – GBTA Video of Government Relations Committee Chair Dianne Bradley: https://youtu.be/UehWaP1bdEw

2016-17 GBTA Initiative – Rules of the Road/Navigator:

Let your voice be heard!

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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.