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

2014 BABTA Holiday Gala Celebration "Bridging Our World"

BABTA would like to thank the following contributors to this year's Gala:

Jeff Hoyt
Sean McGuire
Rance Rudy

Music Provided By:
Dave Bossler
with the Funktional Soul Band

Photography Provided By:
Doug Cody
Bay Area Event Photography

Please click here to view Gala photos by Bay Area Event Photography!

Unique Photo Experiences Provided By:
Flix In Motion

Please click here to view Flix In Motion photos from the Gala!

BABTA Elections

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 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.