Government Relations Committee

The mission of the Government Relations Committee is to review, research, and make recommendations on legislation and policies that impact the business travel community and to help determine GBTA’s legislative action.

  • Champion Rules of the Road for Optimizing Business Travel
  • To inform the GBTA Board, committee chairs, and members of legislative priorities
  • To educate and communicate legislative initiatives throughout our membership
  • To act on all legislative policies deemed appropriate by the Executive Director & COO or the GBTA Board

Applications to serve on a Committee are accepted year-round and open to any GBTA member. Members serve 2-year terms running from Convention to Convention. Each Committee will be in contact shortly after an application is received. Based on the application, the Committee may either conduct an interview, hold the application or decline the applicant. Committees must maintain a 51% Direct Member and 49% Allied Member ratio. Fill out the committee application form below.

Government Relations Committee Application


Rick Wakida, CCTE, GLP
Global Travel Manager

Matt Assolin
President and CEO
Nikko's Worldwide Chauffeured Services


Sam Bean
Committee Member
Corporate Director, Sales Development
LTD Hospitality Group

Ewelina Dendroulakis
Committee Member
Sr. Sourcing Analyst, Global Strategic Sourcing
Corbus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Audra Detjen
Committee Member

Rebecca Palatka
Committee Member
Global Travel & Expense Manager
BDP International, Inc.

Mary Pelino, CTA
Committee Member
Business Travel Sales Manager
Schulte Hospitality Group

Sally Wearing
Committee Member
Travel Manager
SCL Health System

Michele Wilson
Committee Member
Sr. Regional Account Executive
Hunter World Travel

Shane Downey
Staff Delegate
Vice President, Government Relations