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2014 Direct Connect Airport Expo and Educational Conference

April 03, 2014
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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St. Louis Airport Marriott
10700 Pear Tree Lane
St. Louis, MO 63134
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This year the St. Louis Business Travel Association has developed an expanded program around the annual Direct Connect luncheon; the full day seminar will include renowned speakers covering a variety of topics relevant to Travel Mangement, Procurement, Human Resources and Strategic Meetings Management. For those with GBTA certifications, the sessions are certified for continuing education credits toward CCTE and GTP recertification. 

The day is built around the annual Airport Expo Luncheon which will again include the ever popular corporate travel forecasts for 2014/2015 and brief updates from our Lambert St. Louis International Airport air carrier partners.  The full day agenda includes sessions on building Travel Management skills, understanding how travel affects your travelers, advanced data analytics, Duty Of Care, integrating Travel and Meetings to optimize your program, IATA's new NDC language, the newest technology trends and what they mean to managed travel and the travel industry overall.

Complimentary luncheon passes, individual session passes and full day passes are available to qualified Corporate Travel Buyers, Travel Managers and Human Resource Department personnel. To obtain a luncheon or session pass or full day scholarship for Corporate Travel Buyers, Travel Managers and HR personnel; please send name, company, title and contact info to Seats are limited so please act now!

All sessions, refreshments, lunch and the evening reception are complimentary to STLBTA members.  For non-member suppliers, all inclusive Day Passes with STLBTA membership included are being offered now at an early bird discount, prices increase on March 26, 2014.

The complete schedule is listed below; details, GTP CEU credits and speaker biographies are available here.





Registration with Breakfast




Travel 101: Building The Basics


Kelly Christner

President-Strategic Sourcing Travel Consultants

Travel Management basics, tips and tricks for organizing and optimizing your travel program and assembling senior level reports on travel category.  This session is ideal for corporate administration personnel whose overall role in travel procurement and management has or is expanding.  Ideal for HR or Procurement persons new to the Travel Category.

Travel 400: Evolving Your Program To The Next Level


Jennifer Steinke

President-Innovative Managed Travel

Managing a mature travel program?  Looking to take your program to the next level?  This session is designed to help evolve your program into a strategic business initiative and to deliver the next generation of service to your travelers.  Mid-level to Experienced buyers will enjoy taking a new look at managing travel.

Break with Refreshments




Travel Friction


Scott Gillespie

Managing Partner-tClara

Wondering where the new frontiers are in managed travel?  Scott Gillespie makes a case for exploring the costs of traveler burnout.  Scott presents the business case for measuring Trip Friction as a leading indicator, and shows how Travel and HR managers can leverage new insights to reduce the risk of burning out their road warriors.

Integrating Travel and Meetings: Why Should I?


George Odom

Vice President andPrincipal, Integrated Travel/Meetings-Advito

Integrating Travel and Meetings.  Understanding how meetings and travel practitioners can pursue integration and how interested organizations can start the process.

Airport Expo and Luncheon


Jack O’Neill

Greeley Koch


Intro: Kelly Christner,

President STLBTA


2014 Global Travel Trends: Greeley Koch

Executive Director ACTE

What To Plan For:

Jack O’Neill

Former President, North America-Carlson Wagonlit Travel


2014 Corporate Travel Trends and Forecast.


Greeley Koch introduces travel trends to watch and announces the winner of the ACTE Miami conference scholarship winner.


Keynote speaker Jack O’Neill delivers regional, national and global forecasts for 2014 and beyond.


Airline Partner Exposition-Airline representatives will provide updates on service upgrades and route expansion.  Prize drawing for ACTE Miami Expo Scholarship, Airline ticket giveaways and more!

Duty Of Care


Stephen Barth

Partner-Hospitality Lawyer

Bruce McIndoe

President-iJet International

Each time an employee travels, he or she is exposed to a range of personal health, safety and security risks. At the same time, legal trends continue to shift the burden of mitigating these risks squarely onto employers. To address this critical issue, organizations must take a comprehensive approach toward protecting themselves and their travelers.

Advanced Data Analytics


Scott Gillespie

Managing Partner-tClara

Tired of dealing with dumb travel data?  Scott Gillespie outlines the stages of data excellence, from good guesses to provable optimization.  He shows how to combine traditional travel data with other data sources and analytics in order to move from descriptive data to prescriptive insights.

Break with Refreshments




New Horizons Technology Panel


Mike Premo

President&CEO-ARC (Airlines Reporting Corporation)

Cory Garner

Managing Director, Distribution and Data Commercialization- American Airlines

Ethan Laub

Founder and CEO - Trip Scanner

David LeCompte

President-Shorts Travel

What’s coming next?  A distinguished panel of industry experts will discuss the new IATA NDC language, what is it, why is it, what are the opportunities and challenges.  How will this new frontier affect Travel Managers and Procurement Professionals in their quest to manage costs, strategize and align with their companies goals and deliver better services to their travelers?  How does customized content and rapidly evolving innovation in the distribution model help or hinder those goals.   Delivering choices, customized programs, data capture and delivery, continuous duty of care are all part of 21st century travel management.  How are you going to see it, use it, make it work for you?

Reception Sponsored by Egencia


Complimentary to conference attendees

Cocktails with hors d’ouvres; mix and mingle with conference attendees and speakers.  Prize drawing for Marriott hotel night, STLBTA Golf Foursome, 19th Hole Reception Tickets.

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