January 2014  

Upcoming Meetings

Big Data is now a cover story topic and gaining increasing attention from executives to analysts across industries, as shown in the latest edition of GBTA News. Business Travel Executive is applying its own interpretation of this topic and calling it “Phat Data.” While the name Phat Data is intended to spoof some of the pretense surrounding the subject, BTE will bring this important topic to the market in print, online and in face-to-face sessions throughout the year, creating understanding and actionable intelligence to further develop ongoing program opportunities.

Come hear Jennifer Steinke, president of Innovative Managed Travel Consulting, speak about Phat Data and how it's content can affect you as a Corporate Travel Buyer or Supplier.

Join us at the Hyatt Place Downtown Nashville on Tuesday January 14 to learn more about this important topic.  Networking begins at 11:00 a.m.  We hope to see you there!

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Annual Fundraiser

Happy New Year! I hope everyone is enjoying their great auction items so far.

WOW what a great auction! We raised a RECORD amount of money and will be handing out a RECORD number of scholarships. We will have some great speakers for our Continued Education Programs in 2014 as well. All of this would not be possible without the support of the auction winners and our members.  Thank you to everyone that bid and who brought a guest.

I would like to thank a few key people that were instrumental in pulling of 2013’s Annual Fundraiser. The Fundraising Committee, TBTA Board, Josh Smith with The Standard at the Smith House, Kanye Harris for MCing the event and my co-chair Stacie Blazic. This group of people worked very hard for months on this event and I couldn’t have done it without them.

As we start to work on 2014’s auction our committee would love any feedback you might have on how to make the event better. We are also ALWAYS looking for more help. If you are interested please let me know.

Thank you again for making 2013’s Annual Fundraiser so successful. I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store.


Allied Board Member



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Community Service

Our Charity Partner of the Quarter is Room in the Inn.  The Mission of Room in the Inn is "To provide programs that emphasize human development and recovery through education, self-help and work, centered in community and long term support for those who call the strees of Nashville home."  If you would like to donate, please see the latest TBTA chapter meeting invitation for a list of needs.  You may bring your donation to any of the first three meetings in 2014.  To learn more about volunteer opportunities, giving opportunities and programs and services offered by Room in the Inn, visit

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Global Pre-Check

Don't Get Caught with your Shoes Off!

Would you like the opportunity to participate in TSA's Global Entry program without having to drive or fly to another location?  Officers from the program will be at Dollar General March 18 and 19 to conduct interviews.  Please contact Tricia Alsup at for more information and to participate.  For more information on Global Entry, visit

For your use, and to pass on to your customers, TSA has produced a TSA PreCheck™ Stakeholder toolkit! It is located on the TSA website. and is designed to give stakeholders the information and materials necessary to be totally up to speed on TSA Pre?™. It includes:

TSA PreCheck™ Overview

  • Application Program
  • Questions & Answers
  • How to Enter KTN
  • Trusted Traveler Comparison
  • Press Releases

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Welcome New Members

Welcome to all members - returning and new!  We're very happy to announce that membership in TBTA is expanding.  Special welcome to our new members for 2014. 

Jenna Marie Lee---Hotel Preston

Ronni Anderson---Hotel Indigo

Jane Hershey---Vanderbilt University

Merida Hamner---Emdeon

Rick Casavechia---Adelman Travel

Kara Hill---Hilton Suites Brentwood

Jeff Dukehart---Execustay

Will Saad---Cummins Inc.

Jay Johnson---Carlson Wagonlit

John Higgins---Travelink

Tara Fleisher---Homewood Suites Vanderbilt

M Susan Haban---Community Health Systems

If you would like to share information about yourself or your company, please contact Teresa Summers at  We would love to put you in the spotlight.  Let us know about your professional focus, why you joined TBTA, interesting experiences, or your favorite business or personal destinations. 

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