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GBTA makes new appointments

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and the Institute for Supply Management ™ (ISM) today announced StarCite, Inc.’s Kevin Iwamoto as Honorary Chair and
Lindy McNairy as Vice Chair of the 2011 ISM and GBTA Travel and Meeting Summit being held in New Orleans, April 19-20, 2011 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

The Summit is designed by leading supply management professionals and features up-to-date insights, tools and strategies to help optimize travel and meetings spend and align procurement with overall business performance. The two-day summit will cover the latest trends in indirect services procurement, executive viewpoints from the C-level and megatrends of travel and meetings procurement.

“As a former long time global procurement manager, I’m thrilled and excited to chair the 2011 ISM™ and GBTA Travel and Meetings Summit,” said Kevin Iwamoto, GLP, vice president, Enterprise Strategy, StarCite, Inc. “I am a firm believer that events like this not only benefit the attending professionals, but the lessons learned from the
content provided will benefit their corporations, especially during these challenging times of global austerity.”

“I am thrilled to have Linda and Kevin involved with the Summit.  They both bring years of valuable industry experience along with their GBTA leadership to this new role,” said Michael W. McCormick, GBTA Executive Director and COO.  Kevin is a former GBTA President and the recipient of the GBTA 2009 Industry Icon Award and President’s Award.
Linda McNairy, vice president, Strategic Partnership Management,

StarCite, serves on the GBTA Strategic Meetings Management taskforce and is a former vice chair of the Groups and Meetings Committee.


p>“We are excited about StarCite’s role in the ISM and GBTA Summit. This
event is geared to uncover new efficiencies in travel and meetings
spend and help travel and procurement professionals get the necessary
results for their clients and companies,” said Craig Banikowski, CCTE,
C.P.M., CMM, GBTA President and CEO.


Also new for 2011 is a Pre-Summit workshop on Strategic Meetings
Management: Building the Business Case. This one-day intensive
workshop is designed to help participants clearly articulate the
benefits of implementing a Strategic Meetings Management Program
(SMMP) in their corporate environment.  The Pre-Summit workshop is
open to both buyer/managers and suppliers of SMM programs.


The Pre-Summit workshop is complimentary to all full Summit attendees
or available at a separate cost for individuals not registered to
attend the ISM™ and GBTA Summit.


Online registration and a full agenda for the ISM™ and GBTA Travel and
Meetings Summit can be found on the GTBA Website. Click here to follow