LABTA | Los Angeles Business Travel Association

Event Details

LABTA Welcomes

Corporate Partner Of The Month - May 2016

"LABTA Education Day"

Guest Speaker(s):

Sean Parham, LABTA
John Rose, iJET
Michael Collins, American Express Global Business Travel
Steve Reynolds, TRIPBAM
Makiko Barrett, Yahoo!

Jessica Davis, Sempra Energy
Sandra Broughton, AECOM


Wednesday, May 04, 2016



Registration Time:

8:00 AM

Program Time:

9:00 AM


The Mark


9320 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035




$12 valet - Cash Only


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Event Details:

Approved for 6 GTP Credits

Education Day Partner:

Don't miss one of the most valuable LABTA events of 2016.

Registration: 8am-9am Coffee and Continental Breakfast

Welcome and General Session: 9am-10:30am iJET Presentation by John Rose, COO
Discussions on top travel, security, geopolitical and health risks for 2016 and how you can best prepare your travelers for this dynamic world.

Trade Show: 10:45am-11:45am - Over 20 travel suppliers will showcase their products.

General Session - Luncheon: 12pm-1:30pm American Express Global Business Travel Presentation by Michael Collins, VP Multinational Sales
Michael Collins will share critical Information about the 2016 American Express Industry Forecast that will be relevant for all attendees. He will also share insights into the new American Express GBT and innovative next gen information.

Trade Show: 1:30pm-2:30pm

General Session: 2:30pm-3:30pm - TRIPBAM Presentation By Steve Reynolds CEO
"Hotel Procurement is screwed up!" This presentation will cover several of the challenges that travel managers face when trying to save money on hotel spend. Challenges such as the negotiation process (RFP's), identifying strong/weak rates, lack of detailed and accurate hotel data, LRA and % off BAR, traveler compliance, low attachment rates and more. Steve will also discuss possible solutions to these challenges and tools that can make life a lot easier.

General Session: 3:30pm-5:00pm - Corporate Travel Manager Panel: Makiko Barrett, Sr. Manager, Global Travel Yahoo!; Jessica Davis, Travel Manager, Sempra Energy; Sandra Broughton, Senior Director Procurement - Global Procurement & Travel at AECOM
Join our esteemed and diverse travel manager panel to discuss:

Managing a travel program while experiencing growth, corporate disruption and technological changes in today's changing environment.

Closing Remarks and Trade Show Prizes: 5:00pm-5:30pm

Cocktail Networking Reception: 5:30pm-7:00pm - Sponsored by Egencia
Join us to reflect on today's sessions, share ideas and to network with old and new friends at the hosted bar!

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Speaker's bio(s):

Sean Parham, LABTA

With over 25 years of experience in the travel industry, Sean has been involved in the development and management of the travel programs for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Guess Inc., Hilton Worldwide, and Corinthian Colleges. Currently he is being challenged with developing a global travel program at Riot Games in Santa Monica. His areas of responsibilities have included travel, meetings, corporate & purchasing card, fleet, and expense management. In addition to his duties at Riot Games, Sean has served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Business Travel Association for the last 8 years and currently holds the position of President-elect and has twice been awarded the President's Choice Award.

John Rose, iJET

John oversees iJET's day-to-day operations, including the company's intelligence, response operations and business development. Prior to joining iJET, John spent 15 years at Travel Guard Worldwide, a Chartis company, where he advanced to the position of division president. He also served as Program Director of the US Department of Defense's Travel and Information department in Naples, Italy, for 4 years. Throughout his career, John has built a deep expertise in managing complex international travel operations, focusing on risk management, security and cost containment. John is an active member of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Industry Advisory Council and GBTA Risk Management Committee. A former US Marine, John has also served on the Commonwealth Business Travel Group Board, American Express Business Travel Advisory Board and as Vice Chairman of the American Society of Travel Agents' Corporate Advisory Council. John is a frequent speaker and subject matter expert on international travel risk.

Michael Collins, American Express Global Business Travel
VP Multinational Sales

Mike started in the travel industry in 1983 as a Res Agent with Pan American. 23 of his 32 years in the business have been with American Express Global Business Travel. He has held positions in operations, client management and for the last seven years has had the privilege of leading US Middle Market Sales, the largest and best sales team within AmEx!! In 2014 Mike was humbled and honored to receive the AmEx Hall Of Fame award.

Although he travels weekly, New Jersey is home with his wife Carol, three sons and a loyal Golden Retriever. This year Mike will run (slowly) his eighth marathon in eight years ... marathon training makes for interesting sight-seeing while on the road!!

Steve Reynolds, TRIPBAM

Steve is currently CEO and founder of TRIPBAM, a new hotel shopping service changing the way companies and travel agencies procure hotel stays. By searching daily using patented hotel clustering technology, TRIPBAM reduces hotel costs while improving compliance, increasing attachment, and identifying issues with negotiated rates. The system finds savings over 40% of the time and the average savings is over $120 per stay. Based upon TRIPBAM's success, Steve was recently named one of the top 25 most influential executives within corporate travel and TRIPBAM was selected as the most Innovative Technology for Corporate Travel in 2014 and winner of the Phocuswright Battleground competition in 2015.

Makiko Barrett, Yahoo!;
Sr. Manager, Global Travel

Makiko Barrett is currently Sr. Manager of Global Travel for Yahoo, based in Sunnyvale, CA.
Makiko's career spans over 20 years managing corporate travel, having worked as a travel manager for various internet, semiconductor and pharmaceutical companies, with a background in travel operations.

Makiko has been very active in the business travel industry. She is currently serving the Silicon Valley Business Travel Association as their Director of Education & Professional Development.

Makiko holds a B.A. in English from the Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan. She is originally from Japan but was raised in Houston, TX and Yokohama, Japan. When she is not at work, she is at her son's soccer games or busy rescuing cats for the local Humane Society.

Jessica Davis, Sempra Energy
Travel Manager

Jessica is an eleven year veteran in the Travel Management role. She started her travel management career with FICO home of the credit score. She spend 3 years with FICO managing the domestic travel program along with the corporate credit card program. From there Jessica had a great opportunity to work with Sempra Energy in San Diego and has been with the company for just over eight years. Currently she oversees the corporate travel program along with being the corporate credit card administrator.

Jessica has also been very involved with local GBTA Chapters including San Diego where she has held multiple position's on the board of directors and currently is the sitting Past President/Chairman. Jessica also held roles with GBTA as the President of the Chapter Presidents Council which gave her a seat at the table with the GBTA Board of Directors. In her free time she also sits as an Advisory Board Member for the local charity Operation Game On who assists in rehabilitation efforts of our military troops by teaching them the game of golf.

Sandra Broughton, AECOM
Senior Director Procurement - Global Procurement & Travel

Sandra Broughton is senior procurement director for travel, meetings and payment solutions at AECOM, a premier, fully integrated infrastructure firm that designs, builds, finances and operates assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries.

Safety, security, service, value and excellence make the foundation of AECOM's global travel program, which supports operational excellence to help drive every aspect of the project life-cycle as well as business development opportunities.

Broughton and the AECOM team provide travel and meeting solutions that are safe, smart, secure and cost-efficient through strategic supplier negotiations and management. These include AECOM's approved travel management companies, airlines, hotels, ground transportation and corporate card program. Additionally, she plays a strategic role in counseling leaders on promoting efficiency and leveraging global expenditures to add value to AECOM's financial performance, while balancing support services to meet regional and local business needs.

Among her achievements, Broughton successfully led travel and corporate card program integration for AECOM's combination with URS and Hunt Construction Group by combining travel teams, policies and processes.