Many members feel they left last week¹s Global Business Travel Association convention in Orlando with unfinished business. GBTA said it did not receive enough votes in its annual election to seat new officers or decide on new bylaws. The announcement shocked some of the organization¹s supporters. One call it an embarrassment. Another claimed incompetence. Many expressed disappointment. What¹s going on?
The GBTA convention itself remains big, the organization has grown a lot and its leadership is controversial as ever. But the members didn¹t vote.
³I¹m sad and disappointed,² said Kevin Iwamoto, Lanyon Solutions vice president of industry strategy and a former president of the membership association. ³This has never happened. It took everyone by surprise. It really concerns me when you have disgruntled members but then they fail to show up.²
GBTA president and CEO Donna Kelliher in a July 31 member message informed those who were not in attendance for the group¹s annual business meet a week ago today that the association fell short of gathering at least 290 direct member votes. That figure represents 10% of the buyer-side membership required for a quorum as per GBTA¹s bylaws. Votes could have come in person or by proxy voting.
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