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August 2020 Virtual Connect

August 20, 2020
12:30 PM PDT - 1:30 PM PDT
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Meeting ID: 704-832-1270, Password: 97207

Join us for an afternoon of understanding the current traveler experience, as well as planning for the future as we navigate the reshaping of travel through the global pandemic. Hear from our industry experts regarding updates and changes at Portland International Airport, Travel Managers returning to travel planning, and Travel Portland speaking on travel trends in the marketplace. 

Please register for this complimentary virtual event and click the link either at the top of this page or in the Directions section to the left to join!

Topics that will be covered by our speakers:

Steve Halasz, Director of Research at Travel Portland – Will be reviewing the recent trends in the Portland hotel & short term rental market, and current US traveler consumer sentiment.

Sonja Harvey, Sr. Manager of Air Service Development at the Port of Portland – Will share an update on PDX, air travel, and what is new at the airport.

Jerry Underwood, Travel Manager at Columbia Sportswear – Will share his experience on a recent business trip.  Yes, he took a flight and he will share his view on the changes and what travelers can expect arriving at the airport, boarding the plane, flying and more!

Our Speakers:

Steve Halasz serves as the Director of Research at Travel Portland in Portland, OR. Prior to founding the Research Department at Travel Portland, Steve was the Director of Consumer Research at Brand USA (the Destination Marketing Organization of the USA). He has conducted Market Research for more than 10 years and started his research career as a consultant in the manufacturing and industrials sector. As a consultant, he worked with many leading, global brands, such as John Deere, Ingersoll Rand, US Gypsum, Altec, and Rheem Manufacturing. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Wake Forest University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from The College of William & Mary.


Sonja Harvey is a Sr. Manager of Air Service Development at the Port of Portland; a consolidated port which operates three airports including Portland International Airport (PDX), marine terminals and business parks.

As part of the Air Service Development team at PDX, Sonja’s focus is on retaining and growing international and domestic air service and working closely with a broad network of community and industry stakeholders to build support for our non-stop flights.

Prior to joining the Port of Portland, Sonja spent over 20 years working for Lufthansa and Air Canada in various operational and sales roles. 

Sonja holds a degree in Economics from California State University, Long Beach. She and her family live in Portland, where they enjoy the rain and the occasional escape to a sunny destination on a non-stop flight.


Jerry Underwood is a results-driven Leader with in-depth knowledge of global travel management theories, processes, and technologies.  He possesses an acute understanding of the global business travel industry to consistently create and implement programs that deliver best-in-class savings, safety, and customer service to clients on a global scale.


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