Meeting/Event Information

OBTA Presents: June 2018 Connect

June 14, 2018
5:00 PM PDT to 7:00 PM PDT
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Hyatt House Portland/Downtown
2080 SouthWest River Drive
Portland, OR 97201

What the Heck Is Going on in D.C. and Why You Should Care

Whether it’s legislation passing through Congress or Administration policies and proposals, what happens in Washington, D.C., has a profound impact on the business travel community—even 2,350 miles away in Oregon (DCA to PDX). During the June OBTA Connect at Hyatt House Portland/Downtown, attendees will not only have the opportunity to meet and network with fellow business travel industry colleagues, but will also hear from Shane Downey, who leads government relations for the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).

Attendees will walk away from this event with a deeper understanding of what GBTA is doing to advocate on behalf of the business travel community, including its efforts to:

  • Educate policymakers about the impact business travel has on the U.S. economy and jobs growth;
  • Shape policy, tax and funding decisions made by Congress and the Administration to help the growth and success of the industry;
  • Support elected officials who understand and support the business travel community;
  • Make a difference for GBTA members, OBTA members and the business travel community at large.

As with all OBTA events, attendees will have the opportunity to network with leading local business travel executives from throughout the region.

***Sponsored by United Airlines***

About Shane Downey

Shane Downey leads the government relations team for the Global Business Travel Association.

In addition to serving as the association’s lobbyist, Shane oversees the countrywide grassroots campaign, and the Business Travel PAC. Shane has worked at GBTA for 10 years. Prior to joining GBTA, Shane was a Senior Associate at a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C. In 1996, Shane oversaw the successful reelection of an Ohio Congressman. Shane received his B.A in History from The Ohio State University.

About Hyatt House Portland Downtown

The Hyatt House Portland Downtown is an extended stay style hotel located on the south side of Downtown Portland just steps away from the Willamette River and the Riverplace Esplanade. We will be showcasing our second floor outdoor patio featuring an eco-roof green space, firepits, and BBQ grills. The hotel offers 203 comfortably appointed guestrooms  and we will be offering tours of our standard King Den rooms along with our Studio Kitchen Suites and One Bedroom suites.

The Hyatt House has  also recently undergone a refresh of the lobby and HBar space to include the addition of a fireplace and soft seating for a great happy hour and dining experience.  We look forward to having you join us for this fun event!



$0.00 Direct Member Connect Fee

$15.00 Connect Fee (Guest)

$15.00 Allied Member Connect Fee