FOR RELEASE: October 29, 2008
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(Alexandria, VA and Tempe, AZ) October 29, 2008 - The National Business Travel Association (NBTA), the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM), and ProMedia.travel LLC, today announced that Katty Kay, Washington Correspondent for BBC World News America, will deliver a keynote speech to attendees of the inaugural ISM and NBTA Summit on Travel & Meetings: Supply Management's Critical Role. The Summit will be held January 27-28, 2009, at the Westin Charlotte, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Just one week after the inauguration of a new U.S. President, Kay will offer insight into the political outlook for 2009 and beyond.
Kay reports nightly on U.S. news and politics and is currently spearheading coverage on the U.S. presidential election for BBC America and BBC World News. She has covered presidential scandals, two previous presidential elections, and wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. Kay also extensively covered the attacks of September 11, 2001, and the changes it brought to American policy and psyche.
"NBTA is excited to welcome Katty Kay as a keynote speaker at the first-ever NBTA event to focus solely on supply management in travel and meetings," said NBTA President & CEO Kevin Maguire, CCTE, GLP. "Her global experiences and political insight are sure to inspire and shed some light on what to expect in a new Presidential cabinet and political era."
The ISM and NBTA Summit on Travel & Meetings is specifically intended for experienced professionals with oversight responsibilities for business travel and meeting spend within supply management operations. This two-day event will address the challenges of managing travel and meetings and will offer insights and solutions from leading industry professionals.
"In today's economic uncertainty, travel and meetings professionals are now more than ever exploring the challenges they may face in the coming years," said ISM CEO Paul Novak, C.P.M. "Attendees of the ISM-NBTA Summit will benefit greatly from Kay's analysis of what the future may hold for the U.S. economy and political system."
Complete agenda, registration information, hotel information and sponsorship opportunities are available online at www.ism-nbta.org.
The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) is the world's premier business travel and corporate meetings organization. NBTA and its regional affiliates — NBTA Asia Pacific, NBTA Canada, NBTA Mexico and NBTA USA — serve a network of more than 15,000 business travel professionals around the globe with industry-leading events, networking, education & professional development, research, news & information, and advocacy. NBTA members, numbering more than 4,000 in 30 nations, are corporate and government travel and meetings managers, as well as travel service providers. They collectively manage and direct more than US$200 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually on behalf of more than 10 million business travelers within their organizations. For more information, visit www.nbta.org.
As the largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is to lead supply management. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence, influence building and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM continues to extend the global impact of supply management. ISM is proud to recognize professional excellence in supply management with awards such as the ISM R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation in Supply Management and the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award. ISM's membership base includes more than 40,000 supply management professionals in 75 countries. Supply management professionals are responsible for trillions of dollars in the purchases of products and services annually. ISM is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM). For more information on ISM, visit www.ism.ws.
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