Reflecting GBTA’s increasingly global membership, this year’s Direct Member of the Year was from Argentina: Fernando Pablo Montes, travel manager with Telefonica and a key figure in the development of GBTA’s first-ever LATAM conference. In the four years since Mike McCormick took over as GBTA’s executive director and COO, the association has grown its membership 106 percent, much of that outside the U.S. He called on the audience to help double membership once again to help fund the association’s many advocacy efforts.

Among the important leadership changes taking place in San Diego: Donna Kelliher, director, travel and corporate services, at Dominion, was voted in as president and CEO of the association, and Sandro Honigsberg, senior purchasing manager, meetings and events for Procter & Gamble, took the helm of the Global Meetings Committee, replacing Linda McNairy, vice president of strategic partnership management for Active Network.