The BTN Group established the Business Travel Hall of Fame in 2011 to recognize those executives who blazed trails and shaped what has become today’s business travel landscape.


Join over 300 of your travel industry colleagues at the 12th Annual Business Travel Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner as the BTN Group recognizes four of the travel industry's most influential executives who helped shape today's business travel landscape and created legacies of achievement. Each Business Travel Hall of Fame inductee will share their industry views; past, present and future.


The black-tie reception/dinner will be held at The Plaza in New York City on Wednesday, December 6 from 6:30pm-11:30pm.

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2023 Business Travel Hall of Fame Recipients

2022 Speeches:

Past Business Travel Hall of Fame Recipients:

BCD Travel former CEO and Co-Founder Jack Alexander
EY Travel, Meetings & Events Services Leader Karen Hutchings
Southwest Airlines Chairman of the Board and former CEO Gary Kelly
Holiday Inn Founder Kemmons Wilson

BWH Hotel Group President and CEO David Kong
ARC President and CEO Michael Premo
Travel & Transport (now Corporate Travel Management North America) President and CEO and Chairman Emeritus Bill Tech
Oracle Director of Global Travel Sourcing and Global Process Officer Rita Visser

Cvent CEO and President Reggie Aggarwal
SAP Concur Thought Leader - Travel and Expense Technology Solutions Ralph Colunga
Emirates Executive Vice Chairman Sir Maurice Flanagan
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Former Senior Vice President of Starwood Sales Organization Christie Hicks

Omega World Travel Founder and CEO Gloria Bohan
ARROW212 Managing Director and WINiT for Women Founder Michelle (Mick) Lee
Hyatt Hotels Corp. Executive Chairman Tom Pritzker
Hewlett-Packard Corporate Travel Manager Fred Swaffer

Carey International Founder James P. Carey
Cisco System Director of Operations Susan Lichtenstein
Hilton Hotels Corp.’s Barron Hilton
Hogg Robinson Group CEO David Radcliffe

Anthem Director Travel and Events Cindy Heston
Diner’s Club founder Frank X. McNamara
Azul, JetBlue, Westjet and Morris Air founder David Neeleman
Pegasus, Room Key and TravelWeb founder John Davis III

Accenture Global Travel and Events Senior Director Mary Bastrentaz
Days Inn President and US Franchise Systems Founder Michael Leven
American Express Co. Advisor to the Chairman Jonathan Linen
KLM President and CEO and Air France-KLM Vice Chairman Leo van Wijk

Enterprise Holdings Executive Chairman Andy Taylor
Carlson CEO, Chairman and Co-Owner Marilyn Carlson Nelson
Air France-KLM Chairman Jean-Cyril Spinetta
Sabre Group Chairman Max Hopper
Partnership Travel Consulting Founder and CEO Andrew Menkes

BCD Travel President Americas Danny Hood
STR Founder and Chairman Randy Smith
Loews Hotels CEO and Executive Chairman Jonathan Tisch
Avis Chairman and CEO Joe Vittoria
British Airways CEO and Chairman Lord Colin Marshall

Southwest Co-Founder and CEO Herb Kelleher
Marriott CEO Bill Marriott Jr.
Management Alternatives CEO Harold Seligman
BCD Group Founder John Fentener van Vlissengen
Carlson Companies Founder and President Curt Carlson

Continental Airlines CEO Gordon Bethune
Delta Air Lines EVP Sales & Marketing Bob Coggin
American Airlines CEO Bob Crandall
American Express Vice Chairman and President Ed Gilligan
Civil Aeronautics Board Chairman Dr. Alfred Kahn
Orbitz Founding Chairman and CEO Jeff Katz
Hertz Chairman and CEO Frank Olson
Concur Founder and CEO Steve Singh
Prism Group Founder Michael Whitesage

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