NetApp senior travel manager Mark Ziegler rejoined GBTA’s board of directors after the association’s chapter presidents elected him president of the Chapter Presidents’ Council. Ziegler is president of the Bay Area Business Travel Association and will serve a two-year term on GBTA’s board.

Ziegler helped spearhead an initiative in 2013 designed in large part to remove the then-president of GBTA’s Allied Leadership Council, Scott Solombrino. At the time, Solombrino was CEO of Dav El/BostonCoach. He now is GBTA’s executive director and a non-voting board member.

Ziegler was on GBTA’s board from 2015 to 2017 as the group’s vice president after winning a messy election in summer 2015.

Mark Ziegler, NetApp senior travel manager and president of GBTA’s Chapter Presidents’ Council
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“We all have something to contribute to our industry and GBTA,” Ziegler on Sunday wrote on LinkedIn. “Every one of us has something to share. I keep coming back because I always learn as much or more than I have to share. I’m still trying to give more than I receive. This Board has a lot to offer and has many challenges ahead. Onward and upward together!”

Running unopposed, Bhart Sarin took over as the association’s president. Serving as Ingredion’s director of procurement operations and travel in his day job, Sarin succeeded Christle Johnson, vice president of travel and business services at Johnson Downie. Sarin has been on GBTA’s board since 2012, including a two-year stint as chair that ended last week. Johnson took over that role, typically set aside for the president emeritus.

In the race for vice president, Denise Truso (procurement category lead at Abbott) defeated Jennifer Steinke (global travel management VP for WHoldings). Truso already had been on the board representing direct members.

The president and vice president terms run for two years.

Travel buyers Rita Visser (Oracle) and Gloria Gonzalez (Freeman) won three-year terms as Direct member board representatives. Both already were on GBTA’s board, Gonzalez as the chapters’ representative.

GBTA’s supplier members elected BCD Travel vice president Will Pinnell to serve as an Allied board representative for a two-year term.

Other returning board members include travel buyer representatives Tricia Alsup (Dollar General), Kathy Briski (Boeing) and Erin Wilk (Facebook); Allied Leadership Council president Dorothy Dowling (Best Western Hotels & Resorts) and vice president Jake Cefolia (United Airlines); and supplier representative Doug Payne (Altour).

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